Horizon 3

Ever since its launch in early 2013, Horizon has been a brilliant calendar app for your iPhone. It combined your calendar with the weather, so that you always know what the weather is going to be like for your events. With the release of version 2.0 last year, Horizon added Natural Language Parsing and a shiny new icon designed by the talented folks at The Iconfactory. Today marks the release of Horizon 3, a totally fresh app rebuilt from the ground up that brings along some great new features to help you schedule your appointments easier and better.

Horizon 3 takes all the good things from its previous versions and introduces some great new features, all wrapped up in a lovingly designed User Interface. Horizon 3 lets you not only create new events or appointments using natural language, you can also search through your calendars using simple phrases such as “Next free lunch”, “Meeting with X” or even “Next free 3-5PM”. In my testing, this worked most of the time, but sometimes you may have to rephrase. Horizon 3 includes weather forecasts, but also introduces a very nifty feature that notifies you if the weather changes. This way, if the forecasts says it’s going to rain during your scheduled event, you can change your schedule or the location if needed. I also love that your next scheduled event is always visible at the top of the UI. Tapping on the name of the month at the bottom opens up the month view, and you can scroll horizontally to view the busy days in the upcoming months. The darker the bar under a particular date, the busier you are on that day. If you prefer, there’s also a Dark Mode for the interface that can be enabled from the settings.

In the list view, you can swipe left on any date to quickly add a new event for that date. When adding a new event in Horizon 3, it automagically parses what you have typed and color codes your text to separate the event name, location, time, etc. It also displays the map of the location as well as the weather forecast for that day at the bottom.

Horizon 3 supports iCloud and CalDAV calendars (including Google) and is available Free on the App Store, with ads. There’s a $4.99 IAP for Horizon Pro which disables the ads and enables features such as Weather Change Notifications, Dark Mode and Driving Time approximations.

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