As Mac users everywhere already know, one gals productivity app is another guys eye candy app. My husband and I have a disagreement over an app I found. He says it’s eye candy. I say it’s a total productivity app.
Po-tay-to, po-tah-toe. You be the judge. After all, what do we all need more of? Mac apps that are easy to use, do more, cost less. Here’s the pro. And the con (my other half).
A CONvoluted PROductivity App
You use iCal, right? Everyone using a Mac uses iCal. I think it’s a law, or something. Keeping iCal in your workflow each day can be a challenge. Why? Well, iCal is a little busy, you know?
There’s too many options and too much clutter with multiple calendars (personal, family, husband, etc.).
Outside of collecting and holding all the dates and times for everything, what we really want out of iCal is instant focus.
A quicker than quick way to see what’s going on and when it’s going. As I pointed out to my husband and his clumsy way of using iCal (click to open, select calendar, review, close, repeat ad nauseam), there must be a better way.
Blotter is the Mac app that might be the better way for you. Particularly if you’re fond of on screen eye candy.
As an example of superbly crafted eye candy, I use DragThing as my launcher, and I’m proud to say it’s been on all my Macs since I was in the second grade. I set up a hot corner so when I swish my Mac pointer to that corner, DragThing pops up on screen and I’m a mere click away from anything anywhere on my Mac.
No typing. One click. Take that, Quicksilver users. Alright, that simple flick of the wrist sets the stage for instantaneous productivity on your Mac’s calendar.
Blotter For President 2012
If Blotter were running for President it would win every presidential primary debate. If Blotter made a movie, it would win an Oscar. What Blotter does is make iCal fun to use, and in a very sexy Captain Jack sorta way (Billie Piper, if you’re a guy who uses iCal but wants a fling with something else).
Here it is. Blotter on your Mac’s Desktop:
Entering events and tasks is just as colorful and easy.
Seriously. Is that total eye candy, or what?
It’s like Minority Report on your Mac, but without the touchy feely touchscreen. Just click and it’s all there in color and smack dab on top of your Mac’s Desktop (choose your Desktop image carefully).
Despite the colorful interface, Blotter is productive. Everything you enter into Blotter goes directly into iCal (and vice versa). Add events. Add tasks. Check to-dos. See what’s happening right now or this week or what you missed already.
Blotter also works with Google Calendar. And you can set it so it views seven days ahead instead of the typical week view (where today might be the only day current).
Despite all the colorful candy coated productivity it brings to your Mac, Blotter comes with some stains. There’s no try-before-you-buy option. It’s Mac App Store or nothing. If you don’t like the taste of Blotter, your money is still gone, and the price tag indicates the developers are proud of Blotter.
Your Desktop photo might not be the best background for Blotter’s calendar view, so you’ll likely make a compromise for better viewing. And, using the Desktop for an app may also change your Mac workflow habits, as you’ll need to get used to getting all those apps and windows out of the way before making an iCal entry.
Otherwise, Blotter is an attractive and fun to use app with a lively visual bouquet, amid a hint of fruity productivity, and devoid of iCal’s nutty, austere body.