Meet Cron, a brand new calendar app for the Mac that wishes to carry some innovation to this area. The startup straight mentions Dawn as an inspiration for these of you who nonetheless keep in mind it. Dawn was a preferred calendar product that was acquired by Microsoft.
Cron has attended Y Combinator’s winter again of 2020 and has raised a $3.5 million seed spherical in March 2020. Garry Tan from Initialized Capital is main the spherical, with varied enterprise angels additionally collaborating. A few of these traders embrace Elad Gil, Figma founder Dylan Area, former LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner and Dawn co-founder Jeremy Le Van.
When you take a look at the corporate’s web site, there’s no function web page and no obtain hyperlink. “We haven’t actually introduced the corporate and the product but. We’re kinda in semi-stealth,” Cron founder Raphael Schaad instructed me.
I haven’t used the app myself, however Schaad shared his display throughout a name in order that I may see the app with my very own eyes. Whereas it isn’t prepared for prime time simply but, it already appears like a well-designed calendar app with a few nifty options.
Extra importantly, it appears like a powerful basis for extra options that would differentiate Cron from different calendar apps on the market.
“I began scheduling conferences with myself,” Schaad stated. “I used to be pondering I ought to construct a layer on high of the calendar,” he added. However first, he realized he couldn’t construct a layer on high of the calendar with out a correct calendar app that handles a number of time zones, conferences with different individuals, notifications, and many others.
The primary Cron window appears like a calendar app with per week view within the middle, a tiny month view within the nook and an inventory of energetic calendars on the left. When you’ve used Apple Calendar, you’re going to really feel proper at residence.
Cron additionally includes a column on the suitable aspect of the principle window. If you click on on an occasion, you get particulars in regards to the occasion in that column. From there, you possibly can change the time and date, add a participant, add a convention hyperlink and extra.
Everytime you change the length of an occasion or transfer it to a different day, the week view will get up to date in real-time as a way to see the way it impacts your week earlier than hitting Enter.
When you haven’t chosen an occasion, it exhibits the following occasion with a button to hitch the assembly if there’s a video-conferencing URL connected to the occasion. Cron helps Google Meet, Zoom, Microsoft Groups, Whereby, BlueJeans, Round, Skype and Google Duo. When you’re a Fantastical consumer, you’re most likely already utilizing that function day by day.
Cron enables you to create an occasion rapidly with a command menu. You’ll be able to hit a keyboard shortcut and begin scheduling the occasion with pure language. You can too seek for occasions or individuals from that menu.
There are a few options that I discover notably attention-grabbing. First, you possibly can share availability in an e-mail dialog or a WhatsApp dialog fairly simply.
Most scheduling options in calendar contain producing a hyperlink with a bunch of availabilities. It doesn’t work nicely as you possibly can’t rapidly see when somebody is obtainable with out clicking the hyperlink first.
In Cron, you possibly can hit a keyboard shortcut to enter a special mode referred to as ‘Share availability’. After that, you possibly can choose time blocks in your calendar straight. It generates a textual content block you could copy and paste in Gmail, Messages or no matter you’re utilizing to speak with somebody — textual content remains to be probably the most common protocol in any case.
It appears like this:
Would 30 minutes throughout any of those occasions (all Central European Time) be just right for you?
- Mon Nov 8, 11 AM – 12:30 PM, or 1:30-4 PM
- Tue Nov 9, 8:30-10 AM, or 11 AM – 12 PM
And Cron works higher as a workforce as you possibly can see when your coworkers can be found from Cron straight. Within the sidebar, you possibly can add somebody you’re working with. After that, it really works just about like one other calendar.
You’ll be able to present and conceal their calendar to see when they need to be out there. You can too click on on their identify in an effort to drag and drop their identify in your calendar to create an occasion with them.
Schaad has an enormous imaginative and prescient for his startup. “We need to construct the time layer of the web,” he stated. Proper now, Cron is obtainable to some customers in early entry and the app solely helps Google accounts. But it surely needs to be out there quickly to everybody with assist for Microsoft and iCloud accounts.
It’s nonetheless the early days of the corporate however it’s going to be attention-grabbing to observe Cron’s updates to see the way it evolves. Some persons are nonetheless going to want Fantastical because it’s a sophisticated, native app for Apple platforms. But it surely’s good to see that there might be an opinionated various.