BusyCal: Calendar & Reminders

Developer: Busy Apps FZE

Current Version: 3.2.8

Last Updated: 1 month ago

Download Size: 12.1 MB - Download


BusyCal 3 is the most powerful, flexible, reliable calendar app for macOS. It's packed with innovative, time-saving features including customizable views, integrated to dos, travel time, maps, natural language input, weather, moons, graphics, tags and more.


BusyCal displays your calendar in Day, Week, Month, Year and List views. What makes BusyCal unique is its ability to customize these views to more precisely meet your needs. You can choose the number of weeks shown per month, or days shown per week, and you can even customize the calendar's appearance by choosing a font face and size, calendar colors, time format and more.


In BusyCal, To Dos are integrated into your calendar, display on the date or time they are due, and carry forward until completed. You can also display a To Do List in the sidebar. To Dos in BusyCal are compatible and sync with the Reminders app on Mac and iOS.


BusyCal's info panel enables you to quickly view and edit event details with speed and precision. The info panel can be displayed in the sidebar, as a popup or a floating window. And it's completely customizable, you can choose from a wide range of attributes to display including time zones, tags, maps, private notes, last edit time and more.


BusyCal enables you to create events and to dos using natural language. A preview of the event details are displayed while you type as it recognizes titles, dates and times, locations and more. You can even use it to add contacts or attendees to an event, set alarms, add URLs, and to indicate the calendar to create the event on.


BusyCal allows you to block out time for walking, driving or taking mass transit to an event or location. You can set a fixed amount of travel time or determine it automatically using the integrated support for Location Services and Apple Maps. You can even receive alerts when it's time to leave as traffic conditions change.


The BusyCal menu bar app is always running, even when the main BusyCal app is not running, so you always have access to your schedule. It displays a mini-month, a scrolling list of your events and to dos, and the weather forecast. You can click on an event to view its details, and create new events and to dos using natural language.


BusyCal's Smart Filters are a powerful tool for managing your calendar. Smart Filters can be accessed with a keyboard shortcut or a button on the toolbar to display calendar sets (showing/hiding multiple calendars), perform saved searches (events that contain 'Joe'), apply view settings (an 8-week month view) and much more.


BusyCal displays alarms in a movable, resizable floating window that offers the ability to snooze an alarm for any number of minutes from now or before the start of an event, or snooze multiple alarms at once. And BusyCal Alarms trigger even when the main BusyCal app isn't running, so you'll never miss an important appointment.


BusyCal displays a live 10-day weather forecast, phases of the moon, and sunrise and sunset times.


BusyCal lets you add graphics to your calendar to highlight holidays and special events. You can choose from the built-in Emoji and IconFinder images, or drag images from your desktop or web.


BusyCal integrates with its sister app, BusyContacts, forming a flexible easy-to-use CRM solution. By adding contacts to events in BusyCal, you have instant access to a contact's email address and phone number, as well as a record in BusyContacts of your interactions with them.


BusyCal supports iCloud, Google, Exchange and CalDAV servers, enabling you to sync calendars with other Macs and iOS devices running BusyCal or the built-in Calendar app. This includes the ability to share calendars, schedule meetings, and view the availability of others.


Release Notes:

• Word-wrapping preference now works for the To-do list panel as well
• Improved travel time and weather detection
• Pending invite and meeting updates are now automatically sent when appropriate
• Performance improvements when searching for a contact / attendee
• Improved handling of trusted SSL certificates on custom CalDAV installations
• Fixed a bug with long iCloud calendar names that would fail to sync
• Fixed clicks for overflowing holiday events
• Menu helper app's name updated to avoid confusing Siri
• Rounded to-do checkboxes
• Performance improvements
• Stability improvements


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 3.1.9
Review by Rick-G.

Productivity booster - I like that this calendar doesn’t seem to get in the way, yet it also has all the power features I want. I had been using Fantastical. I liked it, but it din’t flow as smoothly as BusyCal for me. It was not nearly as plain vanilla to work with as BusyCal. And although the iOS version of BusyCal isn’t terribly pretty, it gets the job done. The BusyCal approach is just plain simple. And uncomplicated is what I need when it comes to throwing appointments at my devices. I kind of think the prettier UI of Fantastical comes at a price - the shiny wrapper tends to get in the way of functionality just a little bit. If you are looking for a truly simple and easy to manage calendar/todo package for your Mac and iOS devices, with enough horsepower to manage a busy life, give BusyCall a try; it should serve you well. It’s certainly checked all the boxes for me.

Found helpful by 3 out of 6 people
Version 3.1.3
Review by RTP340

Not ready for prime time - You are considering updating from 2.X - do not. This version has many bugs and poorly designed UI changes. It is not as well thought out as the older version. Who knows is the upgrades will fix the issues or not. I wish I had not spent the money and just kept using the older version. Nothing gained.

Found helpful by 19 out of 28 people