Apple often makes best-of-breed products, both in hardware and software. For Mac users, the built-in applications make personal computing enjoyable and productive. Sometimes, Apple seems to neglect or forget the obvious.
What’s Happening With A Click
Among my collection of applications which I depend upon to get through the day is the venerable Calendar app in OS X Mountain Lion (known as iCal in previous versions of OS X).
Calendar is useful, productive, relatively efficient, and the learning curve is modest. What’s missing?
Status. Not notifications. Status. Apple has tried to make app notifications centralized in Mountain Lion and iOS devices with Notification Center.
One click to Notification Center and you get a screen long list of recent notices, including Calendar events. Therein lies the problem.
Notifications are not prioritized or stacked relative to value. They’re simply lumped into a long list. That works for many items but not for Calendar events.
So, I added Calendario to my Mac’s overcrowded but remarkably functional Menubar.
One click to the Mac’s Menubar reveals Calendario’s pop down window.
Click a date to view the details, including Calendar events. Calendar (or, iCal) doesn’t even need to be running for Calendario to work.
This is one of those nice touches that Mac app developers come up with to supplement Apple’s products. Nice, right? Here’s something even better.
Calendario is cheap, but Calendar is cheaper. No, not Apple’s Calendar, but the app Calendar on the Mac App Store.
Functionality is similar to Calendario, but the calendar is larger, makes the date viewable in the Menubar, and you don’t have to click to see a date’s details– just hover the screen pointer.
Calendar is what Calendario strives to be. That extra bit of useful functionality not found in Apple’s Calendar.