Editor’s note: The following review is part of Macworld’s
Summer of Mac Gems series. Each business day until the middle of August 2008, the Macworld staff will use the Mac Gems blog to briefly cover a favorite free or low-cost program. Visit the
Mac Gems homepage for a list of past Mac Gems.
Like many other menu-bar calendar utilities, Pixelated Software’s
TinyCal 1.3.3 gives you a drop-down calendar, displaying one, two, three, or twelve months, whenever you click on its icon in the menu bar; you can drag the calendar off the menu bar so it stays on the screen.
What makes TinyCal unique is that it syncs with
Google Calendar (); click on any date and you can quickly view events scheduled for that day. You can also add events to any of your Google Calendars; TinyCal can remind you—via onscreen alert, e-mail, or SMS—about such events.
The program also includes built-in holiday calendars for 40 countries, as well as alternative calendars such as Hebrew, Islamic, and Buddhist.