Version 1.4.2

This update adds support for Romanian, Dutch and Japanese users of ServicePlanner.

If you would like to help translate ServicePlanner into your language please contact me for more information.

Version 1.4.1

This is a minor update with the following improvements:

Share a Contact via Email

On the main Detail tab of the Contact window you can now “Share Contact”. This will generate a formatted email with all the contacts details and a full history of visits made to the contact. It includes any location information including a link through to Google Maps. The email does not yet allow other users of ServicePlanner to import the Contact on their device – that feature will come in the future.

Note: You must have the settings in place for the default Apple Mail app to work on your device for any email to generate from ServicePlanner.

New Workflow Option

There is a new option in Settings > Workflow so that when new Visits are created against a specific Contact type, ServicePlanner can now auto-set the time to the scheduled appointment time, rather than the current time.

For example if you have a Bible Study scheduled for 10am, and you log the new Visit afterwards at 11:15am, the new Workflow setting will auto-set the visit time to 10am and the Next Visit Time to 10am as well.

Make the Timer Bar Larger

Some users were having trouble tapping the Timer Bar. I have added a new option in Settings > Timer so that you can make the Timer Bar larger / taller.

  

I hope this update helps you to be increasingly more effective in your ministry and get the most out of using ServicePlanner.

Positive reviews on the App Store are incredibly helpful. If you are enjoying ServicePlanner, and feel inspired to leave a review, it would be greatly appreciated 🙂

Thanks for your support.

Version 1.4.0

Version 1.4.0 offers some new and exciting additions to ServicePlanner.

Inbuilt Web Browser

You can now share your favourite websites directly from within ServicePlanner. The ServicePlanner browser offers a minimal user interface that gets out of the way of the content you want to share. The browser offers the following features:

  • You can access it from the Today screen or from the Library. Click the globe icon to open the browser.
  • The browser should be very familiar as it is based on the Safari browser UI.
  • In the top input bar you can type in a search phrase to search using Google, or type in a website URL to directly load the website (eg “tv.jw.org”)
  • Click the “…” button top/left to Bookmark your favourite websites, making it easy to directly access the website in the future.
  • When you add a Bookmark, the website favicon is automatically detected, similar to how any browser detects the favicon.
  • Bookmarks can be viewed in Grid or List View. In the Grid View you can tap+hold on a Bookmark icon to edit.
  • In List View you can reorder the Bookmarks.
  • If you are looking at a page on tv.jw.org, supported videos are detected and can be saved to the app from the top/left “…” button menu.
  • Swipe left / right to move forward and back through your browser history.

Reader View Available

Similar to the Safari and Firefox browsers, ServicePlanner offers a “Reader View” for supported web pages. Reader View removes clutter from the surrounding page and makes the main content of the page highly readable. Pages that use modern HTML5 tags like the <article> tag will have automatic support in the Reader View. You will see a message indicating “Review View Available” – then simply click the button on the left side of the input bar to open the Reader View.

While in Reader View you can use the “Style” button on the right side to:

  • Change the font size
  • Choose between 5 different themes, including a Night Mode
  • Change the font type face used

You can see a screencast of these “Styles” in action under the next heading.

If a page supports Reader View, then you can also email the contents of the page … again similar to how Safari works. Emailing content can be really handy considering the next feature…

Bonus for Chinese Language Learners

One huge benefit of the Reader View is that any Chinese content viewed from the official JW websites has the option of helper romanisation being added above the Chinese characters. You can choose between Chinese Pinyin, Zhuyin (Bopomofo), Cantonese Yale, or Sidney Lau.

You should see a “2L” button appear next to the Reader View button. Tap this to choose between the multiple romanisation options available – see the screencast below for an example.

For the first time you can view Pinyin above the Young People Ask articles on JW.org, or above the Bible Teachings content on the website. Also on WOL most Chinese articles can be viewed in Reader View with the romanisation supported. I really hope this helps fellow language learners in their ministry and language studies.

Daily Activity Planning from the Today Screen

This is a highly requested feature – sorry I took so long. I considered many different options around this, but in the end decided that a lot of work and design had already gone into the Day screen available from the Calendar on the Activity screen. So I made some small changes to the way this screen works, and then integrated it into the Today screen.

So … now in the Today screen you can click the Activity button top/right, and enter your hours, witnessing partner, manual placements and more.

On the Day Planning screen you will now see new “-/+” buttons for the manual placements, videos etc. This change offers the following features:

  • Click the “+” button to increment by 1 (one).
  • Tap+hold on the “+” button to enter a typed number (as before).
  • The “-” button will not show unless there is a value of 1 or more.
  • Tap+hold on the “-” button to reset to 0 (zero).
  • You can also tap on the value displayed to manually edit the amount.

Other Changes

There are many other minor tweaks and changes in this update. Just a couple worthy of mention:

  • Fixed issue with the Annual Report not showing the Projected Hours correctly in some Time Zones
  • Made the Timer bar slightly taller so that it is easier to tap

I hope this update helps you to be increasingly more effective in your ministry and get the most out of using ServicePlanner.

Positive reviews on the App Store are incredibly helpful. If you are enjoying ServicePlanner, and feel inspired to leave a review, it would be greatly appreciated 🙂

Thanks for your support.

Version 1.3.4

Version 1.3.4 offers the following changes:

  • Official support for iOS 11. On devices running iOS 11 you will notice subtle UI changes, including a larger search bar. On the iPad the tabs along the bottom will switch layout to the new design.
  • Official support for the iPhone X. The “notch” at the top of the iPhone X can be a challenge to support, especially when the device is in landscape orientation. But once apps supports it the iPhone X is a pleasure to use, and ServicePlanner makes the most of the larger screen.
  • Publishers now have the option to submit their monthly service report via Hourglass. This is only useful if your congregation already uses Hourglass to collect and manage publisher service records.
  • A couple of minor bugs were fixed in this update. Issue #168 where the Video Duration could not be updated. And Issue #165 where sending the report would sometimes crash the app.

I hope this update helps you to be increasingly more effective in your ministry and get the most out of using ServicePlanner.

Positive reviews on the App Store are incredibly helpful. If you are enjoying ServicePlanner, and feel inspired to leave a review, it would be greatly appreciated 🙂

Thanks for your support.

Version 1.3.3

The Timer App Badge is now disabled by default. If you want to show the red “1” on the App icon when the Timer is running, please enable it in Settings > Timer or Settings > Notifications.

Several bug fixes:

  • Fixed Service Year not always including the custom monthly goals in Projected Hours calculation (Issue #163)
  • Fixed Carried Minutes being applied to wrong month in some Time Zones (Issue #162)
  • Fixed UI date issue when showing Time Selector in some Time Zones (Issue #164)
  • Fixed issue with consecutive imported Contacts inheriting Visits
  • Some changes to the Dropbox sync rules of the Report data

I hope this update helps you to be increasingly more effective in your ministry and get the most out of using ServicePlanner.

Positive reviews on the App Store are incredibly helpful. If you are enjoying ServicePlanner, and feel inspired to leave a review, it would be greatly appreciated 🙂

Thanks for your support.

Version 1.3.2

This is a bug fix release following on from version 1.3.0

  • Fixed issue with the Activities > Bible Studies screen not showing the correct date in some Time Zones.
  • Minor tweak to the Dropbox Sync

I hope this update helps you to be increasingly more effective in your ministry and get the most out of using ServicePlanner.

Positive reviews on the App Store are incredibly helpful. If you are enjoying ServicePlanner, and feel inspired to leave a review, it would be greatly appreciated 🙂

Thanks for your support.

Version 1.3.1

This is a bug fix update, following on from version 1.3.0

  • Improved the refreshing of the Contacts Library when placements are updated.
  • Fixed a bug with the Field Service Report email subject showing the incorrect month in some Time Zones.

I hope this update helps you to be increasingly more effective in your ministry and get the most out of using ServicePlanner.

Positive reviews on the App Store are incredibly helpful. If you are enjoying ServicePlanner, and feel inspired to leave a review, it would be greatly appreciated 🙂

Thanks for your support.

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ServicePlanner 1.0 on the App Store!

I am so excited to release version 1.0 of ServicePlanner. It is now on the App Store.

This is just the beginning for ServicePlanner, with so many features and improvements planned for the future. I encourage users to get familiar with the Issue Tracker to log your ideas and issues, and to vote for features you would like to see added.

All the best with ServicePlanner! I hope it helps you to have an exciting and productive ministry.