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Fantastical 2

Fantastical 2 (App Store) is another iOS 7 update for a great app. I like the 5-day “week” view when you rotate the phone and the number and punctuation keys on the keyboard, which help with natural language entry. I was a fan of the old theme, but the new, brighter colors are even better. The event list is slightly more compact, so it can actually show more once.

Dan Frakes has a good review:

New in Fantastical 2 is the capability to use this natural-language entry system to create reminders. While you’re entering the task details, tap the calendar/reminder toggle—or simply start your description with “reminder,” “task,” “todo,” or “remind me to” (the four approaches Flexibits specifically recommends)—and Fantastical interprets the text as a reminder instead of a calendar event. As with events, you can specify a particular list using /[list name], and tapping Show Details lets you configure options such as priorities, geofencing, and date/time reminders. (You can also set some of these options by including the information in your task description, such as “remind me Thursday at 4pm.”)

Update (2013-11-06): Brent Simmons:

Fantastical 2 is a new app, but they didn’t want that thing where a new app means you lose all your preferences and have to set up everything all over again.

So what they did is have both versions of Fantastical share a keychain, and they had Fantastical 1 store a copy of some of the preferences in the keychain. Then Fantastical 2 read those preferences back from the keychain — and there you go. No need to set it up again.

Great idea, but it didn’t work on my iPhone.

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