5 months, 1 week ago WillParticipant
I have Skedpal synced to my Google Calendar and I have all-day events showing up. Skedpal automatically sidelines these events (I can’t find where in Google Calendar I control the availability setting for the event) but even if I manually un-sideline it, the auto-scheduler allocates tasks for the affected day. Why could this be happening and what can I do to fix it?5 months, 1 week ago SethParticipant
Hi Will. In Google calendar, please select your (I assume all-day) event and then go to the edit screen. In the edit screen, you will find an option that sets the event Free or Busy. Make sure you select it as Busy. Then, in SkedPal make sure it’s not sidelined and then no tasks will be scheduled during that day (after the next Update Schedule).5 months, 1 week ago WillParticipant
Thanks Seth. I did some more digging on Free/Busy and the reason I was missing it was because the Google Calendar Android app doesn’t show it by default. However now that I’ve set events to busy from desktop I can see it. That gets me most of the way there. However:
5 months, 1 week ago SethParticipant
- Events from Google Calendar’s Events From GMail feature don’t allow me to control Free/Busy status, and seem to effectively be permanently Free
- I still don’t see why SkedPal gives you a Sideline toggle for that event, when even if you manually set this to “off” an event that is set to Free in Google Calendar is still treated exactly the same as if Sideline were on. Having the Sideline feature would often be a useful manual override for the Free/Busy status (like in the case of Events From GMail) but if we can’t have that control then it should be shown disabled or not at all.
- I’m also finding it very jarring when running Update Schedule on the Android app, when the animation disappears the schedule you see hasn’t been updated yet. There’s a further delay before the tasks appear in their new positions and I always think for a moment my changes haven’t had the intended effect on the schedule. I think the animation should stay on the screen until the new schedule is ready to show.
Thanks for your feedback, Will. You pointed to a couple of issues that we overlooked:
- In the desktop app, we have correctly disabled the sideline functionality and clearly show that the event is set as FREE in Google calendar as shown below. In the mobile app, however, this is not done properly.
- Looks like we’re not alone in having our mobile app not matching the desktop functionality and Google calendar also does not show the Free/Busy option as you pointed out.
The ‘sideline’ functionality was designed to help sideline busy events. But you have a point here. Why not use it in the opposite way as well and make free events as busy. We’ll definitely consider this in our next version.
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