Yes, boys and girls, friends and neighbors, guys and dolls, there is something new under the sun. Remember Calendar on your Mac? Apple has kept is simple so we can use it forever and perhaps a few years beyond that. That inattention to anything new also means Calendar is boring.
If necessity is the mother of invention then that explains why Mac users have Calinsight to help remove the boring parts of your day, and track what you do each day, what habits you’re into, and help you get motivated and stay on track.
Calendar, Meet Insight
Calendar is OK for what it does. Track and display events on a calendar. But don’t let that vanilla interface in Calendar fool you. It’s still vanilla, a single taste app that remains purely utilitarian, and you do all the work. Enter Calinsight, a personal planner calendar for the Mac with some bells and whistles you won’t find in Calendar or the popular Fantastical.
Calinsight lets you schedule events but also tracks what you do, including habitual items, and then graphs out your success or completion rate. That’s very cool.
All you do is create or edit an event or reminder in the calendar. Calendars can be displayed in Google, Exchange, or most any CalDAV account. Check off a reminder right from the Mac’s Menubar.
What a difference a little color and some major focus can make.
Calinsight is handier than Calendar because it’s accessible from within any Mac app by using the Menubar. Easily switch between Daily, Monthly, Weekly, and eve Yearly progress with a click. The Top 5 items are displayed below and visible in a circular chart.
Data is captured and stored in iCloud so it syncs between Macs with ease. This is a nicely done, affordable, and highly usable option for Mac users bored with Calendar but unwilling to pay the price of Fantastical.
Yes. A couple. First, there’s no iPhone or iPad version, and most of what I prefer to use on my Mac these days must have an iOS version. Second, there’s no try-before-you-buy option. For any Mac app over a couple of dollars that’s a must. And, worst of all, Calinsight hasn’t been updated in about a year, which makes it precariously close to abandonware.
Otherwise, nicely done, good interface, easy to setup and use, and it offers many useful insights into what’s robbing your day of the time you thought technology would let you reclaim.