Fantastical 2 for Mac Gains Attachment Support, Travel Time and More

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Flexibits today debuted Fantastical 2.4 for Mac, which the company says is the biggest Fantastical update since Fantastical 2 for Mac was introduced. Today's update, which is free for all existing users, introduces everything from attachments to travel time to undo and redo tools.

    Attachments, one of the most notable new features in Fantastical 2 for Mac, can be viewed, edited, and created on iCloud and Exchange Calendars (and other CalDav servers that support managed attachments), and for Google Calendars, attachments are able to be viewed. Attachments can be added to events using simple drag and drop gestures.

    When creating an event in Fantastical 2 for Mac, it's now possible to add travel time estimates, based either on specific locations or a chosen time. With a travel time set, Fantastical will let you know when to leave for an event to get there on time.

    Today's update also adds a feature that will automatically combine identical events that are duplicated across multiple shared calendars, so you won't need to worry about getting multiple notifications for the same event, and the month view has been updated with additional information, including a new "more" option to see all of a day's events at a glance.

    The monthly view can also be customized with a set number of weeks that are displayed, from two to eight, and there are new undo/redo tools so if an event is deleted, changed or moved erroneously, it's easy to revert changes. A simple Command+Z keyboard preset works to undo changes, while Shift+Command+Z enables a redo option.

    Other new features in Fantastical 2 for Mac include improvements to Google Calendar with options to respond to invitations with responses, Microsoft Exchange improvements with invitation notification options and invitation forwarding, better support for contact anniversaries, immediate Facebook push updates when events are changed, and support for Facebook events in secret groups.

    Fantastical 2 for Mac can be downloaded from the App Store for $49.99. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Fantastical 2 for Mac Gains Attachment Support, Travel Time and More
  2. Mac32 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 20, 2010
    I have Fantastical 1, and I think it's a great program. However, Fantastical 2 is simply too expensive for what it does (iCal and Reminder work well), and I refuse to buy it. $15-20? Sure. $50? Forget it!
  3. stainless macrumors newbie


    Jul 2, 2007
    Seriously, $50?! So 50% of MS without mail, OneNote, word, PowerPoint, excel, 1tb or Skype credit. I get it's a onetime payment (until they upgrade to v3.0) but why not $15... does this do that much more then other simple calendar menu bars??? PLEASE HELP ME UNDERSTAND!
  4. Michaelgtrusa Suspended


    Oct 13, 2008
    Everywhere And Nowhere
  5. ugahairydawgs macrumors 68020


    Jun 10, 2010
    Because developers need to eat too.

    That said, it's not too uncommon to see this go on sale. But if you use the app every day, which I do, it's not too outrageous of an expense.
  6. cocky jeremy macrumors 68040

    cocky jeremy

    Jul 12, 2008
    Columbus, OH
    They don’t need to eat too badly or they’d price it where more than 5 people would buy it. lol.
  7. edenbensal macrumors regular

    Oct 8, 2012
  8. kissmo macrumors 6502a

    Jun 29, 2011
    Budapest, Hungary
    I bought Fantastical and I love the app. I just pray they won't figure out a way to move to a subscription based service ... then I would be disappointed.
  9. JetTester macrumors newbie

    Feb 12, 2014
    I agree in general. However, I bought version 1, and think that a reasonable discount for upgrades would be a good thing.
  10. ugahairydawgs macrumors 68020


    Jun 10, 2010
    That I can agree with. I upgrade to the new version of PDF Pen Pro every year, which I'm happy to do to support a good developer like Smile. But I definitely wouldn't do it if I had to fork over the full $125 every time they did a major update.
  11. Mascots macrumors 65816


    Sep 5, 2009
    One time payment of $50 for a high quality piece of software that I use on a daily basis - oh the pain /s
  12. Westside guy macrumors 601

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    Fans of the software will pay for it; the rest of us won't.

    I had purchased the iOS app a while back, but in the end it wasn't a good fit. However that's not really the software's fault - it turned out I was looking for something more along the lines of a project management tool (and I eventually landed on Trello).
  13. nutmac macrumors 68040

    Mar 30, 2004
    I love Fantastical. Fantastical 2 came out in over 2 years ago, at prices between $40 and $50. So getting nearly 3 years worth of updates for an app one uses often is not a bad value (between $1-2/month).

    The problem is, we don't know when Flexibits will launch Fantastical 3. And unless Apple rolls out upgrade pricing by then, we probably need to pay full price to upgrade. While that's fine for those that purchased the app 2 years ago, it's not as cool for more recent customers.

    This is a classic case where I would pay a fair subscription pricing. Either that, go Omni Group route and offer Essential version at around $10 and Pro at full price.
  14. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    Glad to see some significant updates. I really enjoy Fantastical 2. I paid $40 for it, when it was on sale. For software that I use every day, (Mac and iPhone) I think the price has been well worth it. I don't mind paying for quality software and its updates.
  15. kuwxman macrumors 6502


    Jul 25, 2009
    Olathe, KS
    I'm in the 'It is toooo expensive' boat too. I've been using Fantastical since the start and it took me forever to finally upgrade to Fantastical 2. Its a great app but it isn't worth the $50 (or more) especially when you have to shell out separately for the iOS app.
  16. newellj macrumors 601

    Oct 15, 2014
    Boston, MA, US
    It's great software. It's on sale fairly often. I use it daily. And when you compare it to the prices for other apps that are going the subscription route, I think it's completely fair.
  17. groove-agent, Jul 12, 2017
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2017

    groove-agent macrumors 6502a

    Jan 13, 2006
    I keep trying out the demo and thinking: "this is just a tweaked version of Apple Calendar". I do like the retro feature of combining the reminders with the calendar, but $50? Get real. They've reinvented the wheel by copying Apple calendars, changing it a bit, and charging for it. If someone did this with someone else's literary work, they would be sued. It should be worth $5, maybe $10 for the extra features it has over the free Apple Calendars. But that's the Apple eco-system - pay outrageous prices for mediocre benefits.
  18. chas_m macrumors newbie


    Mar 30, 2016
    Only it isn't. It was originally $20 (IIRC); the upgrade to v2 was $50. So that's $70 thus far for a program that is only marginally better than iCal (to be fair, it was MUCH better than iCal when it first came out; those days, however, are gone). Care to speculate on how much version three will cost when it comes out?

    That's why I'm not upgrading.
  19. Mascots, Jul 13, 2017
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2017

    Mascots macrumors 65816


    Sep 5, 2009
    Please whine more...

    They're not releasing a paid update in the near future, it's a high quality piece of software whose feature and support set exceeds iCal, and it's only $50 - once.

    Boohoo, you paid $20 for a very different and much smaller app than the successor. Hardly entitles you to free major revisions for life because they may require pay updates whenever or I already gave them money for a different product.

    If this one doesn't work for you, then simply don't buy it. Whining about the price rings nothing more than entitlement, especially after saying "BUT I BOUGHT THE PREVIOUS VERSION".
  20. sonicelyplayed macrumors newbie


    Jul 13, 2017
    still can't get facebook calendar running on my second Mac - seems like having both computers synced to the same facebook calendar in fantastical doesn't work...
  21. LDNA macrumors newbie


    Jul 2, 2017
    Perched for the Fantastical subscription service... :rolleyes:

    "We have created the ultimate suite of calendar and reminder apps for your Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and now, Safari.

    A monthly subscription of $5.99* will give you access to your data across all devices. Seamless and instant.

    Head to to join the calendar revolution today.

    Existing users get 50c off for the first three months.

    *plus the initial app purchase prices"
  22. groove-agent, Jul 15, 2017
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2017

    groove-agent macrumors 6502a

    Jan 13, 2006
    Yeah, like 1 password.

    Like we don't have enough monthly bill payments. We don't need these little dinky apps with their greedy little hands in our pockets in hopes that we'll forget and just keep paying them like a gym membership.

    Subscription software: "SUCK IT!"


  23. LDNA macrumors newbie


    Jul 2, 2017
    It works perfectly in Apple Calendar on all my devices. Instant sync and updates

  24. indros macrumors newbie

    May 18, 2010
    It'll be different for everyone, of course, but for natural language processing of new events, I haven't found a replacement calendar for managing both Reminders (Apple) and Calendars (Gmail). I can add my son's soccer schedule (Soccer at 7pm every Tuesday and Thursday for 6 weeks) in a way that Apple's calendar can't parse.

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