I’m truly amazed by natural language detection – so much so that when Fantastical was originally released on the Mac App Store, I bought it in a heartbeat despite its $14.99 price tag. At first, I wasn’t using it much; it was a nice gimmick, to be sure, but back then, I didn’t have as many deadlines or things in my life that I needed to be reminded of.
Fast-forward to today and you’ll find my Macs running Fantastical non-stop. It’s unobtrusive: I’ve got it set up to launch with the press of my shift and enter keys; then, I literally type to it like I’m typing to a friend and it will make my calendar appointments and I can get back to work. To put it simply, Fantastical is fantastical.
Today, Flexibits updated Fantastical to version 1.3. The update brings an oft-requested feature: integration with Apple’s iCal and iOS Reminders. Flexibits has made yet another improvement to an already-amazing app by doing this. It might not mean as much to me now as it would’ve a few weeks ago, but my iPad still uses Apple’s Reminders service; I’ll still get a lot of enjoyment out of this newest update regardless of my telephonic adventures.
In fact, in my few hours of testing, I’ve already gotten a lot of enjoyment out of it. It works flawlessly, which is important with any piece of productivity software. Syncing works quickly, but more importantly, getting to your Reminders list is even quicker: simply type something along the lines of “Remind me to…” and Fantastical will do the rest.
Currently, Fantastical is being sold for $19.99 on the Mac App Store. If you’re into easy-to-use calendar plugins that sync with Apple’s iCal and Reminders services, then there isn’t anything better out there.[Flexibits]