I’ve been playing with the new calendar view beta. I looked around for a settings option but am only seeing the drop-down for changing the view between Month/Week/Day.
Here is a screenshot of the calendar view using the Simple Gantt Chart template:
What the calendar view really really really (strong emphasis) needs is some settings that allow you to select which column**(s)** to use for the labels in the calendar. In this example, the WBS number which would typically be the unique column used for related rows doesn’t tell you anything useful in the calendar view. We need to be able to see more information at a glance with the calendar. It would be even better if we could select multiple columns to display, but bare minimum we need to be able to choose a column for the labels.
Examples of columns that would be important to show in a calendar view:
(a) Status column such as “Completed, Confirmed, No Show” etc. An example can be seen here: https://community.spreadsheet.com/t/working-with-time/665/2?u=vertex42
(b) Priority A flag to mark priority items in the calendar. I won’t mention any other “Select” types of examples because they are all similar and could be represented using the same pill style shown in other views
(c) Attachments If it’s an appointment calendar and you have linked to photos of a person, you could show the photo within the calendar itself (or at least in the pop-up details).
(d) Progress % - This wouldn’t need to be displayed as a grayed portion of the bar in the calendar (although that might be cool), but showing a % value at the beginning of the calendar item would be useful (and also in the pop-up details).
(e) Time - In a monthly calendar, if you have something representing appointments then you’ll want to see the time abbreviated within the calendar itself just like you do with Google Calendar (“Title, 3-4pm”). In fact, Google Calendar is a pretty good benchmark to use.
I’m very glad that there are other views besides monthly (day, week, two-week, etc.) but the same thing applies regarding seeing more data and choosing which columns to show.
The other thing that is needed to make calendar views useful is the ability to see more data associated with the row than just the primary/start/end/status columns:
I was hoping that we’d be able to see the same pop-up that you can see when you click on the row in the regular spreadsheet view as this example from the Construction Schedule template:
I’m excited to see the start of the calendar view. But to be useful I would really love to see the ability to choose which columns to display in the calendar and more details in the pop-up when you click on an item.