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Can't select snooze time in ical events

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  • jgalicinski Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Sep 21, 2012 12:36 PM (in response to DonSuras)

    Please fix this Apple!  How hard is it to add adjustable snooze times??? 


    Fix should be: Just click and hold on "Snooze" to get a list of times.


    We need options!  There are more options about how the Dock should operate than Calendar reminders!  I think Calendars are just a little more important, don't you?



  • Werner Goldbach Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Sep 21, 2012 12:56 PM (in response to DonSuras)

    Let's all just give Apple dircet feedback, I'm not so sure they do read these forum threads. Here is the link for feedback:


    And here's a sample text to copy and paste (from Jeremy Dodd):


    The new OS is amazing. Mountain Lion is significant improvement over Snow Leopard, and it's obvious.


    That said, I am missing one thing from Snow Leopoard, and that is the ability to set the snooze time on my calendar reminders.


    I know I am not alone in this desire (


    I hope that you can not just return the variable snooze times for ical reminders, but make them better than they've ever been.




    I was hopeing for a fix in 10.8.2 but it seems they're not so fast in Cupertino.

  • mitnix6 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 21, 2012 3:25 PM (in response to Werner Goldbach)

    I can't believe this is an oversight by Apple. I think Apple have done it for a reason and suspect it has something to do with unifying Mac OS with iOS and with cloud syncing (total guess here). If something like this is true, then I suspect it will be difficult to change Apple's mind as they can be increadably stubborn, just look at the whole Adobe Flash not supported on iOS thing. A whole industry down the drain be because Apple rightly or wrongly dug their heels in.


    Personally I'd prefer not to have syncing and have my snooze options back, but 2 updates later and still no fix. I think it's time to find the best alternative solution/s; I've tried Dueapp and it's not going to cut it for reasons I've already outlined in previous posts. MS Outlook is an option, but MS updates are not always cheap, so you do tie yourself into more cost. Having said that, I can't live without Word and Exel, so need to get these anyway and Outlook is bundled, although I'm still using office for Mac 2008 without any trouble. Plus there the hassle of migrating your Apple mail to Outlook. I should say that I didn't test Dueapp across devices and I think this may be the big plus about this app over Outlook. I don't think Outlook will sync across devices unless you have Exchange setup, which is another cost.


    Any body found any other viable alternatives?

  • Werner Goldbach Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Sep 21, 2012 3:40 PM (in response to mitnix6)

    Yes, this came to my mind too. But anyway let's hope for the best! 10 years ago, Mac OS 10.2 was also unusable until 10.2.3 came out... 8-)  And concerning versions and autosave Apple in the meantime has given us back at least some features of the past. But it took some time...


    If you're looking for an alternative: BusyCal is not quite a bargain, but it's basically the old iCal, including old school reminders with various snooze times plus a few other tricks.

  • Jeremy J. Dodd Calculating status...
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    Sep 21, 2012 3:57 PM (in response to Werner Goldbach)

    That's my biggest fear, Werner. 10 years ago 10.2 was unusable (sucked). However, this time Steve Jobs isn't around to ride in on a sunbeam and save the day.


    Keeping my fingers crossed like everyone else ...

  • Julatron Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 21, 2012 5:00 PM (in response to Werner Goldbach)


    except I can honestly say that since 'upgrading' to ML its been nothing but trouble for me.


    Snow Leopard seemed to me much faster/instantaneous and less buggy. I have already spent over 2 hours on the phone to Apple Care to get several different issues resolved and some other problems remain.


    I jumped ship from PCs with the understanding that having 'everything under one roof' was going to be more trouble free...

  • Jeremy J. Dodd Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 21, 2012 5:12 PM (in response to Julatron)

    That's funny. I've had the exact opposite experience. Mountain Lion gave me my computer back. Sounds like you maybe had a bad install.


    Try the forum search for "Clean Install" and see if any of those options are worth a shot.

  • Jeff O\\\'Shea Calculating status...
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    Sep 26, 2012 4:25 PM (in response to DonSuras)

    I want to add my voice of displeasure here too!  You have all covered it up and down.  Please Apple, get this fixed!  I became relient on the excelent feature in the old Apple mail...I'm lost without it. BRING IT BACK!!!

  • Julatron Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 26, 2012 5:44 PM (in response to DonSuras)

    Unfortunately even with update #2 just done, there has been no change. So guess that means this is the way it will stay and we'll have to investigate third party calendars then!

  • YannLB Calculating status...
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    Sep 26, 2012 6:06 PM (in response to DonSuras)

    The closest thing to a workaround I have found is to turn off the "show alerts and banners" toggle at the top of the reminder window when they alerts annoys me too much. Then once in a while I turn it back on, then all the alerts come done and I snooze or close according to the completion of each alert.

  • White Shepherd Calculating status...
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    Sep 30, 2012 9:22 AM (in response to DonSuras)

    Hi all :-),


    No need to write a second time what I posted here:



    Last but not least, if my Mac is into sleep mode while an alert is supposed to show up, it never appears after Mac awakening .

  • One13Truck Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 1, 2012 7:06 PM (in response to DonSuras)

    Well I've left them feedback a few times as well but I fear this is how it'll be stuck. At least it's "comforting" to know they also further destroyed the Reminders in OS6. I've always used MapQuest so I don't care about the issues with their maps, but these reminders I can't properly snooze and now the reminders on OS6 are a huge pain.

  • jgoff87 Calculating status...
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    Oct 11, 2012 4:37 PM (in response to DonSuras)

    After months and months of waiting for Apple to fix their mistake, I've given up. I have resisted looking elsewhere for a solution for two reasons: I don't want to have to retype all of my calendar events into another application, and I liked the idea of keeping with the "Mac Experience". I've been a PC user since 1993 and the MacBook Pro I purchased in June 2011 was a big step for me, both cost and comfort wise. Nevertheless, I have enjoyed my Mac and over the last 15 months it has won me over. This reminder thing, however, has thrown me for a loop. Frankly, I do not understand Apple's position on this since, to me, one of their BIG selling points is ease-of-use and "user experience". Anyway, I think I found something that works well for me, although it will require inputting my calendar again. It is an add-on for Thunderbird called Lightning and it is similar to Outlook. Thunderbird, as you know, is an open source email client. I had to switch to it after my Mac Mail started giving me login failures with my AT&T/Yahoo account (this is another long, sad, unresolved tale). Since I'm using Thunderbird anyway, I thought I would try Lightning and so far it works well. The snooze feature allows me to select preset times or I can choose a custom snooze time. I'm keeping my iCal up to date (for now at least) just in case Apple bows to the pressure and reinstates selectable snooze times. I do not know how lightning will interact with other Apple devices, such as iPads and iPhones; I only have the one MacBook Pro at the moment so that doesn't affect me. Anyway, Lightning is FREE, which is always a plus, and it seems to do what I require. I hope this helps others out there with the same frustrations with Reminder.

  • Julatron Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 11, 2012 9:12 PM (in response to jgoff87)

    It is mind-numbingly ludicrous that this hasnt been fixed, however many updates later...


    I too came from a PC for the user-interface and user-friendliness.

    Dumbing it down to this point has basically made iCal useless to me now.


    Surely there is a away of migrating the events from iCal to this 'Lightning'?

  • James Humberstone Calculating status...
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    Oct 11, 2012 9:45 PM (in response to mitnix6)

    I think it's to encourage people to use Reminders for ... reminders ... instead of iCal/Calendar (as it's now called).


    Which in itself makes sense, but removing features that are available in so many other calendar apps doesn't - someone has simply made a marketing gaff, and I would expect they'll fix it...



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