One click does the same thing on OS X Mountain Lion, but it often reveals a lengthy list of notices which need to be cleaned up. Here’s a simple Mac utility which makes it much easier to see Calendar (iCal) events with a single click.
Where’s My Desktop Wallpaper?
ICU is one of a new breed of Calendar utilities which make it simple and easy to view events without actually opening up or using Calendar.
Instead of using Notification Center, or a pop up window, or a click to the Menubar, ICU places the Calendar items on top of the Desktop wallpaper, just below the Menubar.
That means you need to choose your Desktop wallpaper carefully, but it also means Calendar events are easily viewed without using Calendar.
The concept is sound except for one minor issue. Not all Mac users can find their Desktop wallpaper behind the clutter of open app windows.
ICU does come with a few additional controls you’ll find useful.
ICU’s options are numerous and include up to three months of events.
Each of the events on top of the Desktop wallpaper can be moved and realigned.
Set up specific calendars to be viewed in ICU, as well as the time interval (up to three months), and maximum number of events.
Alignment can also be set up in Preferences by clicking the ICU icon in the Menubar. And, of course, ICU uses the Mac’s built-in color tool to set the font color of the calendar event items to match the Desktop wallpaper.
ICU might be useful to Mac users who have clear access to the Desktop and who don’t want to be bothered by opening up Calendar to see events, but some Dashboard Widgets such as iCal Events do almost the same thing with less effort.