Can you believe it’s been a whole year since our last year-in-review blog post? We can’t believe it, either! But it really is that time of year again when we recap all the updates and product launches we’ve shipped over the past 12 months.
This year saw a number of significant updates to Fantastical and Cardhop, along with the introduction of Fantastical Scheduling – a brand new service to help streamline your scheduling with others.
For a quick (and spiffy!) recap of some of the headlining features we introduced throughout the year, be sure to check out our year-in-review video:
Exciting, right? Now, let’s take a more detailed look back and see what transpired throughout 2022!
We kicked off the year by continuing to enhance our extensive call service functionality, introducing support for Workspace Rooms, 3CX, and MiTeam Meetings. Zoom users were happy to discover they could schedule meetings on behalf of other users, too!
Our Todoist devotees also found a nice surprise to ring in the new year: the ability to add notes to Todoist tasks (perfect for adding a reminder of that New Year’s resolution to the shopping list!).
Big things were in store for February! Fantastical 3.6 brought with it the introduction of Fantastical Scheduling – a comprehensive suite of tools to streamline your meeting planning.
Fantastical Scheduling included the all-new Openings, a completely overhauled Proposals, and a Quarter view. Each of these three features worked seamlessly together to take the back-and-forth out of organizing meetings.
By sending an Openings link to others, people can see exactly when you are available and request time on your calendar. Fantastical can then book the meeting automatically and send out the invite – no more endless messaging to try and find a time that works for everyone!
Following the launch of Fantastical Scheduling, our team went right into maintenance mode, ensuring that any issues or concerns reported by our users were resolved right away, including a number of improvements and minor adjustments to Fantastical Scheduling.
However, we still managed to find a bit of time to add support for a requested app integration in Cardhop: support for messaging and calling using the Signal app!
With Fantastical Scheduling out in the wild and the initial post-launch maintenance taken care of, we were able to turn our attention back to some other items we had on our to-do list.
In April we made it possible to add conference calls to event templates, gave Google Calendar users the ability to set guest permissions directly in Fantastical, and our iOS users were pleased to discover that Fantastical finally gained the ability to dismiss all in-app notifications in one go – hooray!
May proved to be a quieter month in terms of new releases, but behind the scenes our team was as busy as ever, making sure Fantastical and Cardhop were ready for whatever WWDC 2022 would announce in June.
As the summer was kicking off, we added a bunch of new Fantastical Scheduling features based on feedback from our users. This included the automatic addition of video calls to Openings appointments, the option to include break time between appointments (so no more missed lunches!), and further detail to time slot availability in Openings. We also managed to squeeze in Butter video call support, and improved how the event list behaves on Apple Watch.
Oh, and a little thing called WWDC happened, too.
July was full of all sorts of exciting discussions about the WWDC announcements: our team couldn’t wait to implement them in Fantastical and Cardhop!
However, we didn’t let the month pass us by without making a few enhancements to Fantastical’s VoiceOver support, thanks to the expert guidance and input from some of our assistive tech users.
The release dates of iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura were quickly approaching, and in addition to putting the final touches on those important updates for Fantastical and Cardhop, we also enhanced Fantastical’s Accessibility settings when using Openings, made further VoiceOver improvements, and tweaked our German localization.
Although August was a quieter month for Fantastical, Cardhop had its chance in the spotlight with the release of Cardhop 2.1. Cardhop 2.1 introduced a host of new features that contact nerds everywhere were geeking out about! The new Celebrations view, Microsoft Teams actions, and a QR code widget for iPhone that let you share your business card right from your Home Screen were the headlining features. Cardhop 2.1 also improved the integration between Cardhop and Fantastical by letting users create a task or event in Fantastical directly from Cardhop, with the created item linking back to a specific contact. Perfect for making a quick to-do in your calendar to call a friend or co-worker!
September was another big month! Our planning and engineering efforts finally paid off as we released Fantastical 3.7 and Cardhop 2.2 alongside iOS 16.
September’s updates to Fantastical and Cardhop introduced Lock Screen widgets, Focus filters, and an in-app Openings editor for Fantastical. We also released the Fantastical Openings keyboard to let you instantly see and share your Openings links from inside any app! Openings was fully localized into all Fantastical’s supported languages, and we even found time to sneak in another video call service in the form of Chorus.
As October came into view, macOS Ventura and iPadOS 16 were released to the world. As with the previous month, Fantastical and Cardhop had major updates to ensure users could take full advantage of the new features Apple introduced.
Fantastical and Cardhop users on iPad and Mac now had access to more widgets, Focus filters, App Shortcuts, and much more. Discord also arrived in Cardhop, making it easy to interact with your servers or send a message right from your favorite contacts app!
After a busy couple of months, we focused on supporting our recent releases in November.
However, we still found some time to make a few enhancements to how our apps worked with the new Apple Watch Ultra (just in case you wanted to check your shopping list during a dive or the final leg of your ultramarathon 😉), and also added support for the Beacon and Gong conference call services!
As the end of the year approached, we put out our final update for the year to address a few minor issues reported by some of our users, and we started to execute our plan for how 2023 will unfold – we can’t wait to share more in the future!
Finally, and as always, we sincerely thank all of you for your support and dedication to Fantastical, Cardhop, and helping us to continually optimize your productivity workflows on iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac. You are all an inspiration to us, and we appreciate you greatly. We wish you all the best, and a very happy New Year! See you in 2023!