☑ Add reminders to Fantastical

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.

  1. Great improvements! One thing I’d love to be able to do is to define what is shown in the menu bar. I love the way iStats solves this by allowing me to customize the display. Would that be possible for Fantastical, too? The it sure would be Awesomelycal ;)

  2. Is the only way to switch between an event and a reminder through the little toggle in the GUI, or is there a keyboard shortcut I’m just not figuring out?

  3. @Brad: Read the fine manual. :)

    From Fantastical 1.3 Help:

    Creating reminders
    Fantastical will automatically create a reminder if you don’t specify a date or time for an event. You can explicitly tell Fantastical to create an event or reminder by clicking on the toggle slider at the top-right of the window.

    If you’d like to force Fantastical to create a reminder regardless of what you enter, you can start a sentence with “reminder”, “todo”, “task”, or “√” (option-V).

    You can quickly set the priority of a new reminder by adding exclamation points to the end of your reminder. More exclamation points will increase the priority of the reminder.

  4. Great update to THE best calendar app for the mac. Great support to. Keep up the good work.

  5. Michael (Flexibits)

    @Ingo: We are considering updating the menu bar in the future, but nothing concrete planned at this time.
    @Brad: Fantastical should auto-detect whether your input is a reminder or event. If it’s not, contact us via Support so we can improve the engine. There is a keyboard shortcut to toggle the switch: command-K (this is in the Help Book) :)
    @Kevin: Thanks for the assist! :)
    @Pedro: Thanks VERY much! :)

  6. Wait—I hope I’m missing something—is there no way to add an alert for reminders? Am I not able to say, “Call Bob in 2 hours” and have a reminder alert pop up in 2-hours reminding me to call Bob? That’s the functionality I was hoping Reminders would provide—scheduling reminders/alerts, without clogging up my calendar schedule with a million tiny ‘events.’

  7. Will Fantastical automatically add events for Google calendar events? I tried 1.2, but I had to manually add alerts. What I’m looking for is to keep my calendar on Google, but use Fantastical to give me desktop alerts about my meetings, and sync events.

    Another issue is that I’m on Lion and don’t use Mail.app. Every time I’d accept a meeting, it would launch iCal and then try and open Mail to agree to the event, which is very annoying. I use Sparrow for mail, so this is a bad behavior for me. Has this been fixed?

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  9. Michael,
    Since you are integrating with Reminders in iOS, shouldn’t you be able to add the reminder date or at a location for use by the iPhone or iPad? I apologize if that is already there but it didn’t seem to work when I created an entry like this:
    Remind me in 10 minutes to check this.
    or
    Remind me today at 11:00AM Check the system.

    I love Fantastical and adding Reminders is an exceptional addition to an already awesome app!
    Thanks,
    Dave

  10. Michael (Flexibits)

    @Joe + @Dave: Reminder alarms will come in a future upgrade. Nothing else to announce at this time.
    @Tom: Do you mean alarms (what Google confusingly calls “Reminders”?) If so, the settings on Google’s website overrides whatever you set with Fantastical. This is something beyond our control right now.

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  13. I have calendars & reminders synced with my mac from iCloud…if i add a reminder is supposed to sync to icloud as well?

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  15. Also, if i ‘check off’ a reminder in fantastical it is crashing the app.

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  17. @Michael – When I demo’d Fantastical 1.2 with my Google Calendar, the “reminders” in Google wouldn’t fire in Fantastical at all. So I’d get no reminders/alerts on upcoming events.

    Are you saying that 1.3 will now show an alert if my Google Calendar event is set to pop up an alert 10 minutes before the meeting? If so, I’m sold.

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  24. Michael (Flexibits)

    @David: Yes, it should sync to iCloud. Please contact us via support about the crash, as this obviously shouldn’t be happening. :(
    @Tom: You will only get alerts/alarms if you have your Google Calendar (via their website) Reminder settings (what Google calls alarms) set to have a Reminder (again, what Google calls alarms).

  25. Great app just getting better.

    Thanks.

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  28. Awesome! Just purchased through the MAS, great app!

    A couple questions!

    Are you concerned (or should I be concerned) about the coming sandbox restrictions? How will that affect Fantastical, if at all?

    I’d like a reminder to immediately leave the task list after being checked, similar to iCal behavior when ‘show completed events for’ is set to 0 days – is that possible? if not, can you make it possible!?

  29. Michael (Flexibits)

    @Ted: No comment on sandboxing at this time. That said, we’re going to do everything possible to keep the experience and functionality the same.

    We have a setting that allows you to hide completed events. Click the Fantastical menu (the gear icon) and then look at “Show Reminders>”. There is a little delay before it leaves the list, in case you checked one by mistake and so it isn’t jarring.

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  31. Wonderful update… thanks! Would love to be able to show various lists under “Reminders” and not every task at once (I use “Reminders” lists for daily tasks, grocery lists, reminders, etc. and don’t always need to see everything in Fantastical.)

    I recommend this app to everyone.

  32. Thanks for the heads up Michael.

    I know you said no comment, but I have to ask – in the event of serious loss of functionality, could we take ‘everything possible’ to mean a potential cross-grade option?

    I believe Panic has said they will, if necessary, take that route with regards to Coda 2

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  36. Michael (Flexibits)

    @Ted: In the event of serious loss of functionality, we would certainly do something appropriate for our customers. I understand your concern, but you really have nothing to worry about. :) Thanks for your support.

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  59. I have to say, I love how you’ve integrated reminders into Fantastical. They show up in the list, but no dots in the calendar. Perfect. I never used reminders with iCal. They’re obnoxious there. But on Fantastical, I use them. I’m just testing the trial of Fantastical, but it’s looking more and more like I’ll buy it.

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  74. excellent upgrade – looking forward to reminder alarms

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  77. Is version 1.3 a free upgrade if I purchased 1.2? The stuff about the “free 14 day trial” and no comments about “free upgrade for current users” left me wondering.

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  80. Am asking the same question…is 1.3 a free upgrade? Purchased 1.2…will wait until I have an answer before upgrading

  81. Michael (Flexibits)

    @Paul @Wendy: Yes, 1.3 is a free upgrade. Upgrades will be free for all 1.x releases.

  82. I purchased 1.1.1 through App Store. I cannot upgrade through them without paying the $19.99 again. I cannot find my license, how do I upgrade?

  83. Michael (Flexibits)

    @Sharon: Quit then delete all copies of Fantastical. Now check Mac App Store’s Purchases tab to install Fantastical. If you’re still having trouble, contact us via our Support page.

  84. Does an integration with more complex reminder apps such as Omnifocus could be possible in a future update?

    Thanks and keep up the good work with Fantastical!

  85. Michael (Flexibits)

    @GMah: We no longer discuss future product plans but thanks for the suggestion, we’ll definitely consider it. Thanks for the kind words, too!

  86. I really do love Fantastical but I get very frustrated with continous problems. First of all I purchased this several months ago and every time i open it – it says at the bottom that my free time period is coming to and end. But right now the biggest issue is that it will not open up after the upgrade. I keep getting an error message: Cocoa error 21. Can you help me?

  87. 这是个很好的应用,但是我好想知道什么时候能支持中文?

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  90. Michael (Flexibits)

    @Anthony: Contact us via our support page and we’ll send you a new build to try that should fix the issue. Sorry for the inconvenience.

    @aomikeyxhz: Fantastical’s engine is advanced (to recognize the text input and convert to event info) so it’s not a trivial task to localize. We are considering adding more languages later and we’ll consider your request.

  91. “@Sharon: Quit then delete all copies of Fantastical. Now check Mac App Store’s Purchases tab to install Fantastical. If you’re still having trouble, contact us via our Support page.”

    Thank you, that worked. :)

  92. Andrew Shuttleworth

    Why can’t I use the reminders functionality? The “Default reminder list” dropdown is grayed out for me. Am I being dense?

  93. Michael (Flexibits)

    @Andrew: It sounds like you’re using Outlook or Entourage. Reminders are only for iCal, iOS, and BusyCal at this time.

  94. Michael (Flexibits)

    Note: Fantastical 1.3.1 came out today and fixes bugs with blank icons, “Cocoa error 21″, among other issues. Even if you aren’t experiencing these problems, we still recommend that you update.

  95. Hi, Fantastical is really the best calendar utility on the Mac ! And the reminder addition is awesome. Bravo :-)

    As the minimum of reminders we can display is 5, it still takes room on my 11 MacBook Air. And reminders are less important for me than appointment. So I would like to be able to choose to display first timed events, then reminders. Would that be possible in an update? The “cherry on the cake” would be to have a badge on the menubar icon with the number of events and/or reminders for the day !
    Cheers, Stéphane

  96. Michael (Flexibits)

    @Stéphane: Thanks for the very kind words and your feedback. We’ll certainly consider improving the view options for reminders in the future.

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