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Editors' Review

BusyCal for Mac makes it easy for you to organize multiple calendars and provides you with essential features you'll need in the office, like task management and to-do lists. This premium product includes all the features you'd expect from an app of its kind: multiple calendar views, reminders, notifications for events, and even the ability to create events using voice commands. It's a well-built app with a lot to offer.

Once you install BusyCal for Mac, you are presented with an assistant that lets you tweak the basic functionality of the app. You may optionally install a helper application that will monitor your appointments even when BusyCal is not running. Event creation is rather unusual and yet intuitive; you just write down what you want to do and when -- like "meeting tomorrow at six" -- and the app's smart text parsing engine will detect the time and date, and enter the rest of the text as the event title. Another nice feature is the ability to create daily automatic backups of your calendars. In terms of connectivity, the app supports all popular services and protocols, including iCloud, Google, Yahoo, and Outlook calendars. You can also sync and share calendars with other network users who have this app installed.

If you rely on calendars to schedule and keep track of appointments, you will certainly like BusyCal for Mac's power and convenience. It's a good alternative to iCal. While it does come with a price tag, the app's clean design and impressive array of features make it a worthwhile investment.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of BusyCal for Mac 2.5.4.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.6.1

  • NEW: busycalevent://new URL handler for creating events, now supports assigning notes
  • NEW: Hold down the 'Option / Alt' key while accepting an invitation from the Inbox to accept all invites at once
  • NEW: 'Go To Date' picker now offers an additional calendar control to pick a date from
  • NEW: Right clicking on the toolbar buttons for 'Week' and 'Month' views now allows you to quickly change viewing options
  • NEW: Info panel now translates dates into local time where the timezones are different
  • Event titles now display more text vertically in day and week views when event times are turned off
  • Improved display of adjacent and overlapping events in Day and Week views
  • Improved processing of CalDAV meeting invites for shared calendars
  • Improved "sync at launch" for accounts with Push sync enabled
  • Improved weather data retrieval
  • Improved detection of HTML in notes
  • Improved .ics importing
  • Improved processing of delegated meeting invites from Exchange
  • Improved processing of large HTML notes for Exchange
  • Improved reporting of connectivity errors
  • Improved formatting of event durations in List View
  • Improved search results that now display both start and end times for events
  • Info panel now identifies detached repeating events for clarity
  • Info panel colors due dates red for overdue to-dos
  • When deleting multiple events, you can now prevent the prompt from showing repeatedly
  • When cutting / moving / deleting multiple recurring events, you can now prevent the change confirmation prompt from showing repeatedly
  • Travel time drop-down now includes a "45 minutes" alert preset
  • Fixed icon reflecting Organizer's attendance in meeting invites
  • Fixed manual sorting of To Dos when sorting by Priority
  • Fixed issue where drag and drop from OmniFocus would create duplicate events
  • Fixed a bug with the date picker on macOS 10.12 that would lead to a crash
  • Fixed info panel not updating its background color when switching beteeen dark / light appearances
  • "Email Attendees" now no longer opens multiple windows when using MailMate
  • "Open File" custom alarm option has been removed for iCloud. iCloud no longer supports syncing such alarms.
  • Ongoing stability improvements


Publisher BusyMac
Publisher web site
Release Date February 13, 2019
Date Added February 13, 2019
Version 3.6.1


Category Productivity Software
Subcategory Calendar & Time Management Software

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Mac
Additional Requirements
  • macOS Mojave
  • macOS High Sierra
  • macOS Sierra
  • OS X El Capitan
  • OS X Yosemite
  • OS X Mavericks

Download Information

File Size 28.05MB
File Name


Total Downloads 15,280
Downloads Last Week 3


License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $49.99
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