Sometimes a new software comes along and changes the way we work with our Mac. Fantastical has the potential to be one of those applications.
The idea behind Fantastical is to be able to add events to iCal, Outlook or Entourage using plain English sentences.
A gorgeous and well designed interface, and most important the natural language engine that runs behind Fantastical makes this software a little gem.
For example, the sentence Kurtis visiting from 14/09 to 21/09 automatically triggers Fantastical to create this event:
As you can see from the screenshot, the application lives on the menu bar and is available using a global keyboard shortcut of your choice.
The software is used as a companion to iCal, Outlook or Entourage and during the three step setup process you can decide which calendar to use.
There are plenty of options available to customize the user experience:
For instance, you can choose what information the icon in the menu bar should display, whether to add a default reminder to the events you create from Fantastical etc. The screenshots attached give you a good idea of what you can do.
The software comes with a generous 14 days trial after which you can buy it – even on the Apple App Store – for the introductory price of EUR 11.99 until 1st June.
The software also allows you to search for existing events. It’s not possible yet to delete events but this is a feature already under development.
Due to the complexity of the natural language engine, only the English language can be used to enter events. In the FAQ the developer specifically asks that if someone is interested in other languages they should contact him directly.
I think I’ll give Fantastical a serious thought. I love the clean interface and the fact that I can look at my appointments with a keyboard shortcut not to mention the easy way to add events in the most natural way. A very promising software, it’s going to be a huge success.