Sure, everyone knows about Mail and Safari, iTunes and Photos, but I’m always surprised at how few people use Calendar. It’s not the most complicated of all the Mac’s default apps, but it might be a bit cumbersome for some. Is there a better way? Maybe not, but there’s always easier. Here’s one that is.
See My Schedule
As basic applications go, Calendar, at least to my experienced eye, is self explanatory. It looks like a calendar with event tasks filled in. Using Calendar is less intuitive, though, and Apple hasn’t done much to improve the basic user interface.
That neglect breeds opportunities for clever Mac app developers to fill the gap. If you find Calendar to be a bit clumsy, here’s one that might do the deed for you. It’s called Schedule, and while it’s not a calendar app in the traditional sense, it does duty as an easy way to see what’s coming up.
The difference between Schedule and Calendar is the view. Schedule is very visual.
Each day in Schedule has an ‘add’ button which displays various icons– more than 90 to cover most tasks– which you can select for a scheduled event. This is much easier than the sometimes confusing pop up/down menu to create an even in Calendar.
Task icons can also be colored– eight different colors– to make them more easily identifiable and distinguishable from other similar tasks. Click a colored icon to complete a scheduled or finished task and the icon fills in as done. Tasks can be added from multiple locations.
The yearly graph also displays how many tasks have been completed, and Schedule handles repeating tasks; weekly, monthly, and annually.
Schedule does not have all of Calendar’s bells and whistles and there’s no corresponding iPhone or iPad app with data sync capability. But if Calendar isn’t visual enough for you, Schedule is. Though it’s a Mac App Store app there’s also a free trial download. This is a nicely done app from a developer with many Mac apps, and it does a good job of visualizing tasks and scheduled items differently than Calendar.