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I firmly believe that OneView Calendar will attract many visitors to your site. Here are two links showing the positive responses to the first presentation and demonstaration of the app idea:
We teamed up with VentureBeat.com for the launch announcement. Here is there article.
We also have been featured on the German site T3N while still in beta. Se the article here.
5 stars on this AndroidMag.de review. Read it here.
Saturn, a site from Austria wrote a great piece. Se the article here.
Android Police list OneView Calendar as one of the top 5 apps in 2016. Se the article here.
Well written article by Android Police. Se the article here.
OneView Calendar is the clearest calendar app in the world.
It is a calendar app with a zoomable timeline that differentiates it from all other calendar apps with monthly, weekly and daily views.
Works alongside your current calendar (Google, Android, Exchange, etc).
Zooming with your fingers to see anything from decades to minutes.
Scroll quickly by swiping up and down on the screen.
Add events by dragging and dropping directly on the calendar.
A web version exists enabling you to quickly access your calendar from any device.
This account gives several aspects of the development of the app which may be of interest. If you are a journalist, you are free to quote any part of this writing in your stories.
It all started with the fact that my wife wouldn't switch to a digital calendar. She loved her old paper ones. With all the modern technology how can paper still attract people more? There had to be something wrong with the existing calendar apps. Looking at her calendar it was full of scribbled notes, sometimes vertically crossing several days. When she flicked through her calendar she knew exactly where she was because no page looked like any other. So I started wondering why digital calendars couldn't enable scribbling. This was my starting point. I would have liked a calendar with more space and less control, where you could drag out a star or a heart or just color some days blue. When talking to people about this I found myself assuming that the calendar was a zoomable timeline and I got more positive feedback on that part than on the other ideas. So I quickly put together a demo and everybody loved it. And now it is a full-blown calendar and my wife loves it :) the problem was that digital calendars wee bad copies of the old paper calendars. We don’t need to do that any longer. Everbody knows that time isn’t a grid, it’s a line and our phones have the power to show it to us in that way.
First it was just a prototype, built out of curiosity, for me to see what the idea I had in my head would look like. Seeing how well it fell out I just had to continue and make a proper product. I never really wanted a side project, I had my hands full anyway.
Being lifted to #1 at Hacker News was really great. It was really then that I knew OneView Calendar would be a success to some extent. It also meant that I now had followers with expectations and I had to deliver at a higher speed than when I was working in the dark.
The basic innovative idea is making a calendar as a zoomable timeline. But that is the easy part of the innovation. The hard part was all the problems that arised that have never been encountered before. For example: how can I switch from months to days without feeling that anything changes drastically, but it feels smooth? Should I show everything on the screen or just select some of the events? If I only show some of the events, how do I decide which ones to show? If some events aren't visible when zoomed out, when should they be visible and how should they become visible?
And if these questions aren't answered the right way, the end product won't be attractive and the innovation will be in vain.
I always worked on the app on my own. I tried at some point to get friends in on it, but nobody was really interested. I do also like being able to design things in my own way. With somebody else helping out the result would probably have been more mainstream. The amount of work I could dedicate to OneView Calendar varied a lot. Some months passed with no progress, some were full of breakthroughs. On average I have done 2 hours per week and have tried to keep close to that tempo. Often the only time I have had has been on the train to and from work.
The toughest decision during this initial development phase has been whether to go web or native. Idecided to use web technology, but I have often gone back and questioned my decision on this point. The biggest pain has namely been related to performance and getting things to work on all browsers and for all devices. But right now, I am glad about the path I chose.
The thing that is delighting users about OneView Calendar now is the clarity and simplicity of having all your information right there in one place.
In the long run, OneView Calendar will attract users who don't normally use calendar apps. People who don't use it for meetings at work but just want to scribble things down like "Jim might drop buy during the afternoon". The calendar will also be so attractive to use that people will actually sit and scroll around looking at what lies ahead but also what has already happened.
The other calendar apps
Other calendar apps are made for busy people with calendars packed with meetings. They cling on to the old paper calendar's limitations of choosing different views and turning pages.
Of course, they have their good points. I like Google calendar for its playfulness. I like Business Calendar for its ability to pack in a lot of information. I like Week Calendar for its great week view. But I designed OneView Calendar for a whole different experience. I made it to be unlike every other app out there and useful for many different purposes.
Success for me means: many people will love OneView Calendar :)
It's hard to say how many, but enough for me to be motivated to continue with the next rounds of the app's development.
The plan is to launch it as a free app. Then I will add paid premium features that will deliver more value to the user. And if they bring in enough money I can start working with it as a part or full-time job. I have big plans for the app. This version only lays out the foundation needed to be able to build the real app. Hopefully, I will find a way to do that. That could include VC funding as a means to reach my goals, but I still hope I can succeed bootstrapping.
My name is Peter Molyneux. I am 39 years old and I have a wife and 3 small kids. I started my life in Zambia, then England and have lived in Sweden since the age of 8. As an adult, I spent some time at a Kibbutz in Israel and lived for one year in Cambodia doing voluntary work.
I studied Computer Science at the Gothenburg University and have since then worked at a few IT companies in Gothenburg, Sweden. As a software developer, I have mainly worked with full stack software development C# and TypeScript.
In my spare time, I love to surround myself with family and friends. I'm not much of a TV, computer games and reading books sort of guy, but rather an outdoor guy who loves talking to people.
OneView Calendar attracted a lot of attention while still in Beta mode with an application that is older than smartphones: the calendar.
It's hard to imagine that such a basic productivity tool has remained fundamentally unchanged since the days when paper was the only thing there was. The computer came, the smartphone came, but calendar software still showed us those same old tables showing the months, the weeks or the days. But now we have a new challenger to the status quo by putting into good use all that a touchscreen can offer.
OneView Calendar differs from other calendar apps out there by having a continuous, vertical view of time that you can zoom with your fingers, seamlessly moving from decades to minutes. You can move quickly through time by swiping up and down and can easily focus on a particular period by zooming in to see your appointments in more detail. While you navigate through time, all events are arranged perfectly to present what is happening in your life in a better way.
When you try it, the first thing you notice is that you can navigate and find specific events incredibly quickly. You understand the reason when you realize that you do not have to be constantly changing the views from months to weeks to days to find an appointment or event. A very intuitive pinch movement and swipe and you are exactly where you want to be.The fluid animations help you not to get lost while doing this.
With the busy days of modern life and the constant competition for attention between all those apps on our smartphones, it is refreshing to have a new app that focuses on making you spend less time on it and not more. OneView Calendar is designed to perfection to present any information you need from your calendar at a glance. An unexpected bonus comes when you zoom out to longer time scales. You will have a big picture of your life, based on the events you added to your calendar. It might be unintended, but it is interesting to see how some philosophical thoughts arise from such a banal organization tool.
In this article, I want to remind you of some of the keys to innovative thinking. To put this in context I will use the new extremely innovative app called OneView Calendar as a real life example.
What is innovation?
Innovation is going to a place where nobody has been before or going to an old place, but doing something there that nobody has done before. So if we want to innovate in the area of calendar apps what does that mean in practice?
Well I see three ways we could innovate:
Innovation comes from solving problems, but the hard part isn’t always solving the problems. It’s knowing they exist. To be innovative you have to understand that the answers people give aren’t the only answers. And you have to see questions that nobody has asked before. Ask yourself questions like: Why is this done like this? What is it people really need when using this? How differently could things be made? Go to your email inbox and ask yourself why all of your emails are in a list? What do people really need and what do people want? Could we do things in another way? How about a cloud of avatars with a red number on any avatar that has unread messages. Or how about a tree view? What values would increase and decrease?
From paper to mobile phones.
When it comes to calendars we have been on a journey from paper to digital. Paper calendars had a lot of problems that could be overcome in the digital world.
With paper calendars, we had to choose among calendars with a day per page, a week per page or a month or even a year per page.
With paper calendars, there was no simple way to have the same information on your wall calendar and pocket calendar.
With paper calendars, you couldn’t share information with others.
All of these things have been overcome.... but not completely. Though we have all of this and much more packed into one calendar app we still have to choose if we want to look at a day, week, month or year and each time we swap between them we lose track of where we are and the information is presented in very different ways. There is one more drawback with paper calendars that we still cling on to and that is the concept of pages. When one month ends we have to “turn pages” to see the next month. Is there a way for us to overcome even these drawbacks now that we have digital calendars and touch screens? The answer is, of course, yes! Simply eliminate all the views and pages and replace them with a zoomable timeline. Sounds simple, doesn’t it?
OneView Calendar is the result of an innovative process that started as a distant feeling that calendar apps, as we knew them, just weren't satisfying. The first step was to identify what the problem was and then solve it. Today's calendars are good if you want to look at one day at a time. You can easily understand if two meetings collide and understand that one meeting is just an hour while another one is three hours. But as soon as you want a bigger picture you lose grip. What if you are interested in the coming 30 days from the middle of August to the middle of September and have one event on your calendar that is three weeks long and one that is one week long, why can’t you see that as clearly as you can when just looking at a single day.
So there we have the problem and are already touching the solution.
The solution is to get the day view from existing calendars but use it for weeks, months and years. This demands a good bit of tricky logic, but once we have it in place a lot of new possibilities arise. Why limit ourselves to week views or month views when we can actually replace all the views with just one view that is infinitely scrollable and zoomable?
For most people, time is a straight line, not a grid. Until now there hasn’t been a good way to visualize calendars on a timeline. OneView Calendar is the only calendar that actually solves all these problems in a perfect way. OneView Calendar puts you in control so that you can move along your timeline zoom in and out and in an extremely clear way and see all the simultaneous events whether they be 5-minute bookings or month long holidays.
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