Fantastical for iPhone is here and it’s a thing of beauty

By , Nov 29, 2012

As promised, Flexibits today launched Fantastical for the iPhone. The app makes a leap from the Mac, where it’s been deemed the most popular calendar software for the platform. And one of its trademark features – the natural-language engine which parses entries, allowing one to just type in full sentences to create events – is now available on the iPhone and is just as effective as on the Mac. And for those that don’t like to type, Fantastical also supports dictation so you can speak the details for your event…

Of course, the system-wide Dictation feature requires an iPhone 4S/5 or the fifth-gen iPod touch and Internet access. One of the new features in the iPhone version of Fantastical is the DayTicker view of the next few days of events at a glance.

“With its powerful natural language event creation, DayTicker, calendar, and event list, Fantastical is the fastest and friendliest calendar you’ll ever use”, Flexibits boasts.

It’s also the prettiest calendar app as well.

Fantastical for iPhone is heavy on gestures.

For example, just pull down slightly to reveal a search box to find a desired calendar entry. But if you drag down a little more, a handy month view is revealed.

Even at first glance, it’s evident that a lot of care and thought went into creating this app and I can’t wait to see Flexibits do its magic on the iPad (so far, Fantastical doesn’t support Apple’s tablet natively).

Here, release notes:

ADDING NEW EVENTS IS FUN

• The easiest and fastest way to add new events
• Just type in your event details or use dictation* and watch your words magically turn into an actual event!

THE FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT
• Fantastical’s DayTicker is the efficient and enjoyable way to see your schedule
• The expansive and beautiful event list makes it easy to find your events
• Tap an event to show and edit its details
• Use search to instantly locate specific events
• View and manage your Facebook events (requires iOS 6)

THE ULTIMATE LANGUAGE SUPPORT
• Fantastical is fully localized in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish
• Just type or speak* your event in any of these languages and Fantastical will automatically understand

Right below is the Fantastical event entry on the Mac, via the menu bar icon.


Fantastical for Mac

For those who want to learn more, The Verge and MacStories have nice reviews up.

The Verge’s verdict:

Yes, Fantastical doesn’t include the full-screen “Week View” loved by many, and featured in the iOS Calendar (in landscape mode) and other apps like Week Calendar, but I’d still recommend the app to those people.

At $1.99, the ability to quickly create events is easily worth the price of admission.

MacStories summed up in their review:

When my doctor asks me about my schedule, I can just fire up Fantastical and have an instant overview of my week.

If I need to quickly add an event, I can dictate it or, even better, ask my girlfriend to add it if I’m driving. She won’t have to learn a complex interface or carefully select menus and dropdowns.

By the way, our friend and MacStories editor Federico Viticci is rightfully angry that other publications broke the review embargo.

Concluding that Fantastical is his favorite new iPhone app, he wrote:

Fantastical for iPhone gets many things right without cluttering the interface or forcing me to learn a new set of rules and menus.

Like Tweetbot’s tap & hold actions, Instapaper’s footnotes, or Launch Center’s presentation of shortcuts, Fantastical’s DayTicker and natural language support made me ask myself: Why hasn’t anyone else done this before?

If you’re interested in taking the plunge, Fantastical is now available at an introductory, limited-time 50 percent discount and costs two bucks a pop. The Mac version is a $10 value thanks to the launch discount, but it normally costs twice as much.

Does Fantastical look like the perfect calendar app for the iPhone?

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  • http://twitter.com/Jackzzz99 Jack Wong

    I believe to stick with the OS-app, I have been using mail.app, ical.app, clock.app and calculator.app since iPhone 2G.

    I hate to migrate the data, I went through this from PC to Mac already.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tim-Babbitt/30828785 Tim Babbitt

      it uses the data from the stock calendar app, no migration necessary…

      • http://twitter.com/Jackzzz99 Jack Wong

        Thanks for the information.

        But I will still stich with the stock-app~

      • Jack Gruber

        Does it sync with the Calendar app when you use Fantastical?

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tim-Babbitt/30828785 Tim Babbitt

        Yep. When you create an entry with the fantastical app it will also show up in the stock calendar app.

      • http://twitter.com/Garf_Richards Garf Richards

        Wild guess here, but I’m presuming since it uses calendar.app data, I could create events with siri which will show up in Fantastical?

      • http://twitter.com/jmarsh5 Justin Marshall

        Same thing I was wondering.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tim-Babbitt/30828785 Tim Babbitt

        yes, events created with siri will show up in fantastical and calendar.app.

      • http://www.facebook.com/lucas.kunert Lucas Kunert

        Does this include data such as subscribed calendars, Google calendar, etc.?

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tim-Babbitt/30828785 Tim Babbitt

        I do not use google calendar so I can not say for sure, but I would imagine that anything that syncs with the stock calendar.app would do the same with fantastical.

    • Falk M.

      I have the same mentality now.

      Also, I trust stock apps to stay around and hence, my data as well.

      Not so much with third party applications.

      Now, Fantastical is different in that it uses you stock calendar storage and is fully compatible with it, hence I use it on my Mac already and I might go for the iPhone version, too. :)

  • http://twitter.com/priyanknauni Priyank Nauni

    It looks sweet but 2$ ……let me think NOPE :P

  • http://twitter.com/Mollysmate1958 Paul Jarrett

    Get a grip. If it ain’t worth $2, it
    can’t possibly be sweet can it?

    • http://twitter.com/priyanknauni Priyank Nauni

      I wonder you bought it .. or waiting for the installous :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    ehhh..

  • http://twitter.com/MFCH MFCH

    iDB and Touch Arcade were so much better before they were getting paid to write up app reviews. I understand why it happens, but it makes it hard to pick out which things they honestly love and makes it easy to great apps to be overlooked.

    • http://www.idownloadblog.com/author/dujkan Christian Zibreg

      Nobody here gets paid to review stuff dude

      • http://twitter.com/Mallouk_ Mallouk Malek

        i really saw a nice and neat app review… the only app i thought may be paying is angry birds due to the big haste it takes here..

  • Matt Crouch

    does it sync with my exchange calendars? in other words, when i add an event, will it sync with my google calendar?