According to recent estimates, there are about 75-million Macs in the wild with 20 to 25-million or more new Macs hitting the streets every year. Most of what we need on our Macs Apple gives us in OS X. But not everything.
There’s email, a browser, a place for photos, music, and movies. Apple supplies work apps, too, including Pages, Numbers, and the highly acclaimed Keynote app. Plus Messages, FaceTime, Notes, and Reminders. What’s not to like? What did I miss? Calendar.
One Click Calendar
Of those 75-million Macs in the wild (as opposed to 75-million Mac users; many of us have more than one Mac) my unscientific survey says most Mac users use Calendar to track events. Calendar has the basics of event management, with a few alerts, and syncs well with iPhone and iPad Calendar, but one thing is missing.
One click accessibility. To view your Calendar events you need to open Calendar and have it running on your Mac. Click the icon in the Dock and you can view the day’s, week’s, or even month’s upcoming events. Or, you can install the inexpensive Calendar 366 Plus app and get all your events from the Mac’s Menubar with a single click; always available from within any app you may be using at the moment.
Nice, right? But Calendar 366 Plus isn’t just a quick and dirty display of what’s already in your Calendar database.
One more click or a keyboard combo and you can create Calendar Events and Reminders, including Alerts, Calendar selection, plus date and time.
Calendar 366 Plus is a Mac power users dream because it has a full array of keyboard shortcuts so you don’t have to reach for mouse or trackpad. New Events? Comman+N. New Reminders? Command+R. Even finding events and reminders in a busy calendar has a shortcut to find– Command+F.
This app really looks and feels like a mini version of Calendar. View the calendar, create events, add alerts, and do most of what we already do in Calendar, but do it all from the Menubar instead.
Here’s a look at Calendar 366 Plus in action using OS X El Capitan’s light mode with maps.
I think Calendar 366 Plus is priced right, but there is a less expensive version with fewer features on the Mac App Store or you can use the 14-day trial version from the developer’s website. Seriously, this is like having a mini-Calendar app in the Menubar and there’s not much to not like. It just works.