Calendar may be the Mac utility we love to hate, but often there’s a need to add a utility app to make it behave the way you want. Calendar hasn’t changed much through the years, either. One way to make using Calendar easier and better is to install the free Calendar on your Mac. Confused?
The Tale Of Three Calendars
Calendar is the name of the calendar application already on your Mac. Calendar is also the name of a free Calendar utility in the Mac App Store. What the new Calendar does that the old Calendar doesn’t do well is to bring your Calendar events and items to the Mac’s Menubar for easier access.
Click the Calendar icon in the Menubar and you get a quick and simple drop down view of upcoming events. Hover the Mac’s screen pointer (the mouse pointer, but I hesitate to call it a mouse pointer because most Macs have trackpads instead) over any day on the calendar to see a quick list of events for that day.
And, yes, Calendar in the Menubar can pull up events in Calendar in OS X, and it has keyboard shortcuts to speed up the Calendar viewing without resorting to trackpad or mouse.
Calendar is also easy to switch months and even years, and it plays nice-nice with Calendar on OS X. Click on any day or week or month or event and you can manage it directly in Calendar.
All Calendar, the free add-on utility, does is give you quick access to see what’s coming up in Calendar, the free app in OS X. The Calendar Plus version does more. It displays Calendar, Google Calendar, and BusyCal events, integrates with Facebook, displays the weather forecast up to 15 days in advance, comes with more than a dozen colorful themes, and does more than Calendar (not the Apple Calendar) for a nominal price.
Apple likes to brag about the user experience and how so many of the Apple-branded apps are best of breed, but the company doesn’t do much to make some apps more accessible while you’re using other apps. Calendar, the free add-on, does, and Calendar Plus does more (a bit gaudy at times, but a little color here and there won’t hurt Apple’s battleship gray).