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Calendar Repeat of 2nd Sunday of Month

Discussion in 'iPad Help' started by MikeV99, Mar 10, 2011.

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    Daylight Savings Time starts on the 2nd Sunday of March. I have not been able to find a way to set that pattern in the Repeat menu choice. As a result, one cannot program in a recurring pattern for DST. I found this by noting that the iPad was having problems with recurrence patterns of that design and that they were be changed to yearly.

    Is there any form of workaround?

    Thanks.
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    Repeat events in iPhone calendar

    I used to have the same issue until I download an app "Calendar Tools". It works great for me. With this app, you can setup the event to repeat every 12 months on the second Sunday. In App Store[FONT=&#23435],[/FONT]you can find this app in the "New and Noteworthy" category of Business.
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    It looks interesting. They do not have anything about it on the developer's web page. I wanted to take a look at the user guide.

    Does it import existing events? Will the calendar still sync via MobileMe with all my devices (including the Outlook calendar)? How does Calendar Tools maintain it's sync with the iPhone/iPad calendar?

    Thank you for the post and information.

    Mike

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    I looked at several apps for this and, in the end, chose Pocket Informant HD.

    I read that Pocket Informant was buggy but, in my (admittedly) limited experience, I’ve found no problems at all. It has a very nice user interface that's almost infinitely configurable - a complaint that many Forum members make about the iPad’s native ‘Calendar’ app. So you can choose how tasks, events, projects, appointments are colour coded and there is a wide choice of notifications and alarms - so, for example, you can have different alarm sounds for different categories of notifications.

    Pocket Informant ‘sits on top’ of the iPad's native ‘Calendar’ app and (optionally) imports all entries that it finds there. They can be colour coded so they can be distinguished from entries made in Pocket Informant itself.

    This is important because many other iPad apps use the native ‘Calendar’ app as the default place to put events, invitations etc. So, for example, if you are invited to a meeting by email and you receive that invitation in the iPad’s native ‘Mail’ app, that app can automatically (and quite cleverly) insert that invitation into the default calendar app. Without that integration between the native app and Pocket Informant, you'd have to enter those invitations all over again.

    Pocket Informant has lots of ‘hidden’ features too. One of the reviewers remarked that part of the ‘fun’ of using Pocket Informant was discovering them!! The display is infinitely configurable - day, week, month, year at a time. Tasks, events, overdue tasks, projects, projects in progress etc etc all can be optionally displayed on the main calendar. Projects and tasks can have infinitely nested sub-tasks and projects - these can cleverly be integrated with GPS - so, say you needed to purchase some goods from the hardware store. Put that in a To-Do list and link it to the location of the hardware store using the iPad’s native ‘Maps’ app. Next time you’re driving past the hardware store, up pops the notification (‘Remember to purchase some 2â€x4†timber’).

    Repeating events are very flexible too, with the ‘custom’ mode being infinitely (I keep using that word!) configurable. So, meetings that occur on the last Thursday and first Monday of every other month - no problem.

    It can sync with external calendars - Google for example - and back-up is cool, it creates a backup file that you can email to yourself for safe keeping. If you lose your iPad or all your data is corrupted, that backup can be imported back into Pocket Informant with a single click.

    You can create multiple diaries within Pocket Informant - say ‘Work’, ‘Family’, ‘Golf Club’ etc and have their entries optionally displayed on the main screen or restricted to the display of the individual diary. So it’s easy to check if there’s a clash between the golf tournament and your wife's birthday - and hide it if there is......

    If you surf to the developer’s web-site, you can download for free a very comprehensive User Manual that will show you in detail what Pocket Informant can do.

    The developers are constantly updating the program - always a good sign in my view.

    As I said at the beginning, perhaps I'm not a particularly demanding user, but I’ve had no stability problems at all. I should add the usual disclaimer that I have no contact or other relationship with the developers of Pocket Informant other than being a very satisfied customer.

    Tim
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    I used Pocket Informant for a long time on my iPAQ. I agree, it was/is a very useful program. However, it probably won't work for me now.

    "Supports Outlook 2007/2010 (does not work with Outlook 2002,XP). "

    "We will be providing a Mac OS X Snow Leopard version of WebIS Desktop Sync as soon as we can. "

    Not exactly sure what this means

    "Not Sync but accessing the data in the iOS Calendars which can then sync using the iOS sync functionality via iTunes, Exchange, CalDAV."

    With 4 IOS devices, 2 XP computers, 1 Vista computer and 1 Mac computer between my wife and I, syncing can be a full time job. What I probably need is a universal calendar app that runs and syncs on all devices. I have somewhat achieved that with the native calendar IOS apps and Outlook 2003/2007 via MobileMe.

    Thank you for the review.

    Mike

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    I think Calendar Tools is a little pricey. There's a $0.99 app called Calendar Event Pro that will do this. It adds all the recurrence and alert functionality you would ever need. All it does is add events to the existing iPad Calendar app, therefore, all the syncing and everything is maintained. And you don't have to have a separate calendar like you do with pocket informant.

    itunes.apple.com/us/app/calendar-event-pro-2/id443037531?mt=8
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    That is pretty much what Calendar Tools will do. It has a lot of useful features; however, it does have a couple of areas that need work. I don't remember what it cost, but it was really not that expensive. Customer support needs to be improved as well.

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    Calendar Event Pro seems to be a little buggy just now, although offers the perfect solution if it works. I'll keep an eye on that app for purchasing in the future. This is how I get round the repeating events of the 'third Monday of the month' type in the meantime.

    I create the event then select month repeat. I then go to each month on the month view and drag the event to the correct date. When the event is no longer required, or stops for a period of time, I can either delete the event for those few months, or go to the last wanted event and change the repeat to 'none' and choose this option for all future events when it asks. That will then make all the other unwanted future events disappear. I prefer to just organise the types of events a year or so at a time as I don't want to trawl through years' worth of events moving them.
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    I still am using the Calendar Tool. One thing I have found is that I need to set the repeat period to yearly when creating a new event first. I then modify the event using Custom Recurring. I agree that it is a bit flaky; however, i have been able to accomplish creates & copy/paste without too much difficulty.

    Mike

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