By Christian Zibreg on Jan 2, 2016
The original Fantastical, the popular calendar and reminders app which basically launched developer Flexibits back in 2011, has received its final update in the Mac App Store. While support for Fantastical 1 is now officially over, Fantastical 2 for iPhone, iPad and Mac will of course continue to be updated, maintained and supported for the time being.
“After more than four years of free updates and support, it’s time to focus our efforts, energy and resources on Fantastical 2,” Flexibits said.
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 7, 2015
Google’s standalone Calendar app was released in the App Store in March of 2105 and today the software is getting some interesting new features: Reminders, 3D Touch support and a cool Star Wars skin for those who have opted to join either the Dark or Light side of the Force at google.com/starwars. Reminders in Google Calendar make it easier to keep track of your to-dos alongside your events—in one place, no need to juggle between different apps. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 29, 2015
Tether is a new $0.99 jailbreak tweak from Philip Tennen and Evan Luther, and it’s pretty awesome. I like this tweak, not so much for what it does, although that’s handy as well, but I like it for its originality.
By using a 3D Touch gesture on the Home screen, you can invoke the Tether interface. Tether’s interface consists of a clock-like glyph with a line extending from it. As you drag your finger away from the point of origin, you’ll see a small time readout spell out a future time. The further your finger is away from the origination point, the further in time your tether will be.
When you release your finger, you have the option to set up an Alarm, Reminder, or Calendar event at the specific time that you selected. If it all sounds little confusing, it’s because it’s much easier to explain by watching it in action. With that in mind, have a look at our hands-on video walkthrough for all of the details. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 21, 2015
Although not apparently obvious, Apple’s Reminders app on iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Mac and iCloud.com lets you share to-dos and checklists with friends and family.
Sharing a reminder list with, say, your girlfriend (or wife) is particularly convenient as you’ll both be able to add, delete and check off items as completed, and all changes will instantly appearing on everyone’s devices thanks to seamless iCloud syncing.
This isn’t just great for grocery lists, shared to-dos and interactive lists among family members, but for business, too. For example, you could share a to-do list with team members to keep everyone apprised of what needs to be done on any particular day.
In this post, we’re going to show how easy it is to create a list in Reminders and invite others to participate across iOS, OS X and the web. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 23, 2015
Developer Flexibits today rolled out an update to Fantastical for Mac, its reminder and calendar replacement available on both iOS and OS X.
Fantastical 2.1, the first major update to the Mac edition, features full support for Macs running OS X El Capitan ahead of its release next week, including support for El Capitan’s split-screen multitasking.
A host of other changes and improvements have found their way into this release of Fantastical, such as swiping to delete events on El Capitan systems.
People on Yosemite and earlier versions can now scroll to a specific day or week in the Week and Month views with a trackpad and organize Reminders by list, but that’s just tip of the iceberg. Read More
By Sébastien Page on Aug 13, 2015
Apple quietly added on Thursday a new feature to iCloud.com that lets you restore deleted files, contacts, calendars, and reminders. Available from the Settings tab of iCloud.com, this feature archives your deleted iCloud files for 30 days, as well as versions of your contacts, calendars, and reminders at various intervals, making it an easy back up plan in case something goes wrong. Read More
By Sébastien Page on Jun 3, 2015
Several first-party apps are noticeably missing from Apple Watch, with Reminders and Podcasts being probably the most obvious. I’m confident Apple will bring these apps to Apple Watch sooner than later, but we’re left dealing with workarounds and third-party apps to fill our needs for the time being.
Reminders Nano is one of these apps that picks up where Apple left off. Bringing a comprehensive yet simple reminders app to Apple Watch, Reminders Nano looks like something Apple itself would have shipped. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on May 28, 2015
If you’ve been looking for an official Reminders app for the Apple Watch, your search has been in vain. That’s because there simply isn’t an app dedicated to Reminders on the Apple Watch like there is on the iPhone.
That doesn’t mean that the Apple Watch is incapable of both managing reminders and setting reminders. Actually, with the help of Siri, it’s easy to set up reminders on Apple Watch.
Take a glance at this latest entry into our full Apple Watch tutorial for a look at how to effectively set and manage reminders on the small screen. Read More
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.
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 8, 2015
The App Store has some tremendously useful apps to get the most out of your busy schedule, but wouldn’t it be nice if there was a single app to manage your contacts, mails, reminders and calendars and activities instead of a fiddling with a multitude of different applications from multiple devs?
Now there is: BlueSkyMe by Dynamic Elements. The iPad productivity app gives you a comprehensive outlook of your time, relationships and projects in one place. Read 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
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
By Oliver Haslam on May 28, 2014
Reminder apps are fast becoming the new Twitter app in that it seems everyone is having a go at making one, and the App Store is full to the brim with both some great alternatives to the stock iOS solution. Unfortunately, it’s also littered with some downright poor ones.
A reminder app is a very personal choice, too. Some people will love one app while others will declare another to be the one and only app to use for making sure you don’t forget things. While we’re fans of the likes of Omnifocus and Things, it’s safe to say that both apps can sometimes be overkill for many, and downright madness for others.
Which means that reminder apps can still thrive in an area dominated by the two aforementioned apps along with a handful of smaller solutions. One of our new favorites, quickminder, has found a niche for itself thanks to its blazing speed and luscious looks. And yes, that’s their lack of capitalization, not ours. Read More
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
By Jeff Benjamin on May 17, 2014
The Reminders app is a stock iOS application that allows you to establish specific reminders based on groups of reminders called lists. The app integrates with Siri and features various geo-location elements to form what is a fairly deep and significant application.
Of course, there is no shortage of apps and methodologies to help users remember various things, but, as is the norm with most of the stock applications, no other reminders app has the privilege of being so tightly integrated within iOS. Inside, we’ll take a deep look at the Reminders app. We’ll show you the basics and some of the more advanced techniques in order for you to get the most benefit from this highly useful stock app. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Apr 29, 2014
Keeping true to its promise, the popular Clear to-do app for iOS and OS X by Realmac Software has received a nice little update today, bringing out a pair of new features you’re going to love.
The first is the anticipated Reminders capability which lets you set up alerts that go off across all your Mac and iOS devices, similar to Apple’s stock Reminders app in iOS and OS X.
And to go with Reminders, the team has added another much-requested feature: custom sound packs. Both the iOS and OS X edition have been updated with these features and are now live in the App Store, available free to existing users… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 26, 2014
Not to be outdone by fellow developer Flexibits who yesterday teased the upcoming iPad edition of its popular calendar and to-do app, Fantastical, today Realmac Software shared a few tidbits concerning a forthcoming Clear update featuring Reminders integration.
The company is currently wrapping up work on the iOS and Mac releases of Clear with Reminders integration. They were originally shooting to launch the apps in March, but refining the Reminders functionality took longer than expected so now they’re looking to release the updates in early-April.
Read on for more… Read More
By Lory Gil on Mar 19, 2014
In July of 2012, Christian wrote a very positive article about Checkmark, calling it the app that Reminders should have been. Thanks to location and time-based reminders, the app made it much easier for users to be notified at the right time and place about an upcoming event or task.
Checkmark 2 just launched in the App Store. Not only has the app received a complete iOS 7 redesign, but it also now includes iCloud sync and recurring reminders. Plus, a whole slew of new features make Checkmark 2 the app that Checkmark should have been… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 6, 2014
In an attempt to fix the confusing mess surrounding seemingly same versions of its to-do app for the iPhone and iPad, Clear and Clear+, developer Realmac Software last month announced it would make the former app temporarily free so people who previously bought Clear+ could migrate to Clear without having to purchase that app, too.
Making true on its promise, Realmac on February 27 slashed Clear to $0. As the promotion ran for only 24 hours, not everyone was aware of the price cut. Those who missed their chance to save $4.99 by grabbing this nicely done gesture-driven app for zero bucks needn’t despair – Realmac has again made Clear free for the next 24 hours.
What are you waiting for, get downloading… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Feb 18, 2014
Realmac Software has finally added native iPad support to its popular Clear to-do application for the iPhone and iPod touch. They’re also moving customers from Clear+ back to Clear for free.
These changes are in response to user confusion amid complaints from people who were uncertain which version to buy, with some even mistakenly buying the iPhone edition when they really wanted the universal version that natively supports all form-factor iDevices.
Clear for iPhone with the newly added iPad support is now available in the App Store for $4.99. Clear+ remains a separate $4.99 download, though it’s going to be offered free of charge for a limited time to allow Clear+ owners to migrate to Clear without being forced to buy the app twice… Read More