Update: Day-O 2 is now available!

Day-O is a simple menu bar clock replacement with a simple calendar for your Mac. It’s free, as-is (which means I’m not providing support, taking feature requests, addressing perceived inadequacies or releasing the source code). Here’s how it came to be:

My late upgrade to Lion was relatively painless. The only casualty was MenuCalendarClock. It somehow clobbers the Dictionary shortcut key command and gesture which I use daily (if not hourly). I thought I could live without MMC. I don’t use any calendar apps so I was just using the free version for the simple date icon and convenient fly-out calendar. I thought the system menu clock would suffice. Really, how frequently did I use the fly-out calendar?

Turns out, quite a bit. I tried a few replacements but couldn’t stand any of their date icons. MMC developer Objectpark seems to have gone quiet. Fortunately, as I quipped on Twitter, I’ve “never met a wheel I didn’t want to reinvent.”

I was able to piece something together from various NSStatusItem tutorials, the NSDatePicker Class Reference, Stack Overflow answers and GitHub repositories.

I may or may not have had this YouTube video on repeat in the background the entire time.

Download Day-O.

Update: Day-O does not work with Dark Mode because the stock calendar widget used by Day-O does not appear to support changing the table cell text color. I hear Mowglii’s Itsycal works fine.

Pixels and Rocket Science
Interviewed by Kevin Dees
Shaun Inman
October 20th, 2011 at 3:42 pm