Apple is famous for giving Mac, iPhone, and iPad customers a good user experience right out of the box, rather than dumping in hundreds of features that most people never use and letting them figure out things for themselves.
That distinction is obvious, but there are times when Apple leaves useful functionality off the table. For example, let’s say you want to check the Calendar while you’re browsing in Safari. Command-Tab, or click the Calendar icon in the Dock, or change Spaces, or invoke a Dashboard widget.
Or, place an itsy bitsy teeny weeny calendar into the Mac’s Menubar so you can see Calendar events with a single click and from within any Mac app. It’s called Itsycal for Mac and it couldn’t be easier to install and use. And it’s free.
One click gets you this.
What you get is a simple dropdown calendar which displays the current month and upcoming events from your Calendar. There are options to navigate forwards and backwards to different months. Plus, you can create and delete events, but not edit a Calendar event.
Despite the price tag (none), Itscal is surprisingly robust, even for Mac power users who prefer not to move hands from keyboard to mouse or trackpad. Itsycal has keyboard shortcuts to navigate months, check today, toggle weeks and months, create a new event, even open Calendar itself.
That’s a good deal for free, and exactly the kind of usefulness Apple normally provides.