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MenuCal is a simple menu item for Mac OS X. It features a drop down calendar that can display iCal information for any date. It is currently in its infancy, and this release is mainly intended to gather feedback. Please visit the website to see what it can and can't do in its current form.

MenuCal is considered donationware, if you like it, visit the website to donate. Otherwise feel free to use it for free if it suits you.
What's New
Version 0.8:
  • Back to having the month selector on top, since most people agreed it was better that way
  • I have hopefully caught all the memory bugs, so it should maybe possibly cross your fingers not crash anymore. No promises though... If it does crash, please contact me and let me know.
  • It should now pop up to the left of the dock if you have your dock on the right hand side.
  • The worst of the memory leaks have been fixed, although there are still a few hopefully minor ones I'm still tracking down.
  • New features
    • Auto away - closes window after a specified time interval
    • Selectable colors for items in the calendar (suggestions for good default values are welcome as I'm partially colorblind...)
    • Memos! you can type notes attached to a specific calendar day
    • Should use less memory now, especially if you have a lot of iCal events
    • iCal parser has been completely redone, and now supports recurring events
    • growl notifications are now supported. The notification will appear 15 minutes before any iCal event if growl is enabled.

Note:
If you have any graphics ability, a donation of an application icon or any widgets would be greatly appreciated.

Version 0.8:
  • Back to having the month selector on top, since most people agreed it was better that way
  • I have hopefully caught all the memory bugs, so it should maybe possibly cross your fingers not crash anymore. No promises though... If it does crash, please contact me and let me know.
  • It should now pop up to the left of the dock if you have your dock on the right hand more...
Requirements
PPC, Mac OS X 10.3 or later



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definepatism commented on 19 May 2006
[OSX 10.4.6 w/ iLife 06] I love the menubar calendars, but this one doesn't seem to sync with my iCal. I can't see my events listed, which is the main reason to have this program for me.
[Version 0.8]


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Anonymous reviewed on 19 Jun 2005
Does not seem to work with Tiger.
[Version 0.8]


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JimW commented on 24 Feb 2005
Choosing an paying a shareware fee for a clock replacement for Apple's date & time preference is in my opinion getting similar to accepting an invitation to dance in a mine field. Most are overpriced for what they do and many are unstable or lack the one feature you most desire when they meet the other criteria you want.

Soon after you pay the shareware fee many seem to disappear after an update or two or be sold off to someone else who then wants to stick you for another fee. Freeware versions seem to transform into expensive shareware versions after they promise not to. Finally when you finally find a usable basic simple product that does what you want it to do and pay your fee, the developer almost always feels that they have to come out with an "enhanced" version that complicates what was a nice simple and useful product with extra "features" that only a small minority might want or use.

The bottom line: if you don't care for the current selection of available clock replacements, be patient and wait a month instead of spending your money. For in a month you may very well be present with a number of new options and the one sort of would accepted may have disappeared along with some of the ones that you did not like at all.

So do your research, keep informed, try to stay with the freeware products if they can fulfill your needs to avoid the disappointment of spending money for something that you may not be pleased with later on, and enjoy you dance in the mine field of clock replacements.

This product looks like a reasonable candidate for the informed user.
[Version 0.8]


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chipster reviewed on 16 Jan 2005
A perfect alternative to the (non-free) MenuCalendarClock application. Actually, I prefer MenuCal over the MenuCalendarClock apllication due to its (MenuCal's) simplicity.

Well done Chad, and thanks!
[Version 0.8]


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Anonymous reviewed on 12 Jan 2005
A sliding pane on the bottom instead of a drawer would be more effective. Something like uEdits sliding panes.

http://www.uedit.tk/
[Version 0.8]


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Anonymous reviewed on 11 Jan 2005
A nice little calendar app. Is working very well for me, OS 10.3.7.
[Version 0.8]


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Anonymous reviewed on 10 Jan 2005
is there a Jaguar version?
[Version 0.7]

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Anonymous commented on 24 Jan 2005
MenuCalendarClock works with Jaguar and is more stable (in my experience), feature-rich and customizable.

See !
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Anonymous reviewed on 31 Dec 2004
Interesting little problem after my Powerbook wakes from sleep: the calendar doesn't show unless I ctrl-opt-click on the date icon. Hm. Aion suffers the same way, and it uses a menu.
[Version 0.7]


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Anonymous reviewed on 25 Dec 2004
Crashes on launch

2004-12-26 16:36:32.547 MenuCal[1005] no load for bundleIdentifier: com.apple.menucal >> [applicationMenu numberOfItems] 0
[Version 0.6]


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Anonymous reviewed on 23 Dec 2004
Thank You! I still use the freeware 'CalendarClock', which isn't as feature rich as I would like, but the now $20 version isn't any better.

* MenuCal doesn't seem to pick up subscribed calendars from iCal.

* It doesn't seem to recognize scheduled recurring events.

* I would like it to stay on top of all windows when open.

* I would like to make it always be on the far right of the menu bar.

* I would like it to show 'To Do List' items somewhere.

* I would like the calendar events to show in the same color as in iCal.

* Would it be possible to poll iCal events without iCal being open?

* Would it be possible to click on an event or to do item and have it go to that in iCal?

I think this is a great start to an app that I would really use. The interface doesn't look too bad, but the date in the little box in the menu bar could be slightly larger.
[Version 0.6]

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Anonymous commented on 23 Dec 2004
* It doesn't seem to recognize scheduled recurring events.

Ah, thanks. I didn't consider that, I'll plan on adding that soon.

>>> I would like it to stay on top of all windows when open.

Some other people have requested that it dissapear when it loses focus :) I think I'll try to make it a preference so that you can choose whether it stays on top, goes to the background or closes.

>>> I would like to make it always be on the far right of the menu bar.

It *should* be as it is, at least on my machine. What other menu items are farther right? The ability to set it's position isn't documented or readily acknowledge from apple, so I'm making some guesses to try and get it over there.

>>> I would like it to show 'To Do List' items somewhere.

I've considered this too, but the only way I've come up with to implement it in a fairly simple manner is to put some tabs in the drawer to select between events and TODO. In the interest of keeping the interface simple though, I'm still debating whether to do that.

>>> I would like the calendar events to show in the same color as in iCal.

That's planned as well.

>>> Would it be possible to poll iCal events without iCal being open?

iCal doesn't need to be open since it just reads the raw data files in your Library/Calendars/

>>> Would it be possible to click on an event or to do item and have it go to that in iCal?

Yep, that's planned as well.
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Peter da Silva had trouble on 15 Feb 2008
Anyone have a cobntact for the developer, his website is 404-compliant.
[Version 0.8]


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Date:11 Jan 2005
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MenuCal is a simple menu item for Mac OS X. It features a drop down calendar that can display iCal information for any date. It is currently in its infancy, and this release is mainly intended to gather feedback. Please visit the website to see what it can and can't do in its current form.

MenuCal is considered donationware, if you like it, visit the website to donate. Otherwise feel free to use it for free if it suits you.


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