Calendar is more reminiscent of iCal than 2012's iOS-like redesign - a return to grey toolbars rather than the ugly skeuomorphic stitched leather. You can now see location and weather data for each appointment, and whenever you add a meeting, Calendar will make suggestions and autocomplete locations based on your keywords.
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14 tips to help you get to know the new Calendar in OS X Mavericks
1. If you have a Mac laptop you can take advantage of the continuous scrolling mode in Calendar's month view and utilise the two-finger scroll on your trackpad.
2. A two-finger scroll upward in month view will let you scroll week by week, so if you're at the end of one month, you can see most of the following month, too.
3. In week view, you can use a fast two-finger swipe from right to left to advance to next week.
4. Swipe slowly with two fingers from left to right to advance the view by individual days.
Q: How do I get Calendar to add the event location?
5. When you create a new event in the Calendar you can specify a location and Calender will display it on a map in the Event Inspector. Unfortunately this doesn't work very well.
It doesn't even recognise postcodes, so you need to enter the name of the road, and if you're lucky the town you're searching for will be near the top of the list. Its suggestions of locations are often way off the mark. In our experience, entering Croydon High School caused it to suggest a school in Australia. (It helps if the location is already saved in your Contacts.) Once you've managed to add the address, Calendar shows your event's location on a map so you can get directions with a click.
6. The reason why you will want to add a location is that Calendar will give you an idea of how long it will take you to get there. In the Event Inspector, click on the date and time and select Travel Time; it will calculate how long it will take you to drive or walk there. (No transit times, obviously. This isn't Google Maps!) Again this doesn't work every well - you can't add details of the location from which you will depart - but it should use your work address during work hours and your home address during other hours. (Your work hours are set in Calendar preferences - select 'Day starts at' and 'Day ends at'.)
7. Luckily you don't have to rely on Calendar and Maps collaborative efforts to schedule your time. You can estimate your own travel time, between 5 minutes and 2 hours, or Custom.
Q: How do I get Calendar to tell me when I need to leave for my meeting?
8. The good news is that if it works and you do manage to set the right location and a departure point, you can choose to receive an alert at the time you need to leave, according to the traffic at that time. Just select 'alert' in the Event Inspector and choose 'When I need to leave'.
9. You can add more than one alert: once you've selected 'When I need to leave', hover over it and a + will appear, allowing you to set up as many alerts as you like.
Q: Calendar won't locate the address of my meeting, what do I do?
10. Maps needs Wi-Fi in order to note your location. Perhaps this is why when we had Wi-Fi switched off (or we were sharing our internet connection with another device), Calendar seemed to be unable to provide locations. We suggest making sure Wi-Fi is on when you attempt to add event details.
Q: How do I stop Calendar showing my Facebook friend's birthdays?
11. If your calendar is synced with Facebook you will see birthday info for your friends. You can remove Birthdays by going to Calendar > Preferences > General and de-selecting 'Show Birthday Calendar'.
Q: How do I get Christmas and other holidays to show on Calendar in Mavericks?
12. Bank holiday dates are built into Calendar and automatically appear based on your region and language... according to Apple. Unfortunately this doesn't appear to be the case in the UK.
We followed Apple's instructions: In Calendar, choose Calendar > Preferences > General. Select Show Holidays Calendar. Since Christmas Day wasn't listed as a Holiday we checked that we had the right region set up in System Preferences > Language & Region, and we did. Then we switched that setting to the United States and Christmas Day showed. So it looks like the Bank Holiday information for the UK isn't available. The good news is that if you subscribe to webcal://www.calendarlabs.com/templates/ical/UK-Holidays.ics you can include the UK bank holiday information in your calendar.
Update, 23rd April 2014: An eagle-eyed reader, commenting below under the name andrewparkeruk, has told us about a clever way to get Calendar to display UK bank holidays. Go to System Preferences > Language & Region and change Preferred Language to British English (instead of simply English, which we found was the default). This causes the bank holidays to show up properly. Thanks Andrew!
13. You can also see weather information in Calendar. If available it will be shown just below the map.
14. In Mountain Lion it was possible to configure events so that you would be alerted via email. The latest version of Calendar in Mavericks seems to have lost that feature. All is not lost, however.
When you create a new event in the event window you will see four areas: New Event; Add Alert, Repeat or Travel Time; Add Invites; and Add Notes or URL. Select Add Alert, Repeat or Travel Time and you'll see a number of options including From and To, Repeat Alert and Show As.
The Email option isn't immediately obvious - to find it you need to click Custom at the bottom of the list. When you click Custom you'll see a new pop-up menu labelled Message and the option to send an Email is one of the options in the drop down menu, along with Message, Message with Sound, and Open File. Select Email and you can select the email address you've configued your Mac with, and choose when the email should be delivered.