Dawn: a refreshing new search for iPhone calendar apps
Most iPhone calendar apps are likely to comply with the identical path because the constructed-in iOS Calendar, with few variations on the theme. Now a brand new calendar app for iPhone, Dawn (free) gives a recent new perspective on how you’ll take a look at calendars sooner or later. That is an app that does for calendaring what Clear did for to-do lists and Mailbox is doing for Gmail.
To start with, when you’re on the lookout for one thing that’s suitable together with your iCloud-based mostly calendar, you are going to be dissatisfied. Nevertheless, for those who’re an enthusiastic consumer of Google’s calendars or wish to sustain on occasions being posted on Fb or LinkedIn, you will love Dawn.
The app exhibits a two-week common calendar view on the prime of the display, useful when somebody says “Are you free subsequent Tuesday?” and you may examine your calendar by merely tapping that date. With a downward swipe of the 2-week calendar, 5 weeks are displayed and you may swipe by means of the months.
Particular person calendar occasions are listed in a vertical timeline. For any day, you see precisely what you’ve got deliberate as all-day and particular person occasions. With a faucet, particulars of the occasion are revealed. The app additionally asks on your location and shows a tiny forecast of climate and temperature for the morning, afternoon and night of every day.
As you scroll via the timeline, a small orange circle with a white arrow in it “factors” to the present day. As an example, when you scroll again in your calendar to take a look at earlier occasions, the arrow factors down. Tapping the circle brings you again to the current day.
Notice that you simply want a Fb account to make use of Dawn, because it’s required upon startup. Dawn grabs occasions and birthdays from Fb, and presents a couple of methods to behave upon these gadgets. For instance, you will see a photograph of a good friend or relative within the Dawn timeline if it is their birthday, and tapping on that picture provides you the choice of posting birthday greetings on their Fb timeline or sending a textual content message.
Tapping the “dawn” icon on the prime of the app show lists any invites which were despatched to you thru Gmail, Fb or LinkedIn. Tapping an invite allows you to see the small print of the invitation and reply to it, and should you’ve chosen to simply accept the invitation it seems within the correct spot in your calendar.
Including a brand new occasion is enjoyable, too! You’ll be able to add occasions within the conventional means by tapping on a “plus” icon, which shows a brand new occasion type together with the title of the occasion, begin and finish time, location, time zone, the individuals you want to invite to the occasion, whether or not or not you need to be alerted previous to the occasion, and what calendar you want to put the occasion on.
There’s additionally a shortcut approach so as to add gadgets by tapping and holding the plus icon. Whenever you do that, merely typing (or dictating) a phrase like “Meet with Dave Caolo at 1:30 on Friday to debate his new ebook” creates a calendar entry for that date and time with the title “Meet with Dave Caolo to debate his new e-book”. For some cause, Dawn does not parse the identify “Dave Caolo” and add him to the listing of invitees — nevertheless, if I say “Lunch at Row 14 tomorrow at eleven:30″ and add Dave’s Gmail handle, he’ll be invited.
That restaurant identify begins a search and truly provides the situation to the invitation. With a number of faucets, full evaluations, entry to OpenTable reservations and instructions to the restaurant are at your fingertips.
All the features of Dawn are simply accessed with a number of swipes and faucets, and it is really a pleasure to make use of. And the great factor? You do not have to attend in a digital line to make use of it, in contrast to a number of the different new apps like Mailbox or Tempo. Anybody who makes use of Google calendars on their iPhone ought to obtain Dawn instantly — it is that good.