So you want to become organized, or at least more organized. You can start by using iCal for events, and maybe iCal or Things for to-dos. But what about one small and lightweight place for both of them? This is exactly what Second Gear’s Today does for us.
First of all, you can use iCal for both to-dos and calendars, but a lot of people (including myself) love Things for to-dos. Today doesn’t actually move any of your to-dos or events to a new library, it just reads the calendars and to-dos already in iCal. You may say, “How can I use Things with Today then?” Well, that part is actually in Things. They have just added the feature of syncing to-dos from Things to iCal and vice versa! Now you can have everything in iCal, which means you can have everything in Today. This is why I personally love Today, and others will, too. And when you use Today to create to-dos, they automatically sync to Things!
Today is a menubar app. It simply sits in your menubar (you can turn this on or off in the General Preference pane). It is a great feature, because then Today can always be open without it bothering you when you don’t want it. You can also have it sit on top of all other windows (when it is open). It has a great Leopard-like menubar icon, too! You just click on the icon in the menubar, and the Today window opens.
As I said above, Today manages both calendars and to-dos. To specify which calendars are synced with Today, you just goto the Calendars tab of the preferences. Since to-dos are actually managed in calendars, you only need to specify which calendars to sync. If you sync your School calender, the to-dos and events in it will sync with Today. In the main window, the to-dos and events are color-coded the way that they are in iCal. So if you are used to iCal, switching to Today will be an easy change.
To add a new to-do to a Calender, you just click the checkbox [+] button at the bottom of the window. It will ask you for a due date, a name, a calendar to add it to, and notes. This is exactly like adding a to-do in Things or iCal. To add a new event, you click the calendar [+] button. You can then specify a name, location, calendar time, and notes. Again, just like in iCal. As I said above, when you add a new to-do, it will sync with Things if you choose to (in the preferences of Things).
Here is the way that I think of how the syncing with iCal and Things works. Things <---> iCal <---> Today. This means that if you add a to-do to Things, it will sync with iCal, which will then sync it with Today. If you add a new to-do to iCal, it will sync to Things and Today. If you add a new to-do to Today, it will sync to iCal, which will sync it to Things. The main point is, no matter where you add a to-do or event, it will get synced everywhere. Well, except the events don’t get synced to Things because Things is for to-dos.
Second Gear (the developers of Today) have been very generous in giving us 5 licenses to giveaway to you! Just post a comment about a feature you would like to see in Today! And remember, Today retails for only $15, and you can download a free trial at their site. It is a perfect tool for keeping track of your events and to-dos in one small application.