Created by Any.do, the developer of the award-winning Any.do To-Do List & Task List app, Cal is designed to be more than just a standard calendar app. As well as automatically syncing with calendar services on your device – including Google, Exchange, Outlook, Yahoo, AOL and even iCloud – it can be linked to your Any.do tasks so they show up in the calendar, and to Facebook for friends’ birthdays. The aim is to help you focus on the important things, whether related to work or home/social.
The interface itself is inspiring,
featuring a different photo for each
calendar day, based on any of nine
themes. The slick design certainly
makes a pleasant change from
the dull styling of your average
calendar app, while not detracting
from the functionality.
The standard view shows the
current week at the top with a large
photo below. Just swipe right for the
next week, or pull down to reveal the
whole month. Events from linked
calendars and Any.do aren’t actually
readable on the calendar – their
presence is indicated by a dot. It’s a
shame that there’s no indication of
which days are particularly busy.
Instead, you need to tap a day to
reveal its events below. Tapping a
calendar event makes it full-screen
with options to see/add attendees
(with photos if available), location,
notes and reminders (location and
time-based), plus repeat and delete.
If you’ve linked Cal to your
Facebook account, friends’ birthdays
will also appear in the calendar –
tapping one takes you to a fullscreen
profi le photo of the friend,
with an option to post to their wall
while staying in-app. It’s slightly
strange then that tapping an Any.do
task takes you to that app instead –
not that it’s a major problem.
Tighter integration with the Any.do
app is supposedly one of the extra
features added to the new Android
version of Cal – it’s been around on
iOS since last summer. Other
bonuses include a landscape mode
(sadly sans themed photos) and
home screen widget – which makes
it a lot easier to see what’s coming
up without having to open the app.
Despite the Facebook and Any.do
link-up, whether Cal is likely to help
you to achieve a better work/life
balance is debatable. Nor does it
offer a lot more functionality than
Google Calendar, say. However, it
does it all so well and with such
panache that it’s hard to resist.