Adding Events and Reminders

Using natural language

Quickly and easily create new events and reminders with Fantastical's natural language input. Tap the ‘+’ icon to enter the event creation screen, and then enter your event or reminder as you would speak it (see below for examples). Tap ‘Add’ to create your new event or reminder.

Tips for entering sentences

Fantastical's natural language engine is very powerful and flexible. It can take input written the way you would normally speak it, and convert it into events and reminders for you without any extra effort.

Specifying a calendar or reminder list

You can specify which calendar or reminder list you'd like to add to by typing a slash (/) followed by the calendar or reminder list's name at the beginning or end of your sentence. For example, /h would switch to your calendar named Home and /w would switch to your Work calendar, etc. If you have more than one calendar or reminder list that starts with the same letter, the next letter in the name that is different will be used to differentiate the name.

Creating reminders

Fantastical will automatically create an event when you begin typing a sentence. You can instruct Fantastical to create a reminder by tapping on the toggle slider to the left of the new event text field.

If you'd like to tell Fantastical to create a reminder, you can start a sentence with ‘reminder’, ‘todo’ or ‘task’.

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.

Examples

Here are some sentences you might enter while using Fantastical:

  • Grocery shopping at Wegmans Thursday at 5pm
  • Soccer practice every Tuesday at 6
  • Family vacation from August 9-18
  • Sam's birthday every year on 5/16
  • Piano lessons Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5-6pm from 1/21 to 2/23
  • Lunch every Tuesday until 2/5
  • Final project due August 15
  • Finish important task by Thursday!!!

Creating an event on a specific date

Tap and hold on a day in the DayTicker or month view to begin creating a new event on that day. Similarly, tap and hold on a time in the week view to create a new event at that time.

Looking up locations

When creating an event, tap ‘Details’ to see the location field. Here, you can tap the gray arrow icon to search for locations or to add locations associated to your contacts.

Adding phone numbers to events

If you add a phone number to the location field, Fantastical will display a call button allowing you quickly dial the number. Conference call codes can also be added by using a semicolon or 'code' (e.g. 14712839486;1234 or 14712839486 code 1234)

Inviting contacts to events

When creating an event, tap ‘Details’ to see the invitees field. You can add an email address or search for any contacts you have in the Contacts app and invite them to your event.

Sharing events

If you want to share an event with someone without inviting them to it directly, you can hold you finger on the event and tap ‘Share’ to email the event to another person.

Using drafts

Drafts allow you to save the item you're currently creating, letting you to check something on your calendar and then return to creating the event. Save a draft by pulling down on the input field (when you’re creating a new item) or swiping down on the red header (if you’re viewing the details of a new item). You can even create multiple drafts!

Responding to invites

When someone else invites you to an event, you’ll see an inbox icon at the top of Fantastical’s main view. Tap this icon to review, accept and decline your pending event invites.