Minimalist calendar app Cal makes its debut on the Windows Phone 8 Store
Version 1.0 of the striking and orderly calendar app is now available
Back in late November, I gave you a sneak peek at a new calendar app headed to Windows Phone 8 dubbed Cal by developer Philippe Maes. The clean, minimalist app garnered a lot of attention and inquiries from you folks, with many frequently asking when it will arrive.
That day is finally here. After some added features, bugs squashed and a slight delay in publishing, Cal is now available! Read on for all of the details.
Since I last showed you the app, it has had numerous new functions added and improved upon, including:
- Google Calendar sync
- Manual sync
- Calendar search
- Hide Location info for appointment option
- Change of font to roboto
- Support for 720 and 1080P displays (removal of black bars)
- Bold time and date on Live Tile for easier reading
That’s on top of the already existing features in Cal, including:
- Outlook/Live/Hotmail calendar support
- Facebook birthdays and events support
- Customizable livetile (chose color or image for background)
- Month/week view
Appointment detail in Cal
Within the app, if you are in Week view you can swipe left or right to change between days. Swiping down will bring up the whole month. If in Month view (toggle in the upper hand corner) while swiping up or down will change the month. Tapping the month will bring up the ability to choose the date and double tapping on any calendar day will create a new appointment.
This calendar app is in my view, one of the more elegant ones on the Store now, topping our list along with Simple Calendar. Cal allows you to add/edit/delete appointments directly, without having to use the native app, it’s simple to use and it looks great on Windows Phone.
Weekview (beta) coming to Cal in a future update
The Cal private beta is also still ongoing with a new Weekview (seen above) being rolled out. That forthcoming feature switches to landscape and gives a full, detailed look at the week. No surprise, it looks simply gorgeous. That means Cal 1.0 users can expect new features and refinements in the coming weeks, partially based on user feedback and the developer’s own roadmap.
While enterprise and business fans may prefer the new Calendar Calleague, Chronos or True Calendar 8, casual and everyday people looking for an elegant, provoking calendar app will be best served with Cal.
Cal is now available on the Store with a free trial and it will cost $1.99 to keep. In other words, there’s no reason to not give it a chance to see if it fits your style.
Pick up Cal here in the Store or scan the QR code below and let us know what you think in comments!
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Edit: After playing around with it I actually like all the options for the live tile. I wish you could add/edit appointments within the app though. Edit 2: Ok, turns out you can edit appointments by linking your MS account, rather than using the built-in calendar. All my complaints are invalid. This is my new favorite calendar app.
But the tile text looks like it got the wrong resolution. Its also a bit blurry.
Still some of the basics in what people ask for in all these calendar app is missing here also.
- the contrast is wrong (can you really read the blue text on the pictures ?)
- text flow is all over the place (look at the map title)
- spacing is bad (that calendar with background pics looks cheap)
- text alignments/margins/paddings are inconsistent
- colors look totally random also i hope the author checked the font licenses because it seems to me there could be a copyright issue (yeah fonts are not free!).
Check settings if you want the month view on all the time ;)
So, not for me (yet). No diffenet colors for different calendars, no more than 3 events. The only thing i like is swipe to weekview.
Im now using Appointile to get lock screen support.
Super calendar to get 5 appointments in the wide tile.
The integrated calendar for agenda view (as a small tile just above the wide one, for easy access)
Nice design in this one, but sadly it lacks all of the above....
Fix that please and I'll buy the app.
1-Hope it will be translated to italian!
2-To me live tile is not rotating when I have more appointment on the back Keep it up!
This was very good feature with nokia pc suite.
I am using both personal and work email as Google accounts and I need to have both connected to one app. Until there is no way to connect two Google/MS accounts I found no use in this app. It's a pitty because I like it's design, though!