It's been a while since the last update for DayCalc hit the App Store, in fact two months. With v2.3 I'd like to think that the waiting was worth the while. The release cycle for this particular update was being extended all the time, by adding more and more features from my backlog. Probably I get used to having achieved my ambition too quickly, at which point I raise the bar even higher. This is good for achieving a lot, but not for being done. You can always do more... It sort of becomes an addiction in the end. On the other hand delay may have to be related to the fact that woking a job and completing studies at the same time just puts a strain on your time budget. You have to face the fact that the day only contains 24h. In the end it's all good though, since working your passion just means switching desk a few times a day! After all my free time activities do not differ from the rest of my day's schedule in terms of what I do, but where I do it. For the most part at least, because sometimes I just have to zone out on my bicycle or by hiking in the mountains nearby.
App Store release notes for DayCalc v2.3
Either way you are not here to read about my incredible lifestyle^^. You want to get down to the bare bones off what's new with DayCalc v2.3. Let me just open by saying; a lot! You can get a preview from the above App Store changelog. However I started compressing these bullet points for the sake of getting the most important points accross efficiently. Chances are you have seen it already when updating the app on your phone. The full picture will be provided in the following:
First and foremost there are a lot of visual improvements throughout the app. You know that from the App Store release notes, but unless you lay v2.2 and v2.3 side by side, that's a nice-to-know at best. What are those changes? A lot of the icons used throughout the app were redesigned. Rather than me talking about them, you can see for yourself below. Apart from the obvious modifications, other graphical improvements were implemented. One example is removing icon transparencies in order to create a consistent experience throughout the app.
Tablerow icon redesigns, previous versions (left) versus DayCalc v2.3 versions (right)
These graphical additions to DayCalc are just the icing on the cake though. Below this delicious eye candy, there are numerous layers of new user features. As an appetiser (get it?) I'd like to present the new font color and color scheme settings. With DayCalc v.2.3 you are able to choose between black and white writing or have the app determine the tone that guarantees the best readability. When you go wild with calendar colours or deadline color schemes you will appreciate this feature. Have a look at the examples below:
Deadlines without automatic font settings (left), activated automatic font settings (right)
Speaking of deadlines, you are now able to mark them as completed or open, just by tapping the checkbox (which of course is a circle in DayCalc). When you do, the system will play a neat animation, to highlight the deadline in question. See for yourself below:
Animation when marking deadlines as completed/open
Moving on throughout the app, any avid user will quickly detect the new calculator module, entitled "Distance Adder". With this one you are able to add a specified amount of days, months or years to a date - a function that is especially useful for those of us who like to schedule appoints by saying something along the lines "Let's meet in two weeks.". In the future some awesome calendar modules will be added as well.
Last but not least a few bugs have been eliminated. This time the deadline alerts were the troublemakers. In DayCalc v2.3 you will no longer be bothered by reminders from deleted deadlines. The second bug, which was fixed was also related to deadlines. When scheduling one you have to choose a due date and time of course. You are able to set the hour of the day and the minutes, but seconds are automatically determined. You would expect something like 12:30:00. The reality is not in line with perfection however. The actual amount of seconds is the same as the seconds within the current system time at the point of pressing save. How nice of the date picker to do that... not. DayCalc v2.3 now has a built in algorithm that circumvents this. A nice side effect of the algorithm is that reminders are now delivered at the minute, not at some seemingly random amount of seconds after the fact.
This concludes the changes for this update. If you enjoy DayCalc, consider rating it on the App Store and send in your suggestions for future features. If you have any concerns, share them. Contact information is provided plentifully!
About the Author
Erik is a software developer, who specializes in mobile apps for iOS. He is passionate about designing user interfaces, practicing graphic design, as well as hiking, cycling and photography.
He currently works at Stocard GmbH and studies computer science at Mannheim University of Applied Sciences. In his earlier days Erik graduated from Mannheim University and Robert Gordon University with business administration and management degrees.