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Posted by Dr Andus
Sep 1, 2011 at 08:53 AM

 

Apologies for asking something slightly off-topic but has anyone with iPhone/iPod Touch come across an app that would match the sophistication of DateBk6 calendar on Palm? Actually it wouldn’t even have to be as sophisticated, as long as it is able to:
- set appointments by the minute (e.g. from 9:37am to 11:52am);
- change the colour of the text and highlight the text in various colours;
- mark appointments as “done” (toggle done or strikethrough);
- provide some unobtrusive alarms for reminders;
- have icons for various categories of tasks;
I’m getting a bit tired of logging around both my Palm TX and my iPod Touch, and DateBk6 is one of the last apps that tethers me to my Palm… Thanks.

 


Posted by Ken
Sep 1, 2011 at 03:35 PM

 

I was in the same boat a few years ago when I tried to replace my Sony Clie with an iPod Touch.  I still have both, but I am primarily relying on an iPad2 and my Motorola Droid phone.  It may not meet all of your needs, but the combination that I have found to be most useful, especially on the iPad2 but still possible on the iPod Touch is Pocket Informant and Toodledo.  PI will sync with Google Calendar and it also syncs with Toodledo.  Toodledo also has natve iPhone and iPad apps that are reasonably well designed.  There are other programs available, and they may better meet your your criteria, but these apps are well supported, and that is important to me.

One new app that I have not yet tried, but looks interesting, is the calendar from Readdle.  Unfortunately, I have not spent any significant amount of time reviewing it.

Let us know what you decide.

—Ken

 


Posted by Dr Andus
Sep 1, 2011 at 09:31 PM

 

Thank you Ken for the suggestions, they look interesting. I have also tried MLO which I really like on the desktop but the iPod version is disappointing and the syncing is cumbersome, plus I don’t want to pay for their cloud service.

 


Posted by Ken
Sep 2, 2011 at 12:15 AM

 

You are quite welcome, and welcome to the club!  While I have been a bit disappointed with Google’s support for Calendar, I recommended the other two programs because I find their syncing to work reasonably well under normal circumstances.  And while Toodledo has a paid subscription in addition to its free version, it is extremely affordable.  I have been spending the better part of the last two years trying to build a calendar and task management system that it multi-platform and cloud-synced, and this has caused me fits on several occasions.  On the one hand, I am using a PC, and Android phone and an iOS tablet.  Two years ago, I had a sony Clie and a PC.  So, as hardware and software changes seem to be somewhat of a given for the time being, this strategy seems to make sense.  On the other hadn, the software for my iPad2 seems a bit more developed, and I am wondering if I am better served in the short run by putting all of my eggs in one basket, the iPad2, and dealing with hardware or software changes down the road.  The problem with this approach is that my iPad2 is only wifi, and it is not always with me like my phone.  If youa re going to rely on the cloud for syncing, then it seems to me that you need to be connected to it, and not just on occasion.  Looking back, its interesting to see that I have gone from being hardware dependent, to being program and internet-connection dependent.  so, am I really more productive, or am I confusing spending my time maintaining and migrating infromation for being productive?  I am not sure that I want to answer that question! ;)

—Ken

 


Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Sep 3, 2011 at 12:30 PM

 

I’m not on iOS or Mac, but I’ve been using Google Calendar as the sync hub for my devices (Android and PC) for quite some time with no problems. Is there a particular issue that you’ve encountered?

Ken wrote:
>You are quite welcome, and welcome to the club!  While I have been a bit disappointed
>with Google’s support for Calendar, I recommended the other two programs because I
>find their syncing to work reasonably well under normal circumstances. 

 


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