Fantastical Brings Real Language Event Entry to iCal

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Flexbits introduced its new Mac calendaring application, Fantastical, earlier this week. The app links to user’s iCal calendars with an easy to use interface that’s accessible from the Mac OS X menu bar, and lets users create new calendar entries with words and phrases.

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Fantastical lets users enter plain english phrases, then parses the information into calendar entries. For example, “lunch with Bryan at Starbucks on Tuesday, 12pm” would convert into an appointment with Bryan for next Tuesday, although Bryan isn’t all that keen on Starbucks.

The application supports the CalDAV standard Apple uses with iCal and MobileMe, and it also supports Entourage, Outlook, Google Calendar and Yahoo! Calendar. Calendars can be color coded, users have control over how many appointments appear in the Fantastical list, and they can use plain english phrases to create recurring events.

Fantastical is priced at US$14.99 and is available for download at the Flexbits Web site, or through Apple’s Mac App Store.



This app looks great and I’ll defintely be downloading the trial version this weekend.

Hard to believe that we’ve gone this long without the desktop version of iCal getting a major facelift. :(  But I like what Fantastical is doing here - making the calDAV calendar of your choice available right from the menu bar.  And it looks a lot more ‘fun’ to use.  This is exactly the kind of thing I wish Apple would do with iCal.

I’ve had MenuCalendarClock installed for a long time but rarely use it (in truth, 95% of my iCal use is through my iPhone).  It might do a lot of the same features as Fantastical.  But the fact is it looks long in the tooth compared to Fantastical and it clutters the dock with a menu icon I don’t need.


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