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Fantastical 2.1 for OS X review: An even better Calendar replacement

Glenn Fleishman | Oct. 5, 2015
As Apple’s calendar app for iOS and Mac OS X moved across recent releases from inconsistent, inadequate, and irritating to more or less just fine, the market for replacements grew and matured.

The other is price. At $40 (an introductory $10 discount that remains in place months after release), it’s a hard sell for any but the most dedicated Calendar haters—though include me among them. I don’t dislike Calendar, so much as find myself stymied by it. Having Fantastical on my iPhone led me to expect it on my Macs, too, and I gladly paid the price.

Bottom line

Fantastical’s overt simplicity and hidden depths may not be for everyone. But the company made distinct choices based on years of developing its iOS version and previous OS X release. Making design choices instead of throwing everything into the mix produces both good software and sharp contrasts—it’s less likely to be for everyone, but more likely to serve quite well those who find the choices appealing.

If you find Fantastical’s event-list centric approach—in which upcoming events can intermingle with reminders but remain distinct—matches the way you want to manage your calendar, and the natural-language entry an appealing way to avoid adding events, it’s the right program to pick.

 

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