MacOS does come with a fully-featured calendar app, but it’s possible that you may not like it and are looking for a better alternative. If you’re one of those users who aren’t satisfied with the default Calendar app, here are some alternatives for you. These apps will help you keep your tasks and events organized, as that’s what they are for.
1. Fantastical 2
Flexibits’ calendar app Fantastical really lives up to its name, offering an experience that arguably beats out even Apple’s own Calendar app. It lets you connect all your accounts easily – iCloud, Google, Yahoo, obscure ones like CalDAV, you name it – then see them all elegantly organized into the stylish flat interface.
It does a great job of putting all the info under one roof and has Google-like features, such as automatically slotting things into your calendar based on things you type (“Dentist appointment next Thursday at 2pm”, for example). It’s received some good updates over the years, too, such as an ‘at a glance’ daily view and toggling various calendars on and off. In many ways it’s like an independent version of the next app on this list.
You can get Fantastical for $24.99.
2. Google Calendar
Perhaps the reason you want to leave Apple’s Calendar app is not to be tied into the big corporate machine, in which case Google Calendar might not be for you. But with one of the most user-friendly interfaces around and plenty of quality-of-life features, like the option to quickly type appointments and toggle calendars, Google’s free offering may tempt you. It’s easy to export data and collaborate on your Calendar with other people and is smooth to sync up with Apple’s iCloud services.
There’s no actual desktop app for Google Calendar. It’s all browser-based and syncs up with the corresponding app on iOS and Android, but it’s free, and there’s a good chance you don’t want any third-party software clogging up your system. That being the case, this one’s a winner for those with Google accounts.
If you’re looking for a professional calendar app that does it all for you, BusyCal is something you should try. This app integrates all of the features that you expect from a calendar app. From the ability to add events using natural language to getting multiple calendars together, it can do everything for you. It is fully customizable and works the way you want it to. You can have it show only the things that you think are important and hide the unnecessary ones.
The app costs $49.99 and you can download it from the Mac App Store.
Blotter claims to be an unforgettable calendar, and it does live up to its hype. What Blotter does for you is convert your whole calendar into a wallpaper and lets you view it right on your desktop. It looks so beautiful that you will fall in love with it once you install it. The app lets you specify what tools you’d like to see and what tools to be hidden. This lets you keep your desktop clutter-free.
You can download this beautiful app for $9.99 from the Mac App Store.
If you don’t like the default calendar app on your Mac or if you’re fed-up of using it, the above alternatives should help you with your schedules using the best most beautiful technologies. Happy calendaring!