Just me, or does the calendar app not fit the paradigm?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by magicandmystery, Apr 28, 2010.

  1. magicandmystery macrumors member

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    Am I missing something? Or does the calendar app have a few UI issues that don't seem to fit the paradigm that makes the iPad the magical device that it is?

    I can't be the only one tapping in vain on available times in my calendar to fruitlessly attempt to schedule something... Can I?

    I can't be the only one who swipes from right to left in a pointless attempt to watch the calendar pages turn like a book (a la the iBook app), in order to see the next day's events... Can I?

    (I may be the only person who, after seeing that not work, attempts to swipe left to right, for the previous day's events. Anyone else? No? K—just me, then)

    I want to like the calendar app, but these limitations are killing me. It's as if it's a newborn baby, abandoned in the street—I try to go help it, and it stabs me with a rusted fork. Still, I go to the baby, and still it stabs me with the fork. (stupid baby. stupid calendar).

    Dear Apple, please fix the baby—err, calendar. I'm sick of being stabbed with a rusted fork every time I try to (use) help it.
     
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  3. HiRez macrumors 603

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    Definitely agree about the page turning. After using iBooks a lot I try that all the time with Calendar (which looks similar) and get frustrated.
     
  4. spazer macrumors member

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    I agree with you on all counts. I am quite disappointed in the calendar app, actually. It could have been so much more...
     
  5. rkdiddy macrumors 65816

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    It's funny...I can't tell you how many times I've tried to swipe or *turn* the page.
     
  6. HiRez macrumors 603

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    The thing is, almost all of the iPad apps seem unfinished to me, I really think they were rushed out to meet the launch and probably had very small teams working on them. If you can remember, a lot of the initial iPhone apps were similarly flakey and incomplete. So I am hopefully that most of the built-in apps will be significantly upgraded and refined in the next major update. I'd also like to see some "missing" apps appear, such as a calculator, weather, stocks, alarm clock, etc. Yeah, I know you can find apps for some of those (although third-party alarm clocks can't really work correctly), but I'd like a decent standard set anyway.
     
  7. magicandmystery thread starter macrumors member

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    Glad I'm not alone. Just a few folks though, huh? I would've thought it'd be more.
     
  8. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    I get the feeling that Apple didn't even let the iPad app team know about the iPad until it was launched. iBooks background is too bright, iCal doesn't swipe, and iTunes app syncing is cluttered and confusing for not separating iPhone and iPad apps. They have a lot of Apple polishing to do in this area.
     
  9. HiRez macrumors 603

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    LOL, this thread has been up for 12 minutes. :rolleyes:
     
  10. ovrlrd macrumors 65816

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    My biggest problem is that there is no way to copy/cut & paste events as far as I can tell. This is so silly because I have really no way of organizing my events without doing a lot of manual work.
     
  11. JaredStrauss macrumors member

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    Agreed! I needed to use logmein to get to my Mac last week to copy past an event a bunch of times :/
     
  12. danpass macrumors 68020

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    I was pretty amazed that the pages could not be turned with a swipe.

    Maybe 4.0 will see a number of refinements
     
  13. tigres macrumors 68040

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    Again it's the locked down system. I copied a photo off a web paged yesterday and can't delete the thing.

    With the OP. Love the look of the calendar, but hate using it.
     
  14. markosb macrumors 6502

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    lol... I have tried that as well... not only with Calendar but with Contacts.
     
  15. leesweet macrumors demi-god

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    Agree on all of this. The calendar has several new nice features, but they are NOT 'pad'y, if you know what I mean. It really is like they came from the 'next calendar' team and not the touch/swipe/match iBooks etc team. Almost reminds you of how some of Redmond's stuff doesn't match from product to product. :D:D
     
  16. JaredStrauss macrumors member

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    Did you save it so it is in photos? You can delete it from the photos app. Select the photo then click the arrow in the top left.
     
  17. emaja macrumors 68000

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    I completely agree with you. I also want swiping in month view on the iPhone.
     
  18. tigres macrumors 68040

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    OMG. I was trying it through the settings section wallpaper.

    Duh. To be honest, I did not even open the photo app. Thanks !!:D
     
  19. magicandmystery thread starter macrumors member

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    LOL. Tru dat.
     
  20. Fireproof! macrumors 6502a

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    Totally agree. It looks nice but is missing the UI elements.
     
  21. 0blivion macrumors member

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    Turning a virtual page is the new touch! Anyways, what's a paradigm? :D:confused:
     
  22. kirchnrd macrumors 6502

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    Agree with everything here, but I will add that when making a new appointment, it defaults to 10:00pm? At least it is on mine until I figure some other setting out.
     
  23. magicandmystery thread starter macrumors member

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    Sometimes it's 9am, sometimes it's 10pm. On mine, at least. No idea why. And I swear I saw an arbitrary 3pm once.
     
  24. Zazoh macrumors 6502a

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    Agree, but then again, its NOT a book. I hate the whole copy the book experience paradigm. It's like a vegetarian eating a fake hot dog. You can do much better on both accounts. I've tried to turn the pages, because they look like pages. But WHY did they make a calendar look like a book? Lets advance technology not copy devices from the Gutenberg era.
     
  25. magicandmystery thread starter macrumors member

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    Apple set it up like an appointment book, and I think that it works. I initially thought there would be no compelling reason to have a program imitate real-world objects, but I see the reason—if it looks like a book, you immediately know how to use it. Maybe that will change, but as of now...

    Let's just say that they didn't set it up like a book (ie., no turning of pages). They should still stay true to their own HIG's, and allow appointments to be made (calendar entries) by tapping the time, as opposed to a "+".

    Apps like Bonnier's Popular Science are attempting to re-invent traditional print media in a new way—substantially different from their real world counterparts. Apple could've done the same thing with their calendar app... but they didn't. So flipping a page? It should be there.

    Bad apple->bad Apple.
     

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