Fantastical, the popular calendar app for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch, has a new macOS update that improves on a big new feature that was added earlier this year. Fantastical Scheduling makes it easier for people to schedule meetings and now it’s been enhanced to help “streamline your meeting scheduling”.
The new update, bearing the version number 3.6.5, adds a number of improvements, including automatic conference calls. Now users can create opening templates that give people their conference call details to recipients when needed.
This means you can now create opening meeting templates that automatically add conference calls to the time slots people ask you for.
Try setting up different templates for online and in-person events, then share the URLs of both templates with your clients or colleagues, and give them the option to choose between a face-to-face meeting or an online meeting.
Another improvement is the addition of Break Time, a feature that allows people to essentially add padding to their meetings. With Break Time, people can make sure others can’t book back-to-back meetings with them, ensuring there will always be a pre-set amount of time between them.
Fantastical 3.6.5 also adds a new opening availability view, giving you instant visibility of all the available slots you still have.
Your opening slots will be clearly indicated if they are “Out of range” (meaning the slot time has passed), “Blocked” (when you have a conflict in your calendar that prevents people from requesting this slot schedule) or ‘Available’. This helps you understand how people who use your opening URL will see your availability and allow you to adjust your schedule if necessary.
You can read more about what Fantastical has been working on in the announcement blog post and the app can also be downloaded there. Fantastical is available with a free trial for all Premium features and these are definitely features you’ll want to try. I’d bet Fantastical is one of the best calendar apps for Mac, and it’s a similar story on Apple’s other platforms as well.