After the app review fiasco with Sub Sol (which was an app I made to help fund my brother’s college costs), I decided to do another try with a macOS app that was on my mind for a while.
So here’s Grila, a calendar app that’s always available on a global hotkey, and can be navigated with the keyboard.
Some interesting features
- hourly chimes (inspired by the Apple Watch, which I always wanted for the Mac)
- 3 different views (year, month, 3-months)
- merged calendar events and reminders
- a lot of customizability in colors and themes.
A bit of a story
As with Sub Sol, I made this app so that all the funds will go towards my brother which just started a chemistry college, and right now has to work a 12h/day job to pay the costs. My goal is for him to be free to quit that job and continue his studies with less worries.
v1.0.2 version that you get with the trial is still awaiting approval from App Store reviewers, but should be released in less than a day.
DVORAK and foreign keyboard layouts
months and weekdays in your preferred system language
merging events and reminders
Price is $3 for the moment which I will most likely increase it in the near future. I like to start with lower prices for early adopters.
But that future is more like 1 or 2 weeks away, I’m not trying to pressure anybody into buying without being sure it’s something they would use.
I’m leaving some promo codes below for the App Store:
And some instructions on how to use them:
This looks pretty cool. I’ll give it a try – right now I use Fantastical to enter new events, but don’t much like reviewing my day on it. And I always prefer keyboard commands.
One suggestion for the App Store language: You might make clear that it uses the system calendar(s), assuming it does, rather than a separate database. Most people will probably assume that, but it’s probably better to be explicit.
Looking forward to trying it.
You might make clear that it uses the system calendar(s)
Hmm, yes, I didn’t think about that. It does use the system calendars as it’s basically just a viewer (not an editor) for events and reminders.
I’ll try to be more clear, thanks for the hint!
Love the navigation elements! Love the ethos behind the support of your family member. Congratulations!
Codes are gone. Happy to support with $3. Thank you for sharing your personal story.
@alinp32 If I can’t get the app to pop up a window or appear in the menu bar, even after killing and restarting the app a few times, what are possible solutions? I’m on a 16" 2021 MBP on Ventura. I’ve given calendars and reminders permissions.
Thank you for the support!
Not sure could be a system issue.
Try the following:
- delete the app
- install it from App Store again
- check if it opens and works
- restart the system if it doesn’t
Sometimes on Ventura, the launchd system daemon stalls for some reason causing apps to not launch correctly. A restart always fixes it.
WOW. What a great calendar. So glad you shared here.
Bummer. Won’t run on Catalina. Will have to wait to try it when I eventually upgrade.
Is there a reason it isn’t back-compatible? It doesn’t seem to use particularly recent tech, or?
It uses newer SwiftUI and Locale/Calendar APIs that were released in macOS Monterey. Without them I would have had to almost double the amount of code to write them myself.
A restart worked. Thank you!