There are several apps out there that tweak your iDevice’s calendar one way or another. And while it usually takes only one look at your carefully updated Calendar to see what available time you can squeeze out of an otherwise busy day, the app Free-Time makes this search easier for you.
What Free-Time does is that it pulls out information from your Calendar and tags your blank hours with the “free time” label. Of course, just so the app understands that many of us (and not just therapists) work weird hours, it is necessary to customize the app before properly making it work. Before using it for the first time, the app lets you:
- specify what time you wake up and what time you go to bed
- what and how long are your mealtimes
- length of blocks you prefer for your free times (whole, 1-hour, 2-hour)
- put in your name, email address, phone number (optional, but might be needed if you want to share info with others)
Free-Time has also thrown in a few more nice features, such as letting you:
- filter days in which you are free
- by meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner
- by time block: 30mins, 1 hour, 2 hours
- by time range: adjustable using a slide
- by day: select which days in a week
- send information as a text message as to what day and time blocks you are free
- bump phones to a fellow Free-Time user to exchange information
An optional upgrade (for $0.99) allows the user to get Free-Time Premium in order to send unlimited emails and texts, make unlimited bumpings, and get rid of ads. The upgrade does not seem to be available on iTunes but can be accessed from the Free-Time app itself.
The app itself uses muted blues and grays in most of the screens, and in the calendar other pale pastel colors with white font. The big fonts on the active week definitely work, but the white fonts on grays and greens may be a challenge to some discerning eyes.
There are some important tweakings that the app should have included (and hopefully will, in the future), most particularly:
- customizing what day each week starts: the app by default starts on a Monday, and many people, I included, would prefer if the week starts on a Sunday
- a more flexible way of specifying work hours and sleep hours: a lot of professionals out there work night shifts, and many too sleep during the day
- options to customize font and time block colors: if one is used to the colors in Calendar, it would be nice to associate specific colors to work versus free time. The white font on washed-out block colors is less readable than if it were a darker color
It still is a worthwhile app to check out =)
- time management