Fantastical 2 for iPad is your calendar, redefined.
Rounding out our reviews on the Flexibits family of apps for Fantastical is the iPad version. Fantastical for iPad shares a lot of similarities with its iPhone companion version, but it’s definitely worthy of its own review. Fantastical 2 for iPad originally launched on April 2, 2014 and is currently on version 2.1.1 as of August 7, 2014. This version of Fantastical is specifically designed for iPad and puts all of your most important event information at your fingertips within the Fantastical dashboard.
The dashboard is probably the greatest distinction within the iPad version of Fantastical between the Mac and the iPhone versions. The dashboard is great to leave open throughout your day to help with productivity. If you are working on your computer and want to keep a calendar open, the Fantastical dashboard on iPad is the ideal option for you. The dashboard shows a weekly view with schedule blocks, a monthly view with event counter and an agenda view with times and full title. This option makes it very easy to check your schedule at a glance and set-up events and reminders quickly and efficiently.
Fantastical for iPad has a portrait and landscape mode for additional functionality for users. The app focuses on bringing events and reminders to your fingertips along with convenience and flexibility. Just like the Mac and iPhone versions, Fantastical for iPad includes the incredible natural language parser that recognizes full phrases and translates it into an event appointment. For example, if I typed in, “Lunch with Dave Friday at 2PM,” Fantastical would recognize the phrase and interpret it as a traditional calendar event. The events also display a map if you include a location and include the ability to quickly call, email or message event participants directly from the event detail.
One thing I want to mention is the month view. With the iPad version, the monthly view shows a ‘counter’ of events. By ‘counter’ I mean that the month appears with each date and dots under the date that indicate when events are taking place. The dots appear in the color of your calendar so that you know which type of events are occurring. This counter was something I would have liked to have an option to change. I’d love to see the iPad version include an option to view the calendar by month with short details.
Other than that, I found Fantastical for iPad is a wonderful addition to the Flexibits family of apps. It includes optional links to Google Chrome or 1Password, has customizable font sizes, choice of light or dark themes and seamless iOS integration. Plus, just like the Mac and iPhone versions, Fantastical 2 for iPad includes iCloud sync support so that all your events sync between each of your Fantastical versions. Fantasical 2 for iPad retails for $7.99 and is available for download in the app store. It is currently 50% off for a limited time.
For more information visit, flexibits.com/fantastical-ipad.