Russel Callen
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Xipper reviewed on 04 Feb 2014
This developer has essentially abandoned the product. The last "update" was acknowledging problems with Mavericks in October 2013 promising a new version (2.7.2) "shortly"...well, its now a few months later and still no update.

This was my go to app, I actually gave money for it...but now it is so unstable and crashes frequently on Mavericks.
[Version 2.7.1]


Xipper reviewed on 16 Nov 2012
I had high hopes for BusyCal. I actually bought a app "bundle" in part because it included BusyCal, however it has been nothing but a disappointment. It lacks any MS Exchange support!?!? Really, the most commonly deployed email platform in the work place isn't supported?

The support for CalDav is annoying as well. I upgraded from 1.6.4 to 2.0.x at the recommendation of the BusyCal support...its possibly even worse. Anytime BusyCal detects a "new" invitation it pops up a dialog box that steals your mouse/cursor focus. On BusyCal 2.0 it seems that you have to manually tell it which calendar to add an invitation to for _every_ invitation. The "default calendar" option seems to do nothing other than for appointment items created directly in BusyCal.

Email with the developer suggests that BusyCal reads invitations from email or something, I really don't understand how that is when it is auto-detecting invites with no email settings must be getting these from the CalDav server. In my case I am trying to use BusyCal with Zimbra, but it is a waste of time. I cannot accept/decline meeting invites or anything else.

BusyCal is useless and read-only for any meeting invitations. It may be fine for some, but I think the native Calendar app is superior in actual use. While there are features that I like about BusyCal, the feature gap is too great to ever recommend it. I am just so glad that I didn't fall for the paid "upgrade" in the App Store version, what a colossal waste of $ that would have been. Now I've only wasted hours of many days dealing with a bad design.
[Version 2.0.1]


Xipper reviewed on 12 Jun 2012
I may be a bit biased as I use a Mac in the corporate world, and to date the most widely deployed email and calendaring system in the corporate enterprise realm is likely Microsoft Exchange. While this app is pretty and nifty it doesn't help me at all, I am really glad i didn't pay a full $50 for it and got it as part of a promo bundle.

There are some things that I could use and benefit from over iCal, but not being able to connect to my work email and calendar system that everyone else in the company uses is pretty limiting. It is somewhat of a shock to me that they can't write this to work with Microsoft Exchange, perhaps it is a licensing issue with Microsoft to speak their protocol standards? Couldn't they find a way to connect using Activesync standards?
[Version 1.6.2]


Xipper reviewed on 16 Sep 2011
I was a frequent user of PortAuthority, but this app is worthless now. I don't understand why developers insist on trying to do things the way this one has. If you can't design a UI window that provides functional feedback of the build process that is going on to install/update a port, then spawn a terminal window with running the commands instead.

The app just crashes anytime I try to install anything, I can either wait 1-hour and force quit to try and use this "tool" (that I paid for), or I can simply run the command myself and have it actually complete the install in 5 minutes.

This is on Lion, but the developer claims the latest version is compatible.
[Version 4.0.0]

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