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  1. Palmdroid

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    So, another thing I miss about Palm OS was it's scheduler app (or "Tasks"). I really liked it's level of specificity. I was able to have a task repeat on "The second Sunday of every third month" if I wanted (and sometimes did use).

    I also liked that I was able to attach notes to the task so that I could write instructions for the things I did infrequently.

    I've been using the Tasks section of the default Calendar app, but I don't like it nearly as much. Anyone know of anything similar to the old Palm task scheduler?
     



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  2. Araragi

    Araragi Newbie

    Give Tasker a try?
    Ultimate task scheduling app for Android, pretty sure you can do stuff with notes too and even have them read to you.
    If it doesn't work for your needs just quickly get a refund.
     
  3. psionandy

    psionandy Extreme Android User

    are you sure you mean Tasker? the macro programing app????

    (i don't think thats what you mean, can you post a link to the play store?)
     
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  4. Araragi

    Araragi Newbie

    I do. It can interact with notes and supports plug-ins so it might do some or all of the stuff the OP requires. Can't hurt to try.
    Don't think an average app will be able to do stuff every "second Sunday of every third mont"
     
  5. Hadron

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    Task handling is a weakness of Android, and especially Google tasks sync is very limited. Even apps which support all of that for events tend to lack even the ability to add notes to tasks, and anything more than the existence/date of a task tends not to sync well between apps.

    The repetition is the easier one to solve. Business Calendar can do this (I actually use Business Calendar 2). It isn't obvious because you need to select the type of repetition (e.g. monthly) before you get the more advanced option like "every third Sunday", but it's in there.

    Of course if you really want the full Palm experience there is always PimlicalA (by the author of the DateBk series of Palm PIMs). The UI also harks back to the Palm days, but it does everything you want (including, once you find the tasks view, the ability to set arbitrary repetitions and add notes).
     
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  7. psionandy

    psionandy Extreme Android User

    Ok.. Thinking back to the good old days... I was a user of Palms and Clie's and Pocket PCs (as well as my trusty Psion devices). Back then if you wanted an upgrade on the calendar and tasks , then the goto application was Pocket Informant (which I loved) or Datebk (which I didn't)...

    Now, while Datebook has long since vanished, As Hadron mentions, DateBK has spawned a 21st century version and Pocket Informant is still here, and available for Android. Ok.. the name has changed, but I been playing with it today and it does remind me of why I loved my Palm so much.,. You can schedule recurrances, for the second sunday of the month... but not automatically for the second sunday of every other month... so nearly but not quite as good

    and you can add notes... or pictures, etc to tasks... and with an in app purchase you can get it to sync to various to do things (including Google tasks)...

    Its almost what you are looking for, and a lot easier than buying tasker and coding your own solution (which would be a non-starter for a lot of people)

    anyway, the basic version is free (so you can have a look at it) and then decided if its going to work for you... and you can add the extra features at any time with an in app purchase.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.webis.informant&hl=en_GB

    Let us know how you get on
     
    #7 psionandy, May 22, 2017
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  8. psionandy

    psionandy Extreme Android User

    Just for nostalgic reasons I've just gone and had a look at PimlicalA... you're right it does look very palm like... .and it immediately reminded me of why I didn't like it on my Palm T2, and why I bought Pocket Informant instead!


    (but thats a personal preference, and I'm willing to concede that some people must have liked it.... if you thought it was the better option I promise not to take it personally)
     
  9. Palmdroid

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    So I forgot that I had downloaded an app called PHEM (Palm Hardware EMulator). But it only seems to emulate very old Palm OSes. I was just playing with the "To Do List". It seems to lack the ability to repeat. Also, PHEM can apparently HotSync with good ol' Palm Desktop (which I still have installed). I was able to initiate the HotSync, but it didn't complete... and actually left PHEM hanging. I had to kill and restart the app. From what I gathered, PHEM cannot sync with newer versions of Palm Desktop, like mine which was meant to go with my Palm Centro... Dang...
     
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  10. Hadron

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    Well there's a descendent of that as well: I think they just call it Informant these days. Last time I looked at that it also had a bit of an old-fashioned look and feel (though not as close to the Palm app look as Pimlical). Can't remember how well it meets the OP's needs though, as it's some years since I played with it (actually same is true for Pimlical, I just remember a bit better what it could do).

    Edit: just checked in the Play Store and Informant looks like I remember it. In fact they've not updated it for 18 months.
     
    #10 Hadron, May 28, 2017
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  11. Palmdroid

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    So my brother, who was also a Palm fan, pointed me to GTasks. The basic, free version only allows for scheduling at "normal" intervals: daily, weekly, monthly, etc. The pay version allows for more obscure "the first Saturday of every fourth month" type of stuff.

    So far so good. I've put in all my old tasks. As far as notes, I just stick a couple newlines after the title and put the notes below. I just run it in local mode. I don't have it sync with Google Tasks.

    I might still look at Pimlical though. It seems more robust, and admittedly, the nostalgic factor also works into it.
     
  12. You could also take a look at my app - Alarm + Task Logger FREE.
    Google play link - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mobitronix.gauravchauhan.alarmplus.free

    You can select a date and repeat it on any of the months of a year. Example a recurring task set to repeat on 5th of Jan, April & Nov of every year.

    Also tasks which can repeat on any of the days of a month. Example a recurring task set to repeat on 4th, 18th & 27th of every month.
     
    #12 Mobitronix Apps, Aug 5, 2017
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2017
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