Calendar App Fantastical 2 Arrives on Mac

If you use the much-loved calendar app Fantastical on your Mac, Version 2 is now available, and it promises to be better than ever.

“We’ve taken the lessons we’ve learned over the past few years and made what we think is the best version of Fantastical yet,” app maker Flexibits wrote in a blog post Wednesday. “Today, we’re introducing the next generation of Fantastical as we replace the app that started it all.”

The new Mac version comes after Flexibits last year first releasedFantastical 2 for iPad.

“We hope you’ll enjoy our next generation of Fantastical and more importantly, we hope it makes you even more productive than the original Fantastical did,” Flexibits said.

The original version was just a menu bar window, but Fantastical 2 is now a full-blown Mac app. Built exclusively for OS X Yosemite, the app is powered by a “natural language engine,” which promises to save you some time when creating events and setting alerts. Simply write “Deliver reports at 9 a.m.,” for instance, and the app will do the rest. It can even automatically recognize the location of your event, and invite people from your Contacts.

You can also quickly toggle between multiple calendars, such as home and work, with a single click. Another super-handy feature: The app will automatically switch calendar sets based on your location.

Meanwhile, the Mini Window, which lets you quickly create, edit, and view your events and reminders, is “back, better than ever,” Flexibits said. With Fantastical 2, the Mini Window is no longer fixed to your menu bar — you can now drag it wherever you like on the screen.

The new version also lets you add calendar accounts from iCloud, Google, Yahoo, and other services directly into Fantastical. The app now supports Japanese for the first time ever, in addition to English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.

Head over to the Flexibits Store or Mac App Store to pick up Fantastical 2 for Mac. It will set you back $39.99, but Flexibits is offering 20 percent off as a thank you to those who currently use Fantastical for Mac. New users can get a 14-day free trial, so you can see for yourself if it’s worth the hype.

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