'Fantastical 2' Launches for Mac With Yosemite-Style Redesign, Full Calendar Window

Flexibits today launched the much-anticipated Fantastical 2 for Mac, a completely new app that overhauls the existing Fantastical for Mac app and introduces a long list of new features.

Flexibits CEO Michael Simmons spoke with MacRumors about the new Fantastical 2 update for Mac, and he told us that while the original Fantastical app reinvented calendar apps, the new update reinvents Fantastical. The Flexibits team took everything they learned from Fantastical 2 for iOS and brought it over to the Mac.

To begin with, Fantastical 2 has been designed from the ground up to fit in with the Yosemite aesthetic, adopting a flat design, simple outlines, cleaner fonts, and brighter, bolder colors with two available color themes. It's also adopted many Yosemite-only features like a Notification Center widget, Handoff, and Action and Share Extensions.

The biggest change to Fantastical 2 is the introduction of a full calendar window. The original Fantastical Mac app was housed in the Mac's menu bar in a mini window, forcing users to open the built-in Calendar app if they needed access to a desktop calendar, but Fantastical 2 is a full-featured calendar app that combines that original menu bar calendar with a complete calendar window.

The new calendar window includes Day, Week, Month and Year views on the right, along with a left-hand menu bar that shows the current month and a list of upcoming tasks. Reminders and events are separated in the new version of Fantastical, and a toggle button at the bottom of the calendar window will switch the view from events to a list of reminders. Reminders can be added to Fantastical by prefacing entries with "todo," "task," or "reminder," and can be location-based with dates and time information attached.

Fantastical 2 continues to offer the same menu bar mini calendar window (now re-positionable), featuring the new design and the same toggle to switch between a list of upcoming events and a list of reminders. There's also a new Notification Center widget that displays a list of events for the day.

In addition to offering existing features like natural language parsing, deeply customizable alerts, automatic alarms, Reminder integration, and quick search tools, Fantastical 2 for Mac adds a powerful feature called Calendar Sets. Most people use several calendars with Fantastical, and with the new Mac app, it's possible to group different calendars into separate sets and switch between them using an easily accessible toggle at the bottom of the calendar window.

With Calendar Sets, work calendars and home calendars can be grouped together, and it's even possible to add geofencing to have calendar sets swap automatically depending on your physical location. Fantastical 2 for Mac also includes Japanese support for the first time, with full Japanese-language parsing, a feature that's also coming to iPhone and iPad in the next few months. It's also fully localized in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. The app's language parsing engine is more robust, better understanding repeating events and offering more options for adding alerts.

Fantastical 2 for Mac's natural language parsing engine has been updated to be even more friendly and flexible. The parsing engine now understands expressive repeating events such as third Thursday of every month, every weekend, last weekday of the month, and more. Plus, users can now add alerts by ending their natural language input with phrases such as "remind me tomorrow at 3PM", "alert 1 hour before", or "alarm 3PM."
Fantastical 2 for Mac is Yosemite-only because it incorporates several Yosemite features. When a user has an iPhone or an iPad with Fantastical for iOS installed, it's possible to switch off between the iOS and Mac versions of the app with Handoff. With the new extensions, it's possible to highlight text in Safari, for example, and send it automatically to Fantastical with a link, or to add events directly from within apps like Evernote.

Fantastical 2, which is an all-new app, can be downloaded from the Mac App Store beginning today for $39.99. The app will be priced at $49.99 in the future, but it's currently being offered at a discount to celebrate its launch. [Direct Link]

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63 months ago
I must really be behind the times, I find the default OS X Calendar application sufficient :/
Rating: 65 Votes
63 months ago
Talk about overpriced...
Rating: 47 Votes
63 months ago
Holy Crap $40.

Wow the stock calendar app is looking more awesome all of the sudden.
Rating: 18 Votes
63 months ago
I paid for the first one. Now having to shell out an additional $40 (about to be $50) for the second one? Forget about it. Should have priced it at $20 and I wouldn't have thought twice about purchasing.
Rating: 17 Votes
63 months ago
Looks amazing! Though that $50 price for a calendar app is a little steep.
Rating: 17 Votes
63 months ago
Calendar on the Mac works plenty great for me. $40 is a non-starter. Heck $15 would barely start a conversation.

iOS is a different tale, but I'm enjoying Calendars 5. Liked it better, don't remember why.
Rating: 15 Votes
63 months ago
I, for one, am shocked that Flexibits would dare charge a price for a niche software product that can sustain a small business.

This thread is a perfect case study on how the App Store's race-to-the-bottom pricing has created a group of consumers who feel entitled to quality work for an unrealistic price - developers' time and livelihoods be damned.
Rating: 13 Votes
63 months ago
First, as a current Fantastical for mac user, that price is ludicrous. I know it's not a perfect comparison, but they're in console game price territory. I can't imagine this calendar app cost as much to make as a console game. For a more direct comparison, this approaches the cost of Office 365, which offers a ton more features per dollar.

What's more, with all the integration features, you pretty much have to also buy the ipad and/or iphones apps to really enjoy everything this app has to offer. That's another $7, $3, or $11 for both, added on.

Second, what really attracted me to the current Fantastical for mac is that it's complements the Calendar that is built in, and doesn't try to replace it. It just gives me an easy way to see my upcoming events in a list format, and gives me an easy way to add events. This new app seems to be striving to be an entire replacement for calendar, and I do not like that nor need it. The calendar built into OS X is good - it just needs a good companion app sometimes.
Rating: 12 Votes
63 months ago
A discount for Fantstical 1 faithful users would be greately appreciated ...
Rating: 12 Votes
63 months ago
Whenever I see calendar app screenshots like that, I realise how empty and boring my life really is.
Rating: 11 Votes

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