Super Calendar: One App to Rule Them All

Hello, I am a calendar app junkie.

I lead off with that because I want readers to understand that I have bought, downloaded, and tried out a TON of iPhone calendar applications. That does not make me the resident expert on all calendar applications....but it probably gives me a leg up on most. (seriously, I hope I never find out how much money I've actually spent on calendar apps)

Today I am here to confess that after sticking with a combination of Fantasical 2 and Pocket Informant, I have a new calendar app in my home dock.

Super Calendar

 
 

I discovered Super Calendar through some boredom browsing, literally googling "best iPhone calendar app". Of course a random apple website had a list of all the typical heavy hitters...and then Super Calendar was at the bottom. I had never heard of it, so naturally I looked into it but couldn't find too many reviews - normally a bad sign for an app.

After buying, downloading, trying out the app, and emailing the developer, I'm happy to bring what I hope can be a useful review of an amazing application.


My criteria for a calendar application:

Month View

One of the first things I looked for on the Super Calendar website was the month view. For me a critical feature is a well designed, clean, month view that easily displays all the months events in some detail. My personal bar had been set by Pocket Informant's previously unmatched month view, with quick access to other detail views: day, week, agenda, etc.

Super Calendar (right) now sets that bar higher with it's superb month/day view that I prefer over Pocket Informant (left). If I wanted to, I could also make Super Calendar's month view go full screen...like PI.

 Pocket Informant

Pocket Informant

 Super Calendar

Super Calendar

One of the best things about this newly combined view is that now I can just open Super Calendar, see the month AND current day, then if I need to navigate to my next appointment I just tap the "pin" icon (next to WWDC in this picture). This takes me right to the Maps application ready to navigate.

Additionally, you can change that Month/Day view to an hourly view if that strikes your fancy. Personally I am not that detailed with my meeting scheduling, but some are.

Ease of Navigation

Super Calendar's navigation between views is one of those head slapping "why has no one done this before?" features. Not only can you easily tap the bottom tabs, but you can also swipe between the views. Everyone holds their iPhone differently and often times swiping to navigate is much more natural than contorting one's thumb around to tap a far away corner.

This is a classic example of solving a problem I didn't realize I had.

Additionally, the developer has taken this navigation feature and doubled down on it in Month View. Not only can you swipe from Month to Year or Week, but you can also swipe (within Month View) the day by day view.

 The Day View seen as you swipe to the next day

The Day View seen as you swipe to the next day

Ease of Event Entry

Being able to quickly enter in an event or reminder is definitely a standout feature of any calendar or todo application. Right now the standard is set with Fantastical 2 and its amazing natural language input capabilities. While Super Calendar does not match Fantastical's ease of input through natural language, I have a feeling it will before too long.

When I first emailed the developer and asked about natural language input, he said that he didn't have it yet but was working on it. A week later he pushed an update that now incorporated natural language. I don't know the differences between Fantastical's language parser and others like Super Calendar, but I do know that Super Calendar has some way to go to catch up to Fantastical in this area. It works for basic event entries, but at one point I tried to enter "Lunch with Kevin at noon" and it thought "noon" was a location. (apparently it is since it found a map location for it)

 Notice the extra number bar...handy. Also has a countdown to the event if that's your thing.

Notice the extra number bar...handy. Also has a countdown to the event if that's your thing.

Agenda View

The Agenda View is not one that I use a lot, but I bring it up because I know so many folks like this method of viewing events. Super Calendar's Agenda view is well done and both the top bar and list scroll simultaneously when looking for any information. I do wish that multi-day events were listed every day they were taking place, vice just on the first day, but that is just a personal preference.

 Agenda View

Agenda View

 Day View

Day View

Customizability

Last but not at all least, is the ability to customize the hell out of this application. I can't do justice in this review and try to show all the different options, so I encourage you to head to the developer's website and take a look for yourself. What I can say is that customizing your own calendar is easier in this app than in any other I've ever tried. Tap the gear icon and you get style and display options that tweak your own application to just how you want it. Upload your own pictures or go super minimalist, it's up to you.

Today Widget

With the advent of the pull down widget/today view in iOS 8, Super Calendar has created two of the cleanest views out there. This isn't an absolute must for me, but it's a nice thing to have.

Overall Impression

Have you ever said, " I wish application X and application Y were merged in to application Z...that would be perfect for me!".

Super Calendar has finally done it.

It's difficult to put into words how impressed I am that someone got a feature packed calendar application together that is still easy to use. It can be as information packed as you want, or as simple as you like. Navigation is seamless, event entry is relatively quick, and you can even quickly edit an event by long pressing on it. Lastly, I can tell the developer put some serious work in to this most recent update and this version has the higher quality look and feel that most come to expect of an iOS 8 application.

You can head over to the developer's website and look at all the customizable views and feature sets or head to the app store to download here.