Skedi Family Calendar 1.4 Is Now Available in the App Store

We’re pleased to announce the release of Skedi Family Calendar 1.4 in the App Store. It contains several new features and improvements for iOS 6.

New Features

  • Event alerts (or alarms)
  • Comment on invitations, assignments or todo items
  • Resend invitations to family members
  • iOS 6 calendar access support
  • iOS notifications for Google Calendar events

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed error that occurred with unnamed event titles in external iOS calendars
  • Resolved iOS 6 compatibility issues

Event Alarms

Now you can customize an event’s alert (or alarm) setting. An alert can be set for 5 minutes to two days before an event. The default alert is 30 minutes prior to the event.

Event alert or alarm settingInvitation and Assignment Comments 

Also you can add comments when replying to invitations, tasks or todo items.

Other New Features

  • Added support for iOS 6 calendar access. Please note without access Skedi will be unable to sync properly.
  • You can resend invitations to family members by tapping My Calendar > Settings > Family Members > [Role] > [Name] > Resend Invitation.
  • Now you’ll receive iOS notifications for Google Calendar events

New System Requirements 

Let us know what you think.

 

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Privacy in iOS 6 and Skedi Family Calendar

In iOS 6 app developers will require your permission to access your private information such as your location, calendar events, contacts and so on. This is a good thing because some developers were taking advantage of the easy access.

Our policy is to respect your privacy. We tend to err on the safe, that’s why we don’t disclose the details of events created in other calendars. We also encrypt data transmission between the app and our web servers using SSL to ensure that your information is secure.

So, if you’ve recently upgraded to iOS 6 or you’re thinking about it. Skedi will need access to iOS calendars for syncing and other services. The first time you launch Skedi in iOS 6 you’ll be prompted with “Skedi Would Like Access to Your Calendar.” Simply tap OK and restart the app. As long as Skedi has access to your calendars, the app will operate normally. That’s it.

If you have any problems creating, updating, or syncing events in iOS 6, please ensure that you’ve enabled calendar access. You can learn more here: http://skd.bz/access

For more information on how to control your overall privacy in iOS 6, check out this article on CNET.

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How Can I Get Started with Skedi?

Do you need help getting started with Skedi? I recommend walking through this checklist:

We hope this checklist helps you to easily get started using Skedi Family Calendar and Skedi Lite. Please let us know if you have any feedback.
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New Skedi User Guide is Now Available

Like many of you, we’ve been enjoying our summer. However, I’m pleased to announce the release of our new Skedi User Guide. Now getting started with Skedi Family Calendar has never been easier. 

You’ll find help on the following topics:

  • Viewing your personal and family calendars
  • Adding and updating events
  • Managing family members
  • Responding to invitations and assignments
  • Importing and exporting events
  • Your account and calendar settings
  • Support and more
We’d love to get your feedback so, please let us know what you think.
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Happy Canada Day and Fourth of July!

Colorful FireworksToday, our friends to the north are celebrating Canada Day. The US is observing Independence Day this week on the 4th of July. So, we decided to put our family calendar apps on sale until July 5th.

Be safe, happy, and enjoy the holiday barbecues with friends and family. And, please don’t forget to tell them to download Skedi by July 5th.

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Skedi Launched in the Caribbean and Oceania

We are pleased to announce that Skedi Family Calendar is now available in eighteen Caribbean and Oceania App Stores:
Anguilla
Antigua and Barbuda
Bahamas
Barbados
Belize
Bermuda
Cayman Islands
Dominica
Fiji
Grenada
Guyana
Jamaica
Micronesia, Federated States of
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and The Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
Virgin Islands, British

Stay tuned for more locations coming soon.

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Skedi Family Calendar Father’s Day Sale

The most advanced family calendar app in the world is on sale for Father’s Day! It’s a great last minute gift item and you’ll get your family organized too.

Get 30% off our premium version of Skedi Family Calendar here and 50% off our economy version here.

By the way, Skedi is now available in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, and the UK App Stores.

Happy Father’s Day!

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Getting Started with Skedi Family Calendar (Presentation)

We believe Skedi can empower you to organize your family schedule like no other app or online family calendar. Whether you’re planning to buy Skedi or already using it, this presentation can help you to optimize your iOS device calendar configuration, so you can take full advantage of Skedi’s capabilities. It covers the three essential elements to begin coordinating your entire family calendar using Skedi.

  1. Signup
  2. Setup
  3. Subscribe
In addition, here are a few helpful links from our FAQs:
We hope this information is helpful. Remember, we offer free unlimited “human” support, so if you have any questions or problems, please visit our help desk or contact support at support@skedi.zendesk.com.
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How to Use Skedi Family Calendar when Only One Parent Has an iOS Device

Each week we receive a few inquiries on how to use Skedi Family Calendar when only one parent owns an iOS device (iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch). You can use the app in this situation and sharing an internet calendar (Google Calendar, Yahoo!, MSN Calendar…) is the glue that makes it happen.

Recently, a customer wanted her husband to be able to view their Skedi events, but he doesn’t own an iOS device. Normally, this is a deal breaker because Skedi only works on iOS devices. However, she said, they share a Yahoo! calendar together. After a moment of considering the possibilities, I thought, well why don’t we make Yahoo! her default calendar on her device. This way her husband will always be able view the upcoming Skedi events in Yahoo! calendar. The downside is that since he doesn’t have the app, he won’t be able to edit the events. She said that was fine, and was happy that she could use Skedi and its family calendar features in lieu of Yahoo! calendar.

Okay, in order for this work we need to ensure that Yahoo! calendar is setup on her device, change the default calendar on her device to Yahoo! calendar, and reset Skedi so it has the latest default setting. Note in the following tutorial, I’m using Yahoo! calendar as the example, however these steps will work with any shared internet calendar such as Windows Live Calendar (Hotmail), iCloud, etc.

Add Your Yahoo! Account to the iOS Device

  1. From the Home screen, tap Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Add Account
  2. Tap Yahoo! and enter your credentials and then tap Next
  3. Ensure the Calendar button is On and tap Save

Set Your Default Calendar to Yahoo! on the iOS Device

  1. From the Home screen, tap Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars and scroll down to the Calendars section
  2. Tap Default Calendar and tap the shared Yahoo! calendar you’d like to be set as the default

Reset Skedi Family Calendar

  1. From the Home screen, double-click the Home button to display recently used apps.
  2. Tap and hold the Skedi app until a red minus appears. Tap the red minus to quit the app. Tip: This list is horizontally scrollable, if you don’t see Skedi then it’s not running.
  3. Tap on the Home screen, above, to return.

After completing these steps, her husband will be able to see all the new Skedi events in their shared Yahoo! calendar. Again, he’ll only be able to view the Skedi events (read-only). Editing the Skedi events will need to be done in the Skedi Family Calendar app.

Let us know if you’re using Skedi this way or if you have any other ideas.

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Our Free Online Family Calendar Is out of Sync

Our shared online family calendar became hopelessly out of sync with our family’s “real” schedule. In my last post, I discussed how my wife and I were using a free online calendar to manage our family schedule. A centralized online family organizer works great until one or more of the parents either stops using it or fails to keep it up to date. Channa Schoenberger of the Wall Street Journal describes her experiences with her free online calendar in her post Time Management Technology vs. the Family Schedule.

Our shared calendar was incompatible with our work calendars. So, to keep it synchronized, I was manually duplicating entries in it from my work calendar. This is tedious work, and I would rather have been spending time with my family. I eventually grew tired of this process, and as time went by our online calendar drifted into a perpetual state of invalidity, a sort of zombie calendar.

We both knew our system had broke down one day, when our orthodontist’s office called wondering where we and our boys were. My wife and I were both attending work meetings, and thankfully our orthodontist is quite friendly and allowed us to reschedule. It was these experiences and similar accounts from friends and family that led us to developing Skedi Family Calendar. Because we know, given the incompatibilities of calendar software, it’s too hard to try to keep your work, home, and school schedules in-sync without an app like Skedi.

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