# Another reason to hate iCal in Lion

I’ve been using Lion on my MacBook Air for quite a while, but I didn’t switch my office iMac to Lion until a couple of weeks ago. Normally, I don’t spend much time looking at my calendar on the Air, so I haven’t had much experience with the new iCal until recently. Like everyone, I hate the faux leather window dressing and the oh-so-cute bit of “torn paper” along the top edge, but those are simply evidence of bad taste, not a decline in functionality.

Putting the list of calendars in a popup list instead of a sidebar seemed at first to be a decline in functionality, but I’ve had enough experience with the new layout now that it doesn’t bother me anymore.

One thing I don’t think I’ll ever get used to, though, is the really pale date numbers, especially in the Month View.

Today I was on the phone and needed to check the date of next Thursday. I had turned away from my computer to flip through a stack of papers, and when I turned my head to glance at the calendar to confirm the date, I realized that a casual glance wouldn’t do. I had to stare at the screen to make out the light gray date numbers.

As I see it, there are two essential features of any calendar, paper or electronic:

There’s a thread on this topic at Apple Support but no solution. There are things I could do in Universal Access, but they would affect every application, and I really just want to fix iCal. iCal’s preferences have no settings that affect its look. I’ve opened up com.apple.iCal.plist, but I didn’t see any obvious settings that would address the color of the dates. Opening the Package Contents of the iCal application itself was also a dead end.