Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Kindle Fire Free App of the Day: Pocket Informant 3

Today's Free App of the Day is Pocket Informant 3
Originally $9.99

This is a productivity app with contacts, notes and to-dos all in one package. I believe I used to use Pocket Informant on my Palm T|X.   I recommend picking this app up while it's free so you'll be ready for future updates, because it is a good app.

The notes and tasks are kind of unattractive but functional, but the calendar view is quite nice. And for people who want to sync multiple Google Calendars, there may be a solution--more below. 

The calendar view is quite attractive and useful--with month grids down the left side or across the top, depending on whether you're in landscape or portrait, a large central view of the current month, swipable to other months, and the day view on the right or bottom. The calendar syncs with your current device calendar, not directly with Google, which is its flaw. It makes the notes and the ToDo list stand alone--you can't sync with Google Tasks natively. 

 But there may be a work-around. I created a free ToodleDo account (I thought I had already had one, but apparently not). And I was able to sync THAT with my Google account. Then, I set up a sync with ToodleDo, and it actually brought all three Google accounts that I have to PocketInformant. So this MAY be a solution for people who want to sync multiple calendars. Someone who does should test it; I don't really use more than one calendar, but when I go to create a new event, the calendar is color coded, and if I tap on that, I get to choose which of the three Google calendars I want to use. 

So, to recap, if you want to sync multiple Google calendars: 
Tap on the menu icon in the upper right hand corner 
Tap on settings 
Tap on Sync 
Tap on the Menu icon 
Tap on Add Account 
Tap on ToodleDo If you don't have a ToodleDo account already, tap on SignUp, which will take you to the browser, and then create your ToodleDo account. 

 Unfortunately, I wasn't taking notes as I fiddled with this, so I don't remember if the opportunity to sync with Google came up automatically in the ToodleDo set up, but if not, tap on Tools and then Calendars. Tap on Enable Calendar subscriptions and Save. I think it will ask for your Google password at this point. I'm set up now, so if someone else tries this, let me know.

9 of 21 reviews are four stars and above.

These apps are compatible with the original Fire and with my Fire HD 8.9" 4G. To tell if an app works for your Fire HD or other Android device registered to your Amazon account, click on the above link and look on the right side of the web page.  Amazon will tell you if it will work with your registered device.

Have fun!

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