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Flexibits today updated its popular Fantastical calendar app with some notable changes and improvements, including cursor support for iPads.

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With the release of iPadOS 13.4, Apple introduced mouse and trackpad support for its tablets, and Fantastical has been updated to take full advantage, enabling users to navigate the interface and edit calendar entries using a cursor.

Version 3.0.9 of the app also adds a new feature that shows users a preview of surrounding events and tasks when a new invitation is received, while weather is now shown on days that have no events when showing one or two days at a time in the list.

Other changes in this update for iPhone and iPad include:
  • Day and Week view can now show more hours at once
    Tightened spacing in Month view to make more text visible
    Event and task notifications now appear when Fantastical is active
    Tapping date headers in the list of events in the watch app now shows the weather forecast
    Improved sync responsiveness between iPhone and Apple Watch
    Fixed an issue where the Apple Watch could get stuck syncing and would stop updating
    Fixed an issue where Office 365 accounts wouldn't prompt for reauthorization if the login expires
    Fixed an issue where the prompt to request G Suite sync access could cause some events to not be synced
    Fixed an issue where long events could appear at the wrong time when the option to only show hours from day start to end is enabled
    Fixed an issue where all-day tasks wouldn't appear correctly in Month view
    Fixed a crash when trying to send changes to Todoist while offline
    Various fixes and improvements
Fantastical version 3.0.9 is rolling out now as a universal binary for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, available on the App Store. The updated version for Mac also brings fixes and improvements, and can be downloaded directly from Flexibits or from the Mac App Store.

Fantastical runs on a subscription model: the fully featured app costs $4.99 per month or $39.99 per year. A feature-limited version of the app remains available for free, while Flexibits also offers a 14-day free trial for users who want to check out the full fat version.

Article Link: Fantastical 3.0.9 Adds Cursor Support for iPad and More
 

jb-net

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They should make the new features as an InApp Purchase, just 9.99 USD :rolleyes:

I bought all their old apps, spend nearly 100 USD over the years but now after upgrading I get bombarded with ads and requests to sign up for a subscription model :mad: And more, some options of the app are now blocked. That is not how you treat your loyal and paying customers :mad:

And why should I store my data in their cloud? Storing the data locally and using Apple's calender API was once one of their best privacy feature and the main reason why I bought the app in the first place. Now gone.

Don't get me wrong I'm more than willing to pay a lot of money for good software as I did with the old Fantastical apps, but I'm not willing to subscribe to their stupid subscription. No way!
 
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BlueParadox

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Why is this app getting any publicity here?

- It’s a massively overpriced calendar app,
- The makers have a rubbish public relations record after their terrible reaction to complaints from users on Twitter when they updated to version 3,
- They displayed complete disrespect for previous users pre-version 3 by updating the existing PAID app with a paywall via IAP,
- And there are many better Calendar apps available!!
 
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ScottNWDW

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Fantastical is an excellent and well worth the $40 a year that they are asking. It does so much more than the FREE Apple calendar. If you don't want to pay for a calendar then use the Apple Calendar. But if you want to use many of the features that make Fantastical, well fantastic then cough up $40 a year. It's not that hard.
 
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max2

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Fantastical is an excellent and well worth the $40 a year that they are asking. It does so much more than the FREE Apple calendar. If you don't want to pay for a calendar then use the Apple Calendar. But if you want to use many of the features that make Fantastical, well fantastic then cough up $40 a year. It's not that hard.

We already paid for it then they switched and pulled the wool over our eyes.
 
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ScottNWDW

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5 bucks per month? It’s not like there’s a major update every other week, nor do you really „consume“ anything. Crazy unless your company pays for it.

also apps need to be updated to take advantage of the cursor? 🤯


Did you even read the article. The update that is being reported says that cursor support is added now.
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We already paid for it then they switched and pulled the wool over our eyes.


They also gave you the option of using it for free without losing any of the features that you already had, or paying the subscription and getting all of the new features. Quit clicking on the new feature set and you won't get any ads. Simple.
 
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max2

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Did you even read the article. The update that is being reported says that cursor support is added now.
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They also gave you the option of using it for free without losing any of the features that you already had, or paying the subscription and getting all of the new features. Quit clicking on the new feature set and you won't get any ads. Simple.

Whatever you still don't get it.
 
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kissmo

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I ranted about the price when I found out as a pay once FCal 2 user. Then I signed up for the trial - which expired and I decided to renew once and make a choice later on if I will still use it.

It's not a major bump, but it does see frequent updates, tweaks and it is a beautiful app. I am not yet sure how the price justifies its functionality - Apple does deliver a good default Calendar app.
Nevertheless, I find it pleasant (I am not saying to justify the money I spent on it) and I will decide by the end of the year subscription if I can live without it.

For now, I got the discounted price and it was within the range of OK-ish... Problem is with many people on these forums, that 5 USD/month in US is different than in other countries.
Being part of one of those countries where you have to look for every $ spent, we tend to buy more with the heart rather than with the wallet.

Just my 2 cents to those saying that 5$/month is nothing... when you cumulate other services it piles up and it does cover a 1 week food for an entire family. So tone down the comments like this and enjoy your financial state without pounding others.
 
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jlc1978

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I wound up switching to Busy Cal after they went to the subscription model. I get they need revenue t keep supporting the app but did not find enough value in it for the price.

I guess that is a challenge fo rmany developers: there are a enough competing apps that they find it hard to survive on one time sales. Once they reach a certain amount of users the growth simply isn't enough to grow the business.

Personally, I prefer the model where every few years a paid upgrade comes out; for programs I use regularly it is a good compromise between cost / keeping a developer in business. For rarely used ones I can still use it but not botehr to upgrade.
 
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itsmilo

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Don;t get it? It was in the freakin headline! How much more clearer do you want it?

what are you on about? Obviously my response was more like „I didn’t even know apps needed to be updated in the first place.“ which blew my mind not „omg they are charging 5 bucks for it and you can’t even use a cursor“. Maybe learn to read your own language before you are being rude.
 
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PlayUltimate

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I don't necessarily like the business model but I get it. If it provides the value you need, pay the $5 knowing that the developers can continue developing & supporting the App. I guess the other option is to be stuck with abandonware that is not updated after the initial purchase.
 
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kmichalec

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I don't necessarily like the business model but I get it. If it provides the value you need, pay the $5 knowing that the developers can continue developing & supporting the App. I guess the other option is to be stuck with abandonware that is not updated after the initial purchase.

I don't mind the updated business model either. If that's the route they want to go, that's up to them. People will decide with their wallets if it's the right decision or not.

What I had issues with is them deciding to overwriting my paid Version 2 without my consent, saying it includes all the previous features we had before, but littering my experience with feature upgrade notations, and then taking away my ability to use it with an apple watch unless i sign up for an account on their server and send all my data to them. There's NO REASON i should need to send my data to them, just to get the my info on my watch. Didn't have to do that with Version 2. So their claim is instantly negated. The reality is, you lose features unless you agree to give them all your data. That's BS.
 
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lazybrowndog

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I switched over to the app "calendar 366" by german developer Vincent Miethe. It is beautiful too and can be found in the AppStore. The website has a 30-day-demo. It does everything I used Fantastical for, so that's alright. The price is 14,99$ and if he updates it for the same price in a year or two that's fine by me.

I also do not want or need a second cloud to sync my calendar.

I can understand why fantastical tries to make itself indispensable for its users, but after all it's just a nice and convenient graphical interface for calendar data, so I decided I don't have to marry it.


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gsurf123

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How affordable... that’s nearly a cost of Gsuite or Office 365. Exactly the reason why I deleted Fantastical when they chose subscription model.
I normally look at complaints about the subscription model as people being cheapskates. Developers have to make money to stay interested in the product. Subscriptions are the only way to do it unless you are operating in charity mode or happen to have an in demand game. Most would laugh at paying $40.00 in the App Store to purchase it. All that said $3.99 per month is laughable. $12/year, yes or $24/year, maybe. The comparison to Office pricing is not really fair as it is based on massive volume and tie in to existing products that cost money and benefit from mobile solutions.
 
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marmiteturkey

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I normally look at complaints about the subscription model as people being cheapskates. Developers have to make money to stay interested in the product. Subscriptions are the only way to do it unless you are operating in charity mode or happen to have an in demand game. Most would laugh at paying $40.00 in the App Store to purchase it. All that said $3.99 per month is laughable. $12/year, yes or $24/year, maybe. The comparison to Office pricing is not really fair as it is based on massive volume and tie in to existing products that cost money and benefit from mobile solutions.
Worth it to me, for the server-based ‘send options for meetings’ functionality alone.

I say this as a paid up user of v1, v2 and now v3.
Do I wish it were cheaper? Yes, of course.
Is it worth the money? Also yes, to me.
Was it a fair transition? I believe they did their best, though it wasn’t perfect - the biggest booboo is the upgrade notifications everywhere.
Is it fair to compare it to MS Office, which has vast economies of scale? Probably not.
 
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D3ggy

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Worth it to me, for the server-based ‘send options for meetings’ functionality alone.

I say this as a paid up user of v1, v2 and now v3.
Do I wish it were cheaper? Yes, of course.
Is it worth the money? Also yes, to me.
Was it a fair transition? I believe they did their best, though it wasn’t perfect - the biggest booboo is the upgrade notifications everywhere.
Is it fair to compare it to MS Office, which has vast economies of scale? Probably not.

Same here, it does what I need it to do so I paid up. Would I like it cheaper? Of course I would.

Regarding cursor support, its good but not quite right yet. Double clicking a day doesn’t seem to add an event which would make sense and right clicking to copy and paste an event would be good too.
 
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iDento

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Maybe in iOS 14, Apple can just upgrade Calendar that is built-into to match or exceed what this does.
Apple will never make such a mistake.
Highly doubtful since Apple hasn't done much to Calendar in years.
Highly doubtful because it will add so many features 99% of users do not need and it will add so much clutter to the interface that is supposed to be simple and clean.
 
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