Flexibits talks Fantastical at Macworld|iWorld 2013

Flexibits didn't have a booth at this year's Macworld|iWorld, but what they lacked in structured location they made up for in the big personality of designer Michael Simmons, the ninjary of coder Kent Sutherland, and pure event-based awesomeness that is Fantastical.

We've spoken to Michael before on an episode of the Iterate podcast, but that was before Fantastical for iPhone launched. Now that it has, it's easy to see why Michael was so excited about it. It's fast, it's fluid, and it's natural language text entry (think Siri for typing) makes entering events a breeze. The bi-directional scrolling makes finding them again just as simple.

During the interview, Michael and Kent talk about implementing it, why they had to make it, and the power behind their approach. They also hint at what they're making next.

Give it a watch, and if you haven't tried Fantastical again, give it a shot. It just might win you over.

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Rene Ritchie

EiC of iMore, EP of Mobile Nations, Apple analyst, co-host of Debug, Iterate, Vector, Review, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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Flexibits talks Fantastical at Macworld|iWorld 2013


I really like Fantastical but I dont use it. Why? Because there´s no todays date indicator on the app icon. Why do they make calendar apps without that? Often I just need to know todays date quickly without having to open the app.

No today date indicator on the icon simply because Apple doesn't allow that. It's impossible with the iOS SDK.

What all these third-party calendar apps miss that keeps me using the native calendar is simple: no visual-spatial (for the lack of a better term) day view. I need to just glance at the day's events and be able to see not just the order (as with those annoying dot lists in some of the apps) but the relative length of each event. Why can't they get this simple feature into their apps?! (Or perhaps one of them added it recently and I haven't noticed?!)