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I'm proud to announce the release of Lock Calendar 0.2! Lock Calendar is a Mobile Substrate plug-in that allows you to display upcoming calendar entries on your lock screen. Here
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    Cool 0.2 Release - Lock Calendar - Display Calendar Events on Your Lock Screen!
    I'm proud to announce the release of Lock Calendar 0.2!

    Lock Calendar is a Mobile Substrate plug-in that allows you to display upcoming calendar entries on your lock screen. Here are it's current features:

    - Displays the next 10 entries in your calendar.
    - Entries are displayed at the time for the time-zone in which they were added.
    - Supports all-day events.
    - Includes the location if available.
    - Can be configured through the Settings app.

    <img src=http://www.volatile-dev.com/LockCalendar/LockCalendar.jpg> <img src=http://www.volatile-dev.com/LockCalendar/LockCalendarSettings.jpg>

    Lock Calendar is free! Help keep it that way by donating:

    <form name="_xclick" action="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr" method="post"><input type="image" src="http://www.paypal.com/en_US/i/btn/btn_donate_LG.gif" border="0" name="submit" alt="Make payments with PayPal - it's fast, free and secure!"><input type="hidden" name="cmd" value="_xclick"><input type="hidden" name="business" value="[email protected]"><input type="hidden" name="item_name" value="Lock Calendar Donations"></form>
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    Brilliant. Downloaded and installed fine. Settings work. Thanks so much. This is just about perfect.

    Donation sent and I would like to encourage everyone to send Thomas a donation. He's been listening to your and my requests. This app really is incredibly useful.
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    Nice! Don't forget to donate if you can. Not sure what the minimum is but cmon.. Wonderful, stable app that's long overdue. Great work!

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    Lock Calendar rocks!!!!!!
    Best ever add-on for iphones!!!!

    One thing I noticed however weird and unfortunate : version 0.1 did break the time-limit for lockscreen, which was on as long as you scrolled your lockscreen! I loved that feature : now, even if you scroll for ever, you have only either 7 seconds, or 20 seconds with 20 seconds lockscreen installed!

    Is there anyway to increase the 20 seconds time-limit, and reach at least 60 seconds or more??????
    Especially needed now that the amout of events can be unlimited!!!!

    In all cases, I just LOVE the new version that corrected all previous issues!

    Kudo to the developper, and let us all keep on donating to encourage his genious hardwork!!!!

    THANKS A MILLION Volatil-dev: your app is just a can't live without it app!!!!!
    Last edited by docomar; 02-07-2009 at 10:12 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by docomar View Post
    One thing I noticed however weird and unfortunate : version 0.1 did break the time-limit for lockscreen, which was on as long as you scrolled your lockscreen! I loved that feature : now, even if you scroll for ever, you have only either 7 seconds, or 20 seconds with 20 seconds lockscreen installed
    Hmmmm... I made some changes, and I spent like and hour last night trying to get that working again. I thought I had it, but apparently not.

    I also found that it doesn't work with the media controls correctly. I'll probably put together a 0.2.1 release to fix these problems.

    Thomas

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    Excellent work Thomas! Donation sent.

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    I haven't had the chance to experiment, but since you have settings for the number of entries and time range, are there any memory issues associated with having a large number of entries?

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    Another major issue that is annoying and frustrating, especially when you have to call someone and you are in a rush, you are in a hurry :
    when you press the Home button, you now have to wait between 3 and 4 seconds before the lockscreen comes in!!!

    That issue did not exist in the previous version, and I really do hope Volatil-dev would be able to solve it in the next 0.2.1 version of his wonderful app!

    Thanks a lot in advance for solving that issue!!

    OK! I have to restate what I just said about that major issue : it seems that the more entries are going to be displayed, and the more time intervall is chosen, the more lag time before the lockscren comes in!
    When I set my maximum entries to 15, and the time interval to 3 days, I have to wait only between 1 and 2 seconds before the lockscreen comes in when I press the Home buttton, which makes sens!

    However, if there is anyway or anyhow for Volatil-dev to decrease that lap time before the lockscreen comes in, it would be more than Welcome!!!
    Last edited by docomar; 02-07-2009 at 12:27 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost

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    Noticed 0.2 on Cydia. Also noticed an additional install component ... PreferenceLoader. Hmmm. Was not happy, but oh well, give it a try.

    Installed 0.2 ... and quickly noticed the calendar screen times out as soon as I remove my finger. The old version would continue to display.

    Then changed the Settings to add more events and days. Love that

    Then ..... Also noticed the missing bar and colored days on the date line. Was dis-appointed. Now it's more difficult to distinguish between days/dates.

    Then ..... Left the phone alone. Came back about 30 minutes later and it wouldn't respond to the home button, or power, or both. Uggg. What the heck? So I plugged in power and hello, I got control. Whew.....

    Next ..... I uninstalled both new additions ... and reinstalled 0.1.

    I love 0.1. Was hoping for a few minor additions.

    JMHO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mes View Post
    Noticed 0.2 on Cydia. Also noticed an additional install component ... PreferenceLoader. Hmmm. Was not happy, but oh well, give it a try.

    Installed 0.2 ... and quickly noticed the calendar screen times out as soon as I remove my finger. The old version would continue to display.

    Then changed the Settings to add more events and days. Love that

    Then ..... Also noticed the missing bar and colored days on the date line. Was dis-appointed. Now it's more difficult to distinguish between days/dates.

    Then ..... Left the phone alone. Came back about 30 minutes later and it wouldn't respond to the home button, or power, or both. Uggg. What the heck? So I plugged in power and hello, I got control. Whew.....

    Next ..... I uninstalled both new additions ... and reinstalled 0.1.

    I love 0.1. Was hoping for a few minor additions.

    JMHO
    PreferenceLoader is just a light-weight component I created to allow me to add the settings to the Settings app. I made it a separate component so other developers can more easily add their settings also.

    I also liked the days being distinguished, but I didn't like the dark bar. I was thinking of putting some separator lines or something.

    Not sure why the phone wouldn't respond to the home or power buttons. I haven't experienced that problem.

    I'm looking at the timeout issue. I was able to get it to reproduce once, but now I can't. In the new version, you have to actually scroll the view, not just tap it in order to reset the dim timer, and then it should restart the timer as soon as you let go.

    I'd appreciate it if anyone could provide me a set of repeatable steps where the screen dims as soon as you release your finger.

    Thomas
    Last edited by volatile-dev; 02-07-2009 at 03:09 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost

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    I really liked 0.1's look, with that dark bar. The only change I wanted was the color of the days (making "Wednesday" a different shade of blue, for example).

    I think if you allow for basic style options and try to work out why the screen turns off more quickly in this version, it'll be golden.

    Quote Originally Posted by volatile-dev View Post
    I'd appreciate it if anyone could provide me a set of repeatable steps where the screen dims as soon as you release your finger.

    Thomas
    I can't say the screen dims AS SOON as you release your finger, but there's definitely some inconsistent behavior. The timer that counts down to the screen turning off definitely doesn't reset itself every time you touch the screen. It begins counting when the screen is activated, and continues regardless of subsequent touches until the screen turns off again. But again, it's not consistent. If you have a passcode lock and you activate the screen, slide to unlock, bring up the keypad for the passcode, but then cancel passcode entry, the timer resets on each touch.
    Last edited by _ducky; 02-07-2009 at 04:13 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost

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    I think I'll wait for the next update...

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    Update: I uninstalled 0.2 and reinstalled 0.1. The calendar text is all white and the grey borders are gone.

    The 0.2 uninstall, reinstall 0.1 did not return everything back to the original state.

    Update: I reinstalled 0.2 to check the installed files. There's a lot to like about 0.2.
    Last edited by Mes; 02-07-2009 at 05:54 PM.

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    This is a great release. Liking that events take up less space now. Thanks a lot.

    If you can figure out a way to make Lock Calendar themeable (colours mainly, but spacing and font size would be nice), that would be fantastic – for me, the days get too lost amid events, and I'm not keen on the blue for the current day. I'd also make the text a bit smaller, because I have good eyesight! Clearly, though, my ideal will be different from everyone else's, so a way to theme – even if there's no gui, say editing a plist file manually – would be invaluable.

    I hope that doesn't seem ungrateful. Lock Calendar is a brilliant, useful piece of work. Thanks for spending your time on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by volatile-dev View Post
    ....I'd appreciate it if anyone could provide me a set of repeatable steps where the screen dims as soon as you release your finger.
    I think this replicates the immediate screen dim.

    Connect iPhone to computer. Enable lock and set phone to locked state. Wait 1 minute.

    Press power or home.

    Flick up twice in 1 second, flick down twice in 1 second.
    Repeat 10 times.

    Then..... stop/don't touch.

    Screen goes blank in 1 (2 max) seconds.

    Hope this helps.

    Note:
    If you slide your finger to unlock, but press cancel at the keypad ... the screen does not dim immediately.

    Note2:
    Just checked on battery. The display times out same as with power connected.

    New Feature Notes:
    As I have it set now, when I press home or power, I get the 'slide to unlock' screen, with the stock battery (or wallpaper if on battery), and CalendarLock entries.
    When I 'slide' the finger to unlock, wallpaper image appears and the calendar disappears.
    The change to 'not display' the calendar under the keypad is completely unnecessary.
    BTW: Just in case anybody is wondering.......

    I LIKE THIS APP. Liked it so much I donated 4 or 5 days ago. A few things I prefer different, but this is important stuff. Please don't misunderstand my comments as complaints.
    Last edited by Mes; 02-07-2009 at 07:07 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mes View Post
    The change to 'not display' the calendar under the keypad is completely unnecessary.
    With respect, I wholeheartedly disagree. It's very useful and just as importantly, it's pretty. Text message alerts scroll off the screen in the same circumstances, remember.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawkman View Post
    With respect, I wholeheartedly disagree. It's very useful and just as importantly, it's pretty. Text message alerts scroll off the screen in the same circumstances, remember.
    If you're in the middle of entering the key lock numbers, I don't think it matters what is underneath. Because after the 4 digits are entered, the whole screen goes away anyway.

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    anyone else having trouble with the slide to unlock? sometimes the slider gets stuck kinda annoying maybe im the only one.

    iPhone 2g 8gb 2.2 pwned

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    @Volatil-dev:

    Two things I would love to be seen if possible :

    - Break the timelimit of lockscreen as with previous version, or find a way to increase that timelimit beyond the 20 seconds available right now!

    - Reduce the Lag time between pressing the Home or Power button and the appearance of Lock Calendar screen! Even if I reduce the max entries displayed to 10 events, and the max time interval to 1 day, there is still an annoying and frustrating lag time more important than with previous version!

    I would like to stress out that nevertheless this app is the most important, fantastic, brilliant and amazing add-on for our iphones! And I am not coming strong when I describe it as a " can't live without it" app!!!!
    Moreover, it fully discredits and makes a fool of all other similar apps type Kate, Intelliscreen, RemindYou etc.......And you have to pay for those heavy and "iphone-restore" apps.....Lol!

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    Question 0.2.1b
    I think I've nailed down the two major issues: lag when undimming the screen, and the screen auto-dimming too quickly. Also, I've added some separators:



    Instead of officially releasing these fixes, I was thinking about doing a quick beta test. If you're interested, I've placed the updated package at:

    <a href="http://www.volatile-dev.com/LockCalendar/lockcalendar_0.2.1b.deb">http://www.volatile-dev.com/LockCalendar/lockcalendar_0.2.1b.deb</a>

    To install it, you'll need to copy it to your device, SSH in, and run the following commands:

    Code:
    dpkg -i lockcalendar_0.2.1b.deb
    killall SpringBoard
    I'd appreciate any feedback you can provide.

    Thanks!

    Thomas Moore (volatile-dev)

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