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Back in September, we gave Readdle's Calendars 5 pretty high marks in our review, despite the inability to send invitations — an oversight that has been corrected this week in what the developer calls "the biggest update yet."
Productivity app maker Readdle released Calendars 5.3 on Wednesday, which adds the ability to invite people to meetings and reply to invitations that others have sent, and also includes its own built-in notification center to give you a quick glance at your upcoming schedule.
In typical Readdle style, the invite feature has been added with a bit of flair, allowing users to type an event in plain English and have Calendars 5 parse data from that text accordingly -- for example, "Dinner with Helen and Robert" will attempt to find Helen and Robert in your address book and add them to the invite list.
Calendars 5.3 also includes its own new notification center, which can be used to drill deeper into meeting details and reply to invitations, all without missing a beat. To access the feature, tap into Day view, then swipe down to call up notification center.
But what about meeting invitations sent via email? No worries, Calendar 5.3 can now import ICS attachments just by tapping on them from the Mail app and selecting "Open in Calendars 5." Last but not least, Readdle has responded to user requests by adding support for Google and Yandex maps in addition to Apple's own.
Calendars 5.3 is a free update now available in the App Store for existing Calendars 5 owners, while users of the free Calendars app can add all of the new features via in-app purchase; new users can purchase Calendars 5 for $6.99.
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