Who does not use the Mac’s built-in Calendar app? Judging by the competition of Calendar-like apps and utilities, and by the state of how many people I know who are always late for this or that, not everyone.
One way to make Calendar more useful is to bring it out from behind the shadows. That’s what CalendarMenu does. Instead of switching over to Calendar, or launching Calendar, simply click the Mac’s Menubar from within any app you’re using at the moment, and Calendar is there.
Click, Ye Shall Receive
CalendarMenu is one of those Mac utility apps that once you see it you wonder why Apple hasn’t put Calendar in the Menubar already. It’s that convenient. One window displays not only Calendar events, but also Reminders and some Contact information (birthdays, for example). What you won’t see is everything Calendar can do because that’s not the point. Brevity rules.
You get all that with a single click. Here’s how CalendarMenu describes itself.
It deliberately forgoes showing a overly filled calendar containing every single event within one window to keep things clear and orderly. Instead different event types are marked accordingly, for example birthdays or all-day events. A more detailed view with all events of the selected calendars and time period is shown when you click on a calendar day or week number.
This is not a stupid app, either. It can differentiate between standard and all-day events, and even events covering multiple days. Birthdays are pulled from Contacts. Reminders show up in the calendar with a due date.
CalendarMenu has both a dark and light theme to match your tastes (and the limits of Apple’s personal customization options).
The app has a variety of keyboard shortcuts which works well for the power users who disdain point and click. You can also check out the details in Notification Center, but the built-in Calendar displays details there, too. You’ll find a bunch of filters so you can display only those events and reminders that are most valuable, and reminders can be marked as done, undone, and change the priorities– without having to launch or switch to the Reminders app.
And that’s the whole point. Convenience.
CalendarMenu is exactly what you would expect to see in Calendar that Apple hasn’t bothered to provide. The price is right; just a few dollars, and though it’s on the Mac App Store (reviews are mostly good), there’s also a free try-before-you-buy option.