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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 What iCloud Is & Why It Changes Everything [Mac] What iCloud Is & Why It Changes Everything [Mac] Perhaps the biggest announcement made by Apple at the recent WWDC was that of iCloud, but many people are understandably not sure what it is. Is it a streaming media service? Is it a Dropbox... Read More , 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 5 Ways To Reduce Menu Bar Clutter [Mac] 5 Ways To Reduce Menu Bar Clutter [Mac] We've covered some Great Tips and Tools For a Clean and Minimalist Mac Desktop before. This time, I'll be focusing on specifically the menu bar. Due to my small 13" MacBook Pro screen, which has... Read More  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 iCUfree also seems a bit outdated since it refers to Calendar as “iCalendar”.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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