We were totally blown away by the launch of Fantastical for iPhone. On launch day we actually hit #1 on the Top Paid list, beating Angry Birds Star Wars!
Whenever there’s a version 1.0, many things are missing and you certainly let us know about that . Thanks to your support and your suggestions, we proudly present Fantastical 1.1.
This update includes the majority of your most-requested features and we really hope you enjoy it. Thanks so much for helping us get to #1 — even if it was only for a day — we couldn’t have done it without you!
That’s right, Fantastical now fits in your pocket! Since we released Fantastical for Mac, the most common question we’ve received is “where is the iPhone version?” A year and a half later, it’s finally here.
But why did it take us so long? Because we couldn’t just port the Mac version to the iPhone. One of the cornerstones of Flexibits is making apps that are appropriate. Simply porting a Mac app to iPhone is not appropriate, and quite frankly, we never had any ideas that would set Fantastical for iPhone apart from the iOS Calendar app.
Over the past year we’ve been working on our new contacts app for the Mac — and that’s as much of a tease as you’re getting, so don’t ask for more! — but during the summer we got the idea for the DayTicker. With the idea of the DayTicker in hand, we were so happy with how our initial prototype came out we had to put the contacts app on hold. “What’s the DayTicker?” you ask. It’s the fastest way to view and interact with your schedule.
Rather than describe what Fantastical for iPhone is, we’ve made a video for you that we’re pretty jazzed about. Watch the video and then, hopefully, go download Fantastical for iPhone on the App Store. Best of all, Fantastical for iPhone has a limited-time special introductory price of $1.99 (US). We hope it you will agree that it’s the fast and friendly calendar app.
Finally, we’d like to extend our thanks to Wolfgang Bartelme, who created the beautiful artwork for Fantastical for iPhone; David Lanham of The Iconfactory, who created the fantastically fantastic icon for Fantastical; Mark Settle, who created the wonderful video; and Israel Alonso, who created the wonderful website design you’re currently looking at.
And since we’re being all mushy and sharing the love: our sincere thanks to you, our customers. You help us make money so we can keep making great apps. We love you!
That’s right… for those of you who told us you wanted an iPhone version, the wait is almost over! We’ve been working hard the past few months on Fantastical for iPhone and we can’t wait to show it to you.
The exact release date isn’t set yet, but it won’t be much longer. We’ve set up a page where you can sign up for our mailing list so you’ll know the instant that it comes out. We hope you’ll sign up if you’re not already on our list. As always, your information is never shared or used for anything other than Flexibits goodness.
We’ll have more to share with you as soon as Fantastical for iPhone is ready to go!
Fantastical 1.3.2 has been released and it includes two pretty cool things: support for the MacBook Pro with Retina display and support for the just released Mountain Lion. Having twice as many pixels allowed us to polish the user interface even more, and we think it looks great for those of you who have a Retina display. As always, thanks to our friend Rogie King for making the pixels look beautiful.
Fantastical 1.3.2 is a free update and is available now! A full list of changes is available for your viewing pleasure.
First and foremost, a belated Happy Birthday to Fantastical!
Fantastical 1.0 was released on May 17, 2011 and what a year++ it’s been. A huge thanks to all of you, our users, for your support, feedback, and kind words. We couldn’t have done it without you.
In Fantastical’s first year we shipped 10 updates, including 2 major versions which added your top feature requests: editing and deleting along with localizations for French, German, Italian, and Spanish. But our biggest user request by far was support for iCal and iOS reminders. Well, we’re very excited to announce that support for reminders has arrived!
Our biggest challenge for reminders was the user interface. We wanted to ensure that reminders had the complete Fantastical experience: typing in what you want and letting Fantastical figure it out. We’re pretty proud of what we’ve come up with, so without further ado, download Fantastical 1.3 and let us know what you think.
Fantastical 1.2 is now available, providing complete localizations for French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Not only is the UI localized, Fantastical understands these languages, automatically detecting the language you’re using regardless of your Mac’s language setting!
Since the parsing engine needed to be translated for each language, localizing Fantastical was a great deal of work. However, we’re still considering other languages in the future depending on demand. If you’d like your language supported, please contact us and let us know.
Version 1.2 also includes better repeating event recognition, so you can now enter events such as “Soccer practice every Tuesday and Thursday at 5pm” or “Lunch every Tuesday until 2/5.” There are also UI improvements, including showing event end times and dimming out today’s past events.
With 1.2 out the door, we’re shifting our focus to making some internal improvements to Fantastical. Part of these improvements will go towards supporting for reminders, along with a number of other features. We’ll be sharing development progress and sneak peeks here when the time comes.
Don’t forget: we’ll be at Macworld/iWorld 2012 this week. Come say hello to us at booth #228 in the OS X Zone!
If you’re going to be in San Francisco between January 26 and 28, come to Macworld/iWorld 2012 and visit us in the OS X Zone (booth #228). We’ll be handing out super spiffy Flexibits stickers and demoing the latest release of Fantastical.
Best of all, we have 100 free passes to give away! To get your free Exhibits Pass (a $25 value) just click here and register. Your $25 Exhibits Pass discount will be applied automatically.
UPDATE: Sorry, all of our free passes have been claimed. Hopefully you’ll still come and visit us. We have free stickers to give away.
UPDATE 2: Great news! We have an additional 250 free passes to give away! Click this link to register and your $25 Exhibits Pass will be free. If your Exhibits Pass doesn’t appear as free, it means we’ve reached our limit.
UPDATE 3: All of our additional free Macworld/iWorld passes are now gone. Thanks to all who signed up… see you in the OS X Zone!
Macworld/iWorld 2012 Exhibit Hall hours are 10:00 AM-5:00 PM on Thursday and Friday and 10:00 AM-4:00 PM on Saturday. Hope to see you there!
Fantastical was selected for inclusion in Best of Mac App Store 2011. This feature collects the year’s best apps, chosen by the Mac App Store editorial team, for users to explore and download.
Wow! We’re honored to be selected for this incredible recognition. We thank the Mac App Store editorial team at Apple for selecting Fantastical for this feature and of course you, our users, for your incredible reviews on the Mac App Store.
We’re proud to announce that Fantastical has won a 2011 Macworld Editors’ Choice Award (aka the Eddy)! The Eddys recognize Macworld’s favorite products released in the past 12 months and being on this list is a great honor.
We are very grateful to the editors at Macworld and of course, all of our users for all the incredible reviews, feedback, and praise. We’re hard at work on the next version of Fantastical and committed to delivering the quality and functionality you’ve come to expect.
We asked our friend and screencast maestro Don McAllister to create a very nice Fantastical video tutorial screencast for ScreenCastsOnline. Not only did he oblige, he did a fantastic job, and we’re pleased to share it with you.
In the screencast, Don covers the basics and the finer details of Fantastical, including Address Book integration, event locations, keyboard shortcuts, and preferences. If you’ve ever wanted to become a Fantastical expert, this screencast is for you.
Watch the Fantastical video tutorial screencast at ScreenCastsOnline