Guess who is famous for giving Mac, iPhone, and iPad customers a good user experience right out of the box? Apple. Rather than dumping in hundreds of features that most people never use and letting them figure out things for themselves, we get apps we can use right away.
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 for events while you’re browsing in Safari. Command-Tab, or click the Calendar icon in the Dock to open it, or change Spaces, or invoke a Dashboard widget. Plenty of options. Is there an easier way?
Easy? Yes. Put 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. The app is called Itsycal for Mac and it couldn’t be easier to install and use. Did I mention Itsycal is free?
One click gets you this.
What you get is a simple Menubar-based 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. Negatives? You cannot edit a Calendar event once it’s created.
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 but leaves on the table for third party app developers.
You might think I have a thing with calendars and Calendar. You’d be right. CalendarMenu offers even more Calendar features with a click. Calendar 366 does a few things Calendar does not. And, if you’re bored with Calendar, there’s a better interface and more functionality in the popular Fantastical.
Yeah, I like calendars.