Flexibits teases Fantastical for iPad coming

By , Mar 25, 2014

Fantastical for iPad (teaser 001)

My daily productivity depends on a powerful and flexible personal information management system and Flexibits’ Fantastical for iPhone has quickly become an indispensable part of that workflow.

I use this versatile app to save reminders for upcoming stories and industry events, create calendar entries for meetings and daily schedules, organize my weekly/monthly planning and lots more.

It’s fast, has powerful search, looks business and lets me safely paste passages of text knowing its intelligent natural-language processing will automatically parse entries like ‘conference call with Seb next Monday at 1PM PT’ to create related events.

My only gripe with Fantastical stems not from the app itself, but from the iPhone’s four-inch screen as I often find myself squinting rows and columns of small text.

I guess you could say that until Apple delivers a rumored large-screened iPhone, I’ll be left yearning for the Fantastical experience on the iPad’s 9.7-inch screen. But not for long, it seems. Tuesday, developers posted a new page teasing the upcoming edition of Fantastical for iPad…

The page doesn’t reveal much as Flexibits cleverly blurred out the actual user interface, but at least we now know that the software will be ready for prime time soonish enough.

“Fantastical 2 for iPhone on your iPad is good,” reads the teaser. “Fantastical 2 for iPad on your iPad is even better.”

You can register your interest and sign up to get notified by email when Fantastical for iPad arrives. According to this tweet, the app will be a separate download so Fantastical for iPhone users will need to pay extra to enjoy the app on their tablet.

Hey, developers need to be paid for their hard work!

The team wouldn’t provide ETA.

Past updates have advanced Fantastical for iPhone by adding new features such as WhatsApp and 1Password integration, support for the iOS 7 Bold Text setting, enhanced geofencing and badge options and more.

Fantastical 2

In the meantime, you can buy Fantastical for iPhone in the App Store for $4.99 and check out for yourself why all the fuss about this nicely done to-do/calendar application.

It requires iOS 7.0+ and integrates with iOS’s calendar and reminders database.

Fantastical for Mac is a $19.99 value.

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  • http://mezcudi.tumblr.com/ Mezcudi

    Hey Christian I had both Fantastical and Sunrise calendar, I just started using Sunrise calendar and I love it. Which one do you prefer using?

  • smtp25

    “My only gripe with Fantastical stems not from the app itself, but from
    the iPhone’s four-inch screen as I often find myself squinting rows and
    columns of small text.”

    I’m an iphone fan but after using my work SG4 the ip4/5 screens just seem tiny – “What is this? A phone for ants?”. And I don’t have large hands and have no problems using phone one handed for most stuff.. you can easily slide it within your palm to make your thumb reach all corners.

    Lets hope the ip6 has the larger screens everyones been guessing about

  • Dan

    and just so there aren’t any surprises, I will pirate Fantastical 2 for iPad…

    I paid 5$ for the iPhone version, why should I pay again for iPad?

    • iThinkergoiMac

      I know, I know, don’t feed the troll (Dan in this case) but…

      Seriously? You’re really asking this question? Have you ever made software? It’s not as easy as simply making the same interface on an iPad, you have to really rework the GUI. They’ve been working on this for years. I’m happy to support Flexibits because the software is so dang useful.

      Simply pirating the software shows how much you really think it’s worth, which obviously isn’t very much.

      • Dan

        Most apps are iPhone/iPad compatible now, so honestly, I don’t see what’s different with Fantastical 2 to be honest. I am not willing to buy the same app twice.

        I think it’s worth 5$, which I paid for. It’s a calendar.

      • iThinkergoiMac

        So install the iPhone version on your iPad, then. It works just fine.

        Most apps are Universal, you’re right, but that usually comes after they were once separate. 1Password is a good example of this. It’s a Universal app now, but it used to be two separate apps.

        Also, logistically, they kind of HAVE to do it this way. If they transition to a Universal app, they have to post a new app on the App Store. If they replaced the iPhone app with a Universal app, people would have to buy it again or they’d have to offer it for free for a limited time (or heavily discounted). It would also stop updates to the iPhone version (unless they host 3 versions – iPhone, iPad, and Universal). I see two likely scenarios:

        1 – Flexibits offers iPad and iPhone/iPod Touch exclusive apps for now until Fanstastical 3 at which point it becomes a Universal app.

        2 – Flexibits makes the iPad app they’re going to offer now Universal and drops the iPhone/iPod Touch exclusive version when they release Fantastical 3.

        I think scenario 1 is the likely one, but we’ll see. It takes a lot of work to create an iPad version successfully and I see no reason to penalize the devs for that by pirating their software.

  • Daniel Lídio

    calendars 5 is the best calendar app for iOS, at least for me. stil waiting for a mac version

  • felixtaf

    Am happy with Calendars 5. Thought of buying Fantastical 2, but am not goin to pay for a separate iPad version!

  • Batman

    Yeah, so people have to pay again

  • iThinkergoiMac

    I have been waiting for this for a long time! I’ve tried using Fantastical on my iPad, but I can’t get over how it just doesn’t fit the screen very well. Can’t wait!