For example, many Mac users use Google Chrome as a replacement for Safari. While I’m satisfied with Apple’s Calendar and Contacts apps, mostly because they work well and sync fast between my various iDevices, there is some green grass on the Google side of the fence.
A Calendar Parade!
Nearly every Mac user I know uses Google’s Gmail, and many use Google’s version of Contacts and Calendar. And why not? Both are easy to use and free (just like Apple’s on the Mac). The problem I see, of course, is that Google now gets to view everything on your Calendar and all your Contacts in addition to all your email, but that’s a separate issue.
If you’re OK with Google rummaging through your personal data, extracting what it finds valuable, and then selling said data to the highest bidder, go ahead. Google makes a variety of decent applications for their
customers users products-as-users for iPhone, but not so much for the Mac, where Chrome is the window to Google’s free services.
For Mac users who love Google’s wares, particularly Calendar, CalendarPro is an inexpensive Mac app to use and a good way to get a Mac-like and non-Chrome-like experience for Calendar items.
Hello? Look familiar?
Not only does CalendarPro look like Calendar on your Mac, it syncs Calendar data with Google Calendar so you don’t miss a beat if you switch from one calendar to another.
CalendarPro works with OS X’s Notification Center, and it’s just as easy to add events and reminders on Google Calendar as it is on the built-in Calendar app. It features fullscreen mode, multiple calendars, color coding, repeat options, guests, and actually plays nicer with multiple users or co-workers than Apple’s Mac Calendar.
Getting up to speed with CalendarPro takes very little time because it looks and behaves much like the Mac’s Calendar app. Mac App Store ratings are generally good, and those that are not appear to be related to earlier, somewhat more buggy versions.
With Calendar, Contacts, Mail and all the iWork apps showing up in a web browser window these days I’m not sure there’s much advantage to using Google’s free apps– other than they’re free alternatives– but I worry more about privacy issues that features.