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Today is an easy-to-use event and task management application for Mac OS X Leopard. Built on top of the same data engine as Apple's iCal and Mail programs, Today gives you a snapshot view of what events and tasks are on today's agenda in a compact window.

What's New

Version 2.5.2:

Note: The trial version of Today is at 2.5.2. The release notes below refer to version 2.9, which is available from the App Store through the 'Buy' link at the top of the listing.

  • Added support for automatic and sudden termination.
  • Adopted Apple's new sandboxing technology.
  • Today now requires OS X 10.7 Lion.
  • Removed "Add Today To Login more...


  • OS X 10.7 or later
  • 64-bit processor

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Fatfreddyscat Member IconReview+14

I wish I could give Today a better review. It used to work reliably, although lacking features and capabilities that would have made it much more useful. I purchased this version (the third time I've purchased Today) since the developer said that the App Store version was the route to future update. But what I've received is a version less functional than the previous version - 2.9 won't update reliably and frequently has to be quit and relaunched to get it to update at all - much less a version with new features. The developer appears to be much more interested in his iOS app. That's fine if that's the interest or what's making the money, but when you urge people to purchase yet again, at least have the courtesy to fix the bugs before you abandon development of the app.

I can give this only a lukewarm rating. It's useful, but it often irritating. If you like menubar utilities, there are others that are better value for the money.

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Version 2.9

Developer has now apparently admitted that he is not working on any updates to Today, though said admission has been made only in a web interview on another site. Really poor customer support; he's well within his rights to move on to other things, but if he's stopped development and won't even update to fix the bugs, he should say so publicly and pull the application from sale.

45caliber Member IconReview+2

I want to like this application because it reminds me of a similar feature I miss from Entourage 2004. I'm afraid it's fallen behind in this category, however, alongside apps such as QuickCal that do more for less. For as long as it's been around, there's still little you can do to customize the display of events or tasks besides sorting. For example, it would be nice if you could have events that have passed drop off the list or dim or something. It would also be nice if you could display the name of the calendar (either inline or as a grouping). Though the colors make a visual distinction, they don't indicate context (like @work, @home, @computer, etc.). Also, I would like to see a better method for getting it out of your way most of the time. It does have a menubar toggle to make it disappear, but I would prefer to have it autohide from a side of the screen, like (the unrelated application) Adium.

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Version 2.9
Drdul Member IconComment+448

Crud! The new Lion-only version comes with a dock icon that I can't get rid of.

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Version 2.9
Parkerbennett Member IconReview+44

I really like Today — and the developer is a first-rate human being — but I'm stuck on machines that can't upgrade to Lion so I'll have to rely on Fantastical now.

I'm afraid I'm going to see more and more software going Lion only because I'm guessing there's no easy way for developers to add new Lion features and keep it backwards-compatible.

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Version 2.9
Bigboysdad Member IconReview+492

Although not identical products, I think a lot of people will be comparing Today with Fantastical. Sure, Today does what it does and does it effectively (including providing a list of To-Do's from the Menu Bar, which is more than you can say with Fantastical), but I think the devs are going to have to either radically overhaul the product or significantly reduce the price to beneath that charged by Fantastical, if Today is going to continue to prosper.

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Version 2.5
Bdikkat Member IconReview+206

It would be better if each entry didn't just look like a blob of color, corresponding to its calendar. It would look better a little plainer, perhaps with a small color blob indicator graphic to show which calendar it belongs to. Maybe also incorporate a yellow-lined "notebook" theme. As it is, the colors are just too overwhelming!

The repeated text legend "All Day Event" (for all-day events, which I have, as I suspect many others also have, many of), should be made to be less intrusive, greyed-out, or just indicated by a symbol.

You can toggle the tasks pane: you should also be able to toggle the events pane, so you can show just tasks.

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Version 2.5
Dtruett1 Member IconComment+126

Early this year I paid for the upgrade to v.2. This was based on their trumpeting BusyCal integration. On March 18, I notified them that this was not working unless iCal was open. Three days later I got a reply, "Hi Don.
I've just found out there is a known (now) bug regarding the recent build and BusyCalc {SIC}. We're working hard to fix it right now."
On April 18, another reply, "There is one in the works, I don't have an ETA on its release yet."
Soon I realized that this was due to Apple's switch to CalDAV, meaning iCal has to be open to sync with BusyCal. On June 18 I asked for a refund of the upgrade price based on the above and the fact that BusyCal support is STILL prominently displayed on the site (any calendaring app will have to have iCal open) and that based on the promise of a fix I have been waiting for 2 months for a fix.
The response was that they are unable to process a refund 60 days after purchase, as they use Fastspring. If they hadn't told me there was a known bug (which there really isn't) and promised to fix it, I would have been able to get a refund at that time. It's not the lousy $15 or whatever I spent. It's the fact that Second Gear was not truthful in their Emails or on their website and strung me along until it was too late.

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Version 2.5

This is an important matter to consider. I too use Busycal instead of iCal and am dependant on tasks/ to dos syncing. As this can't currently happen directly between Busycal and Today, I can't really use Today either.

Dthdunn Member IconComment+145

Why would anyone just want to see a day? The whole point of iCal is to zoom from month view, to week view, to day view. Seeing a day at a time defeats the whole point.

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Version 2.5
Gcoghill Member IconComment+218

The original comment was that it was "much better and easier to use". That is what I disagreed with.

Saying it suits your needs betternis another thing entirely. Both can exist for those who needs the features offered by each. No reason to say one is better than the other, they fill different niches.

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Version 2.5
OliverTerrier Member IconComment+96

There is really only one thing missing: iPhone application. Can't imagine why the developer hasn't shown an interest in doing this... it fills such a gaping need and all the other solutions are either overkill (omnifocus) or poorly implemented, all others.

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Version 2.2.1

The developer has made iphone apps, just not one for "today." Because today syncs with your calendar app, whether it be ical or busycal there is no real need for a today application for the iphone imo. I'm sure many others will find many reasons why they want an iphone app but truthfully because it syncs automatically with your calendar app and your calendar syncs with your iphone's calendar system you can see all entries when you connect your iphone and the iphone OS has the ability to add tasks and events to your calendar when you sync everything should all be in your calendar.

I believe that is why the dev has not gone out and thought about an iphone app for an application that is made to be on your desktop, Today. The goal of today is to have quick access via menubar or hotkey to enter tasks and events w/o having to open your calendar application on desktop and enter the info. It is just a quick way of entering tasks/events and showing those that are coming soon. The iphone has these features and it would be more work to have a separate application named Today on your iphone to enter info you could have entered just by opening the calendar app in your iphone.

I know it seems like going in circles but your desktop is cluttered and can multi-task, your iphone really can't unless altered... hope this makes some sense. I have no idea what the developer's reason is for not making an iphone app but this is my explanation of why I don't see one necessary.

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Downloads 14,931
Version Downloads 371
License Demo
Date 25 Oct 2011
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $24.99