Nothing improves without change. That philosophy keeps me on the lookout for new applications, tools, or utilities that I can meld into my daily routine. Color me an advocate for change. If you know about Moleskin’s planners, notebooks, bags, and accessories, then you know about the company’s penchant for a little think different.
Last weekend I tried out the new Moleskin calendar app for iPhone and iPad. It’s called Timepage and while it looks and feels familiar– it’s a calendar app; duh– it also looks and works in ways you’ve likely never seen, especially if you only use Apple’s own built-in calendar, or those with a better interface, including my favorite, Fantastical.
What makes Timepage different?
Timepage on the iPad’s larger screen displays a colorful calendar on the left, and details for each day on the right.
Everything that most of us need from a calendar app– and a few items that Apple does not include– pop up in Timepage. Events, of course, but also maps, contacts, and weather.
For iPad, the split screen makes it easy to see events and calendars while using other applications. The desktop mode has a clock and the daily schedule, but it expands to a month view with fullscreen and a month and a half of events in one view.
Events are easily added and edited.
The month view has a heat map so you can see which days are busy– hot– and which days have some room to spare.
The Timepage version for iPhone has similar options but extra gestures to deal with the limited screen real estate. The app comes with multiple theme colors, and even the Apple Watch app displays weather and other complications.
Timepage gives you weather information without weather details. Just look at the animated forecast. Also built in are automatic destination estimates and free time hints. The app works with Apple’s built-in iOS Calendar but also handles data from Google Calendar, Facebook and Yahoo! and Microsoft.
All the Calendar basics are included, of course– events, repeating events, reminders, and alerts and alarms. What is most different– other than the price tag– is the TimePage user interface which is heavily gesture based for iPhone and iPad.
First, Timepage does not have a Mac version which means if you’re all in on Apple you’ll be using a different calendar on the Mac than on iPhone and iPad. The events and data will be the same, of course. TimePage is just more intuitive to use.
Second, Timepage is free to try, but it uses the new subscription model via an in-app purchase. The annual version is the way to go; roughly half price. Nicely done. Elegant. Beautiful and functional, but not a bargain hunters app.