BusyCal 3

A quick Cal­en­dar re­place­ment

Mac Format - - APPLE CHOICE - J.R. Boo kwal­ter

BusyCal 3 looks and feels a lot like Ap­ple’s Cal­en­dar, but it of­fers a num­ber of

im­prove­ments. There’s a re­designed menu bar util­ity with a mini month cal­en­dar and a scrolling event list, plus a de­tailed info panel in the lower-right cor­ner of the app’s main win­dow (which can also be dis­played in a float­ing one).

Re­minders are in­te­grated into BusyCal as to-dos. These show up along­side reg­u­lar events on the main cal­en­dar and as a list in the right-hand panel, though we couldn’t get iCloud re­minders to show up un­til we added a new to-do in BusyCal. In a good move, you can as­sign spe­cific times to each of your to-dos.

We love BusyCal’s smooth scrolling too, which en­ables track­pad users to quickly zip be­tween days, weeks, or months with a sin­gle swipe.

The big­gest new fea­ture in BusyCal 3 has been bor­rowed from Cal­en­dar: travel time. It works the same way too: when you en­ter a lo­ca­tion- based event, BusyCal will work out how long it takes to drive or walk there, and alerts you when it’s time to leave based on traf­fic con­di­tions.

There’s fi­nally a sin­gle iOS ver­sion for iPhone and iPad, with iden­ti­cal fea­tures to the Mac one. The month view feels cramped on iPhone in por­trait view, but it does a fine job of repli­cat­ing the Mac ex­pe­ri­ence on mo­bile.

Pre­fer to dis­play your events as a list? BusyCal will oblige.

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