Fantastical 2 for Mac Updated With New Features, Support for OS X El Capitan

Fantastical 2 for Mac received a significant update today, adding support for OS X El Capitan and several interface tweaks to improve the Fantastical for Mac experience. Today’s 2.1 update adds a huge list of new features that were requested by Fantastical 2 users since the app first launched in March.

For users running OS X El Capitan, it’s now possible to swipe an event in a list to delete it. All users will be able to scroll to a specific day or week in the Week and Month views with a trackpad, and arrow keys now navigate in Day, Week, and Month views.

When working with Reminders, it’s now possible to organize them by list. They’ll also show up in Day, Week, and Month views, and there are shortcuts for cutting, copying, and pasting events and Reminders.

There are several new preferences options for the Menu bar icon and there are new font options. Flexibits has also fixed several bugs and improved overall performance when loading events with a lot of invitees. A full list of changes added in today’s update can be seen below:

– Full support for OS X El Capitan
– Ability to scroll to a specific day or week in the Week and Month views when using a trackpad
– Reminders now appear in the Day, Week, and Month views
– Reminders can now be organized by list
– Cut, copy, and paste events and reminders
– Added Dock app icon badge preference
– Additional options for Menu bar icon preference
– Text size setting now adjusts the text size in the Day, Week, and Month views
– Added Extra Small and Huge text size options
– Arrow keys can now navigate in the Day, Week, and Month views
– Invitee autocomplete now includes other users on CalDAV servers that support user lookup
– Improved drag-and-drop when dragging events or reminders to the Finder
– Use a pinch-and-zoom gesture to change the number of hours in the Day and Week views
– All-day section in Day and Week views now shows more events
– Added Message with Sound alerts for birthdays
– Swipe an event in the list to delete (OS X El Capitan only)
– Drag-and-drop URLs or text on event or reminder details to change the URL or note
– Added preference to disable going to today after adding new items
– Performance improvements when loading events with huge numbers of invitees
– Fixed an issue where the incorrect date would sometimes be shown when opening Fantastical
– Fixed an issue where times could appear shifted in the Day and Week views
– Fixed an issue where alerts couldn’t be removed on Google Calendar
– Fixed an issue where a single instance of a recurring invitation wouldn’t appear in the pending invitations section
– Fixed an issue where some invitations imported from .ics files didn’t allow responding to them
– Various fixes and improvements

Fantastical 2 can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for $39.99. [Direct Link]



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Popular Calendar App ‘Fantastical 2’ Now Available for Apple Watch [iOS Blog]

As promised, Flexibits today updated Fantastical 2 for the iPhone to version 2.3, adding support for the Apple Watch. Fantastical 2‘s new Apple Watch app includes a list of all upcoming meetings and appointments, a list of Reminders, a Glance with quick access to a daily schedule, and the ability to add events directly on your wrist.

Flexibits’ co-founder Michael Simmons told MacRumors that the company waited until the Apple Watch was released to begin developing Fantastical 2 for the wrist, in order to design an app with the best possible user experience. „I’m not going to make an Apple Watch app when I’ve never used one,“ he said. „I need to see it. You can’t solve a problem if you don’t know what the problem is.“

After experimenting with the existing Calendar app on Apple Watch and brainstorming on how best to translate Fantastical‘s feature set to the wrist, the Flexibits team came up with a simple but useful solution that distills Fantastical‘s core functions into a form suitable for wrist-based interactions that last just seconds.

The key feature in Fantastical 2 for Apple Watch is the Glance, which shows all of a day’s events arranged in a timeline. With the Glance, you get a quick overview of what’s going on in a day, along with information on the next upcoming meeting or appointment.

Tapping on the timeline within the Glance opens the full Fantastical 2 app, where you can get a list of all the events happening for the next two weeks. This improves upon the default Calendar app somewhat, as Apple’s own app only shows a week of events. More detailed information on each event can be accessed with a tap, and scrolling through events in a list can be done with a finger or with the Digital Crown.

If you use Fantastical‘s Reminders feature, tapping „Reminders“ at the top of the Apple Watch app will open a list of Reminders you’ve created, where they can be checked off. A force press within the Reminders list will let you add a new to-do task, while a force press in the main view of the app will let you add a new event. Events and Reminders are entered using the Apple Watch’s dictation capabilities.

The Fantastical 2 Apple Watch app can be customized through the iPhone. Users can choose whether to display events and reminders, how many days to display within the app, and what the Glance opens – next event or a list of all events.

Since Fantastical 2 for Apple Watch is bundled into an iPhone update, it’s free for all existing Fantastical 2 users. If you own the iPhone app, you own the Apple Watch app.

Fantastical 2 can be downloaded from the App Store for $4.99. [Direct Link]





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Popular Calendar App ‘Fantastical 2’ Coming Soon to Apple Watch [iOS Blog]

Flexibits, the developers behind the popular Fantastical 2 calendar app for iOS and Mac, today released a teaser suggesting the app will be expanding to the Apple Watch in the near future. A new page on the Flexibits website reads „It’s almost time“ before transitioning over to the Apple Watch depicting a screenshot from the new app.

Little can be determined about the upcoming Apple Watch app from the screenshot, but it appears to have a clean design with a useful timeline-based calendar for tracking daily appointments and events. A Fantastical app for the Apple Watch will be a welcome addition, as Apple’s own Calendar app is limited in functionality.

Fantastical 2 is one of the premiere Calendar replacements available on Mac and iOS, popular for its simple interface, Reminders integration, and its ability to parse event entries based on natural language input.

Flexibits has not given information on a specific date, but in a tweet, the company says the app is „almost here.“ As with all Apple Watch apps, the Fantastical app will be introduced through an update to the existing iPhone app.

Fantastical 2 for iPhone can be downloaded from the App Store for $4.99. [Direct Link]





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MacRumors Giveaway: Win a ‘Fantastical’ Bundle That Includes New Mac App, iOS and iPad Apps [Mac Blog]

Flexibits launched Fantastical 2 for the Mac this morning, the long-awaited update to its popular calendar app for the Mac. To celebrate the launch, Flexibits has teamed up with us to offer 25 MacRumors readers a chance to win a Fantastical bundle that includes a copy of the new Fantastical 2 for Mac app, a copy of Fantastical 2 for iPad, and a copy of Fantastical 2 for iPhone.

If you’re not familiar with Flexibits’ line of Fantastical apps, they’re some of the most popular calendar apps in the Mac and iOS App Stores, due to cross-platform availability and the use of natural language parsing for scheduling events. It’s possible, for example, to write something as simple as „Meeting with Eric at 4 p.m. tomorrow“ and have the event properly scheduled in the app.

The apps also integrate with Reminders to allow users to schedule to-dos that are time and location-based, putting event details and reminder lists in one easily accessible spot, plus they includes customizable event alerts, geofencing, built-in maps, and more.

The Fantastical 2 app for Mac launching today includes a Yosemite-style redesign, a full calendar window, Handoff and extension support, a Notification Center widget, and a new feature called Calendar Sets, for quickly switching between groups of calendars.

To enter to win one of the 25 Fantastical bundles, use the Rafflecopter widget below. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, or visiting our Facebook page. Due to the intricacies of international law regarding giveaways, this giveaway is open only to U.S. residents who are 18 years of age or older.

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The giveaway will run from today March 25 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time through March 27 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time. The winners will be chosen randomly on March 27 and will be contacted through email. A response to our email is required within 48 hours or the winner will forfeit the prize and we will pick a new winner.

If you want to buy Fantastical 2 for Mac and iOS, the apps are available through the following links:

Fantastical 2 for iPhone, $2.99 [Direct Link]
Fantastical 2 for iPad, $6.99 [Direct Link]
Fantastical 2 for Mac, $39.99 [Direct Link]




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Fantastical 2 gets fresh design, new features for OS X Yosemite

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Flexibits Teases ‘Fantastical 2 for Mac,’ App Coming on March 25 [Mac Blog]

Flexibits, the developers behind the popular line of Fantastical calendar apps for iOS and Mac, today posted a teaser revealing the launch date of Fantastical 2 for Mac, which is going to be released on March 25.

Fantastical 2 for the iPhone and the iPad have been available since 2013, but Fantastical for Mac, first released in 2012, has yet to receive a major 2.0 update. Flexibits has not shared information on the release aside from a launch date, but the logo shared on the website points towards a Yosemite-style redesign.

On May 17, 2011, we reinvented calendaring. On March 25, 2015, we’ll reinvent Fantastical itself.

Fantastical is one of the more popular calendar options, due to its cross-platform availability and its incorporation of natural language for scheduling events. It’s possible, for example, to write something as simple as „Meeting with Eric at 4 p.m. tomorrow“ and have the event properly scheduled within the app.

Fantastical integrates with both the iOS Calendar app and the iOS Reminders app, putting event details and to-do lists in one easily accessible spot. It also works with iCal, BusyCal, Outlook, and Entourage, and it includes CalDAV support for use with Google Calendar and Yahoo Calendar. Other features include geofencing, built-in maps, and reminders.

Users can sign up to be notified when Fantastical 2 for Mac launches by entering their email addresses on the Flexibits website.




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Fantastical for iPhone, iPad, and Mac Up to 65% Off for Black Friday [iOS Blog]

With Black Friday quickly approaching, retailers and app developers alike are beginning to offer deep discounts on their products. Flexibits has decided to kick off its holiday sales a bit early, and is now offering its popular Fantastical line of apps at ultra low prices.

Fantastical 2 for the iPad has been discounted from $14.99 to $4.99, which is 65 percent off. That’s the lowest price Flexibits has ever offered on the iPad version of the app. [Direct Link]

Fantastical 2 for the iPhone is available for $1.99, down from $4.99, which is 60 percent off. [Direct Link]

Fantastical 2 for Mac is available for $9.99, down from $19.99, which is 50 percent off. [Direct Link]

For those unfamiliar with Fantastical, it’s designed to be a replacement for Apple’s standard calendar app, providing event scheduling, reminders, and more. Fantastical’s major claim to fame is its ability to automatically create events, reminders, and tasks with conversational language, such as „Lunch with Elon in Palo Alto on Friday.“

Flexibits is also offering its Chatology app for Mac for 50 percent off, dropping the price from $19.99 to $9.99. Chatology is an app that’s designed to make it easy to search through Messages.




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Popular Calendar Replacement Fantastical Comes to iPad [iOS Blog]

Fantastical, the popular iPhone and Mac calendar app, is coming to the iPad. Flexibits has upsized its Fantastical 2 iPhone app, but company co-founder Michael Simmons says they didn’t just take the iPhone app and make all the bits bigger.

„The biggest feature is the user interface,“ he explained to MacRumors, saying that the development team didn’t feel a need to develop new features simply because they had more screen real estate. „You don’t want to get into the business of coming up with useless iPad features just for the sake of having iPad-only features.“

Fantastical 2 for iPad has the same iOS 7-inspired look that the iPhone version has, and a very similar feature set as well. It has an integrated calendar and reminders list, a reworked calendar parser and more. The parser is the most unique feature about Fantastical. Instead of entering in a number of text-boxes and switches in a time-consuming process for each event or reminder, Fantastical users simply write in plain english: „Juli Clover’s birthday party on April 17th at 4PM Pacific at Chuck E Cheese“ or „remind me to pick up milk when I leave work“.

The app then takes that text and sets all the proper functions in the calendar, significantly faster than trying to enter all that information into a traditional calendar app. The app is aware of things like time zones, and the parser is very good at setting up repeating events with odd cycles like „every third week“, something that the standard iOS calendar can’t always deal with. It also has an in-app map view if locations are entered, and users can send that address to Apple or Google’s Mapping apps.

Fantastical 2 automatically connects to calendars and reminder lists already set up in the iPad’s Settings app. Users can manually hide unused calendars or lists within the app as necessary.

Building on the award-winning app, Fantastical 2 for iPhone, Fantastical 2 for iPad takes advantage of the iPad’s roomier display. New in Fantastical 2 for iPad is the Fantastical Dashboard, a fast and easy way to easily manage your schedule in one place. Users can toggle between Fantastical’s DayTicker, half-screen week view, and full-screen week view. Also visible is Fantastical’s familiar event and reminders list, along with a calendar.

Fantastical 2 for iPad is an entirely separate app from Fantastical 2 for iPhone, meaning customers with both devices will need to buy both apps. Flexibits told us that it is working on a significant upgrade for Fantastical for Mac that will add many of the improvements from the iPhone and iPad apps, but didn’t have any more information to share on availability or price.

Fantastical 2 for iPad is available for $9.99 on the App Store for a limited time. Normal price will be $14.99. [Direct Link]

Fantastical 2 for iPhone is available for $4.99 on the App Store. [Direct Link]

Fantastical for Mac is available for $19.99 on the Mac App Store. [Direct Link]




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