Every Monday, we'll show you how to do something new and simple with Apple's built-in command line application. You don't need any fancy software, or a knowledge of coding to do any of these. All you need is a keyboard to type 'em out!
Without calendars we'd be late for appointments, and chaos would surely ensue. Fortunately, calendars on OS X are made better by the default Calendar app, and the numerous other calendar applications available for the OS. But, sometimes you just want to view a straightforward calendar with no bells or whistles. We'll show you how to do that in the Terminal. We'll also show you how to change the calendar format to view different calendar types without having to change any system settings — all in one place.
There's a trend these days toward smart calendars. No longer is it enough to just keep track of our appointments; apps like Tempo and Horizon combine our important dates with weather forecasts, contacts, and emails, and even Apple is getting into the act with directions and traffic reports in iOS 7. On the surface, Cal – the first in a planned suite of productivity apps from the creators of Any.Do – seems too simple to compete with this new class of calendar. But while it won't blow you away with powerful features, its slick interface and attention to detail show that smarts aren't just about artificial intelligence.