iCal is my friend because it syncs the day’s events between Mac and iPhone (and iPad).
But I’m always on the lookout for any kind of Mac organizer that goes a step or two beyond iCal (alright, maybe three steps or more). Last week I came across SmartDay, an organizer, scheduler, task and project manager for Mac and iPad.
For most of us, the key to organizational success on iDevices is simplicity (probably why iCal is used by so many Mac and iPhone users). Once you’ve conquered simplicity, then what?
SmartDay works as an automated scheduler which can move items on your task list into free time slots during the day. That’s a one up on iCal, of course, but SmartDay is good enough to understand that projects are made up of tasks, so it gives you project management options, too.
Click the SmartDay icon in the Mac’s Menubar and you get a pop down that looks like iCal with focus.
There’s a handy monthly calendar view on the top of the pop down, with details for the day below the calendar. Tap on a mini-month to navigate to any day. The focus pane displays the events due that day.
SmartDay can be pinned to your Mac’s Desktop so it’s always available. Events can be dragged and dropped from the day calendar to the mini-month calendar.
Even better, SmartDay will sync events and reminders with iCal which makes your day’s information to sync with iCloud, Outlook, and Google Cal (and a few other cal apps).
I like the mini-month calendar and the simplicity of focusing on tasks for the day in a pop down or always visible daily list.
SmartDay is a nicely done, friendly, almost intuitive app which does much more (and a bit less) than iCal on Mac, iPhone, and iPad. There’s an iPad version but no iPhone version which means you’re required to keep iCal syncing between devices. If your iPad replaces your standard tree-made day planner, you’re good to go, but a comparable iPhone version would make it a great system.