Looks good, but not even close to worth $50.
Sunrise is free, has great design, and has integration with Trello, Evernote, LinkedIn, Asana, native Exchange support, etc.
Fantastical 2 has no native Exchange support and no integrations.
How is that worth it in any way? And I'm someone who spends a lot of money on apps.
Gotta agree, looks pretty but its not £40 worth of pretty
So, you decide whether apps are good or not by just looking at them, without even trying? It has a 14 day trial, why don't judge afterwards. Objectively.
Well I have used the original Fantastical for a while and this is mostly an aesthetic/speed rework with Calendar groups and a CalDAV server slapped on.
I know what it looks like, I know what features it has, and I know its competition.
Sure I could do the trial, and I may, but it would take some serious WOW factor to get me to drop $50 on a calendar app. This isn't going to make me any money like creative/production apps do.
I would happily pay ~$20 for something that had similar features to Sunrise but was much faster (Sunrise is SLOOOWWW), but it has fewer features than Sunrise and is more than twice that price.
I like Fantastical's UI, but I don't use my calendar enough to justify even $20. When I do use my calendar, the native Calendar app is just fine.
Soon as I saw the price tag, I was almost sure that a heated debate would come up. I was really curious myself how they were planning to justify, and asked. I feel, they have a pretty strong feeling about this:
What I find even more surprising is that they think this is the discounted pricing that will only last a month...
"The calendar app you won't be able to live without." I think I can actually, because I still live.
Oh the little things. Good one flexibits.
While I suspect App pricing is a debate/discussion that will outlast the heat-death of our own universe, it is sad to see a very VERY well designed product receive negative feedback :(
If you're not up to buying it outright there's the free trial, and some good reviews out there:
• http://www.macworld.com/article/2900834/review-fantastical-2-ups-the-ante-for-events-in-os-x.html • http://www.macrumors.com/2015/03/25/fantastical-2-launches-for-mac-with-yosemite-style-redesign-full-calendar-window/ • http://9to5mac.com/2015/03/25/fantastical-2-mac/ • http://www.macstories.net/reviews/fantastical-2-for-mac-review-reinvented/
My 2cents: its awesome.
My 2cents: its awesome.
That's my take on it, too. I love it.
Totally agree! It seems we can have a ton of links to articles encouraging designers to properly price and sell the value of their work, but a company charging a sustainable price for software is called out for being unreasonable.
Shame on you, Flexibits. Been a long-time Fantastical user. Upgraded my iPhone and had an issue with the iOS App Store, so my frustration in paying for my phone "upgrade" was lost in translation.
Calling this an "upgrade" when it fixes some critical bugs in the 1.0 version is a shame, and is cheating its customers.
May look to switch to Sunrise on principle. Has anyone used both that can provide a comparison of the products?
I use Sunrise as my primary calendar. Was thinking about switching to Fantastical 2 over Sunrise speed issues, but the price isn't worth losing all of Sunrise's great features.
- Good design
- Automatic event icons based on context
- Lots of integrations (Evernote, Trello, Asana, LinkedIn, Facebook, FourSquare/Swarm, etc) my favorite feature
- Much better event invite emails than Google's (Sunrise sends their own)
- Doesn't rely on needing any accounts on your native Calendar
- Exchange support
- Built in holiday/sports/etc calendars you can subscribe to
- Slow to update calendars, surprisingly slow.
- Doesn't show iCloud Reminders as well as Fantastical
- Did I mention it was slow?
Sunrise is acquired by Microsoft. So the speed definitely would be increase soon.
I hate paid upgrades.
Try the 14 day free trial, it's pretty good so far.
I loved the original Fantastical, but Fantastical 2 doesn't seem to be much of an upgrade besides some design changes. If so, they haven't done a very good job highlighting them on the landing page.
Can't get past setup. Crashes every time.
I'm all about supporting small developers. But this is just far too steep of a price for me to justify.
I really love Fantastical 1. I do not enjoy the Fantastical 2. I see a lot of compliments towards this app in this thread, and while I do agree the visual language is beautiful, its execution is a little lacking.
Everything seems incredibly high-contrast, particularly with dark shades of gray and black. The sidebar is a mess. I found myself instantly wanting to close the app because of the anxiety it gave me. I just wasn't sure where I should focus and when trying to concentrate on my week view, my eyes go right back to the sidebar (even with the light theme).
I will stick with my skeu fantastical 1 menu bar item. I know it's hard to please everyone :)
I wish these 3rd party calendar and mailbox apps would tell me the extra features they offer that my standard OS X apps don't.
Also, I'm curious if there are any disadvantages vs. using Apple's stock Calendar app (especially Siri & Maps integration)
Looks good, but overpriced for a calendar app, given that there are better, free, alternatives.
Just because its for the mac and it looks beautiful, I wonder why everyone goes gaga over mediocre software with an unnecessary price tag.
Oh wait I answered the question myself.
I like many others here was like: "Yes, this looks great where's the buy button?!", but stopped after seeing it was $50 (and thats even with 20% off?). I have full appreciation for software developers, and I have a full understanding that building and designing great software is a lot of effort, but I just can't justify a $50 purchase for a calendar app. Who knows, maybe I'll come around (as I've used Fantastical 1 and I think it's fantastic), but for now I'm happy with iCal / Calendar for free.
I've been using Fantastical 1 for years. Version 2 looks nice, but I find it annoying when there's no upgrade pricing, which seems to be a trend these days.
Seems like someone who invested in the original version should get a reasonable discount, especially when this new version costs twice as much...
Not available on the german MAS. Downloaded it from there some time ago.
Anyone know if it's a free update?