Do you use multiple iCal calendars? Why?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Lyle, Mar 21, 2008.

  1. Lyle macrumors 68000


    Jun 11, 2003
    Madison, Alabama
    I'm considering switching from Entourage 2004 over to iCal, and so I see that they have the option for multiple calendars. The usual justification for this is that it allows you to have a calendar for "home", and a calendar for "work", etc. but I don't see what value that provides. I mean, if I have a meeting or appointment today at 2:00, does it really matter whether that's on the "home" calendar or the "work" calendar?

    So my question is: Do you use multiple iCal calendars? If so, why? What are you getting out of that configuration that you wouldn't get out of just one "universal" calendar?
  2. thunderclap macrumors 6502a

    Nov 8, 2003
    I have three calendars set up: my personal, my work and my wife's. For me it's just more organized.
  3. swiftaw macrumors 603


    Jan 31, 2005
    Omaha, NE, USA
    A few reasons to use multiple calendars

    1) Multiple colors makes it easy to see what type of appointment it is.
    2) I can share my work calendar with my co-workers without having to give them access to my personal appointments.
  4. Lyle thread starter macrumors 68000


    Jun 11, 2003
    Madison, Alabama
    I'm not arguing with you, but can you explain why you feel it's "more organized"?

    I understand that there must be some reason why this option (for maintaining multiple calendars) exists, but I just don't get it yet.

    I can understand how it would useful for some organization to publish a public calendar of events that I could then subscribe to, so that I could keep up to date with those events. So I get that use case. But I don't yet get why I personally would need to maintain more than one calendar for my appointments/events.
  5. Lyle thread starter macrumors 68000


    Jun 11, 2003
    Madison, Alabama

    OK, that definitely makes sense. I personally don't have to do that much (share my calendar with others) but I see how that would be useful.

    The light bulb is starting to come on... ;)
  6. dalvin200 macrumors 68040

    Mar 24, 2006
    Nottingham, UK
    using the different colours for the different calendars definitely makes it look a lot more organised as you can visibly see appointments quickly

    i have about 7 different calendars.. home/work/wife/kids etc...all have diff colours and it just makes it easier..

    try and out and see for yourself..

    might not be for everyone, but it works for me :)

  7. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    I use multiple calendars because I publish two of them online.

    I have a personal calendar (that I don't publish anywhere).

    I have another calendar that has the hours I work for a 2nd part-time job. I publish that via .Mac and gave the link to my friends so that they'd stop bugging me with "Are you off on MM/DD/YY????" emails. :D

    The third calendar is for a PC-owning friend of mine. She puts dates and stuff on it and then publishes it to some PHP iCal software on her personal website.

    Also, if you have multiple calenders, most software that syncs to your phone will let you select only the calenders that you want to sync.
  8. nparmelee macrumors 6502

    Jan 23, 2008
    I like to print out my next year's wall calendar with pictures I've taken during the year and with multiple calendars I can select which types of things I want to include, holidays, birthdays and anniversaries and leave out the stuff I don't want on my wall. I also like the organizational part of it, works for me.
  9. Alrescha macrumors 68020

    Jan 1, 2008
    I have a Mac at home and another at work. I use .Mac to sync my calendars. At work I uncheck my home calendar so my personal stuff is not on display, but it's there if I need it.

  10. keehun macrumors regular

    Mar 17, 2008
    I use multiple calendars only so that they become color-coded. If they didn't have different colors, I would just use one master calendar.

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