It’s a big day for one of my favorite all-time apps—Fantastical has been updated for all platforms, and for the first time, receives feature parity across platforms.
Fantastical is the best example of an app you didn’t know you needed until you start using it. From its natural language parser to the advanced calendaring features, Fantastical can handle anything you can throw at it.
While I’ve always enjoyed how intelligent Fantastical is for things like figuring out and parsing time zones (because we’ve all missed a meeting now and then), the developers have added some new features that add even more functionality to the app.
One of my favorites is the Meeting Scheduling function. How many times have we gone back and forth with someone—or worse, a group of people—to find a time that works.
Fantastical now includes meeting proposals, which makes it easy to ask people what dates or times work for them. Create a proposal with multiple times and the invitees will be asked to choose what times work for them. Once everyone responds and a common time is found, the proposal can automatically be turned into an event and added to your calendar.
Another feature I like is the addition of Interesting Calendars, which lets you add calendars for things like holidays, sports, TV, and other events. I always have the Boston Bruins schedule added to Fantastical, but sometimes there is calendar spam, depending on where you subscribe. This feature will look after that.
There are a lot of other features that are available like the improved parsing engine, Calendar Sets, improved tasks, and more. However, there is another significant feature that I need to address—Fantastical Premium.
Fantastical Premium is a subscription that unlocks all of the features of the app. One subscription covers all platforms: Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. The subscription comes with a 14-day free trial and is available for $4.99 per month after that. There is also a yearly subscription that will save you even more money.
There is a free version available, but it is limited in its features.
The big question for me was, what if I had Fantastical 2 and upgraded to version 3.0 but didn’t want a subscription? Instead of forcing its customer to upgrade, Flexibits is giving all of its Fantastical 2 the same features they had with the older version after the new app is downloaded. You can still upgrade to Fantastical Premium if you want, but you’re not losing a thing if you decide not to upgrade.
Just as an aside, it has been nearly five years since Fantastical users have had to pay for an upgrade, and this upgrade is paid monthly.
I have already signed up for Fantastical Premium because this is an app I can’t live without.