Fantastical 2 for iPad: It’s Finally Here

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Fantastical is one of our favorite calendar apps for the Mac and iPhone because of its great interface and natural language entry system, and now -- finally -- it's available for the iPad, too. Flexibits introduced Fantastical 2 for the iPad on Wednesday with a special third-off price for a limited time.

Fantastical 2 for the iPad. Yes, please.Fantastical 2 for the iPad. Yes, please.

Fantastical 2 for the iPad offers the same familiar calendar and task views as the iPhone, but optimized for the iPad's bigger screen. It also includes the new Fantastical Dashboard that lets you switch between the DayTicker, week view, and full-screen week view with a single gesture.

The iPad version includes TextExpander support, can open links in 1Password, includes light and dark interface themes, event and reminder lists, floating time zone support, background app refresh, and more.

Fantastical started life on the Mac as a great alternative to Apple's Calendar app. It gave users a quick and easy way to view their schedule and to-do list from the menu bar, and offered natural language entry, such as "lunch with Bryan tomorrow," to create a lunch meeting for tomorrow at noon. It's one of our favorite Calendar alternatives on the Mac and iPhone, and has been sorely missed -- until now -- on the iPad.

Fantastical 2 for the iPad is priced at US$14.99, but is temporarily available for $9.99. It requires iOS 7 and is available at Apple's iTunes-based App Store.

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Any thoughts on how well it works on an iPad Mini? If they just made the full-size iPad version smaller, it looks like the text will be uncomfortably small.

Jeff Gamet

I’ll be testing it on the iPad Air and iPad mini, so I’ll let you know how readable the text is on both.


I just now bought it & tried it out, but I think I’ll be sticking with WeekCal, which has features I use that don’t seem to be available on Fantastical (Template management, to name just one). Plus, I don’t think I’ll be interested in replacing MenuCalendarClock & BusyCal on my Mac, with the OSX Fantastical app, until it significantly expands its UI capabilities.

Now, if only I could find a ToDo/Shopping List iOS app that comes close to having the category organization power of reQall (RIP)! Apparently, there is none available for iOS.


Gave in and purchased it as my iPad Mini will be my main device when traveling next week.

Fantastical so much better than the built-in iPad calendar, especially if you don’t have lots of scheduled events. So many calendars focus their efforts on the daily view, which isn’t useful for me. Having a good list view along with a graphical representation of the week is excellent. I’m surprised I like having the month view available, too, but it is handy for longer-range planning.

The text is just barely big enough. With the high resolution of the retina iPad Mini, it’s comfortably readable. It would be perfect if it were just a bit bigger, but, unfortunately, there’s no way to do that within the app. I know I could do a system-wide alteration to increase the font size, but I don’t need that.

BurmaYank, I use both Fantastical and BusyCal on my Mac. To me they have very different purposes. Fantastical is simply the best for quick, error-free entries (it’s natural language parsing w/immediate visual feedback is awesome), and I also use it for quickly checking to see if I’m free at a particular date/time. I use BusyCal for longer-range planning and scheduling.

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