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QuickCal - The natural language calendar for iOS for iOS

By SmellyPuppy $0.99 Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Nov 2, 2010

QuickCal Mobile is an app that lets you quickly create new events for your calendar using plain language typed into a text field.

Mac users may know QuickCal from the free Dashboard widget of the same name, and the interface shares some similarities: you create events in the same way, by typing into an always-on text field. QuickCal will automatically recognize most parameters--for example, "Go to gym tomorrow 11-noon," "Yard work next Saturday at Dad's house," or "Team meeting next Friday for two hours starting at 3." As you type, the app will show you a live update of the event's description, location, and start and end time and date, and as soon as you press "Done," the event is entered into both iCal and QuickCal (which has an attractive, scrolling quick-reference calendar of its own).

QuickCal isn't flawless (you can't, for example, say "a week from today," because "from" usually precedes a start time), but overall the app does an excellent job of interpreting what you type, with nice touches like flexibility as to how you enter time (accepting variations such as 4, 4pm, 4:00, 1600, and so on). A bar at the top of the interface shows which calendar your event will be placed in, and you can tap the bar to toggle between calendars. The app also has settings to change calendar appearance and the default alarm for an event. A "Smart Reminder" system automatically sets earlier default alarms for events that are further in the future--such as reminding you days ahead of time for events that are weeks away, or weeks ahead of time for events that are months away.

Thankfully, QuickCal Mobile's interface has gotten much better in recent updates--early versions were not pretty--but it still might not jibe perfectly with your work flow (for example, the longest default alarm available is 1 hour before, which means you'll need to manually add any longer alarm). That said, QuickCal Mobile is very easy to use--and as it lets you bypass iCal's multiple menus, fields, and buttons, QuickCal Mobile is typically a much faster way than iCal to add new events to your calendar.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.6

- Enhanced language parser (the one in the Desktop app) now used for iOS app- iOS 6 data privacy support- iPhone 5 support- New settings option to launch directly into event creation screen- Long tap to create feature. Tap and hold on a date in list view or in month view to create and event for that day- App launcher support - URIs supported: quickcal://new, quickcal://list, quickcal://month (to launch into the event list, month calendar, or new entry screen)

General

Release November 28, 2012
Date Added November 28, 2012
Version 1.6

Operating Systems

Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1 or later. iTunes account required

Popularity

Total Downloads 94
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

Why should creating an event be such an event?Create events and reminders in speed of thought with natural language! You'll be amazed how much quicker you can create events. Some examples: "Dinner at 6" "Pick up Joe tomorrow at LAX at 8pm" "Cycling class @6 for 1.5h" "Next Tuesday Jogging in the Park @8a for 90 min"Just type for a few seconds or dictate your event - QuickCal will know what you want. As you type, QuickCal will show you what it is thinking.You can also use a bunch of common shortforms for e.g. weekdays or month to save time while typing.If you use multiple calendars you can easily tap on the calendar name in the title bar to switch to the next calendar. Or choose a specific calendar by typing a portion of its name.In addition to this, QuickCal supports "Smart Reminders", which will create alarms at configurable time intervals, specific to how far in the future the event is. A meeting tomorrow? Reminder 15 min in advance. A meeting in 6 months? Remind a few _days_ in advance.You can configure details in the settings.QuickCal also provides a convenient view of upcoming events; pinch/zoom to provide different levels of detail on your calendar entries.***You can even create an event for a specific day while scrolling through the list view or in month view with a long tap on a date.***Enjoy a much easier and quicker way to manage your events!Also check out "QuickCal" for the Mac! http://quickcalapp.com---Some useful hints:QuickCal is very flexible. There is no fixed syntax. Most things should be intuitive. However there are few hints you won't find out right away. If you want to keep QuickCal from parsing words or numbers you type use quotes e.g. "Run 10 Miles" If a location is followed by a description you need to use ":" as a delimiter QuickCal has also some custom URI goodness for apps like Launch Center Pro. You can use one of these to launch QuickCal to a certain view: "quickcal://new", "quickcal://list" or "quickcal://month".For further information and question please contact us directly!Email quickcal at quickcalapp dot com or start a conversation on Twitter with @quickcal.We can't reply to reviews in the AppStore.