Drop #3 – June 3


What’s up?

Hey All 👋

Another week, and a lot more additions, improvements and fixes. Although there’s no transformative change in this update, hopefully you’re starting to feel the impact of a ton of incremental improvements. We have bigger things planned – in time!

As much as we want to (and will) innovate, we know for t:m:ng to be a viable calendar alternative, we need to absolutely nail the basics. Speed is critical. We’re studying the established players in the space to make getting things done in t:m:ng preferable. Whether that’s adding something to your calendar,  trying to get a feel for your day etc. you name it and we’ll do it faster/better. That’s the idea anyway.

Another focus after last week’s customer interviews was to prioritise obvious over clever. We’re minimalists but it shouldn’t come at the expense of usability. Our preferences made for optimistic designs. We already begun the process a few updates ago, and will continue to simplify the design so it makes immediate sense.

If you’re interested in catching up, please book a time at timing.is/open.

Have a great weekend! Till next week :)

Bardi

What’s new?

Entry

  • [Cancel] button added that clears the entry session – if you however tap above the row of action buttons to implicitly close, then reopening entry should restore your session
  • System auto-complete word suggestion bar now showing when inputting title field

Hero

  • On the back of fullscreen cards (aka Heroes), toolbar now has contextual actions to quickly [Share] your private note

Stream

  • Button added to the bottom left – we’re calling it a scrubber – that enables you to quickly jump to the next day (stay tuned because we have a lot of ideas to make this even more useful)

What’s improved?

Calendar

  • Way more fluid when swiping between weeks or months – shouldn’t stutter anymore
  • No more condensed text for dates
  • Switching between week and month pulldowns should carry over state, i.e. what week/month you were on

Entry

  • timing.is” was considered confusing placeholder text, and so it’s been replaced by the more helpful “What’s happening?” (thanks @David)
  • [Save] has moved to a more-ish conventional top right of form (unlike iOS that keeps it to the very top right, we think it should be reachable)
  • Labels added to all toolbar icons – we are minimalists, but not when it’s at the expense of clarity (will look at making this a setting for those who don’t wish to see the labels)
  • When you invite someone, you’re kept on the People field so you can add as many others consecutively
  • When there are no results when searching for a location or people, you’ll be informed
  • When you’ve typed in an email for a person to invite (and it’s not associated with a contact in your address book), you’ll be instructed to hit [Return] to invite
  • Calendar menu moved to a less prominent position on the date keyboard to give its dates focus
  • However, appearance of the menu has improved to include calendar colours so it’s unlikely to be missed
  • When you’ve explicitly picked a calendar, you are indirectly confirming this is an event, and so time keyboard has a time set by default when you open it
  • When you add an event/task, you’re automatically scrolled to the day it was added for
  • Notification at top providing feedback on the completed action stays up for longer

Hero

  • Scrolling, pulling (from the header area or if you pull down content when you’ve scrolled to its top) and swiping (to flip) should all work reliably – when scrolling is detected, the other two gestures become automatically disabled to ensure a predictable experience
  • Text on toolbar buttons bigger
  • Animating into Hero much faster than before – we think it feels overall better because the previous speed made the app seem unnecessarily (inaccurately in this instance) slow
  • Back of card has a different colour to front for greater distinction/better contrast on a flip

Omni Sheet

  • Slides down when you tap into a card
  • timing.is” was considered confusing, and so it’s been replaced by the boringly clear “Search” as the placeholder text on the text field (thanks again @David)

Search

  • Search extended to cover the next 365 days by default (in local tests, continues to perform, but will optimise for performance and usability based on more tests/feedback, as well as extending it so you can search back in time too)
  • Month anchor included when results are not for the current month
  • When no results found, you get a message
  • And when there are you get notified on number of results
  • Case insensitive searches

Stream

  • Omni sheet is restored to its non-collapsed state at a more appropriate time once scrolling has stopped (i.e. noticeably faster than before)
  • Tapping on any area of a day card that’s not an event or task card will open up the Hero Day (as opposed to just tapping on its date)
  • When you tap the top strip in the middle to go back to top, it will take you to now onwards (and not earlier today)
  • Whenever you’re automatically scrolled to the top of the Stream, above happens now too

What’s fixed?

Calendar

  • Text will be legible on busy dates (previously white text on light background dot)

Entry

  • Going from date to time keyboard doesn’t automatically add a time because we don’t want to make any assumptions
  • Changing from a keyboard that doesn’t have the auto-complete word bar to the date or time keyboards won’t result in its size being reduced from its intended height
  • No crash when you remove a time so that it becomes a task and then hit [Save]

Hero

  • Occasionally exiting a Hero wouldn’t take you back to the Stream – should do every time now

Search

  • Trailing space in a search keyword is ignored
  • Search results are scrolled to the top, so first result is visible
  • When dismissing a search, you are returned to the top of the Stream

Stream

  • When you enter a new month on a different year to the current (e.g. 2023), the top left won’t show “ <year>”
Show Comments