After wowing the users of iPhone, Android and web, the latest wonder smart calendar, named Sunrise, is now available for Mac users as well. While there is no dearth of apps that help you organize your day and appointments, most suffer from the drawback of being compatible to any one platform. This makes it difficult for users to sync their calendars across different devices they use. But fret no more, because with Sunrise is here to brighten up your day.
Launched earlier this year for the iPhone first, later on Android & web and now on Mac, the app gives all other calendar apps a run for their money given its intuitive interface, great features, and support for so many calendar services. The interface is minimalistic, looking like a basic calendar app but packs a punch in features like offering Map Support (with the help of Google Maps) and a user friendly week view. If one adds the location for a meeting or an event along with other details, the app will automatically use Google maps to provide directions to the place at the time of meeting. The webapp, launched earlier also provides new Chrome extensions for heavy Chrome users.
The Mac version of the app works similar to the webapp version, with additional support for native Mac notifications and an offline mode. What works in its favour is that it synchronizes with the iPhone app and is also compatible with other apps like Evernote, Tripit, etc. making life easier for the user. Some may criticize the lack of any additional features in the Mac version, but for those Apple has one message – it’s only the first version, honey!
Some of the basic features of this app available on all platforms include compatibility with Google Calendar, iCloud and Exchange and can also include Facebook events and birthdays. The app can sync with others in real-time as well as in the background. It provides easy and quick access to add an event or a reminder with real language. Provides local weather reports and other useful information and pulls out contact details from Google contacts, LinkedIn contacts, and Facebook friends. The best part is that it’s completely free and has no ads popping up every now and then.
While the Sunrise app is great, one cannot ignore other similar apps available that offer some features as well. First among them comes Canary, which is also a free app and provides some cool viewing of the day’s events, giving one a clear idea of the free time available. Where it falls short is its lack of support for Google Calendar and not so easy navigation. Another free app giving competition to Sunrise is Cal by Any.Do. The feel of this app is pretty much the same as Sunrise, however, the latter offers a lot more in terms of features. For people who don’t mind shelling out some money for good apps, we have Fantastical 2, Week Cal and BusyCal. All of these offer great interface with synchronizing and supporting features but lose out to Sunrise because of the cost they carry.
So if you are forever on the go and have your day packed such that you don’t have time to juggle between different devices, Sunrise is the ideal tool for you for all your devices.