By BusyCal LLC
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BusyCal is an award winning calendar app that provides powerful time-saving productivity tools in a friendly, personalized, easy-to-use package.
BusyCal's unique and powerful features include customizable calendar views, scrolling Month and Week views, an integrated Info Panel for quickly viewing and editing events, integrated To Dos that display in the calendar and carry-forward until completed, custom font sizes and styles, graphics, live weather feeds and moon phases, and a menu bar app for quick access to the current day's events and weather.
BusyCal supports iCloud, Exchange, Google Calendar, and other CalDAV servers, enabling you to sync and share your calendars through the cloud with other Macs running BusyCal or the built-in Calendar app on OS X, as well as iPhones and iPads running the built-in Calendar app on iOS.
• Display your calendar by Month, Week, Day, Year or List
• Customize the number of weeks shown per month, or days shown per week
• List view displays custom date ranges and columns, including automatic totaling of hours for time billing
Manage To Dos
• To Dos can be displayed directly in your calendar and carry-forward until completed
• Control the date range and sorting of To Dos in the To Do List
• Create repeating To Dos
• To Dos in BusyCal are compatible and sync with the Reminders app on OS X and iOS
• Alarms may displayed in the BusyCal Alarm Window or the Notification Center
• Snooze alarms for any duration, including x minutes before start
• Set default alarm intervals for new Events, To Dos, All-Day Events, and Birthdays & Anniversaries
• Display a list of today's events and weather forecast in the menu bar
• View event details, mark a To Do as completed, or create new events using natural language
• Display the menu with a shortcut key
Weather, Graphics, Holidays and Birthdays
• Display a live 10-day weather forecast and moon phases
• Drag-n-drop images into your calendar with the new Graphics palette
• Display stylized Holidays, Birthdays, and Anniversaries
• Customize event fonts, sizes, styles and colors
• Info panel allows you to view and edit event details directly
• Customize the fields shown, such as Location, Time Zone, Tags, and Last edit time
• Adjust dates and times with arrow keys or the new date picker
• Arrange calendars into Groups and instantly show/hide them with a single click
• Create Smart Filters to display a set of calendars, a custom view, or events that match a certain criteria
• Use tags to track important events, projects or clients
Sync and Share calendars
• Sync and share calendars with iCloud, Exchange, Google Calendar, and other CalDAV servers
• Inbox displays notifications of meetings and changes made to events on shared calendars
• Availability Viewer displays free/busy time when scheduling meetings
• Share calendars on your LAN with other BusyCal users
• Sync BusyCal with the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch through iCloud, Exchange or Google Calendar
• Events in BusyCal sync with the iOS Calendar app
• To Dos in BusyCal sync with the iOS Reminders app
• Create automatic backups
• Set default calendar, start time and duration for new events
• New Find window lets you search your entire calendar independent of the current view
• Option to display a warning when modifying an event on a shared calendar
What's New in Version 2.5.4
• Changed menu bar shortcut key to CTRL-CMD-B to avoid Emoji shortcut key conflict
• Fixed menu bar calendar colors bug
• Fixed Exchange Time Zone bugs
• Fixed Exchange Mailbox Temporarily Unavailable error
• Added option to clear recents from time zone menu
• Sort time zone dialog by GMT offset
• Daylight Saving Time tweaks
• Display darker background color when showing Banners as Events in Appearance Prefs
• Require 3 characters before performing attendee auto-complete
• Support copy/paste of tokens in attendee field
• Allow pasting events without selecting a date
• Display localized Birthday ages in a shortened format
• Update Birthdays feed when AddressBook Write Ahead Log changes
• Fixed Find bug that wouldn't select found To Dos
• Fixed To Do List display bug
• Fixed nil outbox cycling on certain CalDAV servers
• Display prompt to allow access to Contacts when access disabled
• Display login dialog if iCloud login fails (e.g. if password has changed)
• Don't allow non-images to be added to Graphics Panel
• Show free/busy event marked as tentative with dotted lines
• Show unsubscribed calendars when adding a shared Exchange calendar
Very good app. Excellent customer service
This is a great calendar and to-do app. The task and calendar integration is advanced enough for big projects while not overly complicated to get distracting. I am the sole mac in an all microsoft work environment so I have to provide my own troubleshooting when connecting to our exchange servers for email and calendar issues. I had an intermittent problem in connectivity with BusyCal and emailed their tech support. Their response was the same day and faster than any response I’ve ever received from a purchased software product. Through a few back and forth emails, all within the same day, I was able to get the problem solved. That is what I call fantastic customer service.
As far as the app goes, the interface is very much pre-Mavericks iCal like. To me this is what iCal should have been. It’s been the best replacment for Outlook calendar and task that I could find on the mac. I also love the integration with reminders and everything has synced seamlessly. I haven’t paid this much for a calendar/task app in probably 15 years but it has been well worth it.
Do yourself a favor and give the trial version a spin. It’s a great way to review the full product and then decide if it’s worth the price. I did, and it is.
Great App - Great Service - A Few Weaknesses
There are so many things that I really like about this app as a small business owner. The built in weather functionality is very helpful, its a very visual application and its ability to import from a wide variety of calendars is rather fantastic. The ability to use tags is very important and something that a lot of other firms could learn from. Even the colors are stronger, cleaner, so your various types of calendars stand out more. If you’re looking for a very solid calendaring app right out of the box, this is it and I know, because I tested A LOT of applications.
The downsides include getting everything initially set-up. If you’re not a tech guy, it can feel like a bit much if anything goes wrong. The good news is their support is so responsive and usually rather spot on, that with their help, you can usually resolve any issues. I also think they are over priced by about $10 but again, given the level of support you get, that could be the reason for the extra dollars. Finally, I am not fond of having your todo’s show up on the left hand side calendars bar. Its really no big deal, you can hide all that but that left hand bar could offer a much cleaner interface.
Great but with concerns
Have had BusyCal long time, love it, great app. Trouble is, it seems to take an informed and concerted effort for iCloud to not gather info I do not want floating around in any freakin’ cloud! One can turn it off in Preferences, but then iCloud DELETES all your BusyCal entries On Your Mac and the BusyCal ‘backups’ won’t work without iCloud unless you go through time consuming set ups and Apple defeats necessary to ’save’ On Your Mac and iCloud have no access. It seems to me, Apple tries to “marry” everything to Apple/App Store, meaning they get a cut and the consumer has info floating in cyberspace whether they want it to be there, or not. I truly believe BusyCal is a fantastic calendar but wish they were a stand alone 3rd party vendor and would get away from Apple/App Store. There is WAY too much personal, private, confidential (if there is such a thing anymore) floating out there and it’s never eraseable. I’m not paranoid, just very concerned for personal rights, freedoms, and ‘choice’. App Store is 180 off this way of thinking.