BusyMac has released BusyCal 1.5.4, an update to its calendaring app. The latest release focuses primarily on compatibility with Apple’s upcoming Mac OS X Lion, including Lion’s full-screen mode, trackpad gestures, new scrollbar schemes, and year-less birthday reminders. In addition, BusyCal now supports interaction with the Fantastical calendaring app, and provides better interaction with Google Calendar and other WebDAV servers. Several fixes and improvements round out the update. ($49.99 new, free update, 6.7 MB, release notes)
Avoid Naming Pear Note Files
If you create a lot of documents, coming up with a name for them can sometimes be a hassle. This is especially true now that search is becoming a more prevalent way to find documents. Pear Note provides a way to have the application automatically generate a filename so you can avoid this hassle. To use this:
- Open Saving under Pear Note's preferences.
- Select a default save location.
- Select a default save name template (Pear Note's help documents all the fields that can be automatically filled in).
- Check the box stating that Command-S saves without prompting.
- If you decide you want to name a particular note later, just use Save As... instead.
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Next, I've seen Lion's iCal and its skin is so INCREDIBLY UGLY, I cannot and will not use it. So - unless Apple pulls a last minute switch and changes its current skin - that was going to be another reason I plan to wait to adopt Lion (Quicken 2007 incompatibility being the first).
I had not thought of replacing iCal w/ BusyCal, because I tried it a while back and it couldn't two way sync Google calendars. Since I share a Google cal w/ my wife, that was a deal killer for me.
When I saw the latest version of BusyCal was updated to sync w/ Google calendars, I decided to give it a whirl. After only 10 mins or so of use, the clouds parted and the angels sang i.e. I liked it mucho!
I'm using the trail version, but its highly likely I'll buy this. It's good looking and has nice features iCal doesn't. If you hate Apple's Lionized iCal, give this program a hard look. It rocks!