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Basic Short Term Calendar

Published 05/07/2012 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by Shel Gatto
What can you use the app for?

Shortcal is an online calendar that lets users email up to one week’s worth of events, appointments an important dates. The application is simple and provides users with a quick way to share short term calendar information. The user can add a start ate and choose any time frame between one and seven days. Add and delete day buttons are available as well as a clear all button. An international dates feature is available for users working with others across countries. The user must supply a to and from email address an can add a custom subject line. Calendar days are displayed as basic boxes with the month, date and day of the week as well as a space to add notes and comments.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Shortcal was introduced in 2012 by Nathan Cahill. The application was designed to offer users an extremely simple way to share important dates by email. The current version is very basic and doesn’t offer as many features as some of the better-known calendar tools. This might contribute to its lack of popularity. While Shortcal can be handy for some, it lacks many of the functions that others desire in their scheduling tools.

What are the differences to other apps?

The main difference new users will notice is the simplicity of Shortcal. While applications like Google Calendars seem as simple as they can get, Shortcal proves that calendars can get simpler. The application is a basic form that lets users add a few days at a time. Calendars can be sent by email with no social network sharing options or other ways to get the dates to a contact.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Shortcal looks appealing even though there isn’t much to see. The application is nothing more than a form, however it has a nice, smooth appearance with a colorful calendar graphic to add detail. The experience is a positive one thanks to the modern data entry fiends. Shortcal may not be a work of art, but it offers users a clean interface that can be mastered in seconds.

How does the registration process work?

Requiring registration to use an application like Shortcal would be a bit pointless. The application doesn’t offer much in the way of features. The calendar creation for is only slightly longer than most short registration forms. The user must provide a start date, duration, to and from email addresses, subject line and any necessary notes for each calendar date. All fields are found directly on the homepage. No actual registration is required.

What does it cost to use the application?

Shortcal is available to all internet users for free. No payment is necessary, and really shouldn’t be for the features the application includes. Users are given a very basic short term calendar to work with. There is no registration, which means no personalization features beyond the handful of fields found on the calendar creation form. Free is the right price to pay for the service Shortcal offers its users.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Shortcal is an appealing alternative calendar solution for anyone who needs to send a few important dates. The application works through email and lets the user select a start date and desired duration. The interface is extremely simple and takes almost no effort to learn how to use. The experience is generally positive, however it lacks many of the attractive customization options that other applications tend to offer.

  • Email calendars to friends, family and coworkers
  • Work with one to seven day time frames
  • Add personal notes and instructions to each day
  • Customize subject line to identify each new calendar
  • Use international dates when working in multiple countries

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Shortcal pricing

FREE - Permanently free version