1. Fantastical 2.5 for Mac arrives today! July 18, 2018

    Summer is here, the sun is shining, and it’s time for the next major update of Fantastical! Fantastical 2.5 for Mac adds a number of features that’ll make organizing your summer plans much easier, and it brings a host of other other enhancements that we know you’ll find useful too.

    Here’s a short video showing what’s new in Fantastical 2.5 for Mac:

    Meetup.com support

    Fantastical now includes full support for Meetup. Add your Meetup account to Preferences > Accounts and view and respond to your Meetup events directly in Fantastical.

    Propose new time

    Another helpful addition for scheduling invitations is the propose new time feature. If you’re sent an invitation and feel that another time would be more suitable, simply click the option to propose a new time and a response will be sent to the organizer. The organizer can then accept or reject the suggested changes.

    Exchange users will be familiar with this functionality, which is available in Office 365 and Exchange 2013 or later. Fantastical integrates seamlessly into Exchange and will send time proposals directly through Exchange.

    However, we’re really excited to bring this feature to all users by supporting new time proposals with CalDAV-based services such as iCloud, Google Calendar, and more! When you propose a new time using a CalDAV service, Fantastical will create a special email with an .ics file of the new time proposal attached.

    If the other person also has a copy of Fantastical, they’ll be able to open the .ics file in Fantastical and accept or reject the new time proposal directly! Many calendar and email apps don’t support reading new time proposals automatically. If the person you’re sending the proposal doesn’t use Fantastical, the email will show the necessary details about the proposed change. This allows them to view it and update their calendar if necessary.

    Multi-day events

    Open Preferences > Appearance to find a new option to display timed events that span more than one day in the all-day section of the Day and Week views.

    Additionally, timed events that span more than one day now show start and end times in Month view too.

    Mini Window in split view

    Drag the Mini Window away from the menu bar to detach it. You can then click and hold the green full screen button on another app to invoke macOS’s split view, and Fantastical’s mini window will be available to use alongside it.

    Request responses option (Exchange)

    It’s now possible to create invitations on your Exchange calendar and choose whether your invitees need to send a response status or not — useful if you need to add an FYI to your calendar but don’t necessarily want everyone to reply to it.

    Show calendar week number in Dock or menu bar

    There’s a new option to show the current calendar week number on Fantastical’s Dock icon or menu bar icon. To enable this, click Preferences > Appearance > Menu bar icon shows/App icon badge shows > Current Calendar Week.

    Editing events

    Press the option key when editing the start time of an event to keep the end time the same. You can also select an event in Day or Week view and then press control-option-up/down arrow to adjust the start time of the event. Using control-shift-up/down arrow will adjust the end time instead.

    We know that many of you have sent us email and tweets specifically requesting many of these features, so we hope you’re as thrilled as we are to see them in Fantastical! We hope you continue to enjoy using Fantastical!