macOS does not lack a good calendar application, but here is another one and not just any, since it is Calendars. After launching it on the iPhone in 2010 and then adapting it to the iPad and the Apple Watch, Readdle is finally bringing its calendar to the Mac.
This is not a hasty port, Calendars for Mac takes advantage of the larger screen to display a new sidebar grouping tasks. These tasks can be synced with Apple’s Reminders app or even with Google Tasks. The sidebar also includes a dedicated section for “shortcuts”, the somewhat odd name given to recurring tasks.
Calendars is therefore not just a calendar; like Fantastical it can also be used as a task manager. By dragging your tasks and shortcuts into your calendar, you get a precise daily schedule thanks to a consolidated view of everything that awaits you.
The app supports local, iCloud, Google, Exchange, and Outlook calendars. It includes the features already available on mobile: integration of the weather, natural language input, addition of various calendars (school holidays, sports calendar, TV program, etc.). But surprisingly, the Year view is missing at the moment.
Those who already used Calendars on mobile should be happy to find the application on Mac. As for the others, they have an additional alternative to Apple’s Calendar at their disposal.
Calendars is freemium: the basic functions are free. To unlock what makes it special (task management, weather, natural language input, etc.), you must take out a subscription at €21.99/year (7-day free trial). The subscription entitles you to full functionality on all platforms. It’s cheaper than the Fantastical subscription (€39.99/year), but Flexibits’ premium offer also includes the Cardhop contact manager.