It’s good because it tracks events in a calendar and issues alerts ahead of an event. It’s bad because it’s out of sight. And it’s ugly (which is only one reason why I prefer to use Fantastical on my Mac, iPhone, and iPad). Alerts in Calendar are good but something needs to catch your eye. Enter a free app that does.
When Is The Next Meeting?
There’s not much to the Next Meeting app. It resides in the Menubar and displays whatever is coming up next from Calendar. It’s also free so there’s little risk in giving it a try.
If you’re hoping for more features and cool doodads or extra buttons or a list of preferences. Stop. Next Meeting is free. All it does is display the next meeting, or the upcoming even from Calendar’s database.
That’s it. Nothing else to see here; move along.
Well, actually, there are a few other background options. Next Meeting works by pulling events from Calendar and running them in the Menubar so they’re easily seen from within any Mac app you’re using at the moment. A quick glance tells you what event is coming and when.
It also works with iCloud, Exchange, Google, CalDAV, even Facebook and Yahoo!
Unfortunately, Next Meeting highlights an ongoing problem with both Notification Center and the Menubar itself. While Calendar alerts can be made to pop up on screen a set time before the event, Notification Center needs to be invoked to view, and the Menubar is already overcrowded and sometimes utilities that get placed there stop working because of the overcrowded conditions.
What I would like to see in Next Meeting is a simple popup window that floats above all other windows with the next Calendar even and perhaps the one after (as well as the time). Otherwise, it’s pretty good for free. Just as long as you have space in the Menubar.