The iOS version of a popular Mac OS Calendar alternative, Fantastical ($1.99), is now available for the iPhone and iPod touch. Similar to its Mac counterpart, Fantastical is designed to make the mobile calendar very user friendly, with features not available in Apple’s iOS Calendar.
The biggest differences between Fantastical and the iOS Calendar is that the former sports a DayTracker for viewing your scheduled events at a glance, and the ability to use finger swiping gestures to navigate calendar days and months.
The Fantastical mobile app also allows you to view your events and scheduled dates in the traditional calendar view, by simply pulling down on the DayTracker. You pull down the calendar view to return. Similar to the traditional iOS Calendar, the DayTracker lists all your scheduled events for the currently selected day, plus upcoming scheduled events for the next 3-4 days. In Apple’s Calendar you can only select and view scheduled events one day at a time—at least in the Month view.
The biggest difference between the two Calendars is that with Fantastical you can use the iOS 6 voice dictation feature to schedule events, instead of having to type entries into the various calendar fields. So for example, when you tap the voice dictation button on the iOS keyboard and say, “Lunch with boss on Monday, 3pm,” Fantastical will convert your dictation to text and fill in the calendar fields for you.
The Fantastical app also includes other tips and tricks for navigating the features, scheduling events, and doing calendar searches.
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