As a user of Google calendar, I’ve often ignored Mac OS X’s Calendar app, formerly iCal, for the bright internet lights of the easy to use, sharable online calendar from the folks in Mountain View, California.
I forget, though, that Calendar has a ton of great features for folks who really don’t need or want to use Google’s option, or who just want to stick with Apple products. One of the cool features that I didn’t realize Calendar had until researching this week’s tips is natural language event creation in Calendar itself.
Check it out.
Launch calendar with a click on the icon in your dock, or launch it from the Applications menu. Once it’s up and ready, hit Command-N or click the plus button in the upper left corner of the Calendar window.
Then, simply type your event like you would tell a friend about it. “Go see a movie with Amy on Friday at 10 pm” will result in a Calendar event set for the next Friday on the calendar, at 10 pm, and it will be titled “Go see a movie with Amy.” Pretty cool, right?
Now you don’t have to futz with the time or date specificity at all, unless you want to edit the event itself. This gives you a quick start on making plans and keeping them in your Calendar without having to get too obsessive about the details. Which, in my book, is a win.