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
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Jump Lists
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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

Advanced Settings for 1.10

Version 1.10 will not be a big release from forward facing features but it will provide some much requested advanced settings. These are settings for people who are interested in making backups of their ink and deleting all their ink.

Another big element of this release is using the roaming app data service to sync ink between devices. I’ve named this ‘slow sync’ because this service is very slow. While slow it does work and is free for me to implement so I decided to add this as a feature for those who want to try to use it.

With the slow sync come the risk of overwriting ink from one device by inking on another device. To reduce this issue I’ve added the ability to backup and load ink, and the ability to set a device as a view-only device. These view-only devices will not save the ink and this should reduce the risk of ink overwrite.

There are many little things which can go wrong when implementing features like these so please be careful and let me know if something doesn’t work the way you think it should.

Thanks for using Ink Calendar,

Joe

 

P.S. The support@InkCalendar.com email was broken because of a domain name thing, but it is fixed now.

P.S.S. Microsoft is having technical troubles with flights so I don’t know when this update will get pushed out.

1.8 Will Bring Week View

Ink Calendar 1.8 will bring a week view option to the calendar. This means users can switch between week or month views. Switching happens from a button in the top bar next to the zoom button.

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In the settings you can change the start and stop times of the week view to fit your needs. Share, save, and print your week calendars just like you can with month calendars.

I find the week view is nice for planning my day and thinking about all the different projects I’ll be working on. Currently there is no calendar support in the week view but I plan on working on that next.

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Tucked away under the more button, a new ‘rate and review’ button was added. I would really appreciate a review if you use the app please consider leaving a review. If there is something you want added let me know!

Thanks again for using Ink Calendar!

-Joe

Progress with 1.7

Update 1.7 is coming along nicely. I have added lots of changes under the hood and I have discovered the source of the crashing when sharing, saving, and printing on mobile.

The changes that I have made under the hood are not tied in so they won’t affect normal app usage. I am still experimenting with how to arrange and organize ink data with relation to the days. It is very simple to associate a month with an ink file, but when you start to move to weeks, or work weeks, or arbitrary date spans it becomes much more tricky.

The source of the crashing of share, print, and save was a result of low ram devices. I tested saving an ink file on device with 512MB, 1GB, 2GB, and 3GB. I’d been doing all of my mobile testing on my Lumia 830 which only has 1GB of RAM and I was experiencing the crashing. When I downloaded a few more mobile emulators I discovered it was related to the available RAM to Ink Calendar.

To remedy this for now I have added a line which checks for the available amount of RAM and enables or disables the buttons accordingly. Long term I would like to find a way to share, print, and save more efficiently and enable those features on more devices, but for now this will have to work.

Thanks again for using Ink Calendar! If you haven’t rated/reviewed Ink Calendar in the app store I would really appreciate it!

-Joe

Version 1.6.3 is on the way!

This week I’ve been working on adding some intelligence to Ink Calendar. After selecting some ink you can add an appointment to the calendar. Using the Windows Ink APIs the ink will be converted into text and used to build the event.

The simplest implementation of this involves adding the text as the subject of the event on the day the ink is centered. More advanced implementation involves looking for time and using that to set the start time of the event. Furthermore if the ink spans several days the even should span those days as well.

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This is a first implementation of this technique. Let me know what you think, how well does it work for you? Does it read your ink or not?

As always, thanks for using Ink calendar!

-Joe

 

#1 Requested Feature is right around the corner

Easily the number one requested feature for Ink Calendar is existing Google and Outlook calendar integration. Soon with version 1.6 that will be possible.

I thought adding the calendars would involve lots of extra authentication and a refactoring of the codebase. However, as it turns out Windows 10 has an API for that. I can request a list of appointments from Windows and all the added calendars will stream in.

The feature works by getting the calendar data from the built-in calendar application. If you have added a calendar there then it gets pulled into Ink Calendar. I’ll be adding more granular control around which calendars you want to include, but I did not want to delay this highly requested feature. I’m excited to roll this feature out soon. Let me know what you think!

Thanks again for using Ink Calendar,

-Joe

Delays in 1.5

Version 1.5 has been in the works for a few weeks now. It will bring a few new features and some user requests. None of these features on their own a big, but they continue to fill out the applications features.

This version has taken me longer than I had hoped for a few reasons. First I have been busy and not able to work on the app during the evenings. Second there have been a few tasks which have taken me a long time to understand and implement. One involving background tasks, the other was related to graphics work I did which always takes me a long time.

Hopefully I’ll have version 1.5 submitted to the store soon. If I cannot get the background portion working soon I will release the update without that portion, then add it in when I get it working.

Thanks for using Ink Calendar,

Joe