What is CloudCal?
Pselis, the company behind calendar and organisation app CloudCal, has tried to make life simpler when it comes to organisation. CloudCal, if you haven’t already guessed, is a calendar app with built-in organisational tools and a novel approach to representing your schedule. Its ‘magic circles’ turn each day into a clock face which is filled up depending on which tasks you schedule, allowing you to get a quick idea of how busy your day is looking.
You can swipe left from your main calendar to get a close up view of the day you’re on, or right to get a weekly overview. The app also allows you to order an Uber directly from the appointment page if you have the Uber app installed and syncs with a range of other organisation services. If you upgrade to the Pro version you can share attachments such as photos and recordings, and use Google Maps within the app itself.
The main selling point of CloudCal is the ‘magic circles’, a feature which Pselis claims allow you to see which hours in the day you are free by just glancing at the calendar. Each day on the monthly view of the calendar is represented by a circle, or clock face, which then fills up with different colours for each task that you’ve scheduled for that day. The idea is that you can look at a day and see when you’re free without tapping on it and looking at each individual appointment.
The magic circles are a nice addition. They might not add up to what Pselis sell as a ‘beautiful visual representation of the hours you’re free’, but with a quick glance you can kind of see how free your week or is looking. They turn otherwise relatively useless monthly overviews, which usually don’t indicate how full individual days are very well, into useful tools for seeing what’s coming up. And depending on how busy a person you are it will either reaffirm your ‘in-demand’ status as a social king or serve as a devastating visual representation of how little you have going on.
Aside from magic circles, the app functions in much the same way as most calendar apps. What was nice about CloudCal was that it imported all my events from both my Google accounts, as well as those I had entered on my phone’s default calendar app. As soon as I launched CloudCal it already had my appointments scheduled in.
The calendar syncs with Google Calendar, Google Tasks, Exchange, and Outlook so any users of these services can expect a similarly pain-free transfer to CloudCal. If you schedule a task using the app, there is a choice of which calendar to add it to and the whole process of integrating other services and using them within CloudCal is beyond easy.
When viewing an individual day, the magic circle is represented in the top right corner alongside an hourly agenda on the left. It would have been nice to have a large representation of the circle that you can interact with, perhaps with labels on each section of the circle for your events. Overall the magic circles are a novel idea but seem under-utilised and when viewed alongside an hour-by-hour agenda seem superfluous.
Aside from this, there is very little holding CloudCal back.
If you’re looking for a slight upgrade from your device’s standard calendar app, CloudCal may just be the way to go. It works well, integrates with services you probably already use, and it’s ‘magic circle’ feature, although not as well implemented as it could have been, does bring something to the monthly and weekly overviews in terms of giving you a rough idea of how busy you are in the coming days.
Score: 8/10 | Price: Free | In-app purchases? Yes | Download CloudCal