OpenCal: A Better Way to Schedule

When you’re too busy working to run a business, it can be hard to personally remember each and every one of those scrap pieces of paper with your upcoming appointments on them. This can often lead to bigger problems like missing appointments, losing deals and in the worst possible case, it could cause a really bad headache. Unless you’ve actually remembered your scheduled trip to the pharmacy to pick up painkillers, it isn’t going away any time soon.

Enter, OpenCal. OpenCal offers a unique way of managing your schedule inside its nifty web app, giving you the ability to painlessly manage all of your important appointments. Find out more inside the article.

Overview

OpenCal is a sleek web app that allows anyone business person to easily manage their appointments and schedule. As well as being useful for managing appointments themselves, it also offers a nice client system that can save a lot of time and effort, also fulfilling one’s true goal of managing a business efficiently. With support for online appointment booking and multiple staff, it’s a real gem in the app and business world.

Overview

Overview

Interface

OpenCal’s interface is both well-designed and functional, meaning that not only does it do everything you would expect of an app like this and more, it also looks great and is a breeze to use. The app makes good use of AJAX to load certain parts only when required and offers a quicker way to fill out forms without requiring an additional page load. The design itself appears to also be extremely well-planned and implemented, with each page of the app seamlessly integrated to create a really interesting experience.

Interface

Interface

Pricing

If you’re on a tight budget, OpenCal isn’t for you. For its most basic plan, the cost comes in at a monthly $19, but if used to its full extent the app is sure to be worth the investment. There’s a second plan that offers all of the same great features as the first except up to 10 team staff to use the app, although they do plan to offer more plans at some point that increase this limit. The app also, however, offers a free trial which allows complete access to its features until the limit of 10 appointments being made through the system is reached.

Pricing

Pricing

Using OpenCal

Appointments

Appointments. This is what OpenCal is all about. Because it’s dedicated to just serving this purpose, the app works to completely streamline this task. Appointments can be scheduled easily using the system and allow for easy reference when required. When adding them to the system, there are various things that can be specified to make the task of viewing each one that extra bit easier at a later date. These include the date and time of the appointment, the address it will take place, attending staff and even contact details for the personnel involved.

Adding Appointments

Adding Appointments

OpenCal also allows for calendar events to be added that aren’t appointments and it’s possible to mark them as busy. During this allotted time, booking appointments is disabled, a feature which can become incredibly useful to ensure that appointments are not made during time that is otherwise designated to another activity.

Adding Events

Adding Events

Clients

As well as its support for appointments, OpenCal also provides a really good way of managing clients. This can be a real time-saver because once clients are stored, it’s simple to easily populate the appointment booking form with their contact information without having to individually add each one every time.

Appointment Client Form Population

Appointment Client Form Population

As well as this, it allows for the easy tracking of all appointments made with that client through their profile page, allowing you to see your complete appointment history with that person as tracked by OpenCal. You can export this data for your company’s use through the universal CSV file format, making it even more useful.

Client Overview

Client Overview

Calendar

OpenCal provides each account with a fully-working calendar from which every single appointment and event is shown. Out of every app that has included a calendar I’ve come across, OpenCal has the best because it really does look great and displays everything in a no-nonsense format — saving precious time. Another great bonus is the calendar’s ability to be exported as an ICS file for display in Apple iCal and Microsoft Outlook for those who’d prefer a desktop-based approach to viewing their events.

Calendar (Day Overview)

Calendar (Day Overview)

Promotion

Because the app wants you to make the best out of your business, it offers various ways to use OpenCal to efficiently schedule your appointments. Their main offering in this field is the ability to take advantage of OpenCal’s subdomains to give clients an easy-to-remember method of booking appointments. As well as providing links to an online booking form to allow clients to conveniently book your time, they’ve also created several buttons that can be added to web pages to perform this task too.

Site Button Scripts

Site Button Scripts

Additionally, they also offer various useful links to external websites that may be able to provide your business with a better online prescence.

Conclusion

Everything in OpenCal is simple and I think that in this case, simplicity is key. They don’t do what most web apps do and bombard you with too many features that you’ll probably never use in an effort to convince you to pay for their app. They’ve realized, as many other app developers have, that in some cases some apps are better at performing tasks than others, even if it compromises the convenience of having everything in one place. In this case, OpenCal provides a rock-solid method of schedule management with everything you’ll need to get it right.

With added simplicity, its interface is also easily adjustable without an additional learning curve. Overall, I would definitely deem OpenCal one of the most useful apps for just about anyone in a business who struggles to manage their schedule and is definitely well worth the monthly investment.


Summary

OpenCal offers a dedicated method for businesspeople to easily manage their appointments and schedules, with support for client profiles and the easy exporting of data to popular formats.

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