Even if my name was Ford, I think I’d run into trouble trying to build my own car and selling it as a Ford. Somehow or another that common sense isn’t applied to Calendar in OS X Mountain Lion. That’s because Calendar for the Mac is better than Calendar. Say what?
Will The Real Calendar Stand Up?
What used to be iCal on the Mac became Calendar instead on the iPhone. Obviously, Apple wanted to keep everything in sync, so iCal became Calendar.
There’s nothing wrong with a little bit of consistency, except in the case of Calendar for OS X, there was already a Calendar app for the Mac.
Calendar for the Mac is free and lives in the Mac’s Menubar. Click it and you get exactly what you expect.
A calendar pops down from the Calendar icon, which displays what’s going on in your Mac’s Calendar events.
A bit confusing, no? What’s really interesting is that both Calendar apps are free, but Calendar the pop down Menubar app is easier to use.
And, it’s even handier to use.
Configuration and setup in the pop down Calendar is straightforward.
Choose which calendars you want to subscribe to from Calendar (Apple’s OS X Calendar).
The free pop down Calendar calendar has keyboard shortcuts so you won’t even need to point and click.
The visual calendar isn’t as extensive as Apple’s built-in Calendar, but click on a day with events, and they’re quickly displayed.
Frankly, I like Calendar (the pop down mini-versions) because it’s friendly, less intimidating and complicated, and it’s free.
Earlier versions from about a year ago were buggy, but the idea of a mini-version of Calendar which is accessible from the keyboard is worthy and the latest version is an improvement.
Why doesn’t Apple do what Calendar does to Calendar?