Sorry Dawn, I’m switching to Fantastical
Fantastical has an enormous replace on OS X at this time. There are tons of latest issues, like native Trade help, checking your coworkers’ availability, notifications for shared calendars in iCloud, printable calendars and extra. However sufficient with the discharge notes, and let’s speak about calendars.
In the event you’ve been following my writing through the years, you understand how a lot I really like Dawn. Dawn has been my calendar of selection for years on my iPhone, iPad and Mac. I’m a hardcore calendar consumer. I don’t know the place I’m alleged to be with out my calendar. However Microsoft acquired Dawn and is now within the means of integrating Dawn into Outlook. Outlook on iOS is a rattling good Gmail shopper, however there’s no probability I’m utilizing Outlook on my Mac.
On iOS, Dawn hasn’t been up to date for months. It doesn’t help the 12.9-inch iPad Professional decision, cut up display and Highlight search on the house display. I really feel prefer it’s going to worsen with iOS 10 till Microsoft decides to take away the app from the App Retailer sooner or later.
So my as soon as nice calendar setup is now barely damaged. On OS X, I don’t need to return to Google Calendar as a result of it seems like a Minitel, and I don’t need to use the default calendar app as a result of it’s not highly effective sufficient for my wants.
A couple of weeks in the past, I gave Fantastical a shot with a beta model of in the present day’s replace. And what an excellent shock. Fantastical has a crisp consumer interface, helps all main calendar backends, handles native language occasion creation and extra.
In different phrases, Fantastical is a succesful OS X calendar. The workforce has constructed its personal native CalDAV engine so it doesn’t depend on OS X’s calendar course of. On this entrance, Fantastical on OS X is extra highly effective than Fantastical on iOS. I’ve used this chance to modify to iCloud as my calendar backend as nicely, and I’ve had zero problem by any means (Google Calendar supplies an export software).
The Fantastical menu bar mini window is fairly nice as properly. It lets me open a small feed of my subsequent calendar occasions with out having to modify to a different window. Fantastical isn’t low cost. At $50, solely probably the most hardcore calendar customers are going to think about shopping for it. However it’s value it.
Now it’s not good. There are lots of options I miss from Dawn, akin to integrations with third-social gathering providers. I want Fantastical might lookup LinkedIn profiles, present my Foursquare checkins, Eventbrite tickets, Meetup invitations, and extra. However it’s time to show the web page.
Oh, Dawn. You have been so nice. However ever because you stopped updating, you additionally made me fear. Calendars are important for me, and I don’t need to get caught abruptly for those who shut down tomorrow. We had a superb experience. Love, Romain.