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15 September 2020

Powerful calendar app with multiple syncing options.

5
claus-in-iceland
12 February 2020
Version: 3.8.41

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Very good calendar. Use it for years! Very good support, regular updates. And no subscription (and as the developer said, also not in the future)!!!
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5
thomascantor
15 October 2020
Version: 3.10.4
A solid app, with a very responsive developer. It can sync with MacOS and iOS calendars and reminders, and I've gotten a lot of use out of it for seven+ years.
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4
stephenjzeoli
23 September 2020
Version: 3.10.4
BusyCal is a solid calendar application with some additional, well-thought-out and useful features. The first of these is the ability to keep the info panel open all the time, so details are always in view. The second is that you can attach different kinds of data to a day in the calendar. Some of these are the usuals (events, tasks, reminders), but some are unusual, like longer journal entries, sticky notes, descriptive banners and timed todos. With a free trial, BusyCal is worth a look... although Apple does make it a little annoying to connect BusyCal to iCloud.
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5
bdikkat
27 August 2020
Version: 3.10.3
The best. The one I always come back to.
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daniellapetta
11 May 2020
Version: 3.9.0
Price / quality mismatch. Poorly thought out, despite the fact that the price rolls over!
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gabriellacilmi333
11 May 2020
Version: 3.9.0
Limited functionality. Frequent updates that essentially do not fundamentally change anything. I do not like this application ...
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5
claus-in-iceland
12 February 2020
Version: 3.8.41
Very good calendar. Use it for years! Very good support, regular updates. And no subscription (and as the developer said, also not in the future)!!!
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5
LeMerlot
29 January 2020
Version: 3.8.2
I love BusyCal since years and really couldn't work without it any more. Together with BusyContacts it's a true killer combo in my daily work with the Mac – and especially working with many external teams. Worth every penny…
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5
Frankhh
26 January 2020
Version: 3.8.2
Since the return of reminders last week my preferred calendar app across iOS devices and Mac. Clear and structured days / weeks / months views. Sometimes the natural voice feature delivers funny results but that is no better or worse than Siri's retarded artificial brain. I particularly like the option to consolidate my personal and business calendars in one app. If you developers are working on design progress: I often work with card based user interfaces where you can organize your tasks and meetings kanban style (or like sticky notes) - that would be a cool alternative for a day-view. Keep going!
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3
aleksjunttila
22 October 2019
Version: 3.7.2
The calendar is not completed, it is impossible to use it, because it is gray and blind to the eyes, so I give a true rating of three stars. I will explain: When I look at the week section, I can never understand at what point in time the event is. In the event at the beginning of the line, the time is simply not indicated. And also, in the left edge of the window in the time column, the numbers are so small and gray that with my eyesight (I have a slight cataract) I can not see anything at all. In the application settings, too, you cannot change the font, for example, make it larger and completely black. In the application settings, some important fonts cannot be changed! But original fonts small and gray. Very Badly! So this application is not useful because the font in the program is very gray and very small. I do not recommend you this program. The program costs 50 € and for the money it should be convenient, but it is not. Thank you for reading to the end. PS: I will also notice that all applications for Apple have the same problems with eyes, so people Refuse Apple.
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5
Tedg
07 August 2019
Version: 3.6.7
Have been using this for a very long time, and its incarnation before with Now Software. Users will have different preferences but for me this is solid and merges my Apple (personal) and Microsoft (work) calendars effectively. A good company.
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5
Rumplestiltskin
04 June 2019
Version: 3.6.3
Absolutely stellar. When Apple's Calendar didn't send alarm notifications to my Google Calendar (making me miss appointments!), I switched to Busy Cal and that rectified things. That was a few years ago. I've been completely happy with this app and the few times I've had a tech support issue, I get an answer promptly.
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5
Bjornr
28 May 2019
Version: 3.6.2
very smart app
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5
ahmedhatata-ah
20 March 2019
Version: 3.6.1
The most convenient , powerful and reliable calendar application ever , the ability to create events and see your dates in day, weeks and month and most convenient way is the list view . The app integrates with to do lists and you can you use it from dock or menu bar . Adding icons and travel time is very nice touch from the developers seriously to the app and the most important part that you will not lose any notifications even if the app is not running . Great application that deserves a 5 star review
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5
AlainC6412
22 January 2019
Version: 3.5.7
The ability to show 8 days large, easier to carry from one week to the other, same day
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4.5
AlainC6412
10 December 2018
Version: 3.5.2
I save time because we can show 8 days large then carry an item to next week fast with the mouse
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5
Noah R
31 October 2018
Version: 3.5.2
BusyCal has been my default calendar for years. It is very powerful, easy to use, and makes my busy life manageable. Sharing is simple and foolproof. The new dark mode implementation is awesome.
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Brun0
26 September 2018
Version: 3.4.3
No Dark Mode to work with Mojave ?
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RogerKatz
31 July 2018
Version: 3.3.12
The current version is 3.3.13
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Gilbrh03
11 June 2018
Version: 3.3.8
The software isn't worth the money compared with Apple's original software. the only interest is the integration of "Rappel" (Reminder?) in the calendar window.
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2.5
Biox
14 April 2018
Version: 3.3.0
Nice app but star rating is cut in half for its reporting to DoubleClick (Google tracking). If I pay this much for an app, I should expect absolute privacy, not whoring of my data to Google or anyone else.
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4.5
Winco
22 January 2018
Version: 3.2.8
BusyCal 3.2.8 just keeps getting better. Devs continually improving the app. Works well with BusyContacts app. 4.5 stars then. Half a star deducted because their graphic execution of the menu bar calendar is very cluttered and not as clean looking at Fantastical's version. If they worked on this element, it would get 5 stars from me.
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5
parsyan-adelaida
03 July 2017
Version: 3.1.8
AHHH THANK YOU !!! You rock !!
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5
eraddio
25 April 2017
Version: 3.1.6
Like it very much! Nice option of adding pics instead of words. My favorite feature is syncing between mac and iphone, this is very useful. I don't understand why there is so much negative reviews here, I experienced only positive feelings using BusyCal...
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5
bobembry
05 April 2017
Version: 3.1.6
BusyCal's Filters, Tags, Multiple Calendars, and Weeks in Month View are great. It has all of the features I need. Never had any problems.
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0.5
Rob Davis
17 March 2017
Version: 3.1.5
I want to warn potential customers that BusyCal is a scam! I purchased BusyCal2 about two years ago and now it will no longer work because instead of updating they made version 2 obsolete (will no longer sync with Google) forcing customers to buy version 3. They offer a reduced price but it is not an option or a free update as it should be. I wrote to customer relations to request a refund or solution and was told by someone called Kirk ”there was never a guarantee that BusyCal 2 would work in perpetuity." They even offered as a solution that I use Apple Calendar! BusyMac is a fly-by-night scam business. There are plenty of other apps available. I used Outlook for years and that old version 17 years old still works. BusyMac is burning their own customers to scam new people. They claim it’s Google’s fault because of a change in the sync but who is going to fall for this when their version 3 does work. Basically BusyMac has turned off sync on the old version to force previous customers to buy again. Just glad I never fell for their BusyContacts! For those who say BusyMac needs to do this to keep developing software you are just repeating what the company tells you. A good business develops with long term satisfied customers who can keep enjoying a product they bought and expect it to keep working as it did when purchased while on the strength of that, gaining new customers with improved versions of the product. When old customers wish to update - not because they are forced to but because they choose to - a reduced price is the way to show respect. If a product is good more and more people will buy making the company successful. BusyMac’s BusyCal is a scam because it is not a good product. It is really doing nothing more than the free Calendar Apple provides. In fact, now that I have gone back to the Apple Calendar, I actually think it works better than BusyCal. It is more responsive, faster, better looking and has options that BusyCal does not have. Plus it integrates with Mac better obviously.
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neartheredrocks
20 January 2017
Version: 3.1.4
BusyCal 3 (latest version: 3.1.4) has a much too wide minimum width for the To Do column which forces the width for the days in month view to be very narrow which then forces many entries to use more than one line.

I would be willing to pay for an upgrade from BusyCal 2 if that would get fixed but the developer has no interest to do this (I asked him to do this immediately after BusyCal 3.0.0 came out). He apparently thinks to know better than his users how wide the To Do column should be.

I therefore don't pay for an upgrade and stay with BusyCal 2.6.9 where the To Do column can be narrower (and the days wider). BusyCal 2.6.9 works very well in macOS 10.12 Sierra.

The 2 stars are for version 3 only; version 2 still deserves 5 stars.
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5
Mhoutman
10 November 2016
Version: 3.1.2
Still my favourite on macOS. Best support too. (yet on iOS I prefer Fantastical)
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Pugwash
12 October 2016
Version: 3.0.6
I 've been using this for a few months now and to be honest, for the money paid, think it's ok but that's all. Notifications is buggy, I've set it to show notifications using Busy Cal notifications only but still get both Busy Cal and Apple notifications. Menu bar Quick Entry functionality is mediocre at best, and on that point, I don't see the point of having menu bar Quick Entry which then opens the main window whether you like it or not anyway. I thought the idea of quick entry was just that, to enter from the menu bar uninterrupted, without having to open the app. Like I said for price charged it's ok,... just.
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Max-G
27 September 2016
Version: 3.0.6
Is Busycal 2.6.9 compatible with Sierra?
Could not find a comment on that on http://roaringapps.com
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Cletus
30 July 2016
Version: 3.0.5
I purchased the last version of this software. It is good, but the upgrade fees are just way out of alignment for what you get.
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Dana-Sutton
29 July 2016
Version: 3.0.5
Increasing the chutzpah quotient of the developer's asking such a huge price for a fairly modest upgrade is the fact that BusyCal 3 has had five bugfix upgrades within the month or so it has been on the market. This strongly suggests that it was pushed out the door in a very half-baked condition, maybe because the developer was a little too eager to get his hands on our money, and the developer is striving like mad to fix software which should never have been released until all these bugs had been discovered in beta testing and firmly squashed. So the user base was being asked to fork over a large sum of money to purchase what was in essence a defective product. All in all, the developer has seriously dropped the ball. We in the BusyCal user base are owed an abject apology for this mistreatment.
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evansgo
09 July 2016
Version: 3.0.3
Very average! As others have said I struggle to see the value in the latest upgrade. I bought it simply because I like to keep up to date and thought that it looked nice enough, I now regret that decision. Apart from very limited but expensive changes, I've now found out that their natural language is not a patch on Fantastical's! Just try entering "Sue visiting from the 23th July to the 28th July and you get an entry on the 23rd July and that is it, whereas Fantastical does it perfectly. Feeling a little ripped off by the Busy people.....
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Planetary-Paul
05 July 2016
Version: 3.0.3
My main view is the week view with 24 hours in a day. The new interface look for me simply means less contrast between calendar items; a definite downgrade. It reduces clarity and consequentially productiveness. The rounded corners and border lines helped immensely in separating individual items. When iCal removed them I dropped it within a heart beat.

The new iOS app is weird, because it only allows for the present day to start the week view, so I never have a standard overview of the week without extra manipulation. So I quickly moved back to Week Cal which has superb contrast and a dark mode, no contest there.

So I very much like the Mac app for its functionality, but with v3 its interface clarity has taken a nose dive. I hope this will be fixed, which it easily can be.
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0.5
fh-4
03 July 2016
Version: 3.0.2
Discussed update briefly with busy cal. Started the 30 day trial. Six days later I was forced to pay & register, otherwise no busy cal. Not the old version - paid with 40 $, and no new version. That is not selling an upgrade, I call it theft.
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Dana-Sutton
01 July 2016
Version: 3.0.2
I'm going to stick with v.2. V.3 doesn't seem to have anything new to offer other than a handful of cosmetic changes, for which $29 is an absurdly high upgrade price. Who do they think they're kidding?
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Stassi
30 June 2016
Version: 3.0.2
I love BusyCal and BusyContacts, but run some older software that's kept me from upgrading to OS 10.11 (because the upgrades would cost a fortune). If this still worked on Yosemite, they'd have my upgrade money in a minute. Almost did, based on their email. Thank goodness MacUpdate shows the new OS requirement! Sticking with V2, it seems...
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Benjamin Shore
25 June 2016
Version: 3.0.1
Although a pretty good program that I like to use, this company requires more paid upgrades than any other I use. I paid for 3 previous upgrades in a fairly short period of time. I stopped using the program a couple of years ago for that reason and then decided to buy it again. Big mistake. Now I find the same thing happening again. Never again.
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nnsa-2
23 June 2016
Version: 3.0
Brilliant piece of software and v3.0 is even better. I'm using this gem for years, very reliable. And now also available for iOS.
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mdinrockmd
23 June 2016
Version: 3.0
Unfortunately, I find this update pretty disappointing. As others have pointed out, I too am really struggling to see the value in a $30 upgrade - no substantial increase in functionality and the "new" menu bar app looks very poor and lacks any display options. Also, while I was glad to see an iOS version, I was again disappointed that there is no Apple Watch support.
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Winco
23 June 2016
Version: 3.0
I have been a NUTD/NC user and subsequently a BusyCal / BusyContact user from the beginning. I have just upgraded to 3.0 and I think this will be my last paid upgrade tbh. As another poster stated, AU$41 is a lot and the upgrade doesn't really 'upgrade' the usefulness to make the investment worthwhile. I wish I hadn't spent the money but I do heavily rely on BusyContact so I guess I need to maintain a companion Calendar app. By comparison, I also use Fantastical 2 for it's quick menu bar access. It's clean, uncluttered looks and ease of use. BusyMac have tried to match Fantastical 2 but it looks terrible. Very cluttered. Cramming info into a smaller pop-up. BC menu bar app simply doesn't cut it. So I'll be keeping Fantastical 2 for daily quick view and entry of appts and keep BusyCal for viewing and data entry of my more complex schedules I sometime need to enter.
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5
LeMerlot
22 June 2016
Version: 3.0
My favorite Pro calendar app (technically) after years finally with a nice Pro design ! Surprised, speechless and happy – upgraded immediately… :)
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Frodo-life
22 June 2016
Version: 3.0
used to love this App and have it for the past couple of years but it's a Calendar app and now paying $AU41 for a upgrade of a Calendar app is a deal breaker for me. Far overpriced for what it is. I will stick with version 2x
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The-Axe
22 June 2016
Version: 3.0
3.0 won't launch just says "Persistent store migration failed, missing source managed object model" and dies. :-(
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MichaelHaeusler
22 June 2016
Version: 3.0
Finally, finally, finally, a good menu bar implementation. Now I can safely trash Fantastical. As a standalone app, BusyCal was always the best. Now the whole package is to be recommended.
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4.5
Mhoutman
22 June 2016
Version: 3.0
Well it was a but silent at BusyMac but now I know what they were working on: both BusyCal 3 for iOS and BusyCal 3 for mac. I updated to BusyCal 3 Mac without hesitating and am glad I did. FYI I have the BusyMac store version and not the MAS version which seems not available anymore. BusyCal 3 has a new look and shows with all features that this developer is caring about its customers. The unique list few is great feature which I use a lot. Also great integration with BusyContacts which is my favorite contact manager. Already 20 years ago I used Now-Up-to-Date/Contacts and these apps are a great successor.
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Tekl
22 June 2016
Version: 3.0
What's new is hidden in the Blog: https://support.busymac.com/blog/71205-announcing-the-all-new-busycal-3-for-mac-and-ios
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Rumplestiltskin
25 March 2016
Version: 2.6.9
Logical interface. Would like a few extra options (alarms appearing in certain views, for example). Super easy to setup with Google Calendar as the syncing engine. Apple's Calendar, by the way, will -not- send alarms along with events to Google Calendar so you never get reminders on your phone (or online)! BusyCal -does- get the syncing (with alarms) done right. Nice app.
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Geoduck
24 March 2016
Version: 2.6.9
Totally agree with prior comment. This app is aging and less appealing on a daily basis. I've used this since it came out and the functionality is superb. But entering and editing time for appointments is awkward and in a 1994 kind of way. I've paid twice for a multi-user license upgrade and expect a better quality product. Company just seems to be gliding on the past.
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Rikyman
23 March 2016
Version: 2.6.9
The interface feels old to me. I am a user of version 1, and I think this one needs a new more appealing visual, interface today is a big part of a product.
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Evaluator
19 January 2016
Version: 2.6.9
I really like this app and have used it for years. Be advised that after upgrading my OSX to El Capitan, my Mail app and my iBank app started to load slowly (30 to 45 seconds). Both issues were traced to my using BusyCal. I have had to switch back to iCal.
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