Iconcal 2.1.1!

Iconcal 2.1.1 update now available.  Both major and minor bugfixes.  Changelog:

• Fixed crashing that was occurring while the app was in the background, causing load times to be longer. 

• Fixed a rare crash when deleting custom icons. 

• Fixed a bug with certain repeating events not being properly saved when edited. 

• Optimizations for the UI. 

• A few other minor bugfixes. 

Known issues: 

• Certain “Custom” repeating events created in external computer programs (Google Calendar, Apple’s OSX Calendar program, etc.) are not fully compatible with Iconcal. We are working on adding compatibility for each of these. 

• Custom icons are sometimes slow to load, or do not display properly with iCloud syncing turned on.

posted 1 year ago

2.1 is live and on sale!

IconCal 2.1 is now live on the app store! Go get it!

Celebrating the update, the app is also on sale.  40% off for a week!

• Added iOS calendar syncing!

  -Add an event into iOS calendar with Siri, and it will then automatically be synced with IconCal!

  -Ability to sync your IconCal calendar between multiple devices on the same account.

  -Ability to sync your IconCal data with Google Calendar, Outlook, and any other calendars that Apple supports through iOS.

• Removed built-in Google Calendar syncing in lieu of added iOS calendar syncing.

• iCloud syncing of custom icons

• Numerous crash and bug fixes

• Various interface tweaks for ease of use

posted 1 year ago

Btw - more details on the update when it goes live.

posted 1 year ago

Wow!  That took a LOT longer to develop than expected.  Sorry, everyone.  Turns out Apple’s iCloud & iOS calendaring SDK are sorely lacking.
On the upside, now that most of the behind-the-scenes calendaring and syncing code is done, we can pump out updates much faster.
Short term plans:
• Tips, tricks & tutorial videos
• In-app icon store (along with frequent premium & free icon packs)

Wow!  That took a LOT longer to develop than expected.  Sorry, everyone.  Turns out Apple’s iCloud & iOS calendaring SDK are sorely lacking.

On the upside, now that most of the behind-the-scenes calendaring and syncing code is done, we can pump out updates much faster.

Short term plans:

• Tips, tricks & tutorial videos

• In-app icon store (along with frequent premium & free icon packs)

posted 1 year ago

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).
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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!

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).

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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!

posted 2 years ago

2.1 progress

In order to get full compatibility with iCloud, we have to change our database from sqlite to core data.  The danger of doing that is data loss on update.  So we’re really spending our time on bug testing making sure data loss doesn’t occur… as that is literally the worst possible thing that could happen in our app (aside from iconcal somehow turning your iPhone into an atom bomb).

So that’s why 2.1 is taking so long.  Hopefully we can get all of that ironed out.  But there is always a chance that there is something that slips through the cracks and we don’t catch.  It is ALWAYS a good idea to backup your device via iTunes (actually backing it up, not syncing it: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1766).  This is a good practice before updating any app where you store important data, as iOS’s update system isn’t flawless (like all technology - don’t hate me Apple).

posted 2 years ago

2.0.4 update

Another small feature/bugfix update is due to hit the iTunes app store soon.

2.0.4:
Icons will now display chronologically on the month view
Various crashes fixed with Google Sync
Rating dialogue added (unobtrusive!)
Other various small bugfixes


In other news, a very well done and insightful review on ipadblog.com.mx (en español):

http://www.ipadblog.com.mx/iconcal-un-calendario-muy-simple-y-divertido/

¡¡Gracias, Manuel Nuñez!!

posted 2 years ago

We’re working on iconcal 2.1!  We’ll be implementing iCloud support - allowing you to backup and sync your data across your iOS devices.  We’ll also be fixing the month view icons so they appear chronologically depending on how you have your events set up.  A little bit further off is a more robust in-app icon store.  We should be adding additional icon packs before then however.  Keep an eye out!

We’re working on iconcal 2.1!  We’ll be implementing iCloud support - allowing you to backup and sync your data across your iOS devices.  We’ll also be fixing the month view icons so they appear chronologically depending on how you have your events set up.  A little bit further off is a more robust in-app icon store.  We should be adding additional icon packs before then however.  Keep an eye out!

posted 2 years ago

Great video review!  Check it out.

posted 2 years ago

iconcal 2.0.3

Another update is in the pipes and should be live in the iTunes store within a few days.  This will fix another rare issue where some users were losing some data.  The update should restore the lost data.  A number of other bugfixes are included including a bug causing the associated icon to not display properly.

posted 2 years ago