I desperately want to be able to choose the default length of new events added while in month view.
I view iCal in Month View and I'm often adding events for next week rather than the current week. When adding a new event while in Month View, iCal assumes the event is all day long and there's no preference to change this behavior. To change the event to the length of a typical meeting, you have to:
Double click the event.
Then click EDIT.
Then click to deselect the "ALL DAY" checkbox.
Click to enter a new time for the event to start.
Then click a new time for the event to end because iCal assumes the event is 8 hours long.
If the event you're adding starts after 4PM, you're going to have to change the end DATE too, because iCal assumed the event lasted into the next day.
MY GOD! All of that, just to add a 1 hour meeting at 4:30 next Tuesday.
Sure, I could use the new + button to add an event at a specific time, but for that 4:30 meeting, iCal still assumes the meeting lasts until 12:30 the next morning, which means a ton of click click clicking to edit the event iCal got wrong in the first place.
I realize I can type out the specifics in that silly bouncy New Event "+" box... but it's annoying to have to type all of that when, previously, all I had to do was double click next Tuesday and type "Meeting with john" and set the time to 4:30.
The new iCal is infuriating. I'm especially shocked that clicking "New Event" in the menubar doesn't open a new event to edit. Instead, it opens the silly bouncy "+" box. If I wanted that, I'd have clicked in the stupid + box! I'm downright shocked by the poor UI decisions in the new iCal. I assumed this stuff would be fixed in 10.7.1. Obviously not.