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Iconical, a Windows Phone calendar option that makes the most of Live Tiles

Iconical

Iconical is a Windows Phone calendar app that allows you to create multiple appointment groups filtered from your Windows Phone calendars and pin them to your Start Screen for quick and easy reference.

You create appointment filter groups based on subject keywords.  The Live Tile focus lets you pin that group to your Start Screen, view up to three appointments (ten with the Plus version) in that filter group, and help you keep up with all your appointments. You can create filtered groups for school, work, medical or any other appointment keyword that you need to monitor a little closer.

Iconical is an interesting Windows Phone calendar app that definitely has potential.

When you first launch Iconical you will find a pre-existing calendar filter group, Appointments, which contains all your Windows Phone calendare appointments.  At the bottom of the screen will be a "+" button where you can create additional filter groups (more on this in a second).

Iconical Main Pages

Tapping the appointments category (or any other category you should create) will allow you to view all of your Windows Phone appointments within the category in agenda form. If you swipe to the right you will see a summary of the settings for this filter group. Individual appointment details can be pulled up by tapping the appointment.

Button controls at the bottom of the filter group page include a done, new, monthly view and search button. Creating a new appointment, modifying an existing appointment or deleting an appointment in Iconical is reflected in your main Windows Phone calendar.  Iconical does have the ability to search your appointments by keyword with search as you type results.

Below the three-dot menu on the filter group pages you will find options to view the filter groups settings, a pin to start option, an option to delete the filter group and a help section.  You'll need to use this pin to start option to create the Live Tile for the filter group.  Pinning Iconical from the Application List won't do the trick.

Iconical Filter Settings

A filter group's settings will be the same screens you will see if you tap the "+" button on Iconical's main page when you create a new filter group. Here is where you name your filter group, determine how you want the text to lay out, choose your background and alert colors, choose which calendar account you'll be using (Hotmail, Google, etc.) and set your filter parameters.  Parameters include the keywords to include or exclude, how far out you want the filter to look, and set the cut off time for all day appointments.

While the filter settings are nice, if you have multiple calendars in one account Iconical won't let you separate those calendars. If you keep a work calendar and family calendar in your Hotmail account, they are viewed as one by Iconical.  I'm not sure if this is a limitation of Windows Phone or one of those programming hurdles tough to over come.  Whatever the reason, it would be nice if there was a way to apply a filter to an individual calendar as opposed to the full account. 

Iconical Live Tiles

Iconical's Live Tile will display up to three appointments when set to the wide view. The Tile will also display the current date and the last update time. Iconical will update the Live Tile every thirty minutes. While the Live Tile is a little on the plain side, one nice feature with Iconical's Live Tile is the color options. You can set one background color for the Live Tile and choose another color to set as a reminder color.  While the Live Tile is functional, it's a little on the vanilla side.  I would have liked to have seen it have more pop the way Simple Calendar's Live Tile is presented.

Iconical is an appealing calendar app for our Windows Phones. The core function is basically creating groups of appointments that can be easily monitored from your Windows Phone's Start Screen. If you have a series of appointments associated with one project or event, you can create a group, pin it to your Start Screen and monitor the activity related to that project a little closer.  It would be nice to have more options on the app's filter but what's in place is a nice start.

There are two versions of Iconical in the Windows Phone Store. You have Iconical (right QR Code), which is a free app that has some display limitations. Then there's Iconical Plus (left QR Code) that is running $.99 and extends your Live Tile to ten appointments and adds a seven day view with the monthly view. Iconical is available for both Windows Phone 7.x and 8 devices but does require OS 7.10.8858 or better.

QR: Iconical Plus and Iconical

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xratola says:

I pass this one...

mtav1 says:

That is a pretty messy home screen with all those appointments.

litcanada says:

Hi mtav1, the developer here - you don't "have" to have 3 live tiles, the screenshot in the review is used to illustrate that one "can" have more than 1.
For example, a common scenario would be a main wide tile for appointments, and a small one for birthdays. The small one will change the color automatically to let you know a birthday is coming soon (up to 2 days in advance) - tap on it and see the upcoming birthday.

mtav1 says:

Thanks for the information. Keep up the good job.

pvcleave says:

I am going to check this out. I think this is exactly what I need. I use my phone for work and non-work activities and I do not like getting the birthdays in my current calander tile, but I do not want to take that calander out completely. I think this will help me.

litcanada says:

This is the most common use scenario we've seen since the app release.
 
Don't forget to turn on the "birthday cake" icon for your birthday filter, choose a bigger reminder interval (up to 48 hrs), and eventually use the smallest tile size. Minimal room on the Start screen, easy to tell appart from other app shortcut tiles, it'll remind you of upcoming birthdays by changing its color.

SocalTouch says:

@litcanada One missing feature (I have the Pro Version) - Once I create an event using IconicalPlus, I cannot change it. I created a default 1 hour appointment but could not edit it to 30 minutes intead.
The default calendar was able to change/edit the appointment to 30 minutes. Please add the ability to be able to edit the events in Iconical.

SocalTouch says:

@litcanada, Is there an option to pin the month view live tile to start screen or start the app in month view. Even if the feature is Pro version only, I do not mind buying it.

litcanada says:

Yes, it's available in Iconical Plus:
 
The option to "pin to Start" is available in both views, month and agenda. If pinned from month view, a tile tap will open month view; if pinned from agenda view, the tile will open the app in agenda view.

SocalTouch says:

May I suggest adding the ability to flick left or right in the MonthView to move to the next/previous month. Even if it is to Pro version only.

SocalTouch says:

OK, saw that the flicking up or down in month view does that. Bought the pro version!
Love the month view and the fact that pro version can support tiles in all sizes!

xratola says:

Chronos is not receiving an update soon, since the developer is taking some time off...

litcanada says:

Hi @ciscomoto, the developer here - Iconical is not designed to be a full calendar replacement; it's a free app to download and use (no ads, no data services) as a companion to the stock Calendar app, to fill some of the gaps most users will notice very quickly (i.e. stock live tile, search, month view).

Flavio76 says:

I bought chronos too

mpt15 says:

I actually really like this app. I've been using the paid version for a while now and it does exactly what I wanted in a calender: cycle through appointments and birthdays on separate tiles.

ejlee072006 says:

Nice.. But until I get my phablet!!

xrs22 says:

I got chronos as well. Sounds like a disease or something.

Flavio76 says:

LOL, never thought this way
Have this disease too

sharpycl says:

I actually really like this app. I can finally seperate my work calendar from my personal calendar on the home screen :). I'm looking forward to seeing customizable/unique tiles in the future ;). This app gets 5 stars from me!

litcanada says:

Thanks, @sharpycl

Additional tile types and sizes are available in Iconical Plus (paid version) - flip (wide, medium sizes), cycle.

The more feedback we get, the better the app - including additional options for live tile appearance.

AFuentesJr says:

This app is great, but I have 2 small complaints...on the Live Tile, there should be a ":" separating the date and subject, and there should be a monthly calendar to scroll thru in the app.

litcanada says:

We can certainly include ":" as a delimiter option. We chose not to include it for consistency between 24-hr / 12-hr time formats.
The paid version, Iconical Plus, has a month view with an integrated agenda on the same screen. The free version of the app comes with a 7-day preview of the month view.
 

AFuentesJr says:

I purchased the paid version to support your work, but I only saw a month view for the current month...understandable about the ":", maybe something else instead?

litcanada says:

Please swipe up / down to scroll to next / previous month.

AFuentesJr says:

Got it, had to give it a good swipe, lol...thanks!

AFuentesJr says:

As far as the Live Tile is concerned, I appreciate the simplicity of the default Calendar, just hate that it only shows one event, and only a day before the event day...maybe if you followed that same format, but kept your current UI, is that doable?

litcanada says:

That's a very good suggestion, we'll put it on the list for a future release!

litcanada says:

Just a quick note to let you know the newest version of Iconical Plus (version 3.0.0, now live in the WP Store) includes an additional wide tile layout, thanks to your suggestion - single appointment per tile side, with some unique new features as well:
 
- ability to show the picture of the organizer if the next event is a meeting.
- dark text option: turn it on for lighter tile colors to improve readability (yellow, lime, teal, cyan, amber, etc.)
 
The new layout is automatically activated ("flip" tile only) when you choose in the settings to display 1 or 2 appointments.
 
Here's the download link (if you haven't been notified about the update just yet):
http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=6fb2ea7e-d842-4f7d-96d8-50089907a8ca
 
Enjoy!

nlm says:

Too bad this is useless for those with the dead tiles issue. How many out there have been plagued with this? There seems to be a limitation on the number of live tiles allowed at any time before they all go bonk.

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/winphone/forum/wp8-wpapps/lives-tiles...

lottidah says:

Just a ditto on the dead tiles issue. Can't believe there isn't a huge outcry on this.

denniski says:

I had the dead tiles issue on my Lumia 920 awhile back but I followed the tip from user bbraune from this link http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/winphone/forum/wp8-wpapps/windows-pho... my live tiles have been working since.

lottidah says:

Yeah, I've previouslytried a bunch of fixes to no avail. Today, I uninstalled Weave and restarted the phone and the tiles are refreshing again. But, it seems there is no universal fix. Everyone's results vary.

DaiaX says:

Give option to customize live tile with background picture.

litcanada says:

Thanks for the review, George - much appreciated.
 
I'll provide here some additional info for a couple of points you made, more on http://datauniversalinc.com/apps/iconical/

  • Ability to include / exclude individual calendars for an account: this is an API limitation, access is only allowed at the account level.
  • Appointment filter: more options are available in Iconical Plus (paid version) - multiple keywords, full word or partial match, and/or
  • Tile design: it's all about personal preference. We hope the simple, clean appearance of the live tile with its Modern UI layout will appeal to most users. More tile types (flip, cycle) and sizes (medium, wide) are available in the paid version.

 
 

SocalTouch says:

@litcanada The Pro Version is pretty close to what I wanted with one BIG missing feature. Events can be created by Iconical Plus but cannot be edited or modified.
Either that or I just dont know how to accomplish this using Iconical Plus!

litcanada says:

Unfortunately this is a Windows Phone API restriction - appointment update and delete are not allowed. We hope future API enhancements will allow event updates / deletions, and full access to events marked as "private" (this is another restriction).
 
As soon as this functionality becomes available in the WP API - it'll be reflected in Iconical as well.

Nejcooo says:

good, but im not missing a thing in default calandar

dang121 says:

Hi
This is not related to this app. I just want to know if a  Batch operations is plausible in WP calendar. There is are a few calendar app in iOS that contain the batch operations which let me select a bunch of dates and set it to whatever the event is. I am missing this features ever since I switch over from iOS. Apps like Week Calendar and CalendarSkin for iOS for example let me do this. Please, any helpful thought here.
 
Thank you

Biwy2 says:

So far so good