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BusyCal - Calendar, Reminders & To Dos

By BusyCal LLC

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BusyCal is a powerful, flexible calendar app for managing busy schedules, events and to dos.

BusyCal's unique features include customizable calendar views, integrated to dos, meeting scheduling, travel time, maps integration, natural language input, tags, alarms, search, weather, moons, birthdays, anniversaries, graphics and more.

BusyCal provides reliable support for iCloud, Google Calendar, Exchange, Office 365, and other CalDAV servers, enabling you to sync and share calendars with other Macs and iOS devices running BusyCal or the built-in Calendar app.

BusyCal for iOS is a full-featured mobile companion to BusyCal for Mac, the leading calendar solution for Mac OS X that thousands of users have trusted and depended on for years.

Calendar Views

• Display your calendar by Month, Week, Day or List.
• Pinch and zoom to control the number of weeks shown per month, and days shown per week.
• Customize the calendar appearance including calendar colors, weather, moons, birthdays, anniversaries, event times, week numbers and more.


• Create events manually or automatically using natural language.
• Choose from a wid range of attributes to display when viewing or editing events including travel time, time zones, attendees, contacts, tags, maps, last edit time, and more.
• Add tags to events to track projects and important events.

To Dos

• To Dos are displayed directly in the calendar and carry-forward until completed.
• To Dos can be undated, or scheduled to occur on a specific date or time.
• To Dos can be scheduled to repeat daily, weekly, monthly, etc.
• To Dos can be sorted and filtered by date, priority, calendar or title.
• To Dos are compatible and sync with the Reminders app on Mac and iOS.

Travel Time, Locations and Maps

• Supports Location Services for adding locations to events.
• Supports both Apple Maps and Google Maps for driving directions.
• Travel time allows you to block out time to travel to an appointment.
• Alarms can warn you in advance of travel time when it's time to leave.


• Display Birthdays and Anniversaries, including birthday age and anniversary number.
• Display a live 10-day weather forecast.
• Display phases of the moon.
• Display graphics created in BusyCal for Mac.

Sync and Share calendars

• Sync and share calendars with iCloud, Google Calendar, Exchange, Office 365, Fruux, Yahoo, Kerio, Zimbra, OS X Server, SabreDAV and other CalDAV servers.
• Sync with other Macs and iOS devices running BusyCal or the built-in Calendar app.


• Receive Inbox notifications of meetings and changes to events on shared calendars.
• Search your calendar for past and future events and to dos.
• Set default settings for events, to dos and alarms.

What's New in Version 3.1

• New date and time editing controls
• NLP editing improvements
• URLs and Phone numbers are tappable in Notes field
• Weather forecast optimizations
• Show weather and moons in Week view
• Added URL Handler for launching BusyCal -> busycal://
• Disabled Exchange attachment syncing
• Fixed Exchange syncing memory leak
• Fixed pinch to zoom in Week view on iOS 10
• Fixed various crashes


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Customer Reviews

Just filled the gap, but still have room for improvement

I have been looking for a calendar app that displays both events and tasks in one place. I don't like the limited view options in Fantastical. I don't like calendar 5 because it only sync google tasks but not google reminders. I don't like using google calendar app because sometimes I forget to check off my reminders in one day, if I check it off the next day, the reminder appears on the next day but not the original date that I have set it to. This app does it just right. It compensates the gap that time component in iOS reminders cannot be removed when a date is added to it.
But since I mainly use google calendar, to keep all the record in one place, to have a history of what I have done, I wish this app could sync with google reminder.
In the week view, I usually have lots of to do every day. It is nice to have a bar to slide up and down to control the amount of space I have for viewing my tasks and events for the day, but I think during the start of the app, the slide bar should be low enough to allow all my all day tasks to be displayed so that I won't miss any task just because the slide bar is being too high and hiding them.
Portrait and landscape rotation in day, week, and month view are laggy but the same thing does not happen in list view and todo.

Snappy! But very incomplete.

When this iOS app went free I decided to check it out. I love how snappy this app is! But I became less happy when I added an event and the app failed to lookup the address in either Maps or Contacts. It didn't even register that I'm in the US. I checked settings and BusyCal has access to my location and my contacts, it just isn't looking. This is annoying and it makes the Time to Leave function unusable. Also, there is no share extension for this app. This is a big deal, in my opinion, as I often add To Do reminders by "sharing" from a webpage.
iCloud login: For users complaining about having to sign in with iCloud credentials— you're right never to login to a 3rd party app with your iCloud login. That's why Apple provides (albeit quietly) the "app-specific password" feature for apps accessing iCloud email, contacts, reminders, etc. Users can access this feature and generate app-specific passwords by searching in Safari for "manage my Apple ID" from any device, then signing in. This is not the same as logging in to the web version of your iCloud, which can't be done from a mobile device.
In my opinion, using local calendars is a workaround, and workarounds always cause sync problems somewhere, sometime. If an app doesn't support app-specific passwords, I just won't use it.

So much easier (though "natural language" isn't great)

The logic and interface for creating, editing, viewing, moving and deleting events seems so much more intuitive, less fiddly, more cooperative. It's less buggy, too. For example, with Calendar, sometimes I try to move an event by dragging it, and it just pops right back to where it was; sometimes it takes three or more tries before it stops arguing with me and just lets me do what I want. BusyCal lets me do it the first time. Built-in Calendar doesn't have the list view. It's easier to set the start and end dates and times in BusyCal. I could go on. It's just such a relief to have a Calendar app that is clear, clean, fast, and doesn't feel like it's fighting me every step of the way.

One caveat—I had to turn off the "natural language" feature, because it is overly aggressive in interpreting words and phrases in my event descriptions, and tries to turn things into todos that I want to keep as events, and changes times or dates when I don't want it to, etc. I just found that feature useless overall, so I turned it off and everything else works great.

BusyCal - Calendar, Reminders & To Dos
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated:
  • Version: 3.1
  • Size: 30.6 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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