‘Easy Calendar’ iPhone App Makes Adding Appointments Easy

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I have a confession to make-I rarely make my own appointments. No, whenever I schedule something new for myself I usually mess things up and end up double-booking or, worse, not properly saving the date and then not showing up at all. My strategy to avoid this? My awesome, amazing assistant. I know it sounds lame but by working through her I rarely, if ever, mess up my schedule. There are, however, times when I do need to add my own appointment and, when that happens, I curse my iPhone. Seriously, why is it so hard to make new appointments on the iPhone?

That’s what the new app Easy Calendar seeks to do.

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As the press release notes,

With most calendar apps, one has to navigate through multiple screens to create an appointment. Easy Calendar uses a single screen that requires just three taps to add a new entry.

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Easy Calendar came about in a rather organic manner.

Accidentally discussing these thoughts with his nephew, Tom van Zummeren, a software engineer, spontaneously led to a family business. “I never bothered to keep a calendar on my iPhone because it was too much of a hassle,” Tom claims. “We both recognized there was value in something really simple to use.” Tom’s brother, Jim, a graphical designer, was added to the team eventually. Their cooperative design follows the 80/20 rule: simplicity at its core, but still possible to access advanced features like repeating events or setting an alarm when required.

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In developing the calendar app it was clear that there are times when users will want direct access to the native calendar interface. That is available with a single tap.

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But seriously, wouldn’t you prefer to use this interface than the one that ships with the iPhone itself?

Here is a quick video of it in action.

I’m switching over to Easy Calendar for the next week or so in order to get a sense of whether I want it to become the standard interface for me.

More information can be found on the company web site. You can download the app here. The app currently has a price of $3.99.

The full release follows.

New ‘Easy Calendar’ iPhone App Promises Less Hassle in Keeping a Calendar

Amstelveen, The Netherlands (PRWEB) March 9, 2011 – Easy Calendar released a brand new week calendar app that is all about making it easier and quicker to add and edit appointments in the iPhone calendar. It does this by distinguishing between frequent and less frequent tasks.

With most calendar apps, one has to navigate through multiple screens to create an appointment. Easy Calendar uses a single screen that requires just three taps to add a new entry.

Always having your calendar with you is one of the obvious attractions of having a smartphone. Because it is one of the most commonly used applications, the actual usability of such apps deserves more than average attention.

“I left my handwritten calendar at home since I got my Palm PDA in the late ‘90s,” says Jos Jong, one of the creators of Easy Calendar. ”With that experience in mind, all current iPhone calendars were too much of a struggle to me. They seem not to be designed around a typical situation with somebody on the phone or face-to-face. In most cases, it should be enough to tap on a day, select a time, and enter a short text,” he continues.

Accidentally discussing these thoughts with his nephew, Tom van Zummeren, a software engineer, spontaneously led to a family business. “I never bothered to keep a calendar on my iPhone because it was too much of a hassle,” Tom claims. “We both recognized there was value in something really simple to use.” Tom’s brother, Jim, a graphical designer, was added to the team eventually. Their cooperative design follows the 80/20 rule: simplicity at its core, but still possible to access advanced features like repeating events or setting an alarm when required.

Easy Calendar is a week-view-only design that works best for people that keep not more than a few appointments per day (not a fully loaded business schedule).

Because it integrates with the native iPhone calendar, it benefits from iTunes and MobileMe synchronization.

An interesting feature is the way events can be moved. One can actually browse through the calendar itself to select a new date. This works better than with other calendar apps because it shows you the existing appointments instead of the typical date selection wheel.

Easy Calendar can be downloaded from the Apple App Store. The development team can be contacted for support on [email protected]

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About the Author

Dan Cohen
Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”) Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him. Dan is married to Raina Goldberg who is also an avid user of Apple products. They live in New Jersey with their golden doodle Nava.