I have a few thoughts about the episode and about Fantastical. I’m not sure if this information will be useful to any of you,or if it’s just a chance for me to unload some of my…anxiety on the situation.
First of all, I LOVE the app. I don’t use openings or proposals, nor do I use calendar sets or even templates. That said, I have a handful of calendars. When I say “Thing 1” or “Thing 2”, this is a reference to my two kids. Thanks Adam Savage for the great descriptor.
- My own personal calendar (iCloud)
- My wife’s personal calendar (iCloud)
- Thing 1’s calendar (iCloud)
- Thing 2’s calendar (iCloud)
- My work calendar (Outlook 365)
- My supplemental job as a part time teacher calendar (Outlook 365)
- Formula 1 Races
- Toronto Maple Leafs Schedule
- Garbage collection schedule for my area
Using Fantastical, it was easy to add the Formula 1 & Leafs calendars through their “interesting calendars” feature. This is well thought out in my opinion.
There are two main things that make me LOVE LOVE LOVE this app.
I love the natural language input. Saying “Thing 2 Hockey Game vs The Dragons Saturday at 3pm at the Ice Hut” and having the event created is SO much easier than the toggle happy pages of 92% of all other apps.
I love the information-dense, scrolling calendar view. Unlike the stock app, I don’t have to “peck” my way around the calendar, selecting one day at a time. I can see the entire month view at the top AND scroll through my events as I see fit. I noticed Calendars 366 does this as well, though it doesn’t seem to update the calendar at the top of the screen as you go – maybe that’s because I had the free version or there’s a setting somewhere.
When I download or view apps like Calendars by Readdle or BusyCal, they all have this really ugly, higher level view that seems really cluttered and super busy, making it difficult to read.
So what don’t I like? Well, I’ve long found them to be too expensive. Even in the days of a single purchase, they were asking $49 USD for the Mac app – that’s getting into the $60’s here in Canada. Then they put out their sub in Jan 2020 and it was about $65 CAD, but you got the Mac AND iOS apps – not soooo bad I guessssss.
But I have to tell you, the 50% price increase leaves a bad taste in my mouth. $85 CAD per year seems awfully high when you consider what else your $85 can get you in the subscription world. I’ve pretty much resigned myself to the fact I’ll be leaving Fantastical in October when my sub is up and it’s too bad, because natural language input is a game changer.
It also left me a little miffed seeing the guys cover Fantastical on the podcast and not mentioning the increase or addressing it. I know they talked about subs in general but the increase was left out of it. This seems like the guy from Flexibits calling his buddy for some free promotion and damage control.
Finally, I understand you have to pay for apps. I understand it costs money to keep these things afloat. My wife will tell you I do TOO good of a job supporting app developers. I just can’t square $80 a year with a calendar app, and seeing Flexibits respond to people on social media and listening to them on this podcast – I daresay they seem a little full of themselves and out of touch. Cocky even.