Today Kelly sits down with Michael Simmons, founder of Flexibits who rolled out a new version of Fantastical (and new pricing) this week.
Flexibits Inc is having a sale for its calendar app Fantastical 2: The app is 40% off and now only US$2.99. Fantastical’s natural language engine is expressive and intelligent so you can write in your own style. Fantastical recognizes holidays, days of the week, the location of your event, repeating events, and more. If your device supports dictation, you can also speak the details of your event or reminder and Fantastical will automatically interpret your speech. Prefer to see your schedule the old-fashioned way? No problem at all. Pull down on the DayTicker and it will conveniently turn into a month calendar. Pull down on the calendar and you’re back to the DayTicker. Best of all, Fantastical works with the same calendar accounts already set up with the built-in iOS Calendar app: iCloud, Google Calendar, Yahoo, Exchange, and more. App Store: Fantastical 2 – US$2.99
Cardhop is a popular contacts app for the Mac. It’s made by Felxibits Inc. makers of another popular app Fantastical 2. Cardhop has finally arrived on iOS. The app’s parsing engine is incredibly intuitive, letting you search, add, edit, and interact with your contacts using a simple sentence. Just type in “John G” and John’s card will instantly appear. Or enter “Sarah Smith [email protected]” and Cardhop will add a new contact to Sarah’s card. Or type in “call Michael S” and Cardhop will instantly start a phone call. Cardhop automatically loads your contacts in Apple’s Contacts app, so you don’t need to do much except tap the Allow button. Plus, the company says that your contact information stays on your iPhone and isn’t uploaded to their servers. Right now the app is available for 20% for a limited time as part of the launch sale. App Store: US$3.99
Flexibits has a new update out for Fantastical 2 on the iPhone that adds Apple Watch Series 4 Inforgraph complications. If you upgraded your Apple Watch to watchOS 5 Fantastical now supports the Siri watch face, and it works with Siri Shortcuts, too. Fantastical is an alternative to the Calendar app that uses Apple’s events database. It’s priced at US$2.99 for the iPhone, and the update is free for current customers.
Flexibits is hoping to do for contacts what it did for calendars on the Mac with its new Cardhop app.