'Fantastical' Calendar App for iPhone Updated and On Sale

The Verge reports that the iPhone version of the popular Fantastical calendar app has been updated to version 1.1, adding a range of user-requested features. Flexibits has also put Fantastical on sale for $3.99, a savings of $1 over the usual price.

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Flexibits co-founder Michael Simmons says that all of the new features are ones that have been requested by users of the app.
The last two months have been insane, having all these users and passionate complaints. We wanted to have an update that said 'we're listening'.
The new features include:
- Multiple alerts when creating events
- Time zone support
- Duplicate or move events (tap and hold an event in the event list)
- Go to a specific date (tap and hold the red title bar)
- Event list is now scrollable when using the calendar
- Today's timed events dim after the event has ended
- Copied text containing event info can automatically be made into an event
- Added setting to highlight weekends
- Added setting to show empty days on the DayTicker
- Added setting to display the number of today's remaining events or date on the app icon badge
- State restoration (iOS 6 only)
- A staggering number of other improvements, parser enhancements, and bug fixes
Fantastical is available in the App Store at a sale price of $3.99 for a limited time. [Direct Link]

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24 months ago

Apple has included a Calendar since 2007.

What does paying the "SALE" price of $4 get me with this app?

Edit: I see this app was originally $1.99, but is "On Sale" now for $3.99.


Have you ever heard of an introductory sale price?

And yeah if you want to use the default calendar app, default music app, default mail app, default notes app, default browser app, default messages app, default alarm app, default phone app, default reminders app, Apple's ebook's app, and Apple's podcast app that's fine. That's your perogative. But there are a lot of better alternatives out there, and some people would like to use them.
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24 months ago
Apple has included a Calendar since 2007.

What does paying the "SALE" price of $4 get me with this app?

Edit: I see this app was originally $1.99, but is "On Sale" now for $3.99.
Rating: 4 Votes
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24 months ago
I guess I'm just one of those people who's content with stock apps. I try to use alternatives but always end up going back to stock. I still like safari better than any other browser on iOS including chrome, don't even get me started on weather apps. I just feel like a lot of third party apps make simple tasks more complicated? And iCloud syncing is huge for me.
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24 months ago

I guess I'm just one of those people who's content with stock apps. I try to use alternatives but always end up going back to stock. I still like safari better than any other browser on iOS including chrome, don't even get me started on weather apps. I just feel like a lot of third party apps make simple tasks more complicated? And iCloud syncing is huge for me.


Fantastical syncs automatically with the iOS calendar app, and therefore syncs with iCloud. I have Fantastical for iOS and OSX, use them both all the time. They work great with iCloud.
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24 months ago

Apple has included a Calendar since 2007.

What does paying the "SALE" price of $4 get me with this app?

Edit: I see this app was originally $1.99, but is "On Sale" now for $3.99.


And it's basically never been updated since 2007 as well.
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24 months ago

Isn't the point of buying Apple the fully integrated ecosystem they provide? For me it is. I used to build my own machines and tweek the hadware and drivers and software and all that, but I just do not have the time anymore. I absolutely agree that there is nothing awe inspiring about the stock calendar app. But for me it works, is well integrated with iOS, and because of the iCloud, is well integrated accross all my devices. For me that is all that I need. Maybe boring, but I take functional and boring as long as I don't have to work at it so much as with Androids and MS systems. For those that want to tinker, I guess they can, but doesn't that lessen the value proposition of Apple?


You do realize that Apple has an API for accessing the system calendar data, and 3rd-party calendar apps pretty much universally use that?

In other words, all the calendar data you have in one app is automatically present in every other app. As far as integration goes, there's no downside to using something like Fantastical -- from the first instant you load it, all your calendars are already present there, and everything you do is synced to your other devices the same as it would be if you were using the stock calendar app.

And Fantastical is much nicer and much, much faster to use than the stock calendar app.
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23 months ago

Is Fantastical Google Calendar only or does it support Exchange?


It plugs into the Apple Calendar API. If you've got your Apple Calendar setup to work with Exchange, I'd assume it'd work.

The desktop version gives you a choice of using either iCal or Entourage.

I went ahead and bought the iOS version. It's a nice app and makes using the calendar on iOS much easier.

The desktop version is still garbage though.
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24 months ago

I was one of the suckers who bought this when it was $4.99 and one of Apple's featured productivity apps. All it does is repackage stuff that you already have in the stock Calendar and Reminders programs and not always in a good way... at least for my needs.

I'm sure that some people will find it useful, but just don't trust the reviews that say this is some kind of mind blowing app that totally reinvents calendaring. It's not. It doesn't even have its own calendar engine.


Huh? It has natural language processing engine that understands context to easily enter in events and put them in a proper calendar. The UI is clean and very efficient. I don't know what you mean by a "calendar engine" but if you think any calendar replacement app has its own "engine", I think you are misunderstanding what these apps really do. I can name almost a dozen apps that put the stock iOS calendar to shame.

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Fantastical syncs automatically with the iOS calendar app, and therefore syncs with iCloud. I have Fantastical for iOS and OSX, use them both all the time. They work great with iCloud.


I am getting the impression that lots of folks posting here really don't understand how these calendar apps really work and that the iOS calendar and reminder DB is open to developers.
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24 months ago
I was one of the suckers who bought this when it was $4.99 and one of Apple's featured productivity apps. All it does is repackage stuff that you already have in the stock Calendar and Reminders programs and not always in a good way... at least for my needs.

I'm sure that some people will find it useful, but just don't trust the reviews that say this is some kind of mind blowing app that totally reinvents calendaring. It's not. It doesn't even have its own calendar engine.

EDIT: I just realized I'm talking about something else here. I paid $9.99 for Fantastical... for the OSX version for my MacBookPro, not for my iPhone. Yeah, maybe the iOS version is indeed very useful. The stock calendar app in iOS sucks. On the desktop side of things, Fantastical is a waste of money.
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