Tag - Calendar
In the two years or so since we last looked at this app, it's been updated 17 times. That somehow seems fitting for software designed to keep you productive. Pocket Informant 4.91 is for busy people juggling busy lives, and especially ones that revolve around both tasks and appointments.
We're suckers for apps that look great: we reckon that if you're going to spend a gigantic amount of time in front of a computer screen, you should at least have something worth looking at. However, design is pretty much infinitely more that what something looks like and we've seen that the apps with the finest appearances tend to be the ones that are designed well in every way. It's not a universal truth but it is with Fantastical 2.2 for OS X which is gorgeous, powerful and now updated with some delicious extras.
You can usually make this bug happen, if you really want to, by signing out of iCloud on your iPhone, and back in again. That's how we found it: having done that to fix another problem, we discovered that our Apple Watch then permanently displayed "No More Events," regardless of how busy our day really was. There are apparently other ways, other combinations of situations that make this happen, but there's one solution to fix them all.
This even looks like the kind of thing you'd have used in the Filofax era. The Parker Planner company says it began by making productivity tools on paper, and that the move to iOS was obvious. Yes. If they still sell any paper, the Parker Planner 1.7.7 app for iPhone is better.
We were asked this question by @MattHelmGuitar over on Twitter: "Do you know a good iPad calendar app that syncs with Google Calendar? The built-in one is unreliable at synchronizing. Thanks." It proved to be one of those questions like when do you stop calling something bread and start calling it toast? Leaving alone that issue that you can only know if something is reliable if you really hammer it for years, there was also that word "good." We're going to say that the answer is Sunrise 4.21, but actually we're going to say it loudly enough that you don't hear us wondering what we'd find if we kept looking. Nor that we expect to change our mind during the year.
Microsoft made no secret of how it had bought the companies behind calendar app Sunrise and email app Accompli. Now it's making a big deal of how it will be taking the best features from those and putting them right into its own Outlook. Microsoft Outlook 2.0.0 for iOS is the start of this process and for all the promise of what's coming next, it is just a start. If nobody told you, you might not spot for quite a while that anything is different at all -- unless you used the old Sunrise app.
File this under "simple, short and a workaround" while Apple fixes a bug. Since at least iOS 9, possibly earlier, there have been sporadic reports of a problem with Calendar on iPhones. If you go to the month view, tap on a date and nothing happens, you've got the bug. Fortunately, we've got the solution: double-tap instead.
Last week Pointers covered scratching an itch that had come up for us: the need for certain people to see our calendars despite their being on Google and our being on Apple Calendar. The short version is that you can do it but it's a bit fiddly and involved a workaround. It turns out, though, that we need a longer version because all that worked fine when these people were in our group company Google Calendar. Now the people who needs to see it the most are not: they're remote workers and what they really require is to have our calendar appear alongside their own.
Sometimes, Apple's automatic updating of apps is handy because there are versions you know you ought to have, but you'll get around to it later, or when they add something big. Google Calendar 1.1.0 for iPhone is not a big update. It's a good one, but it's not compelling. It's also still on iPhone alone, not iPad, which is a curious omission.
Stop us if you've heard this one: we want to share our calendar with someone, but we don't want them to know precisely what we're doing. We need them to know we're a bit busy on Tuesday morning but, on balance, we'd rather they not be able to tell that it's our DUI court case. To be fair, they don't want to know either.