My wife and I are trying to move away from the Googleverse, and could use some help with a few things.
[The following is long in my attempt to be thorough. Apologies.]
For a variety of reasons — that I would prefer not to discuss or debate here, please — the wife and I are moving away from all things Google and plan to use Apple (iCloud) products, but there are a few things we haven't figured out and/or need some suggestions. For the record we both carry iPhones and use iPads all with iOS 5.x, and all of our computers are Macs.
1) We use Google Calendar to manage our busy schedules, but would like to use iCal. However we can't quite figure out how we can EDIT each others calendars. With Google we were able to share our calendars and grant rights to change events. We could also set alerts for each others events. Is this possible in iCal?
Also, I have been playing with the Orchestra
app for reminder type events (pick up milk on way home, etc). For the most part I am digging this app, but it doesn't seem to have the ability to set reminders down to the minute (or even hour). Just "soon" "today", etc. It may get these features eventually (or if they do have them, I haven't noticed how to do it!), but for now it is suboptimal. I am using iOS 5's Reminder app for myself, which can be set down to the minute, but am not sure if the app can be used well with other people.
Are there other iOS/Mac apps that may be useful with these sorts of things?
2) We both use Google Reader for RSS feeds, and prefer browser-based readers. Neither of us care all that much about the social aspects of our RSS feed reader (G+, Facebook, etc). I know Mail app and Safari can be used, but my limited exposure to them leaves me wanting more. Any suggestions?
3) I have mixed feelings about Mail app, but think the version shipped with OS 10.7 (Lion) is better than previous versions, so I plan to use it, especially because of iCloud. But I didn't like SpamSieve and do like Google's spam filtering. I think I read somewhere about redirecting email through Google so it gets filtered there. If someone has a link for the best way to do this ... or other spam filtering methods, I'm all ears.
That's probably a good start, and will wait to see what the Hive MindTM
comes up with before asking follow-ups if necessary. Thanks.