Don’t Miss A Date with Fantastical 2 and Workflows

icon_512x512@2xThe Flexibits team have just released Fantastical 2, updating their already brilliant calendar app.

Fantastical 2 brings a new full calendar application for OS X Yosemite and uses its very useful natural language parsing. This means that you can enter your entry in the same way you’d say it, and Fantastical will make sense of it and create an entry for you.

If, like me, your muscle memory leads you to popping up Alfred anytime your brain wants to make a note, add a calendar entry or a reminder, these few workflows will satisfy your needs once you’ve installed Fantastical 2 on your Mac.

Add a Calendar Entry to Fantastical 2 via Alfred

With Robert Böhnke’s workflow, you can add an Calendar entry by typing “cal” followed by your natural language entry. Fantastical will do the rest of the leg-work to add the entry to your calendar.

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Download the workflow on Github

Add Reminders

You can also add Reminders using Jono Hunt’s Reminders workflow. This workflow uses a few keywords to allow you to add the reminder to the most appropriate list, using the same Fantastical natural language parser.

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For example, Jono’s workflow allows to to do the following:

  • Typing ‘w finish the report’ would add that task to the list named Work.
  • Typing ‘r pick up dry cleaning sat at 6:30pm’ would add that task to the list named Reminders with an alert set for 6:30pm on Saturday.
  • Typing ‘g milk’ would add that item to the Groceries list.

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Alternatively, you can use “+r” as a keyword to see all your lists.

You’ll then get a Notification Centre notice that the item has been added to your Reminders list.

Download the Reminders workflow

Launch F2 using the “calendar” keyword

Workflows don’t get much simpler than this, but a workflow doesn’t have to be complicated to be useful.

Veteran Alfred user Ryan Block contributed this workflow to launch Fantastical 2 using the keyword “calendar”, so that you don’t have to remember the app’s name in order to launch it. Of course, you can top up this workflow with any other useful keywords for your own use.

Download the workflow on Packal.org

With these workflows and Fantastical, you’ll never forget an appointment or task again!

The Alfred Christmas Calendar for 2014 is here!

With Christmas on its way, we’re counting down the days with our very own calendar.

Until Christmas Eve, every day, a new box will open, filled with tips for using Alfred, fun links to things we love and, who knows, perhaps a deal or two on apps we love!

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Today is day 2 of the calendar, and this entry is a little different. We’re sharing the love with more than just you, our lovely Alfred users. We’ll be donating £1000 GBP to WaterAid. Water is the source of life, and clean water is a luxury we often take for granted when we turn on the tap in the morning.

WaterAid helps provide water and sanitation to millions of people around the world, transforming the lives of these communities through access to clean water, toilets and health education.

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Don’t forget to bookmark the Alfred Christmas Calendar to see what’s behind the door every morning until 24th December!

[Image credit: WaterAid/Layton Thompson]

Wishing You a Wonderful Christmas!

2011 – How was it for you? For us, it was… epic, in the truest sense. It was a long adventure, filled with fantastic twists and turns and a glorious ending.

Not only have we made tons of new friends, learned loads more about business, but we have been awarded incredible recognition; We were graced with a Macworld’s Editor’s Choice Award, as TUAW’s Best Mac Utility of 2011, one of MacLife’s Top 10 Must-Have Apps of 2011, one of Mashable’s 10 Best Mac Apps of 2011 and have been nominated for MacStories and Cult of Mac‘s awards, to be announced soon.

To each and every one of you, thank you for the support you’ve given us. Even if all you’ve done is told one friend about Alfred, you’ve helped one more person become more efficient when using their Mac. Thank you for the supportive tweets, the hilarious cat and cheeseburger pictures you’ve emailed us and the sock-blowingly brilliant extensions you’ve taken the time to create.

We wish you a relaxing, fun-filled Christmas, complete with great friends and great food. It’s a chance to take a break from the everyday, look back onto last year and look forward to the new year ahead.

2011 rocked and we’re coming back for seconds. Roll on 2012!

Cheers,

Andrew & Vero