Brainstorm

Improving the Calendar in n900

Posted on 2010-01-15 18:33 UTC by Kathy Smith. Status: Under consideration, Categories: Utilities.

The calendar in n900 is very feature weak. There have been a number of suggestions of ways it could be improved. This brainstorm is to collate them all in one place to make a strong, useful calendar/diary/to-do.

 

This Storm is related:
http://talk.maemo.org/showthread.php?t=38723

is in some way related:
http://talk.maemo.org/showthread.php?t=36866

Solutions for this brainstorm

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Solution #1: Improve repeat event function

Posted on 2010-01-15 18:33 UTC by Kathy Smith.

Add function to repeat fortnightly

Add function to repeat on a certain day or date, or every X number of days

Add function to repeat on the Xth weekday of every month (eg 3rd Wednesday)

Add function to repeat more than once each week (eg every Tuesday and Thursday)

Add function to remove one instance of repeat without removing all

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Solution #2: Improve alarm function

Posted on 2010-01-15 18:36 UTC by Kathy Smith.

Currently alarm always defaults to 15 minutes, unless you are entereing an event at 15 minutes or less ahead: enable default setting to alternative, including no alarm.

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Solution #3: Improve the view to show free time

Posted on 2010-01-15 18:42 UTC by Kathy Smith.

Adjust day/agenda view to show a full timetable so free time can be seen as well as busy time - as the wek view does.

Adjust month view so the 'busy' mark occupies the relevent third of the box to indicate morninf, afternoon or evening.

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Solution #4: Improve integration

Posted on 2010-01-15 18:44 UTC by Kathy Smith.

Integration has been requested with:

Webdav

Caldav

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Solution #5: Birthday cakes for people not in contacts

Posted on 2010-01-15 18:46 UTC by Kathy Smith.

Currently people can only have a birthday (and a cake) if they appear in the contacts list. This is inconvenient if the live at the same contact address as an existing contact -eg partners, children etc.

Enable entry of birthdays/anniversaries (preferably with cake!) from calenday view for persons not in the contact list.

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Solution #6: Ability to choose arbitrary time for alarm

Posted on 2010-01-15 22:42 UTC by Christian Sarrasin.

The current list of available reminder times (15 minutes before, 30 minutes before, etc) for appointments is too restrictive.  What if I need to be remembered at 8pm on the evening before an event that occurs on the next day?
(the s60 calendar would let you do this very easily)

Please add an option to set the alarm at an arbitrary time

(tasks have just gained this ability with the 2009-51 f/w so it should be easy to implement)

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Solution #7: webcal:// support

Posted on 2010-01-15 23:01 UTC by Peter Oliver.

The calendar should be able to "subscribe" to a URL pointing to an iCalendar file.  Periodically, it should import that file into a local calendar.  It may be simplest to make subscribed calendars read-only.

The browser should recognise webcal:// URLs and pass them to the calendar for subscription.

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Solution #8: Better duplicate elimination when importing iCalendars

Posted on 2010-01-15 23:04 UTC by Peter Oliver.

The existing calendar is able to import iCalendar files.  However, if you later re-import a file, and some of the events in that file have changed, duplicate entries result.  The calendar should recognise that any events with the same UID are indeed a unique event, and merge them.

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Solution #9: Custom defaults for new events

Posted on 2010-01-15 23:15 UTC by Peter Oliver.

When creating a new event, it always defaults to the 1st calendar, with an alarm 15 minutes before the event.  It would be better if these defaulted to the values used in the most recently added event.

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Solution #10: Invite an accept or reject functionality for meetings and conferences

Posted on 2010-01-17 12:04 UTC by Uwe Kaminski.

A very basic function is missing: Please let people send invitations for conferences/meetings. Then also needed is the possibility  to accept or reject meetings.

Thunderbird with the lightning extension is a nice example for these functionality. It should be also compatible to Outlook appointments.

Olease see (an vote!) also the bugzilla entry for this:

https://bugs.maemo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=6130

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Solution #11: Smooth transitions

Posted on 2010-01-17 20:45 UTC by Peter Oliver.

When viewing the calendar by week or month, one can move forward or backwards to the next week/month by swiping left and right.  However, the display flicks to the next time period and then visibly repaints; calendar items can be seen appearing in batches (presumably as they are retrieved from the database).

It would be less disorientating if the display smoothly scrolled from one month/week to the next, as happens with the desktop or in the image viewer.  If necessary, the delay could be reduced by pre-caching neighbouring months/weeks.

Update: this was implemented for the month view in PR1.2 :-)

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Solution #12: to do list integration?

Posted on 2010-01-18 08:54 UTC by Eric Wong.

how about..calendar integrate a to do list complete with to do homescreen widget?
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Solution #13: Allow repetition of activities

Posted on 2010-01-19 08:34 UTC by Michele Michielin.

Allow repetition of activities just like events and birthdays.

Tipical activities that need to be repetead are, for example, tax payment, of any kind:

- car tax payment (every year with different due date for each car/motorbike)

- television tax payment (once a year)

- government tax payment (once a year)

- ...

I'm Italian, we have many taxes to pay...

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Solution #14: Improve calendar widget

Posted on 2010-01-19 08:53 UTC by Michele Michielin.

Add the possibility to customize calendar widget:

- set the number of rows to show on the widget (now there are 5 fixed rows)

- set the date range to use to show tasks on the widget (1 week, 2 weeks, 1 month, ...)

- choose if each type of task (birthday, event, activity, note) should be shown grouped (just like activities are now grouped) or ungrouped (like birthdays and events)

- choose if past uncompleted activities should be shown or not

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Solution #15: Show event attendees

Posted on 2010-01-19 12:19 UTC by Henri Bergius.

It should be possible to see other attendees of an event, and to invite contacts when creating or editing an event. This is especially important when using Maemo calendar connected with a company group calendar, but could also work with contacts by sending invitations via email or MMS.

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Solution #16: Copy/Paste events

Posted on 2010-01-19 19:20 UTC by Teemu Hujanen.

When you have randomly repeating event, it's easiest to copy an event and paste it to all the days you want.
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Solution #17: Preset Events and/or Days

Posted on 2010-01-19 19:39 UTC by Teemu Hujanen.

I'd like to see a loadable preset of an event/day. I have about 10 different work days that are repeating in a random order. It would be easy if I could save the work day / event into a preset and load the preset to future days when I have the similar kind of working day.
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Solution #18: Select and Highlight Weekends and Enable Saturday as First Day

Posted on 2010-01-20 18:02 UTC by Mohammed Issa.

Unlike most countries, the weekend is Friday and Saturday in most Middle East countries. (Thursday and Friday in Saudi Arabia).

The calandar must enable user to choose weekends and display them as diffrent colors.

 

It should also enable Saturday as first working day (Saudi Arabia)

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Solution #19: Ability in widget to set default view after clicking

Posted on 2010-01-20 20:16 UTC by Maxim Kleshchev.

Not like default view. Need "view by month" as default or possibility to set it as default.

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