Up pops a little window, but at the top is the name of each open Safari web page. That’s handy. But Apple doesn’t do that kind of thing too often. In fact, a simple right-click on most Dock icons for Apple’s apps or any third party app reveals little about what’s going on with the app. Here’s a way Apple could improve app usage.
With apologies to Billy Shakespeare, Calendar is another example of where Apple seems to go out of its way to avoid the obvious touches that can be oh so handy. Right-click on the Dock’s Calendar icon and what do you get? New events. That’s handy, but more than entering a new event I want to see what events are coming up.
Fantastical does that from the Mac’s Menubar with a click. That one click gets you an option to enter an event, view the month by day, and see what events are coming up. But Fantastical has a fantastic price tag. Why doesn’t Apple do something similar with Calendar?
In fact, the only way to see a calendar in Calendar is to open Calendar. If you don’t want the extra expense or add complexity of Fantastical, and Calendar is just too anemic, and all you really want is a place to click to see what events are coming up, then try popCalendar, an almost-free utility which displays a calendar with a click from within any Mac app.
Good grief. How’s that for sweet and simple?
Click on a date and view the events scheduled for that date. The full year calendar view is extremely handy but all it takes is a click to view today or a full month. And you won’t need to launch Calendar, switch to Calendar, or worry about Calendar.
If you need to add an event, you’ll still need Calendar, but that can be handled with a click to the Calendar icon in the Dock (which tells me that popCalendar could use a one-click ‘Add Event’ feature. It could very well be that Apple deliberately provides basic functionality and leaves certain obvious third party add-on features to the Mac app developer community, though that sounds like Apple is either leaving things on the table or throwing crumbs from the table to developers. In some cases Apple has copied with third party developers have innovated beyond the basics provided in an Apple app.
Regardless, utilities such as popCalendar are so obvious and so useful and priced as such a bargain that you wonder what Apple’s famed software engineers were doing when they first created a list of features to update on future products.