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If you find your default calendar app frustrating, you may love this alternative

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The default Mac and iPhone calendar app can be a frustratingly unhelpful assistant, routinely freezing up at random, hogging resources for no discernible reason, and refusing to communicate with any of your other programs. BusyMac’s BusyCal 3 is a potential antidote to this frustration.

BusyCal 3 integrates with every major cloud service, including iCloud, Google, and Exchange, so no matter the deadline, travel arrangement, or meeting confirmation, BusyCal 3 will find it and add it to your calendar. The app provides reminders for your upcoming events, even calculating travel time from your current location to tell you exactly when you need to leave to avoid being late. 

You can add daily to-do lists and seamlessly move low priority items to the next day. BusyCal also has customizable day, week, month, year, and list views, so you can see as much or as little of your schedule as you need.

Normally, BusyCal 3 sells for $49.99, but Mashable readers can take 60% off that price and get lifetime access for just $19.99. As a bonus, you’ll also get access to BusyContacts, an app that keeps an easily searchable database of all of your contacts, and even syncs with your social media accounts like Twitter and Facebook to help you keep track of how and where to reach your friends and colleagues.

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