MagiCal
MagiCal
1.1r4

4.4

MagiCal free download for Mac

MagiCal1.1r4

16 August 2010

Menubar clock and calendar.

Overview

MagiCal is a menu-based clock and calendar. It features a huge range of configuration options for how the time and date are displayed, and can operate either in addition to, or instead of, the built in system menu clock.

In addition to this, MagiCal features a handy drop-down calendar that can be torn off and placed anywhere on screen.

What's new in MagiCal

Version 1.1r4:
  • [fix] Icon no longer appears in Dock (introduced in 1.1r3)
  • [fix] Clicks are now detected anywhere on the menu item area, not just the text or icon.
  • [fix] Fixed custom colour option.

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70 Reviews of MagiCal

5
anonymous-marlin-4851
26 September 2009
Version: 1.1r2

Most helpful

Love having the small day of week and date badge in the menu bar, it looks nice and fits in well with the Apple icons. The drop-down calendar is a big plus. Thanks for updating it for Snow Leopard!!
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1
hmfwic47
06 June 2020
Version: 1.1r4
Doesn't work with macOS Catalina.
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Michel-Polity
21 October 2019
Version: 1.1r4
I'm sorry that it was removed from my mac with the Catalina. Are you going to updated it?
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4
Hubert-A-Shaffer
19 March 2019
Version: 1.1r4
I loved it, but it is 32-bit and Apple is phasing out all 32-bit apps soon.
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artie505
10 March 2017
Version: 1.1r4
Well I'll be darned! I just d/l'ed the Intel version of MagiCal from the dev's website, and I can pin it to the right end of my menu bar where I like it, and the calendar drops down. It appears to have been resurrected! :) (10.12.3, perhaps.)
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artie505
10 March 2017
Version: 1.1r4
The "Download" link is dead, but you can still get it from the dev's website.
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artie505
27 January 2017
Version: 1.1r4
I just finished comparing permutations and combinations of Apple's clock, Itsycal, and Day-O, and since I want a drop-down calendar I'm going with Day-0 which takes up the least amount of menu bar space with the most elegant presentation. (Apple/Magical actually uses 1/16th" less space, but less elegantly, and it's a dead issue without the calendar drop-down.)
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4
davidinracine
10 January 2017
Version: 1.1r4
Still great after all these years, but showing its age under Sierra. Please join forces with Itsycal's author, Mowglii, to keep Magical alive in some form. Thanks for great service through the years! Small apps like these make the Mac experience special.
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artie505
10 November 2016
Version: 1.1r4
I like my MagiCal menulet pinned to the right end of my menu bar, but in Sierra, it behaves like all my other 3rd party menulets and shows up in random locations to the left of my Apple menulets.

Is that consistent with everybody else's experience?

Darn! Too bad this app isn't still being developed. :(
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Doug-Engelbart
08 November 2016
Version: 1.1r4
Yeah, v1.1r4 from 2010 still works cool in OSX.12.1 Sierra! I just had to drag it manually to my startup items because "Preferences > Miscellaneous > (_) Launch MagiCal at login" won't do it (so I set no checkmark).
(0)
5
artie505
26 October 2016
Version: 1.1r4
Second @Foulger! :)
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5
Foulger
01 December 2015
Version: 1.1r4
Still going strong in El Capitan - Give the man a medal!
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hmfwic47
17 September 2014
Version: 1.1r4
It's a minor point, but why don't you have the icon year change to the current year?
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Foulger
22 June 2014
Version: 1.1r4
Still Working on Mavericks 10.9.3. Just like a little housewife - just does the job and no complaints.
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5
Doug-Engelbart
16 November 2013
Version: 1.1r4
Best MenubarCalendar so far. Date/time format is fully customizable. In OSX.8.5 it still works fine most of the time, but crashes about two times in a week (it quits itself; if this happens, just re-open it), so an update would be great after three years...
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MacOSX4ever
28 October 2013
Version: 1.1r4
Dead link. Working one here; http://www.charcoaldesign.co.uk/magical/download/intel
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5
Low-End-Dan
26 October 2013
Version: 1.1r4
Update: I must have had the PPC version. Installed the Intel version, set Privacy & Security to allow app from unregistered developers, and MagiCal is not working perfectly!
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4
Low-End-Dan
26 October 2013
Version: 1.1r4
I have been using this for years with OS X 10.4, 10.5, and 10.6. I love it, but it doesn't work with OS X 10.9 Mavericks. Looking at MenuCalendarClock iCal as a replacement, but MagiCal has been just perfect - it doesn't stretch to do more than I need.
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Penguirl
23 October 2013
Version: 1.1r4
Sigh, another dead download link with a dead developer link to boot. I miss iCal Viewer, it was my bread & butter for tracking obligations.
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5
Chachafance
21 March 2013
Version: 1.1r4
This is perfect!! Just what I wanted. I was using a CPU heavy app with all these extra, unnecessary features just to display the calendar day on my menubar. This simple, lightweight app does that for me and lets me customize the look. Plus I can even customize the classic clock, and I love the tooltip feature. Wish I had found this app a lot sooner!
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5
Doug-Engelbart
13 November 2012
Version: 1.1r4
MagiCal is the best MenuCal ever. Works great in my OSX.8.2, very nicely done! I'm just missing a simple alarm timer and some other features: + Misc> Alarm> Popup window at [HH]:[MM] o'clock with message [_______] + Time> Icon> Borderless with dots + Time> Icon> Borderless with longer hands + Date> Icon> Display: Day only Then it would be p e r f e c t .
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5
Macwitty
21 September 2012
Version: 1.1r4
5 stars for Features, Ease to Use, Valur and Stability This is a lovely app - the best one I have had for ages. Good to see it work also with Lion
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5
ronaldpr
02 August 2012
Version: 1.1r4
Still works fine in Mountain Lion. Nice!
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4.5
Macazur
17 August 2011
Version: 1.1r4
great features that Apple should have included Works great with Lion
(4)
5
Amergin
10 July 2011
Version: 1.1r4
Great little app - Apple could indeed do everyone a favour by including this in the OS. Couple of minor niggles - 1. it always seems to open iCal in day view when I prefer it in month view - 2. maybe days containing calendar events could be in bold. Please don't take these as negatives, this really is a great little utility as is.
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5
Doug-Engelbart
18 January 2011
Version: 1.1r4
What can I say. It can handle everything a system clock should handle (all date formats etc.) ... except: Alarm/alert timers would make it perfect showing a memo window when a special user-defined time has come. =)
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5
Poikkeus
21 December 2010
Version: 1.1r4
I'm an avowed fan of menu bar applications, but MagiCal offers a faultless way of applying a drop-down menu bar date/clock. This application is clearly worth of inclusion into the Mac OS, allowing for a rich mine of information in a minimum of space.
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5
Unconvinced
02 November 2010
Version: 1.1r4
Seems perfect. I need only the date/time customization and drop-down calendar. I used to use MenuCalendarClock iCal, but it has a hotkey bug that conflicts with the Chinese character input in Snow Leopard. This app does exactly what I need, is very customizable, and is free. My only complaint is that there is a tiny dead space between displays in the menubar that doesn't respond to dropdown clicks. But it still merits 5 stars.
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5
MacUpdate-Lon
23 August 2010
Version: 1.1r4
Nope, I was wrong. This software is behaving exactly as it should and it's great freeware. Muchas gracias to the developer.
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Flash1296
16 August 2010
Version: 1.1r4
Crashes on launch attempts, including under "Rosetta" Os X 10.6.4 on Quad Core iMac (i5)
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ben-marko
16 August 2010
Version: 1.1r3
This is a super-useful utility! I use iStat Menu's calendar on my MBP, but this is what I use on my iMac (which my whole family uses).
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5
Tallis
19 October 2009
Version: 1.1r2
Works great on Snow Leopard (except it doesn't open iCal when I click on a date). Is a great replacement for iClock that I'd been using before but is outdated. I especially like the ability to choose the colored icon -along with any color, any font- even though Apple may have chosen to only encourage black and white (or grayscale) icons.
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4
Eric•Woehler
07 October 2009
Version: 1.1r2
Under 10.6.1 some prefs dont work. I can't change the text to a custom colour nor can I change the order of date/time fields. Other prefs seem to work ok. Unsure about reported memory leak - no evidence for me.
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Richard-Taytor
07 October 2009
Version: 1.1r2
MagiCal has significant memory leaks.
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Younkint
26 September 2009
Version: 1.1r2
1.1r2 working perfectly on two 10.5.8 PPC machines.
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Flash1296
26 September 2009
Version: 1.1r2
Will not launch. ERROR: "A Cocoa NSImageCacheException was not handled"
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Neal
26 September 2009
Version: 1.1r2
The best of its kind. Neat. Thanks.
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5
anonymous-marlin-4851
26 September 2009
Version: 1.1r2
Love having the small day of week and date badge in the menu bar, it looks nice and fits in well with the Apple icons. The drop-down calendar is a big plus. Thanks for updating it for Snow Leopard!!
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Fogcitynative
16 September 2009
Version: 1.1r1
Wonderful little application; but V 1.1r1 does not function properly under OS X Snow Leopard. While it doesn't crash, it also doesn't work. The calendar will pop up, the cursor is visible and it will highligght the dates or the "i" info icon used to set preferences. But actually clicking on anyhting does not work; nothing bad happens, but it just doesn't work. The bug is confirmed here: http://www.charcoaldesign.co.uk/bugtracker Please if you use this software, click the link and add your vote. And now that I don't have it, I appreciate how much I use it, so please also consider making a small donation to the author via PayPal. Once he fixes it, I intend to voluntairly make a donation.
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Rusmain
07 June 2008
Version: 1.1r1
Very simple and useful.
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ruggedruss
31 March 2008
Version: 1.1r1
Thank you for finding a fix for this! I had missed MagiCal so much and hated not being able to get to Preferences, but now it works like a charm and I have my clock back! THANKS!
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Verycarla
12 February 2008
Version: 1.1
It seems to launch OK in 10.5.2, but when I try to look at the preferences it crashes. Anyone else see this behaviour?
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Dougward
17 January 2008
Version: 1.1
Did exactly what I wanted to. My only issue is that when I have it just displaying the time, with the sub-pixel anti-aliasing turned off, it's very particular about where I click on it. I have to be careful to click the numbers of the time exactly or the menu doesn't show. Not a big thing, really.
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Leo-Spill
07 May 2007
Version: 1.1a8
MagiCal 1.1a8. is 4 seconds slow ! When the system preference is set to 'set date and time automatically' MagiCal is four seconds out from the right time. This is a huge bug and users who need an exact time from their system clock shouldn't use this Alpha.
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Xsmurf
04 May 2007
Version: 1.1a8
I love MagiCal ^.^ But PLEASE either fix the auto updates or make a bigger release, say, every week? Or better yet, both ;) This is getting quiet annoying, I'm just not updating anymore, even when I see them updates. But yeah, don't get me wrong, progress is always good, the only thing I'm bitching about is distribution. Keep up the great work ^.^
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Trondah
03 May 2007
Version: 1.1a7
Wow, there seems to be a new version of magical every day, how much work can be done on a clock? :) No criticism though! Just funny :)
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hmfwic47
25 April 2007
Version: 1.1a3
I have changed the system font to 15 point. Upon restart it returns to 11 point. Also, after the first startup I can't access the "i" to change preferences.
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Jojoman
21 April 2007
Version: 1.1a2
Very good tool for a simple cal. Would be perfect if user can show the cal with hotkey.
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4
Ghokie
28 March 2007
Version: 1.0.9r2
I used to use MenuCalendarClock, but was annoyed by the constant reminders, even though I always disable the extra features. All I want is a small little calendar that lives in my menubar and is there when I need it, and not when I don't. MagiCal does just that.
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Jettyboy
27 March 2007
Version: 1.0.9r2
I contacted dev. and problem solved! By the way he responded within the hour. Go for it it's a great ad on to Tiger.
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Jettyboy
27 March 2007
Version: 1.0.9r2
I really liked this program until I turned on "Little Snitch" and found it tries to phone home regularly. I am skeptical why any program needs to do this. If anyone knows please post back. I'm open to explanations that are reasonable.
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hced
24 March 2007
Version: 1.0.9
I like it a lot! Only downside as it stand *right now*, is that its memory footprint is slightly higher than MenuCalendarClock, which I was using before. I get around 0.5% of CPU useage in my terminal 'top'. MenuCalendarClock was at 0%. While 0.5% isn't that much; having lots of small programs with this memory useage, can easily ramp up the mem loads. Nevertheless, I like this and will keep it in the menubar. I'm using Powermac dual 2.5Ghz (PPC), OS X 10.4.9 and 1.5 GB RAM.
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5
Neilve
05 March 2007
Version: 1.0.8
MagiCal is a well thoughtout program, and is very handy to use in the menu when placed there during a boot. The developer, Nick, is very receptive to suggestions and takes them serious. This simple freeware app is appreciated and deserves a rare 5-stars because it's flawless in operation, supported in our suggestions, and responsive to them. That type of pride is tough to get with shareware prograns you've laid out your hard earned cash for...
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Leo-Spill
01 March 2007
Version: 1.0.7r2
Nice n' quick update for the '3arch' bug :)
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5
Jdan
10 February 2007
Version: 1.0.6
Nice little gadget. I like the nice small lettering and the analogue clock. Keep up the good work!
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5
surloff
04 February 2007
Version: 1.0.5
Very clean design...great just as it is! While it offers many options, it's not bloated with too many features.
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Macreedibles
01 February 2007
Version: 1.0.4r2
I don't know about programming but I like this program very much. It is getting better and better. Keep on the good work! All the best!
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Leo-Spill
01 February 2007
Version: 1.0.4r2
. LLSCOTTS - Nice write up. I checked your CPU usage and found that you are right. MagiCal uses between 3.60 and as high as 6.80 when idle. It spikes on just clicking the date to 76.90% ?
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Llscotts
01 February 2007
Version: 1.0.4r2
MagiCal is evolving nicely... I've tried every release so far, and the developer is adding lots of useful preferences and options to a cool little app. The biggest weakness--and the reason I'm not using MagiCal regularly--is the problem others have noted with MagiCal's excessive CPU usage. To demonstrate, I took screenshots of three apps that all do pretty much the same thing, and all of which are free: MagiCal, wClock, and MenuCalendarClock (the latter has advanced iCal integration that will cost you, but you can use it for free otherwise). They all present customizable date and time info in the menubar, and present a calendar when clicked. MagiCal's cool trick is that the calendar can be torn off and replicated in case you want to see more than one month at a time. wClock's calendar is torn off by default and can be repositioned wherever, but it's no longer downloadable unfortunately. MenuCalendarClock's calendar is fixed to the menubar and can't be repositioned. Magical regularly uses 5 percent of my CPU to do its thing. wClock typically uses 0.5-1.0 percent of my CPU, and MenuCalendarClock typically uses ZERO percent. MagiCal uses 5 percent even if I disable any behavior that might change the menubar information. Here are the screenshot links if you're interested: MagiCalwClockMenuCalendarClock I hope the developer will utilize some of the testing tools Apple provides to figure out what's causing the extra CPU usage. I'm sure it'll be fun to hunt that down, and I guarantee you'll win over more users with that than by adding another kind of clock icon (as nice as they are!) :-) Cheers, Leland Musings from Mars
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Leo-Spill
31 January 2007
Version: 1.0.4r2
I think it's great ! - Kudos to the UK developer for making such an excellent freeware option of Mac users. It's great to have date and time differentiated by colour in the menubar. My only request is the ability for MagiCal to automatically disappear when playing a movie by either Apple's DVD Player or VLC player. Highly recommended !
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Whit-g
24 January 2007
Version: 1.0.4
I'd be willing to give this a higher rating if wClock (which is very outdated but still works perfectly in 10.4.8) didn't take up about 10% of the CPU usage as MagiCal. wClock has almost as many features (and full font selection).
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webmaster-33
23 January 2007
Version: 1.0.3
Once my last menu item calendar application was no longer being developed, I needed a replacement, especially something that was more complete, but didn't have to be everything and the kitchen sink. All I need is a quick way to see what day and month it is by glancing at the menu bar, and to be able to easily scroll through the months without having to open Apple's System Preferences. Some calendar programs try to add extra features like iCal integration, but that far exceeds my needs. There have been a few odd drawing quirks here and there with the icon, but once those are ironed out, this program will be perfect. Simple, and great for my needs.
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webmaster-33
23 January 2007
Version: 1.0.3
MagiCal 1.0.2 took up about 5-6% of my CPU usage (400MHz PowerMac G4), but version 1.0.3 has cut this time down to 3-4%.
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Zeetoo
11 January 2007
Version: 1.0.2
CPU time on v1.0.1 stays around 2-4% according to my observations. I'd expect the CPU usage to be very low for what should essentiallly be an idle process.
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Simichavel
09 January 2007
Version: 1.0.1
IMHO, the tear-off idea is great. It could probably use an option not to float above apps. Without tasks in day view etc., it seems like an inefficient use of desktop space. The multiple format options for the menu date and clock is a nice touch. So is the seconds hand on the analog clock. But menubar analog clocks have proven extremely difficult to make easy on the eyes; they's just too small. Likewise - and this is more easily adjusted - the date+day/mo. icon is too jam-packed. I realize the name of the company is Charcoal Design, but this item really needs the option for more colorful themes. The way the little "i" comes up when the cursor goes over the calendar is really elegant. And the fact that it does that for the tear-off sheets too is a great perk.
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Zeetoo
07 January 2007
Version: 1.0
I left this program running overnight but it gobbled up 760mb of memory. There must ba a memory leak of some type. Otherwise it has great potential
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db
07 January 2007
Version: 1.0
I felt a need to counter the negative comment(s) posted earlier. This is a fine, simple and FREE alternative to Menu Calendar Clock for those who don't need its extended feature set. Worthless ? ...hardly. My wife prefers not to run Dashboard and so does not have access to its neat little calender. This nicely fills that gap. Many thanks to the developer: great job, please keep up the good work.
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Flash1296
07 January 2007
Version: 1.0
Disabling "menufela" allowed this appl' to function. Now I can review it. It is essentially worthless. It cannot accept/display any text e.g. "to-do's", "reminders", etc.
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Flash1296
07 January 2007
Version: 1.0
Cannot actually review this inasmuch as it launches - showing an icon in the menu bar -- but that is as far as it goes. Clicking on it - even with modifier keys produces NO actions.
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Flying-Ace
07 January 2007
Version: 1.0
"It features a huge range of configuration options for how the time and date are displayed" Now this is a bit of an exaggeration - I could only find half a dozen parameters to change. The default Apple menubar clock has more options you can change.
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Chas-m
06 January 2007
Version: 1.0
Not as good as MenuCalendarClock, but OTOH it's free.
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4.4

App requirements: 
  • Intel 32
  • PPC 32
  • Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later

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