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1  Sciral / HabiTimer / Re: HabiTimer 1.0 is out! on: January 04, 2011, 12:32:23 AM
I am disabled, and the physical handling / manipulation of an "i" device is, at present, difficult (and, while living on a fixed, minimal income, difficult to purchase multiple devices).
Will there be a Mac version?


2  Sciral / Sciral Consistency Feature Requests / Feature Request: Single App Instance on: September 06, 2005, 10:12:14 AM
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Although, I use separate documents in lieu of a Category feature, so I'd rather have that capability.

I'm really looking for some way to filter tasks so that I don't have to look at those I can't do at the moment (because of context or time of day issues, etc.). Since this is a spreadsheet model, I'd be happy with a type of Excel AutoFilter.
By having a 'Consistency' calendar displayed/hidden on my ICAL-compliant calendaring software (like iCal), these or any other topical calendars can be viewed on a single calendar page so that contextual dependencies can be assessed.

By interfacing to the ICAL standard, Consistency does not need to duplicate the functionality. It can leverage many standard functions like this and alarms, notes, etc.

It's much simpler than constantly switching applications as one tries to consolidate information from different visual sources to arrive at a conclusion.
3  Sciral / Sciral Consistency Feature Requests / Small Functionality on: September 06, 2005, 09:54:04 AM
Yes, there is a need to integrate with iCal, but not for the task list.

If one can have a 'Consistency' calendar containing the end-dates for target ranges, one can have said dates appear/disappear on my calendar (by toggling the 'Consistency' calendar on/off) so that I can figure out when I've time to complete a task.

For example, if the end-date is 3 days in the future, but my calendar indicates that I am out of town days 2 & 3, then I must perform the task by tomorrow.

And, alarms can be set for X (minutes, hours, days) before the end-time so that critical tasks are done (like administering medication). This amplifies Consistency's usefulness as it leverages iCal's alarms.

It's much easier to see this on my calendar than to keep switching applications. And I get alarms, notes, and other features without them needing to be implemented in Consistency.

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See also my post on the 'Linking Events' topic regarding 'pivotal' and 'dependent' tasks.
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4  Sciral / Sciral Consistency Feature Requests / Auto-start And Connecting To Other Programds on: September 06, 2005, 09:25:31 AM
If Consistency can implement the cross-platform ICAL standard* so that the end-dates of target ranges can appear as calendar date entries, then one can view them relative to other events without switching applications (for example, update my calendar with end dates occurring in the next day/week/month/year). By checking/unchecking the 'Consistency' calendar, the end-dates appear/disappear on my calendar.

This will make it much easier to see when I've time available for a given task.

Any calendar software conforming to the ICAL standard* would then automatically interface with Consistency.



*(Not to be confused with Apple's iCal, though Apple does comply with the ICAL standard. I'm not sure if Outlook complies with this standard even though Microsoft helped to write it!)
5  Sciral / Sciral Consistency Feature Requests / Linking Tasks? on: September 06, 2005, 08:58:26 AM
I second the request, but from a different perspective: I have task dependencies BEFORE a given task (as well as during).

To illustrate with a generic example, I have a vacation home that I wish to visit atleast 4 times per year. When I click on a date to indicate the beginning of a visit, dependencies 'activate', such as:

turn on electricity (1x, must be completed before arrival)

schedule propane deliveries (1x per month for each month of the visit, first delivery must be within 1st month of arrival)

take a 5-mile hike (atleast 1x per week)

reroute my mail (if visit is over 2 weeks)

turn off electricity upon leaving (1x)

etc.

A 'pivotal' task triggers 'dependent' tasks (and opens a new document with the name matching that of the pivotal task). When said pivotal-start-event is scheduled (future occurrence), the dependent tasks document opens (with a colored background or other visual cue to differentiate it). When a pivotal-end-event is scheduled, tasks related are mapped (or brighten from a dimmed/inactive state). Preference setting may toggle the visibility of dependent-task documents, optionally pertaining to start/end dates.

Said dependent task document has a start date and an optional end date defined as part of the process of designating a parent task as 'pivotal'. These dates are relative to the pivotal date, and set the date range for the dependent-task document.

This is just a start at illustrating task dependencies. It also seems to me to be functionally possible given Sciral's structure.

Expansions on this idea welcome. Thanks.
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