It’s the unified user experience where the basic usage is ‘one size fits all.’ That explains why OS X comes with Safari, Mail, Contacts, iPhoto, iTunes, and even Calendar (among other apps).
Apple does the basics but third party developers have an opportunity to extend usability to infinity and beyond. Or, rather, just improve on the original. Here’s an example. It’s called CalendarMenu; a quick and easy way to view what’s on your calendar without opening Calendar.
If you’re a heavy Calendar user then you know the problem. It’s the constant switching from whatever app you’re using at the time to Calendar. CalendarMenu ends that.
Cool, no? One click to CalendarMenu in the Mac’s Menubar and you get a view of all your calendars or a single calendar. Almost everything you need and use in Calendar is accessible in CalendarMenu, and from whatever app you’re using without opening Calendar.
Reminders are built in and easily seen with highlighting. There’s a daily and weekly view, and even reminders are built-in. You would think Apple would create something like CalendarMenu to make it easier to use and view Calendar within other apps, but this affordable third party app does the job just fine.
Well done. Very useful. Inexpensive.