iCUfree: Keep An Eye On Your Calendar Without Even Leaving The Desktop

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Mac’s iCUfree is a tool that helps you quickly review your next upcoming events without having to open your calendar or leave your desktop. Practically speaking, the app has more of an effect on the user interface of your computer instead of adding any unique features.

In a nutshell, iCUfree simply displays your most relevant events on the left side of your screen. Event details are placed over the wallpaper and under your icons, effectively becoming part of the background. Corresponding colored circular icons denote different calendars, and current events change these icons into alarm clocks.

At first glance, the app seems innovative, but depending on your wallpaper, it could be hard to read.


iCUfree functions by pulling information from all of your personal calendars including local, iCloud, Google, and Yahoo ones. When you first open the app, you will be prompted to select your choice calendars with the Calendar Group Wizard. After this, the app basically runs itself.


Alas, iCUfree does fall victim to its own issues. For instance, the aforementioned Welcome dialog box appears on every login unless otherwise noted, and an annoying menu bar icon will be added to your likely already long list if you use this app. iCUfree also seems a bit outdated since it refers to Calendar as “iCalendar”.

However, the app does precisely what it says it will do, and you can’t argue with that.


  • Handy on-desktop calendar updates.
  • Color-coded calendar events.
  • Shows events up to three months ahead of time.
  • Multiple calendar integration.
  • Compatible with Google and Yahoo calendars.

Download iCUfree at the Mac App Store.

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