Through further use of the recently released iCal 1.5.1, I have come upon several more interface issues and one rather simple but possibly very useful idea for a future version.
- The url pop-up menu in the Info Drawer reads “Go to Location” while the same item/menu in the Address Book reads “Go to Web Site.” Perhaps Apple should hire me as their official Interface Nitpicker.
- The “location” input area that appears immediately beneath the title of an event or item should behave in the same manner as the address entries in Address Book, allowing the user to locate a map or driving directions online using a pop-up menu with menu items for those two services. The “From” address would be pulled from the user’s Address Book card. As an aside, the “Directions” option should be added to the Address Book as it is not currently an option. The current implementation simply shows a map of the address selected. If this were to be implemented, the input area would need to be structured with specific fields for street, city, state/province, and ZIP. The rather roomy “Notes” field could be compacted to make room.
- Rendezvous calendar sharing. A simple checkbox in the Info Drawer when a calendar is selected could determine whether or not a calendar was shared on the local network using Apple’s implementation of the ZeroConf open standard. Setting write permissions would make it all the more useful. Yes, you can currently publish to a WebDAV server (including .Mac), but that requires configuration of or access to such a thing. Shared calendars would appear in the upper left calendar list in a “Shared” container of the sort used for iTunes sharing. A low bandwidth service such as calendar sharing could easily be handled by any Mac running OS X so I don’t think there are any real performance considerations.