Day View Agenda and Better Settings

Work is coming along quite nicely on the next version of Ink Calendar. This next update has two major features.

1. Day View Agenda

The Day View has been reworked to be more useful and powerful. Now every day see a break down of what is on your calendar for today. Use the agenda to organize time over the day and plan your time well. There is a customizable hour by hour area, a place for all day appointments, and a bottom area for notes.

If you prefer a standard dot grid, that is still an option. This new view will be the default, but the setting is there to change it back to the dot grid if you prefer.

2. Better Settings

The advanced settings area is now more intelligent and works better. But more noticable are the new background options available to everyone! Pick from a gallary of new choices. Mostly landscape and nature shots, with all custom backgrounds included as well.

Background Image Options
Background Image Options

If none of these suit your needs then feel free to add your own background as always. These images were chose for their diverse and rich color pallet which should make a great background behind the acrylic calendars.

That is it for now, thanks again for using Ink Calendar.

Joe

Swiping Coming Soon!

Update 1.19 is rolling out to the Microsoft Store now. This update brings a highly requested features: natural swiping between views. Now you can change the view by swiping or by clicking the next/previous buttons as always.

This change introduced a fairly major change to the way Ink Calendar handles the different sets of ink + calendars. I have done lots of testing for performance and found it to be acceptable. However it is impossible for me to test every device. I’ll be watching the crash statistics and will continue to optimize Ink Calendar with future updates.

Hopefully this update makes Ink Calendar more natural and easier to use. If you have suggestions, comments, or feedback then please reach out by email (support@inkcalendar.com) or twitter (@thejoefin).

Thanks again for using Ink Calendar.

Joe

P.S. If you are a digital artist using Ink Calendar and are interested in being paid for some promotional artwork please reach out and we can work something out.

Current Time and Bug Fixes in 1.18

Current Time and Textures

In the latest update there are two visible features added to the Week View. The first is a line showing the current time (of the current week). The other visible change is a texture given to calendar appointments to distinguish between different states of ‘busy.’ These textures mirror the ones provided by Windows for continuity and clarity. 

The current time indicator for the month view looks the same, but now will move to the next day if Ink Calendar is left open over night. In the same way the Week View current time indicator will move to indicate the current time when the app is left open. This makes it easy to locate where “NOW” is when glancing at a week view. 

Other than these changes I have made improvements to the way the Week View displays appointments. There was some odd behavior happening when there were several overlapping appointments. Also appointments sometimes not showing the correct end time when the appointment crosses over between weeks has also been fixed.

Thanks for using Ink Calendar. Let me know what you think and what you’d like to see improved.

Joe

Summer ’18 Update

Summer has been a busy time. I have been working on big changes to Ink Calendar. Mostly these changes have been in the way new calendars are generated. I moved a lot of the code around and have been working on getting it functioning the way it should.

The reason I’m making these big changes to Ink Calendar are to enable swiping between views. I’ve been breaking all the different UI elements into their own User Controls and abstracting the code which generates a view for the given date range.

So far it has been very successful but I still need to do a lot of work to optimize the experience. I don’t want to push an update which slows down the app while delivering no new functionality.

In addition to these architecture changes I’m working on little fit and finish elements like scaling the print out to fit, more keyboard shortcuts, and other suggestions from users.

Thanks for using Ink Calendar and if you have any questions or suggestions please let me know.

 

-Joe

Organized Settings and Appointments On This Day changes in 1.15

Appointments On Changes in 1.15

Two areas of focus for 1.15 have been organizing the app settings and improving the ‘Appointments on this day’ dialog. Organizing the settings and changing how it is displayed gives space to add more features and give users the ability to customize their experience.

Settings in Pivot for 1.15
Settings in Pivot for 1.15

The changes to the ‘Appointments on this day’ dialog are focused on adding more appointments without a pen. This makes Ink Calendar span the usage scenarios more gracefully from pen & touch to keyboard & mouse.

As always there are small improvements and bug fixes wherever I can find them.

Thanks for using Ink Calendar!

-Joe

Adjustments and Improvements Galore in 1.14.2

After a long delay Ink Calendar 1.14.2 has been submitted and accepted to the store. This update brings lots of little changes to Ink Calendar which should improve the experience for all users. The change list is long with this update:

  • Tap to select a block of ink.
  • Current day is highlighted in the Year View.
  • The different view buttons are no longer in a menu when the window is wide enough.
  • Appointment time recognition has been improved.
  • Improved the look of the appointments on Month and Week view.
  • Free or tentative appointments are now transparent with colored text.
  • More space on mobile landscape orientation.
  • Bug fixes.

Let me know what you think!

On another note, I am working on updating my art for the Microsoft Store page. If you are an artist and use Ink Calendar please reach out I’d love to feature your art!

-Joe

Enjoy Ink Calendar in your own language

In the new update 1.14 Ink Calendar will use the language settings you have set in Windows 10. The month names, days of the week, and day abbreviations will all be translated automatically by Windows.

Next up I will be translating the text in the app itself. All the button text will soon be translated with the help of anyone I know who speaks that language! If you’d like to help translate then email support@inkcalendar.com

As always, thank you for using Ink Calendar

-Joe

Drag, Quick Actions, and more coming soon

The latest update to Ink Calendar has been submitted to the store. Version 1.12 brings a few big features and improvements all around.

Key New Features

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  • Drag selected ink around the calendar.
  • Preform common ink related tasks from the new Quick Ink Actions menu.
  • Add events from ink on the Week and Day views.
  • From the right click menu view all the calendar events on a day.
  • Jump to the week view or day view of a day from the right click menu.
  • View events on the Week view

Improvements

  • Many bug fixes.
  • Improved the tiny app icons.
  • Added the user accent color throughout Ink Calendar.
  • Adding an event from ink works better and more reliability.
  • Event text is white unless the event is too bright then the text is black.

Those are all of the main changes. I’ll be sharing more screenshots and GIFS of all these new features in action.

Thanks for using Ink Calendar

-Joe

Progress report on 1.11

I am making good progress on version 1.11 of Ink Calendar. This update will bring a few key new features I’ve been eager to release.

  1. Better Mobile UX
  2. Jumplists
  3. Calendar Events on Week View

Jump Lists
Jump Lists

New Mobile View
New Mobile View

So far all of these features are working. None of them are perfect but the majority of the feature is working well. I’ll keep refining the update and hopefully release soon.

Thanks again for using Ink Calendar!

 

Joe