Attend XDA's Second Annual Developer Conference, XDA:DevCon 2014!
5,737,266 Members 40,640 Now Online
XDA Developers Android and Mobile Development Forum

[APP] Birthdays Diary - free birthdays reminder app [R] March 20 2012

Tip us?
 
ldokov
Old
#1  
Member - OP
Thanks Meter 13
Posts: 47
Join Date: Jan 2012
Default [APP] Birthdays Diary - free birthdays reminder app [R] March 20 2012

This is a discussion thread for Birthdays Diary, one of my Windows Phone apps. I hope you'll like it.

Screenshots:


Demo video: here

Official Facebook Page: here

Description:
Birthdays Diary is a great free app for browsing and managing your friends' birthdays.

You can easily see birthdays coming soon or find the birthday of a particular friend.

Birthdays Diary features a nice, customizable live tile, allowing you to peek at coming birthdays from your home screen.

Other features include:
  • browse birthdays by month, week or day
  • see additional data, like age and zodiac sign
  • hide birthdays you are not interested in
  • greet your friends from within the app
  • Facebook integration

User reactions.
Currently the app reads birthdays from Facebook and from the phone. It is not possible to add custom birthdays in the app. This will be available in the next version.

Version history:

Version 1.1
[Improved] User interface improvements
[Fixed] Birthdays displayed one day earlier in certain time zones

Discussions.
I welcome any feature requests, bug reports or just random thoughts.


Thank you and take care.

Free download:



My Windows Phone Apps & Games:

Birthdays Diary - birthdays reminder app | demo video | facebook page |
Holidays Calendar - holidays listing app | screenshots | facebook page |
Lightning Dial - shortcut organizer and speed dial app | demo video | facebook page |
LED Flashlight - simple flashlight app that uses the LED | screenshots | facebook page |
Jigsolve Me! - a nice jigsaw puzzle game | demo video | facebook page |
The Following User Says Thank You to ldokov For This Useful Post: [ Click to Expand ]
 
Gorki247
Old
#2  
Gorki247's Avatar
Member
Thanks Meter 0
Posts: 32
Join Date: Dec 2010
I do like this app, but there are currently two issues that stop me from getting it.

a) Duplicate entries. In the case where a local contact is also on FB, it creates two entries. I know there is an option to hide one of these, but this also means you lose half of the contact details. It should be possible to merge these, no?

But more importantly

b) Ads and I'm not talking about the banner ads (although would prefer an ad-free version - paid for, of course). The issue is the added icons linking back to your other apps. Fair enough if these were in the about page or something, but remove them from the menus. It just ruins the clean look of an otherwise excellent app.

If you made a fully ad-free version and found a way to deal with linked contacts, I'd be more than happy to pay for this app.
Had a HTC HD7, but upgraded to a Nokia Lumia 800
 
ldokov
Old
#3  
Member - OP
Thanks Meter 13
Posts: 47
Join Date: Jan 2012
First of all, thank you for the feedback.

About A, the duplicate entries. I think it is currently not possible for third party apps to get the linked contacts in Windows Phone. Even if you linked two or more contacts there is no way for a developer to find out they are linked. Please someone correct me if I am wrong here(I hope I am).

About B, the color icons in the app bar. I am sorry they annoy you. I believe this is a less annoying way to promote my other apps. It is just an icon. But you are correct, they should be limited somehow, not showing so much and maybe only in certain screens. Point taken.

Once the app becomes mature I will release a paid version without ads.
My Windows Phone Apps & Games:

Birthdays Diary - birthdays reminder app | demo video | facebook page |
Holidays Calendar - holidays listing app | screenshots | facebook page |
Lightning Dial - shortcut organizer and speed dial app | demo video | facebook page |
LED Flashlight - simple flashlight app that uses the LED | screenshots | facebook page |
Jigsolve Me! - a nice jigsaw puzzle game | demo video | facebook page |
 
Petulinek
Old
#4  
Petulinek's Avatar
Senior Member
Thanks Meter 78
Posts: 1,341
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Prague
Nice app, duplicate contacts can be hidden, its fantastic.
But - stupid adds on bottom page, some strange buttons.
I'd rather pay some money than annoying adds...
So, now its unusable for me.
Device: Nokia Lumia 1520
WIN Version: 8.10.12397.895
Firmware version: 1028.3562.1402.0004
Phone purchased: 04/07/14

Im sorry for my bad english
 
Gorki247
Old
#5  
Gorki247's Avatar
Member
Thanks Meter 0
Posts: 32
Join Date: Dec 2010
Quote:
Originally Posted by ldokov View Post
About A, the duplicate entries. I think it is currently not possible for third party apps to get the linked contacts in Windows Phone. Even if you linked two or more contacts there is no way for a developer to find out they are linked. Please someone correct me if I am wrong here(I hope I am).
I've seen some apps that pull data from Facebook and Windows Live; merging it into one contact. However, I believe this is done by comparing the name and probably depends on it being exactly the same. Having thought about it a bit more, I think your solution of being able to hide one is actually quite a nice way of dealing with it; plus it has the added advantage of being able to hide those birthdays you're not necessarily interested in.

It would be great if you released a paid version. Keep us posted if you do, as I really like the app and would definitely buy an ad-free release.

Keep up the good work!
Had a HTC HD7, but upgraded to a Nokia Lumia 800
 
ldokov
Old
#6  
Member - OP
Thanks Meter 13
Posts: 47
Join Date: Jan 2012
Quote:
Originally Posted by Petulinek View Post
Nice app, duplicate contacts can be hidden, its fantastic.
But - stupid adds on bottom page, some strange buttons.
I'd rather pay some money than annoying adds...
So, now its unusable for me.
Sorry you see it that way. But that's how life is - free apps come with ads. I tried to make ads unobtrusive and looking nice, but it is only possible to some extent.

About the color icons in the menu: they were not color at first, but then they looked similar to the other icons and you expect them to do something related to the current screen, which I think is worse. I decided to make them color - they look nice, different and you always know what they do. This is for the black theme. If you are using white theme, they look the same as other icons (black). There is nothing I can do about that.

As I wrote, once the app matures I will release a paid version. I just want it to be perfect if I am going to take people's money for it, this is why I am waiting a bit. Also, I will make the color ad icons in the app bar appear less often and in fewer places, as I promised Gorki247.

Thank you for understanding.
My Windows Phone Apps & Games:

Birthdays Diary - birthdays reminder app | demo video | facebook page |
Holidays Calendar - holidays listing app | screenshots | facebook page |
Lightning Dial - shortcut organizer and speed dial app | demo video | facebook page |
LED Flashlight - simple flashlight app that uses the LED | screenshots | facebook page |
Jigsolve Me! - a nice jigsaw puzzle game | demo video | facebook page |
 
ldokov
Old
#7  
Member - OP
Thanks Meter 13
Posts: 47
Join Date: Jan 2012
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gorki247 View Post
I've seen some apps that pull data from Facebook and Windows Live; merging it into one contact. However, I believe this is done by comparing the name and probably depends on it being exactly the same. Having thought about it a bit more, I think your solution of being able to hide one is actually quite a nice way of dealing with it; plus it has the added advantage of being able to hide those birthdays you're not necessarily interested in.

It would be great if you released a paid version. Keep us posted if you do, as I really like the app and would definitely buy an ad-free release.

Keep up the good work!
Yes, it is possible to merge contacts by comparing the name, However, I think the name is rarely exactly the same in Facebook and in the phone(Windows Live). The main reason is that in Facebook your friend normally writes his real name while in the phone you write whatever name you know him by (maybe a nickname or just the first name).

I have an idea on how it might be possible to merge contacts but I am not sure it will work. I will try it for one of the next versions and will let you know if it works or not.

Thank you for the feedback and for understanding the problem, it's always good to have a constructive discussion. This really helps me make Birthdays Diary a better app.

I will definitely announce it here when I release a paid version.
My Windows Phone Apps & Games:

Birthdays Diary - birthdays reminder app | demo video | facebook page |
Holidays Calendar - holidays listing app | screenshots | facebook page |
Lightning Dial - shortcut organizer and speed dial app | demo video | facebook page |
LED Flashlight - simple flashlight app that uses the LED | screenshots | facebook page |
Jigsolve Me! - a nice jigsaw puzzle game | demo video | facebook page |
 
ldokov
Old
#8  
Member - OP
Thanks Meter 13
Posts: 47
Join Date: Jan 2012
Default New version released!

The next version of Birthdays Diary is now available in the marketplace! I hope you'll like it! You can download it from here.

The update adds several new features and also fixes some known issues. Here is the complete changelog:

Version 1.2 changes
[New] Ability to add custom anniversaries
[New] Ability to show days left in live tile
[New] Compatibility with low-memory devices
[Improved] Birth date is now visible in search
[Improved] Advertizing menu icon is now showing much more rarely
[Improved] Default live tile settings adjusted
[Fixed] Facebook synchronization problems
[Fixed] Posting on friend's wall did succeed but progress was not hiding
[Fixed] Age was sometimes not showing in live tile even if turned on
[Fixed] "Show zero count" setting for live tile not working for "Single birthday" mode
My Windows Phone Apps & Games:

Birthdays Diary - birthdays reminder app | demo video | facebook page |
Holidays Calendar - holidays listing app | screenshots | facebook page |
Lightning Dial - shortcut organizer and speed dial app | demo video | facebook page |
LED Flashlight - simple flashlight app that uses the LED | screenshots | facebook page |
Jigsolve Me! - a nice jigsaw puzzle game | demo video | facebook page |
 
nithin1992
Old
#9  
Senior Member
Thanks Meter 308
Posts: 547
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Bangalore

 
DONATE TO ME
The inbuilt windows phone calendar does a great job in syncing and reminding all the birthdays of your windows live,fb contacts. But this a nice app as well.

Sent from my Lumia 710 using Board Express
Hit thanks if you believe the post deserves it.
 
eltonada
Old
#10  
Junior Member
Thanks Meter 0
Posts: 11
Join Date: Dec 2011
Very nice app!
it's the most fluid birthdays app I tryed.
I just miss the possibility of notifications like reminders.
Apart from that it's very good.

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes


XDA PORTAL POSTS

Change Your Toast Notification Style with XToast

Android uses multipletypes of notifications. One of these isknown as a toast notification. … more

Port Sony Xperia Themes to CyanogenMod 11 with Ease

In addition the obvious proficiency with graphics, creating agood Android theme … more

Cell Phone SIM Unlock Bill Just Steps Away from President’s Desk

For all those who believe that Cinderella stories don’t actually … more