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20.3. iCal

In many ways, iCal is not so different from those "Hunks of the Midwest Police Stations" paper calendars we leave hanging on our walls for months past their natural life span. But iCal offers several advantages over paper calendars. For example:

  • It can automate the process of entering repeating events, such as weekly staff meetings or gym workout dates.

  • iCal can give you a gentle nudge (with a sound, a dialog box, or even an email) when an important appointment is approaching.

  • iCal can share information with your Address Book program, with Mail, with your iPod, with other Macs, with "published" calendars on the Internet, or with a Palm organizer. Some of these features require one of those .Mac accounts described in Chapter 18, and some require iSync (described later in this chapter). But iCal also works just fine on a single Mac, even without an Internet connection.


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