One of the most used Mac apps is Calendar, and though it hasn’t changed much through the years (it’s a calendar, right?), it has spawned a cottage industry of useful add-on apps and utilities. Here’s a look at those I find worthwhile.
Fantastical – This is the Calendar interface Apple should have put into Calendar because it makes Calendar even easier and faster to use, plus there’s a version for iPhone and iPad.
Next Meeting – Nothing is simpler. Whatever is coming up in Calendar shows up in the Mac’s Menubar.
Calendarique – Simple, inexpensive, and works in both Notification Center and Menubar which makes it easier to see what events are next in Calendar without using Calendar.
popCalendar – A nearly free Calendar-like utility which works in the Menubar and makes Calendar events visible from within any Mac app.
Calendar – Same name, different function. Viewing a calendar could not be much easier. Short on features, long on handy.
Moca – Think Calendar with different views, a bit more clutter, and both OS X and iOS versions.
CalendarPro – Tired of using the Mac’s Calendar? Switch to Google Calendar and get a very useful calendar-like app that also syncs the Mac’s Calendar data with Google Calendar. This looks very familiar.
Calendar 366 Plus – This is a favorite because it displays a calendar in the Menubar, but also lists upcoming events below the calendar.
Calendar add-on apps and utilities are not a must-have, but usually offer more convenience and accessibility than Apple’s built-in Calendar app, except in the case of Fantastical which is a much better experience (with a price tag to match).