iOS Soft­ware

Swipe away your touch­screen trou­bles and rekin­dle your love of Ap­ple’s mo­bile de­vices

Mac Format - - CONTENTS - by COLIN EYRE

Swipe away your touch­screen trou­bles

To re­ceive emails about your events, you’ll need to switch to a cal­en­dar other than Ap­ple’s

Email re­minders of ap­point­ments and events

QI’m look­ing for a sim­ple cal­en­dar that’ll send me email re­minders of ap­point­ments and events, and will run on both my iPad and my iMac. Ap­ple’s own Cal­en­dar app doesn’t seem able to send emails, so un­less I were to carry my iPad around with me all the time, I’d most likely miss its re­minders. Can you sug­gest some­thing that will do what I want?

ADue of the wide­spread use of Macs in con­junc­tion with iOS de­vices, Ap­ple has in­te­grated all re­minders of this type into no­ti­fi­ca­tions, which are ac­ces­si­ble by swip­ing down from the top edge of your iPad’s screen, and through the icon at the far right of your Mac’s menu bar.

Sadly, nei­ther plat­form of­fers the fa­cil­ity to di­vert those no­ti­fi­ca­tions to email mes­sages.

The clos­est you can get to it in Cal­en­dar is a crude so­lu­tion that’s only avail­able in the Mac ver­sion, which re­quires you to set an alarm that sends an email on each event you cre­ate. This will only work when your iMac is run­ning and con­nected to the in­ter­net, though.

To re­ceive email no­ti­fi­ca­tions more eas­ily, you’ll need to switch to a dif­fer­ent cal­en­dar sys­tem. Prob­a­bly the most pop­u­lar and ca­pa­ble is Google Cal­en­dar (cal­en­dar.google. com), which in­cludes the abil­ity to send email no­ti­fi­ca­tions, as de­tailed at bit.ly/2aH3ZfJ.

Be­cause Google Cal­en­dar’s so widely used, sev­eral third-party iOS and OS X apps make ac­cess to it sim­pler and more pro­duc­tive, although you may be per­fectly happy to use its web in­ter­face. Google’s own iOS app is de­signed to fit iPhone screens but not iPad, though it does run on Ap­ple’s tablets.

Cal­en­dar alerts you to events us­ing no­ti­fi­ca­tions, which are flex­i­ble but don’t sup­port send­ing emails in­stead.

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