My entire life is in my calendar. I can’t imagine not having immediate access, regardless of where I am, to my schedule. That’s why I use a calendar that syncs between my Mac, my iPhone, and my iPad. All I do is enter an appointment on one of my devices and, like magic, it shows up on all my devices. Syncing, of course, is not new. It’s been around quite some time, but it is nonetheless, critical to me – and I suspect many others.
While reliable syncing is a non-negotiable in terms of my scheduling, another key factor is the actual tool itself – the calendar. For quite some time, I’ve used Calendars+ by Readdle. Calendars+ works great. I love it. It has made my life much easier. If you’re a Calendars+ user, you know what I mean. Calendars+ offers lots of advantages over the built-in iOS calendars on the iPhone and iPad.
I could go on and on about Calendars+, instead I wanted to let you know that Readdle has now made my life even easier. Today (Thu-Sep-12) Readdle is releasing Calendars 5. I was able to get my hands on the Beta version of Calendars 5 and I’ve been using it for a few days. All I can say is “Wow!”
You probably want to know what’s new, better, and just plain fantastic in Calendars 5. Well, here are just a few things:
- A very simple interface. There’s not a lot of unnecessary color on my screen. As a matter of fact, the only things that show up in color are the events or buttons that require attention from me. I like it!
- I can input my events using language that’s natural to me. In other words, I can simply enter the event details in a natural way and the appointment is scheduled. Instead of populating several calendar fields, I just type in something like, “Lunch with Jim on Monday at 9am at Olive Garden.” Pretty easy, right?
- Create custom recurring events. When it comes to events that occur regularly, I’m not limited to just a few pre-determined options. I can create events scheduled for intervals like, “The first, third, and fourth Wednesday of each month,” “Every third month of the year,” or “Second Saturday of each month.”
- Well designed views. All of the views – Day, Week, Month, and List – are designed for easy viewing on both my iPad and my much smaller iPhone screen.
- Clutter-free event entry. The 12-fields-dialog that show up in iOS calendar is gone. With Calendars 5, I get only one field and the others open as I need them.
- “No worry” sync. The sync is great. I just enter an event and it shows up on all my devices. There is no cumbersome setup and I don’t have to worry. It works great!
If you’ve ever been even a little frustrated with the built in iOS calendar, I suggest you take a look at Calendars 5. You can get it by going to the Readdle website, or get it from the App Store on your iOS device.