Final release notes for v1.0.2 (going live Monday March 5 2018).
• NEW: Show Map Location contextual menu item is now enabled
• NEW: Added subtask / checklist editor to the task editor
• NEW: When you right-click on a specific date in a calendar view to make a new note, the pin-to date is now automatically set
• IMPROVED: Replaced “5 Day” option in Days view with “Weekday” option
• IMPROVED: Searching now includes checklist items
• IMPROVED: You can now select a custom First Day of Week when showing 14 days in Days view
• IMPROVED: When double-clicking a read-only item, show the summary detail rather than an alert about the item being read-only
• The sidebar mini-month now immediately updates when toggling the “Show ISO Weeks” preference
• Fixed issue where the alarm for a task would fire even after you completed the task. Likewise, fixed issue where the alarm for a task or event would fire at the original time if you rescheduled that calendar item.
• Certain users may have experienced issues setting up an Evernote Sync account
• Certain users may have experienced issues with embedded images in notes
• Resolved some issues with navigation in the Days (column) view
• Improved record/playback button behavior for voice notes
• Reduced CPU use when multiple note windows are open
• Fixed an issue with certain custom recurrence rules on repeating tasks
• Improved the logic for setting start/end times on an event when you convert a task to an event
• Fixed issue where Informant would sometimes mistakenly identify events as read only. Among other issues, this would cause some contextual menu options to be incorrectly disabled.
• Subtasks were not always sorted properly
• Don’t offer priority of “Top” for Reminders (Apple doesn’t support “Top”)
• The priority menu for Reminders should always be standard priorities, even in Franklin Style mode
• Sometimes, when hovering over a task section header, we didn’t show the “show/hide” button
• Fixed some clipping and layout issues on event and task rows when using small fonts
• Improved layout of task cells when the title is very long
• Fixed issue where some tags would not be available in the editor
• Restored the behavior where hitting <return> in the editor should save and auto-dismiss the editor
• Improved situation where sometimes an event/task editor would “randomly” close
• Fixed various issues trying to save tags into a Trigger
• Applying a trigger with subtasks or checklist items now works properly
• Event duration was not being preserved properly in the editor after applying a trigger then changing the start date
• Fixed issue where applying a trigger to a task didn’t apply the project
• Fixed issue with event calendar handling when applying a trigger
• Improvements to making triggers from existing calendar items
• Forced setting a title for Triggers when no Trigger Title was specified by the user
• Updated localizations
• Improved the layout and sizing of various text fields throughout the app for localizastions that had longer strings than English
• Numerous stability improvements
On February 1st my whole calendar was blank on my iPhone. All my data was gone. Your macOS 1.0.2 did something. Have I lost all my data?
Please contact our support team via in-app support or email at support at pocket informant dot com.
Im sure we can help you find it. A few things to try:
Is the desired calendar turned off? Informant can show/hide all of your different calendars & it might just be hidden.
Meanwhile nothing meaningful happening to Informant for iOS. Whatever happened to the promise of “frequent updates” coming with the subscription model? You’ve become a bunch of clowns.
Gennaro, Expressing your frustration on this blog will not help you (or others). Post your experience on the App Store reviews page. Keith seems to think that he and his minions are doing a great job with improvements to the iOS App.
Expressing your thoughts and opinions ARE helpful here. Specifically when you propose suggestions, or ideas. We love those. Are we perfect… Nope… not yet. Is Informant a good app. Hell Yes! It does have a 4.6 star rating in the apps store and more people using it everyday than could fit in a large football stadium. We are not satisfied with where it is at either. We are “happy” but we are not satisfied. We want it to be the best personal productivity app anywhere, and we won’t stop.
All the best,
Hi m_g58, to be honest I’ve tried a bit of everything: commenting here, leaving a 1-star review (the first I’ve ever written in the App Store (UK)), writing on Fanatic’s Facebook page, also enquiring about Alex Kac (who apparently left Fanatic after selling it and is only sporadically collaborating as an external consultant). Result: NO REPLIES EVER! Apart from the total lack of development (meaningful updates for iOS are much less frequent than in the past, when we didn’t pay for a subscription), the other unfortunate result of Keith’s arrival has been the end of any sort of interaction with the developers, which was possibly the main thing that made PI so special.
If it is interaction you want then we are happy to provide it. Perhaps I am not understanding the tone of your emails at times. Maybe you are trying to be helpful and you are “giving us a hard time” to have fun. It is hard to tell that in the written word. To some casual reader it looks like you are very unhappy with everything. So, since I don’t know if you are just trying to get a reaction out of us by being dramatic, or if you are genuinely interested in an update, I’ll share a few replies to your comments. 1) yes I do read every comment and reply to most. #2) Is Informant perfect? Not yet (4.6 stars in app store), but we are working on getting it there. A few areas we are working on improving are: watch app, widget, navigation issues in iPX, Time selector (we haven’t been really happy with that one either). 3) Subscription: Yes, I know you don’t like it. It is staying. We are coming up with ways for people to reduce the costs & even get it for free so that it is not a real hurdle to using the product if you really want to. 4) Alex is a consultant and still does some work. Lately he has had health problems and is not doing too great. Maybe you could wish him health. Anything else you want to discuss? I’m happy to talk on the phone or if you are in SLC, come by the office. I’d be happy to chat. Look me up on Linkedin or Facebook & friend me. I’d love to know who you really are.
of course I wish all the best to Alex, I hope he gets at his best as soon as possible. I don’t know him personally, but I really admire him for the work he has done with WebIS and Fanatic. Selling the company has been a horrible mistake from the point of view of customers but I hope it’s been the right choice for him.
I’m happy that even the casual reader would notice I’m unhappy about everything. I have not changed because there are things in which PI is still best. I haven’t found alternatives with such good management of time zones, and even such good integration of tasks and calendar is difficult to find elsewhere.
I’m clear about the subscription. As stated several times I’ve been paying for Informant sync for many years, so it really doesn’t make much difference to me. Still I’m very upset when you make fun of customers pretending one of the reasons is “frequent updates” when they where much more frequent and meaningful when there was no subscription. You are as unhappy as I am with the Time Selector. Good. How is it even possible that 14 months away from the first iteration you haven’t come up yet with a good solution??? How long has passed since the time selctor has not changed at all? 10 months?
…and there’s so much to do. I’ve been hoping for AND/OR filters forever (in calendar view, when you choose a filter for tasks and pick, say, two tasks, it would be good if you were able to choose whether too see only tasks which contain BOTH tags, or all task which contain either one or the other or both). In iPad The left column of the task view is always present in landscape mode and this is good. In portrait mode it’s not, and behaviour can’t be chosen. This should have been addressed months ago, but nothing. Its behaviour looks inconsistent to me: when I tap “Tasks” on top left the left column appears, but when I choose a view (say, “Overdue”) it doesn’t disappear automatically. In order to have a consistent behaviour, for me the left column should either disappear when I select something like Overdue or, if it doesn’t disappear, “push” on the right the task list so that it doesn’t partially cover it. That is the behaviour should be either like it is in the iPhone or as it is iPad landscape mode. And the possibility to choose whether to make it permanent would be very welcome. These are just two issues. You have somewhere a very long list of desidered features, (almost) none of them has seen the light in the past 12 months. Where are all these updates? iPhone X users will be happy to see issues solved, but I’m confident the vast majority of your customers doesn’t have an iPhone X. A better widget would be welcome as well. How many times has it been upgraded since I5?
Back to subscription, you are studying ways “for people to reduce costs”. How about use the obvious solution you had in the past? 5gbp or whatever for the app, and charge separately subscription for sync and weather for those who want. It looks to me that the main differnece from now is that you don’t compel everybody to pay a full year’s subscription up front.
I’ll be happy to come and chat if ever I’m in the States and in SLC. I’m not sure I want to friend you on Facebook but you know who I am and see all my public info there.
Coming from a long-time user (10+ years) that is sort-of happy with Informant/Fanatic, I have to agree VERY strongly with Gennaro with feeling like “frequent updates” is NOT panning out.
This is the one single reason that I actually like paying the subscription model–to support development. Not seeing this actually happen is huge.
The example of the time-picker is a great, very concrete one. Keith mentioned using the in-app support options. That is still a mess when you actually try to do things like send logs and database, etc. I cringe when I try to contact support because of how difficult it can get. I will say, though, the direction of in-app support is very good–it’s just not there yet, which brings me back to the lack of development progress.
There so many other little/big issues and little/big desires for feature improvements, that I don’t even bother engaging much because of the feeling that development is so slow.
The criticism of the time picker is valid. We really don’t love it either. It is an area that we have been giving a lot of thought to and have been working on various design variations. We just published this blog post to show off a few of the u/i options we are considering… We would love to hear your thoughts as well.
On the topic of sending logs to support, that is something we have been requesting from our support vendor for quite a while now. Keep an eye on the blog over the next couple days/ weeks. We will be posting additional articles about some of the other items getting attention soon.
trying to make a better time picker is certainly a good idea, albeit an enormously delayed one, but the issue you should really address here is the problem of excruciatingly slow development
Another issue I have is that PI4 used to remember the last few time zones I had picked (I normally travel just between 2 or 3), Informant 5 doesn’t have such powers, so every time I want to choose a time zone, I need to start typing to search “London”, “Rome” etc. Needless to say, it was enormously more efficient before.
Latest release 1.02 50392 to 50394 does not work. After the download it says there was a problem extracting the archive… Not sure how many people are having this issue or what you guys are doing about it.