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Author/Date Calendar & Contacts Suggestions
C. Laird
01/02/2004 11:40pm
If you ever feel like updating a few things here and there in the Calendar/Contacts, I've got some suggestions. :)

Calendar
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1. An option for recurring appointments. For example, a birthday occurring every year, or an appointment every week.

2. Different colours for different appointments. Currently everything is the same colour, and it would be handy to be able to assign individual colours to the different appointments to help them stand out. Especially in the mega-handy monthly-view.

3. "All Day" events. Currently, I set the start/end time to 12:00am to 'simulate' an all day event, but the downside is that the event will not appear in the weekly view. Setting the start time to 12:00am and the end time to 12:01am also doesn't get the event to show up. It would be nice to be able to set an event as 'all day', so that it not only appears in the monthly view, but also at the top of the day in the weekly. Also, it's handy to have an 'all day' setting, because some things don't necessarily have specific times.

4. Configurable font. I run at 1600x1200, and the appointments (especially in the monthly view) are near impossible to read, and I don't see an option to change the display font.

These things would really make the calendar a lot easier and more functional to use, IMO.

Contacts
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1. Being able to file the contacts as "Last name, First name" all in one field. Currently the best workaround for this is to set the "Nickname" field to "Last name, First name", but it would be handy to have a 'File as' option, to help with sorting large numbers of contacts.

2. In the same vein as #1, when you go to new e-mail, and pop up the "Add Contact" dialog to select who to send the mail to, the sorting option is not configurable, and it's a huge mess to sort through and try and find the contact you're looking for. Perhaps sorting this dialog the same way the user has chosen to sort their contacts folder? (File As..)

3. Again, same dialog..if you have your contacts sorted into different groups, the Add Contact dialog just throws them altogether in the same list with no idication of what group they're from. Really not handy. :( Example: There's the contacts folder, and you put 100 people in it. Then you create a subfolder in "Contacts" called "Business", and you put another 100 people in that. Then, when you go to make a new e-mail, and select the contacts to send to via the "Add Contact" dialog, all the contacts from both the "Contacts" and "Business" folders are melded together, and there's nothing telling which is which.

4. Maybe it's an issue with what you're using for the GUI, but when you're in the contacts folder, and say you drag the "last name" field in front of the "first name" field, all the displayed fields get corrupted until you click onto something else, such as "Inbox", and click back. Don't know what that's all about.

Hopefully some or any of these changes make it into a future version. Don't mean to be annoying, hopefully other people may find these suggestions of use too.

Cheers!
fReT
02/02/2004 12:48am
Calendar:

  1. This is on the todo list.
  2. Currently you can assign colour to events on a folder by folder basis using the config window in the calendar view.

    Is this enough?
  3. Another todo item...
  4. There is an option in the appearance tab of the options window to set the font size modifier (-2 thru +2 points). This effects the default font used through out the program and requires you to restart Scribe to take effect. There is no way to change just the calendar font.

    If you find the font size too small to read it's probably time to up the operating systems default font size, which Scribe uses.


Contacts:

  1. Having that information in the same field means you can't search or sort on it. Which limits the functionality in the UI. So as far as I'm concerned they stay separate fields. I could achieve the same effect with adding multiple column sorting right? ie sort on last name and then sub sort on first name.
  2. People have suggested a cut down version of the main list view is a good option here. Really I didn't intend the add contact window to be resorted. The standard use case for the add contact window is to type a few characters in the search box until the name you want scrolls into view, then either hit enter if it's already selected or double click it in the list view. It's an aid to find someone by name.

    I still don't see the point in making it more configurable. Although I can accept that searching on the last name may be useful. So what have the first and last name fields separate?
  3. To me it doesn't matter which sub folder the contact is in. I just want to search amongst everyone. How would you change the II to reflect the source of the contact?
  4. This is a temporary bug in the recent test version. I've already fixed it. This sort of bug generally appears in one version and is gone in the next. Obvious things like this I tend to catch myself in the course of using the program.
C. Laird
02/02/2004 7:56pm
>> Calendar

>> 1. This is on the todo list.

Excellent, I'm glad to hear this!

>> 2. Currently you can assign colour to events on a folder
>> by folder basis using the config window in the calendar
>> view.

>> Is this enough?

After experimenting with that for a bit, I find that it works, but it's slightly clumsy. It involves creating separate calendar folders for everything that you want to be a different colour. While that's actually not such a bad idea, when you're in the calendar view, and you double click on a day to add an appointment, you can't choose which calendar folder you'd like to add it to.

Perhaps being able to choose which calendar folder to add them to would pretty much cover this functionality..although, I'd think it would be easier just to be able to colour-code appointments at will.

A few more colour options would be nice too! That's probably not too much of a hassle. :)

Either way, if you're even willing to look into it, it would be greatly appreciated.

>> 3. Another todo item...

Again, excellent!

>> 4. There is an option in the appearance tab of the
>> options window to set the font size modifier (-2 thru +2
>> points). This effects the default font used through out
>> the program and requires you to restart Scribe to take
>> effect. There is no way to change just the calendar
>> font.

>> If you find the font size too small to read it's
>> probably time to up the operating systems default font
>> size, which Scribe uses.

I have played with the font size modifier in the options dialog, and it doesn't adjust the font size used for appointments on the calendar. Guess I'll just live with it being small. It would be nice in the future (if possible) to have it configurable, but hey, there's bigger and better priorities. :)

>> Contacts

>> Having that information in the same field means you
>> can't search or sort on it. Which limits the
>> functionality in the UI. So as far as I'm concerned they
>> stay separate fields. I could achieve the same effect
>> with adding multiple column sorting right? ie sort on
>> last name and then sub sort on first name.

That would be excellent, multi-column sorting.

>> People have suggested a cut down version of the main
>> list view is a good option here. Really I didn't intend
>> the add contact window to be resorted. The standard use
>> case for the add contact window is to type a few
>> characters in the search box until the name you want
>> scrolls into view, then either hit enter if it's already
>> selected or double click it in the list view. It's an
>> aid to find someone by name.

>> I still don't see the point in making it more
>> configurable. Although I can accept that searching on
>> the last name may be useful. So what have the first and
>> last name fields separate?

Hmm. If this is your take on the functionality, maybe it would be beneficial to have the rest of the contacts disappear when you type a term in the search box. For example, once I type "J", only contacts that start with "J" appear..then when I type "a", only contacts that start with "Ja" appear. Etc.

Make sense? At least that would make it a bit more functional and viewable.

>> To me it doesn't matter which sub folder the contact is
>> in. I just want to search amongst everyone. How would
>> you change the II to reflect the source of the contact?

I would add a group field, so that it read:

"E-Mail" "Name" "Group"

OR

Since the tab already reads "Local Contacts", perhaps separate the contact groups into tabs. That would be super-handy. That way you could have "Local Contacts", "Business Contacts", etc.

The reason for these requests about this particular dialog is that sometimes the name of the person being searched for can't be recalled, and you've got to scroll through many, many contacts. If they were separated by group, it makes searching quicker and more productive.

>> This is a temporary bug in the recent test version. I've
>> already fixed it. This sort of bug generally appears in
>> one version and is gone in the next. Obvious things like
>> this I tend to catch myself in the course of using the
>> program.

Excellent news.

Cheers for the fast response, appreciate it. :)
fReT
02/02/2004 8:03pm
You can configure the folder that double clicking the calendar view will create a new event in by openning the calendar options and selecting the folder in the "create in" column.

Once you understand how it works it's not so bad, but the learning curve is pretty steep I'll admit.

Plus if there is a better way to do it then I'm open ears.
C. Laird
02/02/2004 9:20pm
How about when you're creating a new appointment, there's a dropdown combo in that dialog that allows you to select which calendar you'd like to add that appointment to? Also, a dropdown for the colour of that appt.

Seems to be the easiest way (from the user perspective). That way you don't have to change the 'create in' option every time you want to make an appt for a different calendar folder.

Thoughts?
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