This is especially true with specific requests for alerts, information searches, reminders, and the like. And, Siri does Calendar entries on iPhone and iPad. What about the Mac? There’s no Siri. Yet. But there is an easier way to create Calendar entries.
Your Mac Understands What You Mean
Until Siri arrives on the Mac, the easiest way to add a Calendar event or entry is with Fantastical, the Mac app that is smart enough to know basic English.
Click on the Fantastical icon in the Mac’s Menubar and the drop down window gives you a place to type in a Calendar entry.
Instead of having to point and click and type to enter a location, or action, simply start with what you want entered, where, and when– in plain English.
Fantastical understand what you type and makes adjustments accordingly. It’s a natural language way to communicate to a Mac app you use regularly.
The app recognizes locations and times and events from what you type into the screen, and puts them right into Calendar (formerly iCal prior to OS X Mountain Lion).
Here’s what it looks like.
Fantastical can easily end up to be the calendar you use the most.
Not only can you use Fantastical to enter events, but the drop down convenience displays the Calendar calendar in mini form, complete with a list of events.
Click on any Calendar event in the list to edit details right from within Fantastical.
Fantastical isn’t limited to English language recognition, either. It speaks French, German, Italian, and Spanish. The app adds alarms automatically to new events.
What if you’re not into Calendar but use BusyCal, Entourage, or Outlook? Fantastical works there, too. In fact, it even works with iCloud, Google or Yahoo! calendar accounts that sync to Calendar.
The claim to fame here is that Fantastical is easier to use than Calendar, requires fewer clicks and less precise typing. If I have a complaint, it’s the price tag which runs somewhat beyond my chump change threshold.