Are you a Calendar user? Many Mac and iPhone customers are heavy into Calendar. Still, I run into people who never bother with Calendar at all. Why not? It’s too complicated. What would make Calendar easier to use?
How about a Calendar add-on that does fill the entire Mac screen with a daunting and visually complicated app. Yes, using Calendar improves your day-to-day life, but if it’s too complex to use, what’s the point? That’s the point of InstaCal.
The problem I had with Calendar for many years was how visually daunting it could be. That may be a common refrain. To view Calendar events appropriately, Calendar appropriates the Mac’s entire screen. Surely there’s a better, simpler way to view upcoming events and add events, right?
Enter InstaCal, a Mac Menubar calendar utility which displays events in your Mac’s Calendar app but in a more simplified, less daunting interface.
Click the icon in the Menubar to reveal what can only be described as Calendar Lite or perhaps Calendar mini– but accessible from within any Mac app.
InstaCal has configurable shortcut keys, works with Google Calendar, Office 365 and Outlook, as well as Apple’s own Calendar and accounts. InstaCal in the Menubar also has a variety of cooks and color schemes.
The big bonus here is that it works with your existing Reminders app, lets you add new reminders, including location and time-based alerts. Not shabby for an inexpensive utility that takes some of the visual stress away from Calendar.
One of my favorite features in Calendar is notifications. Those can be created, edited, and viewed from within InstaCall, too. And, if you’re a MacBook Pro user with the new Touch Bar with Touch ID, InstaCal has context sensitive options in the Touch Bar. Not bad for a few bucks but it’s also available in the SetApp subscription service. As handy as InstaCal is I would like to see full Touch ID support. The more security on apps we use often the better life will be.