When the winter weather gets really bad on CNN, I dig deeper into my Southern California winterless wonderland to come up with more Mac bargains.
Sure, the economy is the pits, and retailers are slashing prices left and right to move merchandise. What about Mac software? Here’s the latest. The popular Daychaser iCal wannabe ends 2009 with a new price tag. It’s free.
21st Century Mac Calendars Are Free
So it seems. With Mac OS X Apple gives Mac users iCal, which is kinda sorta free. You have to buy Snow Leopard or a Mac.
Even more free than iCal is Econ Technologies mature and stable Daychaser.
It’s a calendar. And a scheduler. And it looks like iCal. But it does a few more things than iCal. But it’s priced like iCal. Only more free.
Daychaser creates calendar documents and lets you manage multiple calendars, including To-Do items. The most striking thing about Daychaser is, well, it’s not iCal but it looks like iCal.
Surely, there’s more to Daychaser than mere looks and a striking similarity to iCal, right? Uh, maybe.
Competing Against Free Is Not So Easy
Daychaser has been around awhile and is loaded with features. You can post appointments, events, tasks, memos to any date. Just like iCal.
Set up custom alerts, send email notifications automatically to others, create special checklists, and do customizations beyond what you get with iCal. So why is Daychaser free?
The problem with Mac calendaring software is two fold. Apple and Google.
If it’s Free, Why Pay?
That’s the problem. iCal is free and quite competent. Every Mac user knows how to use iCal.
So, along comes another software application for Macs and it’s not free. But it looks and feels like iCal and though it comes with a few more features than iCal, it’s still, well, a calendaring app.
Worse, Google’s Calendar is also free and plenty of utilities sync iCal to Google Calendar. That’s two very good, very inexpensive calendaring applications. Where does Daychaser fit?
If you don’t care for iCal or Google Calendar, but you want something similar, Daychaser might be what you’re after. Or not. Either way, it’s worth the price.