It’s easy enough to describe what we like than it is to describe what we don’t like.
One aspect of the Mac I don’t like is how the Menubar is used. Yes, it’s simple, often dependable, not very elegant, and at times, highly useful with beloved functions. But some of those Menubar apps need a makeover.
Where’s That Stupid Calendar?
My power user gene is running at full speed when it comes to parking apps in the Menubar. At last count I have almost two dozen little utility tools stuck in the Menubar.
Which Menubar item needs a makeover? It’s the one we use the most. The day, date, clock.
I set mine up to display the day of the week, the month and date, and the time, including AM and PC and seconds.
Throughout the day I glance in the upper right corner to see the time, and occasionally to remember what day of the week it is (I work late at night). That makes me rather ordinary, but what I’d like is a quick look at the calendar.
Sorry, Mac OS X, no can do. But add the free Day-O to your Mac, and a click on the day, date, time app in the Menubar drops down a calendar.
There’s not much else to get excited about when using Day-O.
Install it, and Day-O can display itself in the Menubar, and launch itself when you login to your Mac.
Day-O then replaces the standard Mac Menubar clock with a day, date, clock which also features a drop down calendar.
Today’s day of the week is highlighted. Navigation arrows take you to different months, forward or backward.
Controlling the date and time format is a bit cumbersome but once it’s set you’re good to go pretty much forever. Day-O is even Retina display ready for that new MacBook Pro with Retina display that you’re lusting over.
What would make Day-O even better is a mouse-over option. Instead of clicking the date and time in the Menubar to get the calendar, simply move the mouse-pointer over the date and time to get the calendar to drop down.
Otherwise Day-O is highly useful, elegant, and priced right. Free.