Flexibits today updated its popular Fantastical calendar app with some notable changes and improvements, including cursor support for iPads.

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With the release of iPadOS 13.4, Apple introduced mouse and trackpad support for its tablets, and Fantastical has been updated to take full advantage, enabling users to navigate the interface and edit calendar entries using a cursor.

Version 3.0.9 of the app also adds a new feature that shows users a preview of surrounding events and tasks when a new invitation is received, while weather is now shown on days that have no events when showing one or two days at a time in the list.

Other changes in this update for iPhone and iPad include:

  • Day and Week view can now show more hours at once

  • Tightened spacing in Month view to make more text visible

  • Event and task notifications now appear when Fantastical is active

  • Tapping date headers in the list of events in the watch app now shows the weather forecast

  • Improved sync responsiveness between ‌iPhone‌ and Apple Watch

  • Fixed an issue where the Apple Watch could get stuck syncing and would stop updating

  • Fixed an issue where Office 365 accounts wouldn't prompt for reauthorization if the login expires

  • Fixed an issue where the prompt to request G Suite sync access could cause some events to not be synced

  • Fixed an issue where long events could appear at the wrong time when the option to only show hours from day start to end is enabled

  • Fixed an issue where all-day tasks wouldn't appear correctly in Month view

  • Fixed a crash when trying to send changes to Todoist while offline

  • Various fixes and improvements

Fantastical version 3.0.9 is rolling out now as a universal binary for ‌iPhone‌, ‌iPad‌, and Apple Watch, available on the App Store. The updated version for Mac also brings fixes and improvements, and can be downloaded directly from Flexibits or from the Mac App Store.

Fantastical runs on a subscription model: the fully featured app costs $4.99 per month or $39.99 per year. A feature-limited version of the app remains available for free, while Flexibits also offers a 14-day free trial for users who want to check out the full fat version.

Top Rated Comments

BlueParadox Avatar
51 months ago
Why is this app getting any publicity here?

- It’s a massively overpriced calendar app,
- The makers have a rubbish public relations record after their terrible reaction to complaints from users on Twitter when they updated to version 3,
- They displayed complete disrespect for previous users pre-version 3 by updating the existing PAID app with a paywall via IAP,
- And there are many better Calendar apps available!!
Score: 32 Votes (Like | Disagree)
max2 Avatar
51 months ago



Fantastical is an excellent and well worth the $40 a year that they are asking. It does so much more than the FREE Apple calendar. If you don't want to pay for a calendar then use the Apple Calendar. But if you want to use many of the features that make Fantastical, well fantastic then cough up $40 a year. It's not that hard.
We already paid for it then they switched and pulled the wool over our eyes.
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Nuvi Avatar
51 months ago
How affordable... that’s nearly a cost of Gsuite or Office 365. Exactly the reason why I deleted Fantastical when they chose subscription model.
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jb-net Avatar
51 months ago
They should make the new features as an InApp Purchase, just 9.99 USD :rolleyes:

I bought all their old apps, spend nearly 100 USD over the years but now after upgrading I get bombarded with ads and requests to sign up for a subscription model :mad: And more, some options of the app are now blocked. That is not how you treat your loyal and paying customers :mad:

And why should I store my data in their cloud? Storing the data locally and using Apple's calender API was once one of their best privacy feature and the main reason why I bought the app in the first place. Now gone.

Don't get me wrong I'm more than willing to pay a lot of money for good software as I did with the old Fantastical apps, but I'm not willing to subscribe to their stupid subscription. No way!
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kmichalec Avatar
51 months ago

I don't necessarily like the business model but I get it. If it provides the value you need, pay the $5 knowing that the developers can continue developing & supporting the App. I guess the other option is to be stuck with abandonware that is not updated after the initial purchase.
I don't mind the updated business model either. If that's the route they want to go, that's up to them. People will decide with their wallets if it's the right decision or not.

What I had issues with is them deciding to overwriting my paid Version 2 without my consent, saying it includes all the previous features we had before, but littering my experience with feature upgrade notations, and then taking away my ability to use it with an apple watch unless i sign up for an account on their server and send all my data to them. There's NO REASON i should need to send my data to them, just to get the my info on my watch. Didn't have to do that with Version 2. So their claim is instantly negated. The reality is, you lose features unless you agree to give them all your data. That's BS.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
max2 Avatar
51 months ago
Agree with all 3 people!
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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