Review: Fantastical 2 for Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 25, 2015

The sequel to the popular language-parsing calendar utility for the Mac has arrived and it’s everything you’ve been hoping for! Much more than a major new update, Fantastical 2 for Mac is a whole new app that feels instantly familiar while offering productivity-boosting improvements.

In addition to the revamped appearance optimized for OS X Yosemite’s look and feel, Fantastical 2 is now a proper replacement for Apple’s stock Calendar and Reminders apps.

Fantastical 2 has its own full-blown window and gorgeous full-screen mode while its menu bar thing can now be detached and dragged anywhere on the screen. The software is packed to the gills with a bevy of new features like iCloud Reminders and time zone support, light/dark theme, birthday reminders, a more powerful and friendlier natural language parser and more.

As a whole, the app feels tighter and more streamlined. Developer Flexibits was kind enough to put me on its limited list of beta testers, this is what I was able to gather from my weeklong hands-on time with the software.

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Fantastical 2 can now change days in Today widget and more

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 5, 2014

Flexibits’ calendar and reminders application, Fantastical, has received a small update today in both iPhone and iPad edition which has brought out an enhanced search feature and the ability to change days in its Today widget on iOS 8.

Moreover, the team has fixed an issue when snoozing Exchange alerts and you’ll also notice that the app now handles latitude and longitude coordinates for event locations better than before. Read More


Fantastical is on sale: get up to 65% off this great app

By Sébastien Page on Nov 26, 2014

Flexibits just announced that is is having a pretty big sale on Fantastical for iPhone, iPad and Mac, as well as on Chatology for Mac. Discounted by up to 65%, Fantastical is an award winning calendar application that has routinely been ranked as one of the best calendar apps on iDB. Read More


Fantastical gains fantastic iOS 8 Today widget, Interactive Notifications, Share extension and more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 22, 2014

Flexibits on Tuesday issued a major update to its calendar, reminder and to-do replacement app, Fantastical for the iPhone and iPad. Now an iOS 8-only download, the new Fantastical 2.2 is fully optimized for some of iOS 8’s headline new features.

It has an informative Today widget for your upcoming tasks, ability to create events in any application that supports iOS’s multi-purpose Share menu, notifications that can be interacted with on the Lock screen, within the Notification Center and from the banner alert, and more.

This update is free to existing users. And to celebrate this major new release, good folks over at Flexibits have slashed Fantastical for iOS: the iPhone edition is now $3, down from its regular price of five bucks, while the iPad edition will run you $7 for a limited time, down from its regular asking price of ten bucks a pop. Read More


Fantastical 2 update brings support for the larger screens of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

By Sébastien Page on Sep 24, 2014

Fantastical 2 has been updated on Wednesday to bring support for the larger screens of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, just about five days after the release of these devices. Unfortunately, users who were hoping for support for Notification Center widgets and interactive notifications will still have to wait as these features are not part of this update. Read More


Fantastical 2 for iPad gains Dolphin browser integration, list/reminder improvements and more

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 8, 2014

Flexibits has issued an update to its Fantastical for iPad today, bringing our a few new useful features and enhancements.

In addition to half a dozen bug fixes and various other fixes and improvements, Fantastical 2.1.1 includes support for Dolphin Browser [free download] and comes with improvements to the app’s handling of lists and reminders.

Specifically, your list will finally show reminders that have an alert time but not a due date.

And if you use iOS automation via URL schemes, you can tell other apps to open reminders directly in Fantastical by taking advantage of a new URL handler ‘fantastical2://show?view=reminders’… Read More


Fantastical 2 gets a major update, goes on sale for up to 50% off

By Sébastien Page on Jul 23, 2014

One of our favorite (and my personal favorite) calendar application, Fantastical 2, just received a pretty big update for both its iPhone and iPad versions. The new features added have long been some of the most requested ones, so they’ll definitely be crowd pleasers.

On top of that, all versions of Fantastical have temporarily been discounted by up to 50%. If you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet, now is your time. Read More


Great deal: name your own price on this awesome Mac app bundle, including Fantastical

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 17, 2014

StackSocial is back with another Name Your Own Price summer blockbuster sale that features 10 award-winning Mac apps, including Fantastical, for however much you are willing to spend. While the recommended price for the bundle is $49, you only have to pay above the average price, which starts at $1.10, to get all 10 Mac apps. Fantastical alone is $20 on the Mac App Store, so the savings through this deal are pretty incredible.

If that is not convincing enough, the total value of the apps if you were to purchase them separately right now is around $400. If you are quick to purchase the Mac app bundle tonight, and contribute even $20, you are saving a pretty remarkable $380 on a great lineup of apps. Fantastical is a calendar app that we’ve spoken highly of, and Path Finder makes managing your files effortless. And that’s not all…  Read More


Fantastical 2 for iPhone and iPad gains improved week view layout and bug fixes

By Christian Zibreg on May 21, 2014

Flexibits’s Fantastical 2 for iOS has received a maintenance update this morning bringing several bug fixes, alongside a useful improvement to how the overlapping calendar events are handled.

Bringing the app up to version 2.0.7, the team has made changes to how it handles many overlapping events by improving your week view layout to fit more content while making the individual entries legible.

Today’s update is available for both the iPhone and iPad edition of Fantastical and is now live in the App Store, free for existing users… Read More


Fantastical 2 for iPad: the best calendar app is now available on iPad

By Sébastien Page on Apr 2, 2014

I’d probably be wasting my time if I spent more than a few words introducing Fantastical, an app that most of us here at iDB use on a daily basis, and which we recently ranked as one of the best calendar apps for iPhone. And it’s not just us!

Up until today, you could only use Fantastical on your Mac or your iPhone, but things are changing as Flexibits just released Fantastical 2 for iPad, now available in the App StoreRead More


Flexibits teases Fantastical for iPad coming

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 25, 2014

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… Read More


Fantastical gains WhatsApp and 1Password integration, new alert sound and more

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 11, 2014

Fantastical by Flexibits is arguably the most advanced calendar and to-do application on the iPhone – my daily productivity is now dependent on it running on my iOS devices and Macs.

If you’re not familiar with the app, it features natural language processing so you can just type in something like ‘lunch with Dad in two weeks at Mom’s place at 1pm’ and it’ll automatically create a reminder or an event for you. And yes, it integrates with your iOS Calendar and Reminders database.

Fantastical is even better on the Mac and developers should be praised for keeping their user base loyal by expanding on the feature set with regular refinements and new capabilities. In today’s update, now live in the App Store, Fantastical brings out a whole bunch of tweaks and improvements along with a few new features.

Notable highlights include an option to send text messages in WhatsApp, support for opening links in 1Password and the Mercury web browser, a new custom sound they’ve made for event and reminder notifications and lots more.

The full changelog is right below the fold… Read More


Great deal: 70% off Mac bundle with Parallels, 1Password, Fantastical and more

By Cody Lee on Feb 18, 2014

Good news Mac owners, the Parallels team is running another one of its popular software bundle promotions. The deal heavily discounts 7 Mac applications, including Desktop Parallels 9, so you can get some great software for one low price.

This package is particularly special, as it features a number of our favorite titles including the 1Password password manager, Fantastical Calendar, and of course Parallels, which allows you to run Windows and Windows apps on your Mac.

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Fantastical 2 now honors your iOS 7 Bold Text setting, improves navigation and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 3, 2014

Fantastical, Flexibits’ popular calendar and to-do application for the iPhone and Mac, received its mandatory iOS 7 refresh two months ago. Though a separate purchase (currently 60 percent off: only $1.99 for a limited time), Fantastical 2 justifies its asking price by managing to build upon the already strong feature set of the original release with its nicely redone interface and a host of new capabilities that help take the way you create, edit and view calendar events on iOS and OS X to the next level.

In today’s quick refresh, Fantastical version 2.0.4 brings out support for Bold Text accessibility option in iOS 7, along with improved reliability of the app icon badge, a pair of UI and navigation tweaks and mandatory fixes and under-the-hood improvements… Read More


Fantastical for Mac and iPhone on sale for a limited time

By Cody Lee on Dec 21, 2013

Ok, this is getting a bit out of hand. After the EA sale, and the Disney and Warner Bros. sale, and the App Santa sale, I’m just not sure how many more purchases my wallet can handle. Luckily, I already own two of the three apps we’re going to be talking about this morning.

Flexibits announced via their Twitter account last night that they have placed all of their apps on sale for the holidays. That means that for a limited time, you can snag the popular Fantastical app for Mac and iPhone, as well as the Chatology messaging app, at a nice discount… Read More


Fantastical 2 gets All Overdue Reminders icon badge and improved geofencing

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 26, 2013

Flexibits released the major new Fantastical 2 version a month ago and already the team has followed up with new features such as additional icon badge options and notifications sounds, available to existing users at no cost by way of a free software update. But why stop there? Exactly!

Available now in the App Store as a free update, the new Fantastical version 2.0.2 expands on its feature set by adding a new option for the icon badge while improving the accuracy and reliability of geofence handling, tweaking the invitees section so it appears larger on smaller devices and more. Jump past the fold for additional tidbits… Read More


Fantastical 2 updated with sound for notifications, badge options, and more

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 18, 2013

Fantastical 2, one of the apps that many of us agree is an absolute must have, has been updated with tons of improvements, bug fixes, and optimizations. If you have automatic updates enabled for your iOS device and you already own Fantastical 2, you may have already received the update. Otherwise, you can head over to the App Store to download it now.

Coming in at 16.3 MB, version 2.0.1 of Fantastical 2 adds sound to notifications, brings additional app icon badge options, and lends iPhone 4 users a performance boost. Those are among the many additional changes and fixes added in with version 2.0.1. Check inside for a rundown of the full change log. Read More


Let’s Talk iOS 001: Now we’re talking

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 5, 2013

Welcome to the first episode of Let’s Talk iOS. In this episode, we break down our feelings about the new iPad Air after a few days of intense usage. Jeff talks about his ability to use the iPad Air as a full fledged work machine, and Cody and Sebastien reiterate their plans to purchase the new iPad mini with Retina Display.

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Fantastical 2 for iOS 7 is out with new design and features

By Sébastien Page on Oct 30, 2013

When it comes to third party calendar applications, very few names other than Fantastical come to mind. In a few years, the app has become a staple for anyone looking to improve the way they create, edit, and view calendar events on iOS or on Mac OS X.

Although I was a late adopter of Fantastical for iPhone, the app quickly became one of my essential applications. Not only it allows you to create events in a very efficient and intuitive way, but it also displays those events in a beautiful manner, greatly improving the stock experience provided by Apple.

Along with Tweetbot, Fantastical was one my most anticipated app updates for iOS 7, and I am happy to report today that Fantastical 2 is now available in the App Store, with a brand new iOS 7 look and many new features… Read More


Good deal: 50% off Fantastical and Chatology Mac bundle

By Cody Lee on Sep 16, 2013

We’re pretty big fans of Fantastical here at iDB. Flexibits’ powerful, well-designed calendar and todo app has won us over on both the Mac and iPhone. So when we came across this software sale, we just had to pass it on.

The deal site Stack Social is offering what it calls a ‘Flexibits Mini Mac Bundle’ right now, and the promotion includes both Fantastical for Mac and Chatology for Mac at a significant discount. More details after the fold… Read More

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