Any.DO expands productivity services with ‘Cal’ calendar app

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Any.DO’s family of productivity apps has expanded with the launch of Cal, which the company calls “a new calendar for your everyday life.” Cal is available for free on iPhone and iPad, and has been optimized for use on the iPhone 5.

Cal connects to users’ Any.DO accounts, allowing for seamless inclusion of Any.DO tasks on the Cal calendar. A photo represents each day in the calendar, and events are further illustrated with maps, photos of contacts, notes and reminders.

Cal offers multiple calendar views, including daily views that show all general tasks (a grocery list, for example) combined with scheduled, timed events like meetings or shows. This ensures all of a user’s daily data is viewable at once on the same screen.

Cal includes navigation features, allowing users to find restaurants, bars, and other businesses that are close to already scheduled events. Social features allow events like birthdays and anniversaries to be celebrated within the app itself, as users can send messages to others without leaving the overall calendar.

Cal’s underlying focus is on “gaps,” or chunks of time in-between scheduled events, where play can be combined with work.

“Existing calendars only focus on meetings & things you have to do. Cal offers a different approach,” the company’s announcement reads. “Cal helps you find time in between meetings. We call these moments ‘gaps’ and we believe they are key to help you have a good day. Used intelligently, these ‘gaps’ are true opportunities to help you find the perfect balance between work and play.”

In addition to support for Any.do, Cal also syncs with other major calendar services, like iCloud, Exchange and Google. An Android version of the app is coming soon.

Any.DO’s ‘to-do list’ app of the same name launched in June of last year. We called the service “an excellent productivity app” in our review.

[H/T Engadget]