When comparing Fantastical 2 vs Rooster: Calendar and Tasks, the Slant community recommends Fantastical 2 for most people. In the question“What are the best calendar apps for iPhone?” Fantastical 2 is ranked 1st while Rooster: Calendar and Tasks is ranked 8th. The most important reason people chose Fantastical 2 is:
Fantastical makes it really easy to add events using their superb natural language parser. For instance, an entry like "breakfast at 9am at The Diner" will be handled correctly. In addition to their best in class natural language processing, Fantastical has awesome features such as allowing users to append "/work" or "/personal" in order to add events to the specified calendar and setting up abbreviations that will add snippets of text.
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Pro Very polished natural language text entry
Fantastical makes it really easy to add events using their superb natural language parser. For instance, an entry like "breakfast at 9am at The Diner" will be handled correctly.
In addition to their best in class natural language processing, Fantastical has awesome features such as allowing users to append "/work" or "/personal" in order to add events to the specified calendar and setting up abbreviations that will add snippets of text.
Pro Displays inline map of the event's location
The app displays inline map of the event's provided location. Additionally, users can choose between Apple's Maps or Google's Maps applications to use the feature with.
Pro Awesome syncing support
Google, iCloud, Facebook, CalDAV, Exchanged, and iPhone calendar are all supported out of the box.
Pro "Dayticker" is a great way to quickly see appointments
Although pretty simple, the Dayticker view, located at the top of the user interface, is simply fantastic for quickly seeing which days are booked out. It also acts as a convenient way to add new events (long press on a day).
Pro Allows adding reminders
Using the natural language parser, reminders can be added with the keywords "reminder", "todo", "task", or "remind me to."
Pro Syncs with iOS reminders
Existing reminders can be used or adde with Siri.
Pro Functions as a widget
With Fantastical 2, the calendar can be accessed through a widget in order to save time.
Pro Custom colors
Tasks can be color coordinated in order to see their categories at a glance.
Pro Resizeable window
The divider between the two views can be dragged for customized viewing.
Pro Gesture driven
Fantastical 2 lets users flick, scroll, and swipe to quickly move through different views and types of information.
Pro So, so easy to add appointments
To add an appointment, you just need to tap them in. No long forms. No interpretation error of natural language. It's truly unique and superior to other calendars.
Pro UI is clean and sleek
It has been designed to show you everything you'd want to about your schedule on one screen. You don't need to tap through for address details, room location or for the title of your meeting. It's clean and easy to read too.
Pro "Executive Summary" toggle view
Don't need to know all the particulars? Toggle them off for an even cleaner list.
Pro Beautifully easy to use
Standout design. This app makes staying simple. Very well thought out. Even fun to use.
Pro Works with the main calendar for use on laptop/iPad
You can use iCal on your laptop and Rooster on your phone. The phone version of iCal takes longer to enter events and the UI isn't as streamlined.
Pro Responsive developer
Responsive, friendly and helpful if you ever need to get in touch.
Pro Personal data is kept on the device only
They aren't trying to mine information from personal events and tasks.
Pro No unnecessary complexity
Has everything you need, without adding bulk that you'll never use. Gestures and animations are just clean and intuitive
Pro Pin board is great for floating tasks
Super handy for any tasks that you don't want to put on a date and just want to keep it around to be completed one day.
Pro Recurring events are the easiest to create ever
The keyboard entry makes it so easy to create repeating events.
Pro Roll over incomplete tasks
Any tasks you don't finish carry forward to the next day.
Con Uses “dots on a day” style interface
This is not the way calendars should work.
Con Only one way to display your events
It would really help to have an actual calendar with the events written into it instead of a list and dots.
Con Have to pay again for the iPad version
Con Not as good as Moleskine cal
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