Average Joe's Tips

Tips to Take Advantage Of: iCal

Invite Friends to Events

  • Sending event notifications to friends is as simple as typing in their email. When making a new calendar event simply type your friend or families email into the Invitees section (located under Alert) and it will send them an email containing the event information. Your friend can choose wether to accept or decline. If your friend or family accepts it will show a check mark next to the name.

Quickly Create an Event

  • To create an event quickly just click the “+” button or “command” + “n.” When creating an event keep in mind iCals new smart feature where it can tell what time to set an even if you put in phrases like “on Saturday at 7am until 10am.” This helps to create less havoc when creating many events, so that you do not have to go through the monotonus work of adding times, dates, alerts, and many other things.

Heat Map

  • The heat map is a cool new feature that when in the Yearly calendar viewing mode you can see the days when you have the most things going on. The heat map is a helpful visual for what is coming ahead in the year.




Add Accounts

  • I had done this tip previously about a year ago, but I feel that this tip is important enough that it can be restated. Todo this go into iCal Preferences. Then go to the Accounts section and select the “+” button on the left side. Then to add an account fill in the information. For example, my account type is Google, then I fill in my Google email, and password because that is the account I want to sync. This account sync will also work with Yahoo and iCloud. Something to note is that if you are trying to sync your Google calendar with iCal then under the Google account you will need to go into delegations, then select the calendar categories you would like to add. Also, when creating a new event to sync this with the account, goto the section that says Calender on

Set Full Screen

  • Setting full-screen mode is very simple. Just like any other application goto the top right of iCal and click the expand buttons. To get out of full-screen mode just goto the top menu bar and click the retracting arrows.
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HyperDock, an improvement from Apple

Apple has a new revampedHyperDock, but doesn’t it look like Windows 7? The HyperDock lets the user create more shortcuts, Window previews, Window management, make spaces, manage your playlist, and create your iCal. With HyperDock, you can create and manage your own shortcuts. With Windows previews, you can preview the tabs you have open on the internet, finder, or anything that has multiple windows open at the same time. Usually you have multiple tabs open on the internet and it is very difficult to read the letter previews. All you have to do is lay the mouse over the window and instantly your tabs open up to small previews of that page. This feature is very handy when you want to see that one tab fast and easy. You can also drag one document to the sideof your screen and it instantly cuts it in half, then you drag the other page to another side of the screen and it cuts that page in half. Instantly you can read from one page and gather information from the other. With the control of iTunes, HyperDock makes it so simple to change music. Without even opening iTunes up, it shows the song and album artwork with a pause, next and back song track. These additions make your Mac so much more faster and easier access.

The HyperDock is generally a very good thing for your Mac. It makes using a computer so much easier and faster. The only problem is that these features are almost exactly the same as Windows 7. Every feature that HyperDock has is almost the exact same thing that Windows offers with their software. It seems as if Apple has taken a page from Microsoft and has used it to their advantage. I think that Microsoft will be upset over the fact that Apple can’t make decisions for themselves. This competition between a Mac and PC has just been drawn again. This definitely is an improvement for Apple. In every way possible this shows that Apple is willing to make changes and take a page from Microsoft. Maybe Microsoft will take something from Apple next?