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  • tinwv Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Just bought my first Mac - a Macbook Pro 17". I'm in the over 40 crowd and would like to put my vote in for increased font size for iCal, as well as the toolbar and Safari bookmark bar and tabs. Meanwhile, I'm using Google calendar!
  • SeattleDJ Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    My resolution is 1680x1050. I have a hard time reading most text on this 15" MBP. I believe the only solution is to lower the resolution, but I desire the extra space.

    Emails, which I've tried all the font settings, are almost too small to read what the person is writing at 12pt and I don't want to reply with big, clown text.

    So, I also am putting in my request, I'm just not sure what I'm requesting : )

  • wrtcedar Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I, too, am unable to clearly read iCal entries on my Mac (MacBook Pro with a 1680x1050 screen).

    Add me to the list of people who can't believe that Apple ships applications without adjustable fonts. Linux desktops have had this, system-wide, for as long as I can remember.

    I really hope that this gets fixed soon. It's such a huge usability problem in a system that's otherwise quite nice.
  • winebike Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Add me to the list of Apple customers who want to be able to vary the font size/color in iCal.
  • Nomis1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi all

    I have just upgraded to a mac after years of using a PC, thinking this is marketed as a user experience like no other on a computer....It might be, if I could actually read my iCal, address book and mail, yes I know I can zoom in but why for every email. If I get an email that has been sent in 10pt from a pc there's not much hope of reading it.

    This has staggered me. This has got to be one of the most basic things ever for a computer user. My eye sight is nearly 20 20 how good does it have to be.

    I can only presume most people go and buy third party software and probably from Microsoft so then you have to ask yourself whats the point of buying a Mac? Which is a shame.

    Put my name down on the petition. I think as more user come onboard as they seem to be doing this is going to become a big issue.
  • johnnytcomo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Agreed. The iCal software is far too convenient, aesthetically pleasing and functional to be squandered away due to a lack of visual control or appearance flexibility for the user. Apple should add the font size option ASAP! It wouldn't be hard at all. Perhaps Apple is testing us to see if we can do it ourselves...? Nah.
    Does anyone know where we can send official requests for software adjustments like this?
    Thanks in advance.
  • Creole Son Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi i have the same problem font too small, you can add my name to the list also.
  • amanda75 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm another 27" iMac owner who'd be happier with a larger font.

    Ah well, at least I can stop wasting time trying to figure out how to change it.
  • lehava Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    My sentiments as well - WIN XP had s many options for font size, style, etc. in all applications including Outlook calendar. I am liking my new iMac very much, but have to squint (even with glasses) to read the calendar entries. Many of the tool bars in other programs are also extremely small (like in iMail) I'm wondering if it's all designed with much young consumers in mind? I mentioned it to a long-time Apple-ite and she said, "Oh you'll get used to it..." She's in her twenties. I'm in my sixties. Sigh....
  • looanbra Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm another user having difficulties reading my mail and using Ical.
    So...add me to the list!

    Message was edited by: looanbra
  • annexit Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    Oh, and while we are at it, why can't we make minor layout/font size changes to the header section - I want to use ical to make calendars for an arts organization to post on their web page and I was shocked to see that, while I could make some font size adjustments (small med large) when printing, I could not change the font at the top of the page.

  • lelap Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Ditto! I would like to add my voice to the many, many users who need font size and text size control on the beautiful 27" monitor and MacBook Pro. Please release this in the next software update. I provided feedback directly to Apple via their feedback tool (provided in a link on this thread).
  • lovemymbp Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    It BOGGLES the mind. How can Apple ignore a simple problem hurting so many people. This topic has had 12,000 views! I can't believe that Steve Jobs hasn't been alerted to this. For 2 years I have pleaded with Apple Store personnel and left messages on the Apple sites to no avail. If I could change the font size and make it black it would be worth $100 to me. Any takers? Apple has let me down.
  • Billish Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    Agreed, the inability to increase the font size is a MAJOR problem with iCal on the newer Macs with large screen resolutions...not to mention other applications. I didn't realize what an issue this was going to be until after I worked on my new MacBook Air for a eyes are killing me!

    For calendaring, I strongly recommend Mozilla's free Sunbird calendar or Thunderbird with the Lightning calendar extension as excellent alternatives to iCal. Both synch with Google calendars as well as iCal, and they both offer MUCH better font size options to address this issue. I've used them both on my new MacBook Air and they can be easily setup to have nice BIG fonts on the month views.

    Another option is to use the keyboard shortcuts to magnify the screen in and out temporarily (Option-Command +/- to zoom in and out). You can customize the key combinations in System Preferences under Keyboard. In the System Preferences for Universal Access, you can also tweak the amount of zoom possible and make it easy to rapidly zoom to 2X, 3X, or whatever you want without 'overhsooting' and zooming too much. It's a decent stop-gap solution while we wait for Apple to fix the issue.

    Apple's suggestion to change the entire resolution in the System Preferences to deal with this is really lame, causes issues for non-font viewing, and also ruins the whole purpose of these new, expensive, high-resolution displays in the laptops. I think they realize they have a problem with the Apple applications on the newer Macs and are debating how to handle it...that's their quick lame support reply.
  • Billish Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    P.S. To add to my last post (it won't let me edit anymore...), I actually used the Systems Preferences for Keyboard and Universal Access to setup my Mac so that Option-Command-M toggles the screen back and forth between 1x and 2x magnification. Works pretty well for things like this iCal font problem.

    But again, Mozilla's Sunbird and Thunderbird (with Lightning extension) both work great on the Mac and have very nice font options....great altnernatives to iCal.
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