Is there a Mac user on planet earth that does not use Apple’s built-in Calendar app? It’s free. It works. It actually syncs well and plays nice-nice between Apple devices. Oh. One more thing. Calendar requires effort to view.
Viewing Calendar isn’t exactly painful, but to see events you have to have Calendar open and you have to switch to it from whatever else you’re doing at the moment. Why doesn’t Apple make Calendar items easier to view from the Menubar? Our favorite Mac maker might have reasons, but that lack of attention to a useful feature leaves the door open to clever Mac app developers. Take a look at CalendarMenu.
It’s the Calendar, in the Menubar. Hence, CalendarMenu.
Even better than simply displaying Calendar events with a click, regardless of which app you’re using at the moment, CalendarMenu is customizable, with multiple looks and different capabilities.
CalendarMenu isn’t really a mini-Calendar, but it does what you need with a click– display all Calendar events. It displays a difference between an event and an all-day event, including spanning multiple days. There’s a weekly and daily overview, too.
Some functionality is enabled in CalendarMenu without opening the Calendar app, including setting reminders as finished, changing reminder lists, and hiding reminders without a due date.
There’s more going on in CalendarMenu than meets the eye and it’s a worthy addition to the Mac’s already overcrowded Menubar. It’s not that Calendar is a bad app. It’s steady, stable, and does the job, if not maybe the next most boring Mac app beyond Contacts. But Calendar is useful.
One of my favorite Calendar semi-replacement apps is Fantastical. Not so much because it has a bunch more features than Calendar– they use the same calendar data– but Fantastical has such an improved interface, and with calendar events what you want is quick access to view and change or enter events.
Calendar hasn’t changed much since it was introduced, but I do appreciate how well it plays with iCloud. Not many non-Apple apps do that.