PocketBreeze 5 follows the general motif of
Microsoft Outlook. It uses the same colored bars to the left of
appointments and informative icons to the right to document the
presence of alarms, notes, recurrence, privacy, etc. If the user
limits each appointment to one line on the screen, they may tap
on the line to have it display fully. Double tapping on an appointment
opens it in the pre-selected PIM.
The day title bars add even more information.
In addition to the day and date, they can display a bar that indicates
the day's activity. The size of the activity bar may be adjusted,
as can the hours that it covers. This provides quick insight into
free times available. Tapping on the '-' icon next to the day title
collapses that day's appointments under the day heading. Tapping
and holding on a day title opens a context menu, enabling the creation
of new appointments and tasks with or without templates, collapse
that day or all days entries, open Calendar or Tasks, or open the
Tapping on the information icons to the
right of appointments and tasks can bring up their information
in your native PIM. Tapping on the note icon brings up a small
window with the note's contents displayed. The window's text
zoom may be adjusted.
Tapping and holding on an entry brings up a context
menu with actions available. These permit you to manipulate the
entry in a host of ways. Reschedule… pops up a calendar
display which will be covered below. Tapping on a date on the popup
calendar moves the item to that day. The Options… selection
opens the PocketBreeze 5 Options screen. This can be handy if you
have elected to hide the Options icon on the top bar.
PocketBreeze also supports category icons and
colors to readily identify particular types of appointments. If
the user desires, the time-status bars may use category colors
instead of the standard Outlook status colors in front of appointments.
The distribution file includes a number of VGA and QVGA category
icons to get you started. PocketBreeze can also be set to use the
category colors and icons from Pocket Informant and Agenda Fusion.
Very flexible and convenient.
Now you see it, now you don't…
Filters provide a tailored view of any categorized
set of data. The filter name active for the calendar always displays
on the top bar, which is set to normal in these screen shots. Categories
may be included or excluded when selected, and up to 32 filters
may be defined and named in addition to the included All (i.e.,
no filter). Important safety tip: be sure to include Uncategorized
items in your default filter setting. That way if you forget to
categorize a new item, it will still display by default. Failure
to do this will put you at risk of missing an important appointment-been
there, done that, wore out the t-shirt.
I use filters for a variety of different purposes.
I only need my daily Scripture readings once, so normally filter
them out during the rest of the day. Another filter displays just
them for reading time. If your employer reimburses your local travel/mileage,
noting these trips with a dedicated category will streamline the
process of filing vouchers for payment, especially if mileage or
charges are recorded in attached notes. Medical appointments might
be another handy category, making it simple to find the last or
next visit to a particular doctor or specialist. The same would
work with school activities, perhaps for each child. With a little
thought and categorization discipline, filters can simplify any
number of tasks.
Tasks work very much the same as appointments.
They can be filtered by category, sorted to three levels, displayed
together with appointments in a number of ways and/or separately
on their own tab. They may be checked off as complete right on
the Today screen. Their tap-and-hold context menu looks similar
to that for appointments with analogous actions available. PocketBreeze
5 supports the additional task prioritization schemes of Pocket
Informant and Agenda Fusion. I usually display my tasks in with
the appointments each day, and PocketBreeze allows you to place
them in front or behind the events of the day. Future tasks may
be presented at the bottom of the calendar list.
Tapping on the Calendar icon on the top tab bar
or rescheduling an appointment brings up a very useful calendar
popup. Tapping on the arrows on the window’s title
bar moves forward or backward through the months. Selecting
a day can display that day’s or week’s entries in PocketBreeze. The
time bars show the level, time periods, and types of activity during
each day where activity exists, but these bars are optional.
Alternately, the calendar may be pinned on the
screen if PocketBreeze 5 is set to at least 400 pixels high on
a VGA device or 200 pixels in QVGA. The above illustration
has the PocketBreeze height set at 420 pixels. Tapping on
a date on the pinned calendar brings up that day or week in the
main PocketBreeze display depending on your preference settings. Appointments
may also be dragged to new days as either copies or moves depending
on which icon is selected on the left side of the calendar. Tapping
and holding on a date brings up a menu from which you can load
the selection, its week or month. You can also create an
appointment or task. While this was interesting, I found
the normal popup calendar to be more functional. The pinned
calendar just takes up too much space on the screen for my taste. I
want to see as much of my schedule as possible.
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