OK, I’ve had an email asking for an appointment next week. I schedule it in iCal and enter a time while I set the status to tentative. Once the client confirms the time I mark it as confirmed. Simple, eh!
Now, in Tiger, I can’t do that anymore. Apple have automated the status thing by including a notifications system within iCal itself. This makes a lot of sense I guess — you can add attendees from your Address Book and send an invitation direct from iCal (via Apple Mail). Apparently when they accept the invitation it magically comes back to iCal and adds an icon beside the attendee’s name which tells me the status. I’m still awaiting the response to my “invitation”.
All good stuff, but it doesn’t match my way of working. And, I ask myself, how does it tie in with people who don’t use Macs? And what about a Conference with hundreds of attendees? My opinion is on hold while I try this out, but I’m skeptical that this system can replace what I did before. It’s a nice complement, to be sure, but is incomplete in itself.