Apple gives Mac, iPhone, and iPad users plenty of basic applications with each device and they’re free. It’s a symbiotic relationship. We buy hardware from Apple, they give us software that runs on the hardware. Win, win.
On the other hand, app developers fill in the gaps by publishing tools, utilities, and add-ons for functions that Apple disregards, deems less important, or hasn’t bothered to get around to, uh, um, confiscate from the more creative developer community. Calendar on the Mac is a good example. As calendar apps go, Calendar is decent, but not exactly weighed down by bells and whistles. Here’s one rather simple function that Apple ignores but one that many Mac users would love to use. And it’s free.
Maybe Apple expects Mac users to open up all their basic apps and run them at the same time, and use the Command-Tab switcher to navigate between apps. If that’s what they think, their user interface folks need to get out more because most of us don’t open everything all the time; we open what we need, when we need it, right?
Calendar app remains mostly useless unless Calendar is open and running. If I’m working on another app and need to check Calendar, I have to open Calendar. Likewise, if all I need is to check a calendar date or day, I have to open Calendar. See the problem?
Apple doesn’t give us an easy way to view Calendar events unless you open Calendar first. That’s what ItsyCal does and it’s free. Click the Mac’s Menubar and it reveals the Calendar, plus upcoming events.
What’s not to like about that?
That’s it. Click the Menubar, view the Calendar and Events. ItsCal also deletes events, creates events, but does not yet edit already created events. For Mac power users who recognize a good thing when they see it, ItsyCal has a bunch of keyboard shortcuts so your fingers can do the walking and not to the Menubar.
Check today’s events, move a selection, toggle between calendars, open and quit, even navigate to other months or years– all from the keyboard. There’s even a simple way to move Itsycal around on the Mac’s Menubar (if you have macOS Sierra or Mac OS X Yosemite).
I don’t claim to understand the business model behind ItsyCall. It’s an incredibly useful functionality that Apple ignores and it’s free for your Mac.