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.
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!
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.
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?
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!