Amazing Mac Calendar App Fantastical Gets iCloud Reminders In New Update

Amazing Mac Calendar App Fantastical Gets iCloud Reminders In New Update

This great app just got even better.

Fantastical is one of my favorite Mac apps. The handy calendar app sits in my menubar and manages my schedule like a personal secretary. The beauty of Fantastical is that, unlike iCal on the Mac, you can quickly add complex events to your calendar using natural, everyday language. “Lunch with John at 12 on Thursday” translates to an event titled “Lunch with John” that’s automatically scheduled for Thursday at noon.

Flexibits, maker of Fantastical, announced a nice update to the app today. Version 1.3 adds Reminders integration, allowing you to add and edit reminders on your Mac and have them synced via iCloud to your iOS devices.

“Our biggest feature request from our users was support for iCal and iOS reminders,” said Michael Simmons, Co-Founder of Flexibits. “With Fantastical 1.3, users can now enter events and reminders in natural language.”

Like adding events, reminders can be created using natural language. Fantastical will interpret date and time information as you enter the reminder in your Mac’s menubar. Reminders can be color coded, moved around, and checked off right in Fantastical. When using iCloud, each change will be instantly pushed to all of your other devices. To access your CalDAV accounts (Google Calendar, iCloud, etc.), you must be logged in with iCal before using Fantastical. Location-based reminders only work from an iOS device, so you can’t add those on the Mac.

Fantastical has full language support for English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. The app costs $20 in the Mac App Store and today’s update is free for existing users.

  • vanmacguy

    I’ve not seen or used Fantastical but I do hear good things about it.

    I just wanted to correct this post on one point though. In the first paragraph it says:
    <SNIP>
    The beauty of Fantastical is that, unlike iCal on the Mac, you can quickly add complex events to your calendar using natural, everyday language. “Lunch with John at 12 on Thursday” translates to an event titled “Lunch with John” that’s automatically scheduled for Thursday at noon.
    </SNIP>

    Well, iCal does this exact thing. Just click the + (plus) sign on the top and type away. You can also use language like “Lunch with John tomorrow at noon” and it will create an event called Lunch with John for the next day at noon. Rather than having to specify a day or date, which you of course can also do.
  • WlonsdaleWalt

    Good catch. 

  • pcmedman
    Just click the + (plus) sign on the top and type away. You can also use language like “Lunch with John tomorrow at noon” and it will create an event called Lunch with John for the next day at noon. Rather than having to specify a day or date, which you of course can also do.

    Cool – I did not know that iCal did that, and this whole time I’ve been entering everything manually one by one. Thanks for the tip. I have been wanting to get Fantastical just for that reason, but I couldn’t justify spending $20 just for that. In iCal, I entered: “Doctor’s appointment on June 20, from 10-12 pm” and it worked perfectly! 

    Is there a way to tell iCal what calendar to use for the new event or do I have to set that separately after creating the event in the default calendar?
  • DiogoLG
    Just click the + (plus) sign on the top and type away. You can also use language like “Lunch with John tomorrow at noon” and it will create an event called Lunch with John for the next day at noon. Rather than having to specify a day or date, which you of course can also do.

    Cool – I did not know that iCal did that, and this whole time I’ve been entering everything manually one by one. Thanks for the tip. I have been wanting to get Fantastical just for that reason, but I couldn’t justify spending $20 just for that. In iCal, I entered: “Doctor’s appointment on June 20, from 10-12 pm” and it worked perfectly! 

    Is there a way to tell iCal what calendar to use for the new event or do I have to set that separately after creating the event in the default calendar?

    It’s not possible, but Fantastical does that for you.. You just need to type /w or /h for example to use the work or home calendar.

  • pcmedman
    Is there a way to tell iCal what calendar to use for the new event or do I have to set that separately after creating the event in the default calendar?

    It’s not possible, but Fantastical does that for you.. You just need to type /w or /h for example to use the work or home calendar.

    Thanks for the info. I just googled it and found out that if you click and hold on the “+” sign to add a quick event in iCal, you can select the calendar you want before typing in your natural language. That will work just fine for me. :-)

  • vanmacguy
    Is there a way to tell iCal what calendar to use for the new event or do I have to set that separately after creating the event in the default calendar?

    It’s not possible, but Fantastical does that for you.. You just need to type /w or /h for example to use the work or home calendar.

    Thanks for the info. I just googled it and found out that if you click and hold on the “+” sign to add a quick event in iCal, you can select the calendar you want before typing in your natural language. That will work just fine for me. :-)

    I didn’t know that, thanks pcmedman. That makes it much friendlier.

  • sonofsci

    Is there a way to tell when these are sponsored posts?  I want to trust you guys but sadly.. I don’t anymore.  That is a huge beef I have with CoM.  I have downloaded apps and purchased software on reviews and been quite disappointed.  I want to know when the app/software/whatever is paying CoM.  I think with recent dramas, such as with your Mac Cleaner endorsement, apps that supposedly duplicate the functionality of Siri “and that you can’t believe were approved by Apple, so buy now!” et cetera…. we deserve to know if the post is sponsored.  Otherwise, I’m done here.  

  • rcrump2005

    I love the Reminders integration, but you can’t add a time due to the reminder.  I am missing something?

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