I know what you’re thinking. Enough with the calendar play already. OK. When it comes to applications, Apple gives us the basics. Browser. Email. Contacts. Calendar. And then we get a few which make Mac life interesting and somewhat captive to Apple’s way of life. iTunes. Photos. iMovie. Garageband.
After those basics we’re left to our own devices to improve on our newfound Mac life as best we can. Take Calendar. It’s good for listing events for a whole month with a click but it’s still the same old same old when it comes to entering a new event or checking the day’s events.
If your time is valuable and you’re tired of mucking around with Calendar entries, then you’ll like Fantastical.
Instead of having to stop what you’re doing to insert a new event into Calendar, Fantastical makes it easier, and right from the Mac’s Menubar, and no calendar is better at displaying the day’s events.
Click to see the Calendar without opening Calendar.
Then, when you need to make a new entry into Calendar, use Fantastical instead. And, instead of being precise and clicking a bunch of times and dates, simply enter ‘Lunch with John at 123 Main Street on Thursday.‘ Notice that the entry was typed about the same way we would speak. ‘Lunch with John at 123 Main Street on Thursday.’ That’s natural language and, like Calendar, that’s what Fantastical understands.
But that’s not all Fantastical does. Look at how a calendar can be displayed.
The ability to view more event details per Day, Week, Month view than Calendar is priceless.
And Fantastical’s viewing ability is not limited to the Mac. Yes, I forked over a little more money for Fantastical for iPhone and iPad. Why? Viewing events and setting events is better, faster, easier than in Apple’s Calendar which is mostly the same old same old it’s always been.
Not only that, you’re not limited to using Apple’s Calendar or iCloud. Fantastical works with iCloud sync, of course, but also Google Calendar and Yahoo! Calendar accounts. Fantastical is OS X and iOS Handoff savvy so moving from one device to another is seamless. The latest version even has an option to view a map of an event location.
The mini window from the Menubar may be all you need on a Mac, and more cosely mirrors Fantastical’s view on iPhone while iPad’s version is more traditional. You’ll also appreciate the Calendar Set settings in preferences which extends calendars to cover personal, professional, and whatever calendars you may need– all easily synced between devices.
Caveats? A few. Fantastical is not as feature rich or as business like as BusyCal but costs less and has a lower learning curve, but both have hefty price tags for entry. Fantastical also has a Watch version with a complication and the Menubar drop down is the best there is.
Until Siri comes to the Mac there’s just not an easier, quicker, more efficient way to enter Calendar events, check Calendar events, or manage a calendar on iPhone, iPad, or Watch.