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iCal To-Do's and the iPhone Calendar

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macorin Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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Dec 11, 2009 10:10 PM
Why is it that at this stage of development, Apple has yet to offer a solution to manage and sync iCal to-do's with the iPhone Calendar? Am I missing something? It seems obvious that Apple is giving third party developers the opportunity to write the many wonderful To-Do apps out there, and there are many. The problem is, this doesn't fix the problem of sync-ability. I know that there are ways to sync between these third party apps and things such as their own desktop software (Things), which will then sync to to iCal. There are others that will sync to Google Calendar and/or Google Docs, but this is hardly a simple solution. There are always complications when you start syncing too many things to too many places, as the software doesn't always line up pretty.

I'm basically just looking for a simple solution to use iCal, my iPhone Calendar and a To-Do function that will sync seamlessly with both. The most natural thing would be for Apple to include To-Do creation in the iPhone Calendar app with full sync capability with iCal. I find it shocking that Apple hasn't written for this.

There are nice applications out there such as Pocket Informant that integrates a beautiful (and much more powerful calendaring function) with a To-Do function within the same application, but they have no ability to sync with iCal, nor do they have a desktop version of their software.

If anyone has any ideas on this, or advice on the best way to integrate iCal, To-Do's and the iPhone Calendar, please let me know. In the meantime, I will post feedback to the Apple developers with a seemingly obvious enhancement request.

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  • dir98 Calculating status...
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    Jan 3, 2010 1:58 AM (in response to macorin)
    I agree this is extremely frustrating. I want to have my to-do's on the same ical application on the ipod touch/ iphone, just as it is on the computer. I don't want to go in and out of an application to see my to-do's and then my calendar-- I want them to be all in one place. It's great that ical, address book, and mail all sync with each other, but I don't think it's too much to ask to have my to-do's show up on my ical on the ipod touch/ iphone. Apple's technology is amazing, so what's compared with all they've been able to do, what's so hard about this?
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.2), Ipod Touch
  • yet another dave Calculating status...
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    Jan 4, 2010 7:02 PM (in response to macorin)
    Add my name to the list of users who feel the same way. How hard could this be? iPhone offers to sync my notes (useless) so why not my to dos?
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  • JR Photo Calculating status...
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    Jan 5, 2010 6:17 AM (in response to macorin)
    Add me to that list, can't believe you still can't sync to-do's
    17" MacPro + quad Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • sukioriginals Calculating status...
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    Jan 5, 2010 6:29 AM (in response to macorin)
    I agree 100%. I used to use Franklin Covey Software - loved it - and it synced well with my palm treo. I am playing around with 3 programs in search of something that works. "Remember the Milk", "Things" and "OmniFocus" - The later is supposed to sync with iPhone...but I haven't gotten that far yet. Just switched to iPhone yesterday. The Remember the Milk program synced with my bb, even tho it is not linked to calendar - at least it was on my phone. I really do not understand why the importance of this is not realized by Apple developers.
    macbook pro & iphone, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • richmedium Calculating status...
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    Jan 15, 2010 4:42 PM (in response to macorin)
    I agree that this is a very frustrating gap that simply reinforces the impression that Apple application software is second-rate. I hope somebody somewhere inside Apple realizes that this kind of issue hurts them more than any possible that they can gain.
  • MarkyMarkQuebec Calculating status...
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    Jan 15, 2010 8:09 PM (in response to richmedium)
    Gentlements, with respect I believe many of you are wrong wanting to dos in your calendar, you are mixing events and tasks, which have different nature and purpose. Where would go all your none-dated task in your calendar ? Do all your to do have a date linked to them ? How/where would you handle the display for start/due/end dates, one iCal entry per occurance ? It's not that simple. Also, chances are that you prolly want to manage to do within projects, maybe with context too (if your tasks are business related). If all you need is a b c task tracking with a date on each, you could just use iCal events ! For serious to do management, I believe you need proper tool and proccess. A good approach is GTD (by Sir Allen), i found Omnifocus to be the absolute application (both for iPhone and OSX). For those talking about its price, your hourly rate isnt high enough and/or you under estimate your time value vs productivity (no offence).

    Remembre, there are events, and there are to dos. Still, Apple would be welcome to allow 3rd parties to at least push events in. Yet, its not something I crave for, but I dreamed about it few times
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  • MarkyMarkQuebec Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 15, 2010 9:42 PM (in response to macorin)
    I guess you took my post a bit personnal where I didn't to be rude.
    I wish you good luck and will not waste anymore of my precious time trying to help you.
    Still I'm wondering about the link between hourly rate and the way pple type on Iphone in a language which isn't their primary one.
    And Quebec in nickname stands for Quebec, Canada, a french nation.
    iMac i7 ATI HD 4850, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • dir98 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 24, 2010 11:04 PM (in response to MarkyMarkQuebec)
    Oh quit your bickering, you guys. My hope is someone from Apple actually reads this, so they make the change. I have found no other way to give Apple any direct feedback, and this issue in particular drives me crazy. So rather than reading about personal accusations about spelling, hopefully SOMEONE at Apple will read about the need to integrate iCal to-dos on the iphone/ ipod touch. Anyone know of any other way to get this message across to Apple?
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.2), Ipod Touch
  • Bruce Lutz Calculating status...
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    Feb 5, 2010 8:30 AM (in response to macorin)
    Bickering aside here's what I want in terms of iCal improvements (or to learn how to do them if it is already possible). Back in my PC days, I used a program called Time and Chaos and it was wonderful. I am really looking for iCal to provide the same functionality.
    1. Synch To Do with iPhone so I have them with me (such as an ongoing grocery list - does me no good to have it accessible at my desktop where I do no actual grocery shopping...).
    2. Link a To Do to a Contact in Address Book. That way I can review history to see what I did with any person several years hence.
    3. Link an event to a Contact in Address Book so I can also see when a meeting was held (or I coordinated, called, etc.) with someone.

    The last two are essential when attempting to recall something that occurred several years ago and is very helpful (if not downright crucial) in my line of work.

    Thanks,
    Bruce
    G5 Dual 2 GHz - 3.5G DDR, 17" 2.4 GHz Intel MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8), Dual 19" Samsung Flat Panel Displays,11,000G HD Storage, 30G iPod, 3G iPhone
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