It’s always important to be able to keep track of upcoming appointments. And there are tons of different calendar applications for Linux users to make this possible. You can use a desktop application like KOrganizer (for KDE), or the built-in calendar feature in Evolution, the default GNOME email client. Thunderbird, the email client from Mozilla, has an extension called Lightning that can do the same, or it can be used as a standalone program called Sunbird. There are also web-based applications to keep track of appointments as well. Google has Google Calendar, and Yahoo has a calendar feature as well, as does Microsoft. There’s no shortage of calendar options. In this article, I’ll talk about Quickrr Calendar, an extension for Google Chrome that places all your appointments in your toolbar, just a click away.
Quickrr Calendar has a nice interface. It reminded me a lot of Google Calendar, which for all I know was intentional. Google Calendar is pretty popular, so it makes sense to emulate it. And Quickrr Calendar does a good job. Clicking the calendar icon in the toolbar produces a pop-up window that includes the current month. By default, the calendar already includes U.S. holidays, which is a nice touch. I don’t know if there’s any way to remove the holidays if you don’t want them, but I personally enjoyed having a few special days already filled in.
In addition to viewing your calendar by the current month, there are two other views: Day view, which shows you the current day, and Week view, which shows the current week. You can also skip forward and backward through your calendar, either day by day or month by month, but not year by year. To move through the calendar a day at a time, simply click the Left and Right arrows. To move through the calendar by month, first click the calendar icon beside where the current month and year are shown. A little calendar pop-up will appear, with its own set of Left and Right arrows. Clicking these will move you from month to month. In this view, days with events are highlighted in yellow, while today is a different shade of blue.
You can add events to the calendar from the day, week or month view, simply by clicking on the day you want. In day view, you can actually click and drag over a set of times. The space you start your drag is the beginning of the even, with the end of the drag being the stop time. This is pretty handy, and is similar to how other calendar programs work, so the interface should be familiar in this as well. Once an event is created, you can give it a name, as well as change the start and end time of the event.
One feature not currently present is an ability to create events that repeat on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. From reading the Google Chrome Extensions page about Quickrr Calendar, this is something that has the possibility to become a feature at some point. The developer of Quickrr Calendar has chimed in, responding to a few comments in the feedback section, and mentions that Quickrr Calendar is currently sitting at only version 0.1, and that more features are planned, and feedback being taken into account. Repeating events would be great, as would the ability to export a calendar, or import calendars from other programs that export in vcal or ical format. So too would the ability to synchronize with those online calendar programs (like Google Calendar), which would make Quickrr Calendar even more useful, as the data could be accessed from outside Google Chrome, and the Quickrr Calendar data would always be up-to-date with the newest appointments and any changes made elsewhere.
Another nice tool to go along with Quickrr Calendar would be reminders. I’m not sure if this would be accomplished via email or Chrome’s built-in pop-up notification system, but the ability to create reminders when an appointment is set to begin would be a nice feature. It would also be a nice option to have the calendar open in a new tab instead of a pop-up, as the way Google Chrome treats pop-ups, the calendar disappears when you click outside of it, meaning you can’t do anything else but the calendar at any one time.
Still, for being such a new extension, Quickrr Calendar is really nice. I love the interface, the tools that are already present are well thought-out and work well, and the idea that such an already useful tool is so new is actually pretty exciting. I can’t wait to see what features are added, and it’s definitely something I’ll be keeping an eye on.