BusyCal 3 functions exactly like BusyCal 2 so if you liked what that does you will like this one. BusyCal 3 offers compliance with upcoming requirements of Google calendars in particular so it is necessary to switch to this from BusyCal 2 if you’d like top view a Google calendar with the application.
The problem my business has with BusyCal 3 is that the interface has been ‘updated’ to a more ‘flat’ design I would guess to more closely match an Apple or Google calendar web view. This is not a good thing as it’s harder on the eyes to figure out what’s going on if you have a complex situation with multiple calendars, such as a business with a dozen users. The banners across the top can be switched back to ‘classic’ view giving the familiar one pixel border that helps distinguish one banner event from the other. This classic option is not available for calendar events themselves, however, and that is really too bad. PLEASE PROVIDE CLASSIC VIEW FOR CALENDAR EVENTS for increased functionality. Our business switched to BusyCal 2 because of the UI changes in Apple’s Calendar, and now BusyCal 3 is mimicking that flawed product.
The other interface problem is that the highlight color for the current time and the current day has switched from a sedate blue to a distractingly garish vivid purple color (as seen in the screenshot above), irregardless of your selection for highlight color made in System Preferences > Appearance > Highlight color. No good; too distracting, too much visual impact. Dial it back. What were you thinking? Why not add functionality so that users can pick their own color, or provide a more neutral color. Also, the dock icon of BusyCal2 showed a neutral grid when the application was not active, and the day’s actual date when it was active. This functionality is lost on this version as it always shows ‘May 27’ when the application is not active, losing the quick visual cue to let you know that the app is not running. Bad interface design decisions all the way around here.
In regards to the developer response: I appreciate that you have taken the time to share some words, but they do not actually address my issues. Your response re: the garish purple highlight is flatly wrong, and your other suggestions do not address the fundamental critique of your downgrades to the interface (although they claim to be solutions). Therefore I am lowering your rating from 2 stars to 1 because I cannot abide a response that attempts to disingenuously blunt the force of my review with obfuscation.