Review: Fantastical is a streamlined calendar interface for easy access to events

View, edit, or move your calendar entries in an easy-to-use interface.

Fantastical is a calendar management app that streamlines and improves many of the common functions you perform every day. It's attractive, fun to use, and it visualizes your data in a way that other apps do not. While it is not perfect for everyone, those that like the colorful interface will get a lot out of it.

After starting Fantastical for the first time, it will load your calendar entries and then catalog them very quickly (this was a fast process). It then shows you how to swipe between day and month views and how to access any one day. The top of the screen shows a scrolling calendar bar with meters to indicate how busy you are, and a list displays below all of your entries. Tap any entry to open and edit it, add a new entry with the plus button at the top of the screen or swipe down to open the month view and see your calendar from a macro level. This is all very familiar for calendar users, but it is fast and the visual effect is striking, in showing information in a more robust way than similar apps. Combined with dictation, Facebook integration and search tools, it is extremely easy to manage your calendar events in this app.

Fantastical is an easy-to-manage calendar tool that gives you enough data to make the process easy and displays it in a way that streamlines adding and managing new events. Because it syncs with your existing Apple Calendars, it works well in conjunction with any other devices, as well -- a very good app for time management.

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