Even though Apple released a ‘week view’ in their, iOS native, Calendar App with the latest iOS update. As a calendar junkie, I continue to find myself underwhelmed with Apple’s Calendar App. I used Calvetica for awhile, back when it was the only App offering a ‘week view’ feature, until all my hopes and dreams were answered with the aptly titled Week Calendar.
Week Calendar, devloped by Utilitap, is basically OSX’s iCal beefed up and given a mobile facelift. The fact that this app seamlessly syncs with your Calendar App, therefore your iCloud data…therefore your iCal, is worth the tiny price of admission alone! The App, which supports both iPhone/iPod and iPad, sells for $1.99 on the iTunes App store. No nasty double purchasing for the multi-console customers.
When it comes to information, I’m almost entirely dependent on graphical representations. Color coded charts & timelines always win over numbered lists and raw data for me. Week Calendar is so built for this type of interface that it’s mind boggling. Granted all the conventional methods of entering a new event or editing an existing one are all still there, but almost anything that can be modified traditionally can also be executed with multi-touch. In addition the app has a feature that allows you to pinch-to-zoom both vertically (hours viewed in a day) and horizontally (days viewed in ‘week view’). If iOS ran on a clear glass screen that was 6 feet long and curved, I would literally be Tom Cruise in a Steven Spielberg film with classical music playing in the background whenever I used this App to schedule my weeks ahead.
UtiliTap offers a constant stream of new features with regular App updates. In a strange twist, however, this fact might lead me to my only possible criticism. This App has come to offer so much (oh it’s just terrible right), that it might have actually crossed over into ‘power user’ territory. There is a list of over 35 unique features on Week Cal’s web-site. Every single one of them truly offers an experience that is above and beyond what could be expected. Things like Batch editing, Gestures, Inline editing, Auto Colors, Linking your Contacts, Motion-X integration…just to name a few, truly make your life easier! I’m nerding out on all this and even I still don’t have every feature turned on. I think that’s the point, though. I recommend downloading the App and letting it sink in over a few weeks. Start by managing simple events, and every other day you’re sure to learn some new thing about it.