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[brainstorm] Calendar ideas

asked 2016-02-11 08:18:18 +0300

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updated 2016-02-11 08:18:18 +0300

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Are there german speaking people at Jolla? Please listen to http://freakshow.fm/fs171-invasion chapter 4 "Kalendar" (00:18:37). The guys are talking/ranting about what is going wrong with all the calendar apps around. And they have suggestions about what can be done better - e.g. for traveling across time zones and waiting for people travelling. Like:

  • Possibility to set an alarm for the end of an event (if you get the travel data from someone and want to pick up)
  • Zero time events (Blip: now something happens. Nothing more)
  • Better time zone handling:
    • Possibility to set time zone for start and end of an event (flight data)
    • Multi time zone view
  • Handling of "this is not my calendar but some events are important for me". So these events are important in some way but not for the events view.

Any other ideas to get the calendar app to the event assistant tool?

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What we have now is a shame. I would be happy to get simple improvements like a week view or no peeking to see basic things like week numbers, etc. We can only dream of ambitious features like those listed above.

Stefanix ( 2016-02-11 08:41:11 +0300 )edit

@Stefanix, absolutely! Making the current joke of a calendar work first should be a priority.

From the "advanced" features, the only one I painfully miss is the option to have multiple notifications for an event. Very useful for e.g. birthdays: two weeks ahead, start looking for a present. One week ahead, send the parcel. On the day, call the person.

I had it 10 years ago on my Palm. It's hard to believe that we have spent the past 10 years going backwards.

pichlo ( 2016-02-11 09:15:51 +0300 )edit

Lotus Notes calendar supports almost each feature of the ones listed above and a lot more. Lately the Traveller (or what it is called now) also supports Android. Would be a delight if it works. Of course, it is not for free, and unfortunately I have not got the chance to try out this combination yet.

lakutalo ( 2016-02-11 09:27:37 +0300 )edit

@atlochowski, bingo! Could you please convert your comment to answer?

pichlo ( 2016-02-11 11:51:48 +0300 )edit

@pichlo Done.

atlochowski ( 2016-02-11 16:00:09 +0300 )edit

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answered 2017-10-09 21:02:28 +0300

vattuvarg gravatar image

Brainstorming? OK.

I want a zoomable timeline that lets me see a snippet of time with a size that I decide myself. Having the usual day-week-month-year views makes things much harder for me. A zoomable timeline would allow me to have a better view of a three day weekend. It would allow me to structure a two-year project too.

I want to be able to hook a file (a text, an image, a sound or a video) to the timeline. The things before now would be a log and the things beyond would be a plan. An alarm could simply be a sound played at a specified time.

Each point in the timeline would also have a geographical location. ...but that is beyond the scope of this question so you will need to read A rough routed riddle on my blog instead.

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A route planner such as poor maps could hook a route to the timeline, ready for a future navigation event. The calendar would give reminders before the trip. There would also be waypoints along the route with approximate times for each. The navigation app doesn't need to keep track of multiple routes because the route data can be attached as files to the timeline. The navigation app would adjust the time for each waypoint making the route plan into a route log.

vattuvarg ( 2017-10-10 15:20:53 +0300 )edit

A planned five kilometer exercise run could have a playlist hooked to the timeline. A similar playlist could be morning music instead of just setting an alarm.

vattuvarg ( 2017-10-10 15:43:14 +0300 )edit

Photos are hooked to the timeline for an automatic photographic log. Nothing new, really, but a zoomable timeline would make things easier to browse. The gallery could be one lane of the calendar. Moving from the calendar to the gallery could be as easy as sliding sideways.

vattuvarg ( 2017-10-20 21:21:02 +0300 )edit

Conversations would be kept as another lane of the timeline. Images received as part of a conversation could be copied to the gallery lane with a sideways gesture.

Messages could be hooked to the future of the timeline for reminders to self or others. Future events could be shared. Adding them to your own calendar would only require a sidways move.

vattuvarg ( 2017-10-20 21:38:54 +0300 )edit

answered 2019-03-08 22:23:42 +0300

DaveRo gravatar image

Repeat an event on, for example, the 2nd Monday of each month.

I currently have to repeat monthly and edit all those on the wrong day - which is most of them.

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answered 2016-02-12 11:02:51 +0300

NuklearFart gravatar image

i liked the way the 6280 handled the calender widget, in particular to see the bext at least two events, more if there are more events in near future (next day) and if there are no events for the whole next week it indicated this as well

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answered 2019-03-08 22:54:52 +0300

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updated 2019-03-09 09:57:47 +0300

Copy/Paste of aperiodic events would be nice.

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What's the difference to your previous answer?

Pohli ( 2019-03-09 15:13:59 +0300 )edit
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