Fantastical has been a popular competitor to Apple's built-in Calendar app, especially since last year's debut of Fantastical 2, which turned a minor menu bar utility into a powerful calendar and reminders application. Now developer Flexibits has added features to the app that give it even more power and utility.
Fantastical 2.2 ($49.99) is a free update for those who already use the Mac app to keep their lives in order. One of the biggest changes is the addition of native support for Microsoft Exchange, making the tool useful in enterprises that rely on Exchange Server for company-wide calendaring. The full Exchange syncing supports features like "invitation responses, availability lookup, categories,and people lookup," as well as an interface for checking out the availability of contacts when using Exchange, Google Apps, OS X Server and other calendar services.
Do you like a printed calendar? Fantastical 2.2 has added support for calendar printing, with choices for view (day, week, month, year, or list), date range, which calendar (for instance, work or home), text size, and hiding or showing all-day events. These are common to Apple's Calendar app, but Fantastical goes one step further and adds the ability to include or hide timed events, calendar week numbers, and choose between Calendar sets. The printing capability also works to create reminder lists.
The app retains its wonderful natural language entry for events and reminders. Of course, many Mac fans also own iPads, iPhones and Apple Watches, so there are versions available for iPhone and Apple Watch ($4.99) and iPad ($9.99). Apple World Today readers can download a 21-day free trial to see how the app works for them.