Saturday, 27 August 2011

nomadicCal calendar app for iPhone review

Here I am again in the curse of the perfect calendar app. This time, and thanks to @iphonecalendar twitter user and his blog I discovered nomadicCal by NomadicTime.


Have you ever been using Palm webOS calendar app? If so, this new calendar app gets some good ideas from it and applies it to iPhone. But let's have a look in more detail.

First of all, nomadicCal uses the iPhone build-in calendar database, so basically you do not need to configure much. Just launch it and all your calendars will be there.

The main view that the app starts on is the month view. This view shows you all your appointments (no starting or end time, just the appointment subject). Text is colored based on the calendar color assigned by default. You can anyway change the color if you want from the settings (we will see later). All day events are inverted colored.


A small detail in the user interface is the rounded corners and the round icons in the menu bar. The guys from nomadicTime wanted to give the app a soft appearance resembling to webOS. It is kind of nice, although I would like more to see the corners squared.

The bottom bar is quite simple: full circle for the on day view, followed by the week and month view buttons. Then the clock for the Go To option, the search and finally the options. If you change the view you will have a nice animation where the calendar seems to fold.

Let's have now a look at the other views.

The day view reminds me to the webOS calendar app. You cans see the empty time with no appointments compressed like and accordion. If you tap on it, it will expand and create a new event in between. Next to the event subject you can see an small icon indicating if this is a repeating event, if it contains notes and if it is a timed event.


From this view you can create events by pressing the desire starting time. A create event window will rise up and you can enter the event details. Next to subject and location you can see a small icon that brings you the history of the last subjects  or locations recently used. This is very convenient if you have to enter events with similar subjects and locations.


You can also edit an event just tapping on the event subject. The event can be then modified or deleted.


The week view is a 7-day split (Saturday and Sunday). This is my favorite format for a week view. It has also a very discrete week number indicator on the top. Today's day is highlighted in yellow. If you press on any day the day view will be opened with a nice animation effect.


Besides these three views, we have the Go To and the Search views. They are quite simple and they do not need much explanation as you can see:



From the settings point of view the app is very simple. It allows you to show or hide calendars, define the calendar where appointments will be created by default, and also set holiday calendars that will make the days show in red indicating it as public holiday. For each calendar you can also change the color with another of the preset colors (you cannot use any other color than the ones already predefined).

Overall the app is very fast and it quickly loads the views. However I miss some more options. Here it is what I like and what I dislike:

Like:

  • Fast
  • Simple
  • Support for both portrait and landscape mode in all views


Dislike:

  • Not many options to change fonts and colors
  • Rounded corners (I would like more the sharp angles)
  • Accordion effect should also be used for events that last many hours, not only for empty spaces
  • Price (5€), perhaps too expensive for the features the app delivers


If you like what you see, click here to go to the AppStore and buy it right away.

Enjoy!

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Syndication (Google Reader synching) app for Mac

As you remember from one of my blogs, I am a avid user of Google Reader. In my search of the perfect Google Reader app for Mac I have found a very interesting app, Syndication. Here is my review after having used it for some weeks.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Week Cal app for iPhone 4.0 update

This is a small update of my already published review of Week Cal app for iPhone that I did sometime ago. New version 4.0 has brought many improvements, among them, a new mini month and agenda views, support for emoji icons per appointment, better search, batch operations, etc. For more details, check their web page here.

You haven't bought the app yet? What are you waiting for ;-). Here it is the link to the App Store. They will be the best dollars/euros you have ever invested in an app.

I leave you here with some screenshots I took from my iPhone. These guys from UtiliTap know how to make the most of a calendar app at a fantastic price tag. And I am sure they are working to improve the app for the next version as we speak :-)








Monday, 1 August 2011

My MeeGo avatar

Today I found in Twitter a link to the Avatar Creator for MeeGo* OS. Here it is what I got as my avatar :)

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