Quickly switch between the DayTicker and the calendar
Pull-to-toggle! Pull down on the DayTicker to switch to the calendar. Pull down on the calendar to switch back to the DayTicker. Only one simple gesture to remember!
Easily add a new item to a specific calendar or reminder list
Need to add a new event or reminder to a different calendar or reminder list? Type in a slash followed by the calendar or reminder list's name. For example, type in 'Lunch with John /w' to add a new event to your Work calendar. You can also tap the space bar four times instead of using a slash. For example, 'Lunch with John<space><space><space><space>w' will do the same thing.
Search for your events or reminders
Pull down lightly on the DayTicker or calendar and you'll see the search field. Simple as that!
Check your schedule when adding a new event or reminder
Need a quick peek around the time of your new event or reminder to see what other events you might have? Just pull left or right on the preview and you'll see other items near it. Overlapping events or reminders are also shown directly below your new event or reminder.
Go to today or a specific date
Find yourself looking for an event and far away from today and want to get back quickly? Tap on the month and year in the header to instantly jump back to today. You can also tap and hold in the header to quickly jump to a specific date.
Quickly delete an event or reminder
Swipe horizontally on an event or reminder in the list to easily delete it. Not to worry, you'll be given an opportunity to confirm.
Add an event or reminder from the Today widget
Tap and hold on a day in the Today widget's calendar to begin creating a new event or reminder on that day.
Hints for entering new events
Fantastical's natural language input is very flexible, so just enter your event the same way you would tell someone, like an assistant! Here are some example sentences you might enter while using Fantastical:
- Grocery shopping at Wegmans Thursday at 5pm
- Lunch with Matthew at 123 Main St at 1:30 Monday
- Family vacation from August 9-18
- Staff meeting Tuesday 2pm alert 20 min
- Soccer practice every Tuesday at 6
- Sam's birthday every year on 5/16
- Pizza party on the 2nd Friday of every month at 1pm
- Flight 593 on Monday 3pm EST to 6pm PST
Want a reminder instead of an event? Just type in 'task', 'todo', or 'reminder' before your sentence:
- todo Pay rent
- reminder Buy basil
Fantastical has keyboard shortcuts if you have an Bluetooth keyboard paired with your iPhone.
- Arrow keys: Navigate the DayTicker, calendar, and event list
- Command-F: Search
- Command-I: View details (edit when viewing an event, show details when creating a new item)
- Command-K: Toggle between event and reminder when creating a new item
- Command-N: New item
- Command-R: Show Reminders
- Command-S: Save item
- Command-T: Go to today
- Command-,: Settings
- Command-Shift-F: Toggle full-screen week view
- Command-Delete: Delete current item
Fantastical 2 is the award-winning calendar app with features such as natural language parsing, reminders, a beautiful week view, and much more! 'Great iOS update to my favorite iPhone calendar app. Looks great, works great, and now integrates iOS reminders.'
For the past couple of years, I’ve had appointments daily and have become a calendar app master. And even though I’ve become pretty darn good at quickly entering information into Calendar, I haven’t been happy with the app’s performance. It’s functional, but not always the most pleasant to work with and there are a lot of iOS developers that have created more versatile apps than Apple’s Calendar for iOS. One such app is Fantastical 2.
Fantastical 2 by Flexibits is completely designed to work with iOS 7. It’s won awards and has been a best-seller in the app store since its release in late 2013. One of the main reasons I wanted to try it out was because of its intuitive design and imaginative programming. Fantastical includes a parser that recognizes natural language to set-up reminders, events and alerts. For example, I could enter, “Lunch with Mom on Saturday from 12 – 1:30,” and Fantastical will translate that into an event and place it on the calendar. This one feature alone increase productivity exponentially. This feature works through traditional typing or with dictation.
- Fantastical works seamlessly across your Mac, iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch. Add your existing calendar accounts directly to Fantastical and keep all of your events and tasks in sync. Your Flexibits account syncs all your custom calendar sets, templates, notifications, weather settings, and more.
- Fantastical 2 for iPhone Tips and Tricks. Quickly switch between the DayTicker and the calendar. Pull down on the DayTicker to switch to the calendar. Pull down on the calendar to switch back to the DayTicker. Only one simple gesture to remember!
Natural Language Input: This was the thing that made so many of us Fantastical fanatics. Download Fantastical - Calendar & Tasks and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Fantastical is the award-winning calendar and tasks app with features like natural language parsing, beautiful Day, Week, Month, and Year views, and much more!
Some of the other main features include:
- See events and dated reminders together in the main list
- Add reminders directly from the Reminders list or a new event screen
- Set dates, times and geofences
- Event details include maps for directions
- Birthday options to send greetings via text, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp or email
Some of the major issues I have with Calendar are the views. There are several different views available for Calendar, but switching between them is very cumbersome. I want to be able to look at a simple agenda view and while Calendar has that, it’s difficult to get to it. With Fantastical, it has an agenda view, a daily view, and a weekly view (in landscape mode).
In addition to the parser and the easily accessible views, Fantastical updates in the background. So, even if you don’t open Fantastical very often your events and reminders will still update. There is also an extended keyboard for 4” screens that provides instant access to numbers and symbols. Another feature that I really enjoy is the Snooze function. You have the ability to snooze an alert for a period of time – 10 minutes, 30 minutes, 60 minutes, 1 day, 2 days or a custom time period. This is a great productivity tool in my opinion because sometimes you might be in a meeting and still want a reminder, but not right at that moment. So, the snooze is great because you can be re-reminded without having to change the appointment like you do with the Calendar app.
If you find that you are wanting more from a calendar app than what Apple’s Calendar can provide, I would strongly suggest Fantastical 2 for iPhone. It’s very easy to use and even easier to read, which is an issue I was having with Calendar. Fantasical 2 for iPhone retails for $9.99 in the App Store, but is currently 50% off for a limited time and selling for $4.99.
For more information, visit http://flexibits.com/fantastical-iphone. Fantastical is also available for iPad and Mac. Be sure to watch for our reviews on both of those version within the coming week.