BusyCal
BusyCal 2.5.4
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BusyCal is an award-winning desktop calendar that combines personal productivity features for individuals with powerful calendar sharing capabilities for families and workgroups.

BusyCal's unique features include a non-modal Info Panel for easier data entry; To Dos that display in the calendar and auto-forward until completed; repeating To Dos; customizable calendar views including a List view and scrolling Month and Week views; adjustable font styles and sizes, live weather feeds, moon phases, graphics, sticky notes and more.

BusyCal allows families and
What's New
Version 2.5.4:
  • Changed menu bar shortcut key to CTRL-CMD-B to avoid Emoji shortcut key conflict
  • Fixed menu bar calendar colors bug
  • Fixed Exchange Time Zone bugs
  • Fixed Exchange Mailbox Temporarily Unavailable error
  • Added option to clear recents from time zone menu
  • Sort time zone dialog by GMT offset
  • Daylight Saving Time tweaks
  • Display darker background color when showing Banners as Events in Appearance Prefs
  • Require 3 characters before performing attendee auto-complete
  • Support copy/paste of tokens in attendee field
  • Allow pasting events without selecting a date
  • Display localized Birthday ages in a shortened format
  • Update Birthdays feed when AddressBook Write Ahead Log changes
  • Fixed Find bug that wouldn't select found To Dos
  • Fixed To Do List retina display bug
  • Fixed nil oubtox cycling on certain CalDAV servers
  • Display prompt to allow access to Contacts when access disabled
  • Display login dialog if iCloud login fails (e.g. if password has changed)
  • Don't allow non-images to be added to Graphics Panel
  • Show free/busy events marked as tentative with dotted lines
  • Show unsubscribed calendars when adding a shared Exchange calendar
Version 2.5.4:
  • Changed menu bar shortcut key to CTRL-CMD-B to avoid Emoji shortcut key conflict
  • Fixed menu bar calendar colors bug
  • Fixed Exchange Time Zone bugs
  • Fixed Exchange Mailbox Temporarily Unavailable error
  • Added option to clear recents from time zone menu
  • Sort time zone dialog by GMT offset
  • Daylight Saving Time more...
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.8 or later
  • iCloud, Google, Exchange, or CalDAV account



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Max_G reviewed on 05 Dec 2013
A breeze of fresh air after Apple's crap apps iCal and Reminders.

Came to Maverick from Snow Leopard and expected some evolution of handling events and todos by Apple. Well, change indeed, but no improvements.

Developer, please consider an alternative for the M.A.S. It doesn't supply a confirmation mail of your purchase and no invoice. And there are many more well-known disadvantages. I dislike it.
[Version 2.5.4]


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Mhoutman reviewed on 04 Dec 2013
I am a longtime BusyCal user. Before that I used Now Up-to-Date/Now Contact and later on BusySync.

On Mavericks and earlier OS X systems I use BusyCal together with Calendar. I see BusyCal as complementary to Calendar and I love its list view.

Support is fast, polite and helpful. Great software has a price and I bought BusyCal 2 short after introduction when there was a special upgrade prize.

To the developers: please update BusyToDo on iOS to make it iOS GUI compatible !
[Version 2.5.4]


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Dana Sutton reviewed on 03 Dec 2013
I agree with all the criticisms about the high cost of the upgrade to v. 2. And I don't particuarly like the developer, the time I wrote to complain about this I got back a response that nearly bit my head off. Nevertheless, I think it should be pointed out that this high price is the result of a policy set by the Apple Store, not by the developer. The Store doesn't permit any distinction between first-time purchases and purchasing upgrades. In this way (and at least one other, its inability to permit pre-purchase demo tryouts) the Store is anti-consumer, and I try to avoid using it whenever possible. In this case, this is why I intend to stick to v. 1 as long as I can do so.
[Version 2.5.4]

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Bigboysdad replied on 03 Dec 2013
Not sure you'll get that much longer to do so, I set out with the same intention but have had to go back to Apple Calendar after upgrading to Mavericks.
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Dana Sutton replied on 04 Dec 2013
That's finny, it works quite fine for me on Maverick
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Bigboysdad replied on 04 Dec 2013
That's good news and obviously you'll be using it for as long as you possibly can but I believe that support for version 1 has ceased, so it's only a matter of time before it won't work.
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Benjamin D. Shore reviewed on 20 Nov 2013
I own, use and like BusyCal 2.5.3. However, I found out if I upgrade to Maverick, my current version will not work. I also find that the cost to upgrade is the same as having never paid for the program previously.
That translates to very, no make that extremely poor customer support.
[Version 2.5.3]

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Neartheredrocks replied on 23 Nov 2013
I don't which version 2.5.3 you are using. My version 2.5.3 works very well with OS X 10.9 (Mavericks).
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Frankp reviewed on 12 Nov 2013
I have to agree with the comments that it's overpriced. Reasonably good features, but not worth $50.

I tried to upgrade from the earlier version, but the App Store won't let me buy it because it says I already have it, but when I open the app it tells me I've exceeded the trial period (which I wanted, I've always paid for upgrades) and to buy it in the App Store.

Their support staff has been completely unhelpful, only telling me to talk to Apple.
[Version 2.5.3]


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Lacwbo reviewed on 26 Oct 2013
BusyCal has all the features that I need, including the snooze function which Apple, in their complete disregard for their customers, decided to do away with in their latest versions of iCal and Calendar.
[Version 2.5.3]

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Bigboysdad replied on 01 Nov 2013
What other features warrant spending $50?
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MikeMax999 commented on 12 Oct 2013
As of today, MacUpdate lists the price of BusyCal as $29.99, but that is not correct (for BusyCal). It's $49.99!
[Version 2.5.2]

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MadEye29 replied on 17 Oct 2013
Did they just jack up the price or what. I thought it was $30 and now it's $50. I paid $80 for the family pack of BusyCal 1 and this seems like a steep price to upgrade.
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MikeMax999 reviewed on 12 Oct 2013
At first I was disappointed about the high price for the update of what is essentially just a calendar program. BUT for me it's more than worth it with the degree of customer service they provide. I wish Apple and others would learn from them. If Apple only had 1 % of the BusyCal developer's responsiveness in fixing things and adding small appropriate features by request...

I had a couple of minor things that I missed after the update. Each of my e-mails was replied to overnight with either an explanation where to enable the "missing" feature OR if it was really missing, they immediately added it to the app and sent me a beta version with the added feature right away! :-)

Having an iOS version would be great but there already are so many calendar options for iOS, so that's not a big issue for me.
[Version 2.5.2]


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Bigboysdad commented on 21 Aug 2013
There was no great reason to upgrade from version 1 but Exchange support really changes the goal posts...will be watching this thread carefully for feedback.
[Version 2.5]


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Mhoutman reviewed on 20 Aug 2013
Love it and become better with every update. Only feature I miss is a search option comparable to iCal
[Version 2.5]


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Stassi had trouble on 01 Mar 2013
I haven't been able to ascertain this, so hoping you guys can help me. I use iCal, with iCloud as my main calendar - however, I want to sync (NOT CALDAV) my iCloud calendar (either from the cloud or from my iCal) to Google Calendar - KEEPING the iCal/iCloud calendar as my main calendar. Do you guys know if this can be done without errors and duplications, if at all?
[Version 2.0.4]


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2stepbay had trouble on 06 Dec 2012
I really like BusyCal 2. Yet, dealing with App Store approval slowness is a big turnoff. Some developers offer their products on both their web site and the App Store. At least then a user has a choice. When given that choice I always opt for the developer's site for my DL.

With that said "announcing 2.0.2" and in the next sentence saying it's available at the end of December via the App Store is confounding. If v 2.0.x is only available on the App Store, what's the point of announcing 2.0.2 at the beginning of December
[Version 2.0.2]



neyuq rated on 23 Jan 2014

[Version 2.5.4]



laurelwillis rated on 28 Dec 2013

[Version 2.5.4]



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Robert Finlay rated on 20 Nov 2013

[Version 2.5.3]



BEW rated on 19 Nov 2013

[Version 2.5.3]



katlinquinn rated on 28 Aug 2013

[Version 2.5]



Hiya_rob rated on 19 Aug 2013

[Version 2.5]



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xraydoug rated on 19 Aug 2013

[Version 2.5]



roi10 rated on 29 Apr 2013

[Version 2.0.4]



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Oliv!er rated on 19 Apr 2013

[Version 2.0.4]



Rbatts rated on 16 Feb 2013

[Version 2.0.3]


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Date:03 Dec 2013
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BusyCal is an award-winning desktop calendar that combines personal productivity features for individuals with powerful calendar sharing capabilities for families and workgroups.

BusyCal's unique features include a non-modal Info Panel for easier data entry; To Dos that display in the calendar and auto-forward until completed; repeating To Dos; customizable calendar views including a List view and scrolling Month and Week views; adjustable font styles and sizes, live weather feeds, moon phases, graphics, sticky notes and more.

BusyCal allows families and workgroups to share calendars with MobileMe, Google Calendar, iCal Server, and other CalDAV Servers. You can even share calendars with other BusyCal users on a local area network without the need of a server. And BusyCal syncs with iCal, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and other apps and devices that sync with MobileMe or Sync Services.

Features:
  • View and edit event details in a non-modal info panel.
  • Create repeating To Dos that display in the calendar and carry-forward until completed.
  • Scrolling Month and Week Views.
  • Customizable list view lets you filter and sort events by date, calendar, and more.
  • View live weather forecasts, sunrise/sunset times, and moon phases right in your calendar.
  • Customizable event fonts, sizes, styles and colors.
  • Add graphics to your calendar.
  • Add virtual sticky notes to your calendar.
  • Sync with the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch via MobileMe, Google Calendar, or iTunes.
  • Sync with MobileMe Calendar and other computers/devices that sync with MobileMe.
  • Sync with Google Calendar and other computers/devices that sync with Google Calendar.
  • Sync with other BusyCal users on a local area network or over the internet.
  • Share calendars with others, with password-protection and SSL encryption.
  • iCal compatible
When you first launch BusyCal, all of your iCal data is instantly imported. BusyCal automatically syncs with iCal, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and other apps and devices that sync with MobileMe or Sync Services. If you later decide to switch back to iCal, all of your calendar data will be current.


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