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.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or twitter (@thejoefin).
Thanks again for using Ink Calendar.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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,
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?