•   
  •   
  •   

Technology Fantasical is Apple's Mac app of the year, but would you pay $40 for a calendar?

16:40  05 december  2020
16:40  05 december  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

India: Hundreds of thousands of tea pickers in Assam on indefinite strike

 India: Hundreds of thousands of tea pickers in Assam on indefinite strike © Biju BORO / AFP Tea pickers joined farmers in protesting the liberalization of the sale of fruits and vegetables. The strike began this Friday, October 9 to demand wage increases. These workers joined the farmers, who have been protesting for two weeks now against the new selling prices for fruit and vegetables. With our correspondent in Bangalore, Côme Bastin The State of Assam produces nearly 50% of India's tea, and it is found on many tables around the world.

Fantastical is the multiple award-winning calendar app with powerful features including an intuitive natural language • Includes Fantastical on all platforms: Mac , iPhone, Apple Watch, and iPad By the way, App Store reviews are very helpful to us. If you think Fantastical is worthy, would you mind

Calendar app Fantastical is getting a big update simultaneously across all Apple platforms that adds a bunch of new features, but also moves its signature software to a subscription model on iOS and Mac . Flexibits’ Fantastical has had a long history as one of the premier calendar apps for Apple devices.

Why would anyone in their right mind pay $40 a year to subscribe to a calendar program when there are so many free ones?

a screenshot of a computer: Fantastical named Mac app of the year by Apple © Jefferson Graham Fantastical named Mac app of the year by Apple

My editor's pointed question, and a good one, when I told her I planned to write today about Fantastical, a nearly 10-year old Mac favorite that just got named "App of the Year" for Mac computers this week by Apple.

Because Fantastical offers a better calendar experience, I explained. I was skeptical, too, at first.

Start the day smarter. Get all the news you need in your inbox each morning.

Apple itself says it gave the award to Fantastical because it "showed how an old favorite could reinvent itself for a new age." Specifically, the app switched to a controversial subscription model this year and added many new features we haven't seen on other programs."

The best deals in Apple's Amazon store

  The best deals in Apple's Amazon store Yes, Apple has a shop on Amazon.That means you can get official Apple products with free Prime shipping, and even better, it's almost the whole product line. From iPhones to Apple Watches, all the way to the Mac and almost everything in between. © Provided by CNN Think of it as an Apple store with a wide selection of products like Macs (desktops and laptops alike), iPhones (in unlocked variants), iPads, Apple Watches and countless first-party accessories. You'll also find a full selection of Beats by Dre products, and even Apple's own second-generation AirPods are in the store.

Fantastical has long been available across Apple ' s various platforms, but each app has been a standalone purchase, and that's changing with For those who don't want to pay for a subscription, there is a new free mode available for Fantastical , but many users will find it limited enough that

• Includes Fantastical on all platforms: Mac , iPhone, Apple Watch, and iPad • Extended 10 day weather forecast with RealFeel and MinuteCast By the way, App Store reviews are very helpful to us. If you think Fantastical is worthy, would you mind taking a moment to write a nice review?

Michael Simmons, the co-founder and CEO of Flexibits, which makes Fantastical, says the award, which he didn't see coming, "is incredible. What an honor and a way to end 2020 after the year we had."

I've always liked Fantastical, but I'm not a big calendar person. You tell me we're going to meet tomorrow at 10, and I'll remember it.

Buy: These computers lap the competition: New laptops faster than last-gen PCs

Stats: Apple's most downloaded app: Zoom Cloud Meeting ranks No. 1 for iPhone, iPad in 2020

Apple's Calendar app does the basics, assigning events and reminding me to attend them, Google Calendar is very good at snooping through my e-mail to find plane, hotel and restaurant reservations and adding them without me having to do anything. The Outlook calendar my employer provides is cumbersome and annoying. All three require too many clicks to fulfill the task. And all aren't much to look at.

Apple One subscription bundle: Everything included and how to sign up now

  Apple One subscription bundle: Everything included and how to sign up now Here's what you need to know about the price, features and free trial for Apple's subscription services package for music, TV, games and iCloud storage -- and the launch date for Apple Fitness Plus.Apple One is the company's subscription bundle that prices multiple Apple services at a discount.

• Includes Fantastical on all platforms: Mac , iPhone, Apple Watch, and iPad • Extended 10 day weather forecast with By the way, App Store reviews are very helpful to us. If you think Fantastical is worthy, would you mind taking a $ 40 for such a great app and across my iPhone, iPad, and Mac ?

• Includes Fantastical on all platforms: Mac , iPhone, Apple Watch, and iPad • Extended 10 day weather forecast with RealFeel and MinuteCast Not so fantastical . I used this app all the way up to the point of version 3. When out of the blue came a £ 40 pay wall with the year view locked behind it.

Fantasical is pretty, with bright colors that make glancing at your day more pleasant and digestible. Other features I like:

Set up meetings with others. From within Fantastical, you can generate meetings with participants via an e-mail asking everyone to agree on the time. The winner goes into your calendar.

Weather. Each pane of your calendar shows the weather for the day, along with a 10-day forecast. Besides the temps, you can also add some other features like the date of the next full moon and date of the Winter Solstice.

TV shows and sports. When is the next episode of "The Walking Dead" set to return? When are the Jets playing their next game? Fantastical lets you do a search (in the "Interesting Calendars" section) and set reminders to tune in.

Work from Home: Fantastical helps you grab the meeting IDs of video calls from Zoom, Google Meet and Microsoft Teams directly into your calendar item.

Apple TV: 11 essential tips to master your streaming box

  Apple TV: 11 essential tips to master your streaming box The Apple TV is a seemingly simple device that's gained so many new features over the years. Here's the latest.Even though a new Apple TV is possibly on the horizon, the current Apple TV lineup is worth the investment for Apple fans and users. And once you get the shiny new box setup, there are some things you'll need to learn. For instance, getting around the Siri remote can feel simplistic, but there are some hidden shortcuts that will surely make your life easier.

Apples Calendar has allowed you to subscribe to .ics calendars since day one. I don't see how this can I will never find it acceptable that they think $ 40 a year for a damn calendar app is justifiable. Frequently asked questions about Fantastical for Mac . Flexibits makes Fantastical , the fastest and

• Includes Fantastical on all platforms: Mac , iPhone, Apple Watch, and iPad • Extended 10 day By the way, App Store reviews are very helpful to us. If you think Fantastical is worthy, would you mind taking a moment to write a nice review? Great app , awful pricing. $ 40 /y in Ukraine is just crazy.

(FYI: Fantastical works with Google, Apple and the Outlook calendars, weaving their listings into your master Fantastical calendars. And it lets you set up separate calendars, for say, work and home.)

Before switching to subscription, Fantastical had separate prices for various devices: $4.99 for iPhone, $9.99 for iPad and $50 for Macs, so a yearly subscription is theoretically cheaper, for one year anyway, to use on all your Apple devices. At least, until you start paying next year.

The move to subscription didn't go over well with fans. On the Mac Apple Store, many low-rated reviews offer comments like "Uninstalled and will never come back," and "I feel a bad aftertaste in my mouth every time I see it" (the app.)

Simmons has argued online that he needed to make the switch to have a more viable business model for his firm, while others pointed out that Apple's huge 30% cut of developer's profits for sales has all but forced developers like Flexibits to switch to a more generous and recurring payment plan.

He also points out that a free version of Fantastical still exists. However, you can use it only on one device. And all the fun stuff, like syncing between devices, finding suitable meeting times from participants, extended weather, sports and TV reminders, programmable notifications (like the night before or the morning of) and adding Zoom IDs to your calendar items are only with the premium version.

What to expect from Apple’s Mac event

  What to expect from Apple’s Mac event After years of speculation, Apple announced this summer that it would start using its own chips in its computers. At this year’s WWDC keynote, the company said that its 15-year partnership with Intel would soon end. In its place, new Mac models would use ARM chips, dubbed “Apple Silicon,” similar to those already found in the iPhone and iPad. CEO Tim Cook said that he expected to ship the first Mac with Apple Silicon “by the end of this year.” Now, on Tuesday, November 10th, Apple is holding its third virtual press event of the year, dubbed “One More Thing,” and we expect we will see the first  Apple Silicon Macs.

The app offers a 14-day free trial at the Flexibits website.

In other tech news this week

Beyond Fantastical, Apple also announced its most downloaded apps of the year, highlighted by Zoom in the iPhone and iPad categories. In editorial categories, Apple said Wakeout!, a $4.99 monthly exercise app that offers quick workout routines, was iPhone app of the year, with Zoom selected for iPad app and the role-playing Genshin Impact as game of the year.

The Warner Bros. film studio did something no other company in Hollywood has ever done. It announced that its entire film slate for 2021 would play in theaters and on streaming, via the HBO Max $14.99 monthly subscription service. Upcoming titles include sequels to "Wonder Woman," "The Matrix" and "Godzilla vs. Kong." The move puts pressure on streaming player provider Roku, which dominates the market, to break down and add HBO Max to its lineup, which the company has refused since the May debut to do.

In other streaming news, content from the Discovery Channel, Food Network and HGTV is headed to yet another subscription service, Discovery+, launching Jan. 4 at $4.99 with ads or $6.99 ad-free. The original idea of cutting the cord from cable was to stop paying for so many cable channels, since the industry has resisted calls for a la carte programming. But with so many services available now – from Disney+, ESPN +, CBS All-Access and AMC, among others – it looks clear the 500 channels Bruce Springsteen once sang about is being re-created on the subscription dial. You won't save money; in fact, you'll probably pay more, but at least you'll get more choices.

In taking Tide to title, Mac Jones put together greatest season by any Alabama quarterback

  In taking Tide to title, Mac Jones put together greatest season by any Alabama quarterback Though the 2020 season for Alabama will be defined in many ways by receiver DeVonta Smith’s Heisman Trophy win, somebody had to throw him those passes . And Jones did it superbly all season but particularly in Monday’s College Football Playoff championship game. In Alabama’s 52-24 win over Ohio State, Jones finished 36-of-45 for 464 yards and five touchdowns, finishing a season in which he completed 77 percent of his passes with just four interceptions in 402 throws.

Confused about which of the many new tech products to buy this year? We whipped together some consumer guides for you on iPhones, Apple Watches, cheap TVs, and more to come in the following days.

Talking Tech podcasts this week

Consumer guide: What to look for in a new Apple Watch.

Consumer guide: What to look for in a cheap TV.

Cyber week: Are the sales really over?

Zoom is most downloaded Apple app of the year.

Worst password abusers of 2020

Follow USA TODAY's Jefferson Graham (@jeffersongraham) on Twitter

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Fantasical is Apple's Mac app of the year, but would you pay $40 for a calendar?

Apple will reduce App Store cut to 15 percent for most developers starting January 1st .
Any developer that earns less than $1 million in revenue per year is eligibleThe company says the “vast majority” of iOS app developers should be able to access the program, but Apple declined to say what percentage of its more than 28 million registered app makers would qualify. Apple also declined to specify how much of its App Store revenue would be affected by the reduced commission. But the App Store, which generated an estimated $50 billion in revenue in 2019 according to CNBC, is one of Apple’s most pivotal businesses beyond the iPhone and represents a pillar of the digital services strategy CEO Tim Cook has touted as the future of the company’s business.

usr: 2
This is interesting!