Three Free Desktop Calendar Applications For The Mac

Jeffry Thurana 30-07-2009

Human CalendarAfter noticing many yawns coming from the audience, the professor ended his extremely long lecture by saying, “Sorry, I completely lost track of the time. I didn’t bring my watch with me.”


One of the students replied, “Yes, but there’s a calendar next to you.”

That bored student might mention the calendar in a cynical tone, but we can’t deny that modern people could never live without it. Almost all of their daily life activities are scheduled according to the calendar.

Mac’s Native Calendar

Along with the dawn of the computer, the calendar also moved to the digital domain. For Mac territory, Mac OS X comes with its own calendar applications as a combination between iCal and the menubar clock.

The clock is activated by default, but you can adjust its properties by going to the System Preferences, choose Date & Time, and then clicking the Clock tab.



But if you want to try a free third-party desktop calendar application, here are three alternatives that you can try.

01 Dateline - Icon


This application will put a linear transparent calendar in your desktop. By default, it will reside above everything else. If you click on a date, it will be opened in iCal.


01b Dateline - Above iCal

For some people, the appearance of this desktop calendar might become annoying. But don’t be afraid because you can adjust the appearance by going to the Preferences menu and choose the Appearance tab.

01c Dateline - Appearance Preferences

Besides color and font, width and mark shape, you can also adjust the Window level of the calendar.


02a Rainlendar - Icon

Rainlendar Lite

This is a well-known customizable, free desktop calendar. At least on the Windows platform. I didn’t know that there was a Mac version until I did the research for this article. Some of the features are various skins to change the look and feel, to-do list and alarms, the ability to open multiple calendars for multiple purposes, and the ability to import and export calendars to and from different computers under different operating systems.

02b Rainlendar - Main

You can add events easily by clicking on any date. A window will show up, just add the necessary details.


02c Rainlendar - Add Event

There are two versions: the Lite version (free) and the Pro version (not free, obviously). If you want to know the differences, please refer to this page.

03a magical - icon


This free desktop calendar is an enhancement (or replacement – so they said) to Mac OS X’s native menubar clock. There are three versions to the application: PowerPC, Intel, and Universal Binary.

This app will reside in the menubar. You can open the main window by clicking on the menubar icon.

03b Magical - Main

And you can adjust many things – including showing the date and the clock – by going to the Preferences (click on the “i” sign on the main window of this app).


Double clicking on any date on the MagiCal main window will open that date in iCal.

Do you use a Mac calendar application? Do you have other free alternatives?  Please share using the comments below.

Related topics: Calendar, Planning Tool.

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  1. spoonjuice
    July 31, 2009 at 6:23 am

    Hi friends,

    I know one very good and interesting application for Mac users,named : funbooth.

    Download free trial :

    Explore ways to customize your photos and videos,even in video chat too and share with dear ones.

    Spoon juice

  2. dealbreakr
    July 30, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Does anyone know of an online app that can create a personalized version of the top photo (people holding up a sign for each day of the month)? That would make an amazing desktop from month to month.