Using Hook with Fantastical

Fantastical is a powerful calendar app developed by by Flexibits.

Hook enables you to link Fantastical dates to and from anything that is also linkable.


Copy Link, Copy Markdown Link and Hook to Copied Link

When you use Hook’s Copy Link and Copy Markdown Link in the context of Fantastical, you get a native Fantastical link whose URL is x-fantastical.

Here’s an example Markdown URL to a Fantastical date: x-fantastical://show?item=226CE2D7-2757-4FBB-8CC1-B85F9B71BD6A&calendarIdentifier=3C8C2A71-84BF-4C87-8EFD-BB4827650D16

You can of course paste your links to Fantastical events anywhere, such as your task lists, notes, reminders, etc. You can use these links on all your synced devices (Mac, iPhone, iPad and Windows) even if Hook is not installed on them.

Use cases

Important meetings are typically related to your projects, contacts and other information on your Mac. So you need to be able to quickly navigate between that information, without searching. Use Hook to connect your calendar entries to:

  • Project information (e.g., in Merlin Project, OmniFocus or Things)
  • Meeting agenda
  • Past meeting minutes
  • contact information of the person you’re meeting with
  • Zoom, Google or other video session information
  • other pertinent information

There are countless ways in which linking your calendar entries can be helpful.

Search for Fantastical bookmarks in Hook

Whenever you copy links in Hook, Hook creates a bookmark for you. So you can quickly find your Fantastical bookmarks in Hook as follows:

  1. invoke Hook’s contextual window (⌃H)
  2. enter search mode (with ⌘F or a click)
  3. type: "x-fantastical" and hit the return key

Your Fantastical bookmarks will show up in the search results.

You can use the wildcard character (*) in step 3 to shorten your search string, such as x-fant*.

See Hook’s help page on searching for more information.

With Hook’s search, within a few key strokes you can find the relevant meeting you are looking for. Unlike other search tools, Hook is optimized to only show you information to which you have copied links. That turns out to be an excellent signal of relevance that leaves out noisy information.

Hook to New > Fantastical

Hook to new is currently not supported for Fantastical.

See also…

Fantastical is discussed and illustrated elsewhere on this website. To find out more:

There is also some help about Fantastical

Also pertinent is Using Hook & OmniOutliner as a Contact Management System: Link a Contact to Meeting Minutes & More – Hook.

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