One of the coolest things about digital distribution is content updates. Say… 3 months after you pick up a dog/cat from the animal shelter, someone doesn’t come by and say “Hey, you know how your pet has that problem with urinating everywhere? Well, we fixed that. Here’s a better version.”
Anyways, some sort of bad news first, but then some way better news after:
Bad news: we’re getting rid of the in-app Google Cal Sync. But don’t freak out! We have something better, we promise. Too many people were having crashes/problems with the current Google Sync, and it was proving incredibly difficult to reproduce those issues due to the extreme differences that everybody could have in their scheduling. Not to mention the gigantic difference in the way Google Calendar and iconcal handle data.
The good news: We are currently in the pre-alpha stage of adding iOS calendar syncing fuctionality. What does this mean? Well, it means:
* You will be able to import all of your events from your iOS device’s default calendar into IconCal.
* Siri support for IconCal (no icons through siri, obviously). You tell Siri you have a meeting, and it will show up in IconCal next time you open it.
* Full iCloud support. All of your events (including icons), and custom made icons will be saved to your account’s iCloud. Custom made icons are handled internally in IconCal, whilst events, and their associated (and unassociated) icons are pushed to iOS calendar and backed up to iCloud from there.
* Google Cal, CalDAV, Microsoft Outlook, and basically any other calendar that is compatible with your iOS device will now sync with IconCal. I’m working on a video tutorial of how this is done. But basically, if you already use those calendars to sync with the iOS calendar, you don’t have to do anything extra. They will all sync, with IconCal (icons included, thought the icons will only actually display in IconCal, obviously).
We’re still trying to keep IconCal as user friendly as possible, whist giving some back-end power user support for those who need the extra features. At its core, IconCal is still an easy to use drag-and-drop icon based calendar, where you really don’t have to enter in text/time data if you don’t want to, but the option is still available to you if you need it.
After we’re finished up with iOS syncing, we plan on adding a whole ton more icon content (we more than doubled the number of our built-in icons in 2.0), both premium and free, so keep an eye out for that. If you have any ideas for icon packs you’d like to see, please comment/post/email and let us know! We care a lot about user feedback!