January 30th, 2011, 10:38 AM
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A Calendar with convenient event entry
(firstly - yes, there is a thread on "Best Calendar App", but that's been started more than a year ago and I don't think all information on calendar apps should be crammed into one huge 10-page thread).
Anyway, today I've been going through many of the free calendars on the market. They've had varying strengths, but they have all shared a major common weakness: adding an event is never less than a huge PITA. Adding the most simple event with just title and time usually requires the following:
- 1.) (week/day view): hold down desired starting hour (only 1h accuracy)
- 2.) select "add new event" from pop up menu
- 3.) type event name in field
If 1-hour accuracy is not enough:
- 4.) click on starting time and a ridiculously clumsy time-entry menu appears
- 5a.) type a million times on +/- buttons or hold your finger on them for a long time
- 5b.)  click on the time, wait for keyboard to slide open,  delete existing time and  insert new time
- 6.) Click set/done
- 8.-10.) repeat 4-6 on ending time
- 11.) click back/ready etc to add the event (several times in some apps)
Do people really find this process passable? This was IMO the biggest problem in the stock calendar app and I can't believe that none of the calendars I've tried have improved on it even though they've added all kinds of trivial details.
So, my obvious question is: is there a calendar app (either free or paid) that has improved on this process?
Even though I've never developed applications, even I could vastly improve on that process in a 5-min mental app-development exercise:
- 1.) (day/week view) slide your finger (or two fingers) from the desired starting time to the desired ending time
- these times will be mapped to event start and end times with 15min accuracy
- event details menu automatically opens with title selected and keyboard open
- 2.) type in the event title
- 3.) press back to create event
Or, if 15 min accuracy is not enough for times:
- 1.) &2.) as before
- click on starting time -
- a handy 2x scroll wheel menu opens, where it takes 3 seconds to scroll to the right time (it detects the acceleration, so slow scrolls are 1-min accurate and fast ones go through bigger ranges)
- repeat on ending time (if you *really* need to set the ending time with greater than 15 min accuracy), and press back to create event
In the cases where 15min accuracy would be enough, this input method would cut the steps from 11 to 3! I'm sure there's an app there that has already done something like that (or something even better)?
Last edited by visa tapani; January 30th, 2011 at 10:41 AM.