What’s not to like? It’s a calendar with events, reminders, to-do items, multiple views, syncs between devices, and it’s free. So, why is there a cottage industry of Calendar-like apps; some cheap, some not so much? Yeah, I know. Different strokes and all that. Here are three ways to look at a calendar on the Mac and iPhone and iPad.
Based upon my somewhat limited personal experience, the issue I see the most with all calendar apps, Apple’s Calendar included, is, well, visual. Depending upon the size of your screen it may be difficult to see a month of events.
That’s the case with Calendar, but the very popular Fantastical solved that problem with a different interface that is easier on the eyes, and easier to view upcoming events. That ability alone was worth the price of admission for me, and I run Fantastical on Mac, iPhone, and iPad.
At the other end of the scale is Apple’s free Calendar for all three devices, with the saving grace that each Calendar version is simple to use and usually syncs well between all devices.
What about the Calendar replacement app Moca for Mac, iPhone, and iPad? What you get is a Calendar lookalike which focuses on the big picture– the monthly view– and has an infinite longitudinal scrolling capability. Moca uses the data from Calendar but works best in monthly view on the Mac, and especially if you’re not a heavy Calendar user.
Then what’s the point?
Moca for Mac doesn’t blaze any new trail but can be launched with a keyboard shortcut, and be placed in both Dock and Menubar; otherwise, and unlike Fantastical, customization options are nominal.
What’s interesting about Moca is how similar the Mac version is to the iOS version for iPad and iPhone, both of which are free, and the differences in ratings. Mac App Store users seem pretty down on Moca for Mac while Moca for iOS gets rave reviews, even though it is ad supported.
If there’s much difference between the OS X and iOS versions then I’m hard put to find it. Both work with Google Calendar and data from Calendar, both handle holidays, font sizes, and few additional features of nominal benefit. I’d call both purely minimal calendar apps with the only visible saving grace being the longitudinal scrolling ability, and the fact that they’re not Calendar.
Otherwise, you’re paying money for what amounts to the same thing as Moca replaces. Again, different strokes, but definitely not the most useful calendar app for users with a busy schedule of events.