[APP] Power Planner - Best Homework Planner [R] 12/11/2011 [U] 3/1/2012

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ace10134

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Name: Power Planner

This is a student homework planner for Windows Phone 7. I created it since there were no good homework apps on WP7 and I needed one, and I'm sure everyone else would love to use it too!


Power Planner has a unique feature where it automatically schedules reminders for you. At the end of your day (10 minutes after your last class), Power Planner sends you a reminder telling you what items you have due for tomorrow. Also, if you don't finish an assignment before it is due, Power Planner will remind you an hour before that class, telling you that you have incomplete items.

The app also has an excellent interface that makes adding assignments super fast. When adding homework assignments, you can simply press the "return" button on the keyboard to jump to the next box on the page. Also, Power Planner remembers your last selected class and due date, so you can quickly add multiple things to the same class faster than any other app.

And Power Planner now has an advanced grading system that allows you to use custom grade and GPA scales, weighted grades, classes with credits, etc!

And Power Planner has the best live tile! You can see when your next items are due without even opening the app!!

Tell me what you think of the demo video, and if you have any features you would like to see added to the app, list them here!



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Download: http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=46a9c430-f253-4043-99c6-bc600335e9de

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Price: Free or $1.99 (paid version has a few extra features, but free trial is fully functional and is ad-free)
 
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uncled1023

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Will this be able to add the assignments as events in your calander? Specifically google calandar? I use that for most of my classes, and if it could integrate with that, then this app would be amazing!
 

ace10134

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Will this be able to add the assignments as events in your calander? Specifically google calandar? I use that for most of my classes, and if it could integrate with that, then this app would be amazing!

I'll have to look into adding that. How exactly do you want them to be added to a calendar?

Homework assignments really dont have a certain time and duration... Just like your general to-do list doesn't have those things. Would you want it to add your assignments to the to-do section of Google? Or for it to generate actual calendar appointments??
 

uncled1023

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I'll have to look into adding that. How exactly do you want them to be added to a calendar?

Homework assignments really dont have a certain time and duration... Just like your general to-do list doesn't have those things. Would you want it to add your assignments to the to-do section of Google? Or for it to generate actual calendar appointments??

I would love for it to add like a 1 hour time slot appointment at the time its due. Or have an option that if you pick a due time as well as date, it will add it as an appointment for that time, or as a todo for that date.
 

ace10134

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I would love for it to add like a 1 hour time slot appointment at the time its due. Or have an option that if you pick a due time as well as date, it will add it as an appointment for that time, or as a todo for that date.

Looks like it's really simple to use the Google Calendar API. I'll definitely try it out. If I ever add it, I'll be sure to post here telling you I did!

EDIT: Hmm, I don't think the Calendar API works with Silverlight... so that could be tough to add in. I don't have the skills right now to figure that out (hell I'm just starting to learn Java, it's my freshman year at college hah). Maybe in the future.
 
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ace10134

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Looks like a nice app. Waiting for it to hit marketplace. :)

It just hit the marketplace! http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=46a9c430-f253-4043-99c6-bc600335e9de

Unfortunately, I noticed a few bugs right after I submitted it 5 days ago.... so I already fixed them but the update won't be live until probably 12/16.

The major bug is that the homework tip will keep on appearing, even though the user has already seen it. For now, you could make it disappear by adding a homework item, and then before closing the app, edit the homework item, and then the app should remember that you saw the tip! It's an issue with me forgetting to put the SaveChangesToDatabase after the user clicked OK to the tip... very simple fix.

If you come across that bug (or the bug where in the Add Notes section, if you multitask and return to the page, it becomes unusable), please don't rate the app down cause of them... because they're fixed! Thanks and I'm looking forward to your feedback! :)

New version will also bring the ability to set custom reminders for exam items! (paid version).
 

ace10134

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Version 2.0 coming in a week!

I'll be releasing an update that should hit the marketplace in about a week, adding tons of new features!

  • Live Tile showing how many items are overdue, due today, or do tomorrow, or none
  • Splash screen
  • Extremely advanced grade/GPA system
  • Contextual "+" add button
  • And more!

The grading system will allow you to enter individual grades (like Test 1, Test 2, homework 1, etc) for each class. Then it will calculate your current grade. WP7 doesn't really have any apps that do this, so Power Planner is basically the first!

It also calculates your cumulative GPA.

The grade/GPA system is extremely customizable and accepts everything from honors/AP classes, custom grade scales, weighted grades, classes with credits, classes with no credits, classes with 0 credits, grade scales with the letter "E" instead of "F", etc!

The grading system is exclusive to the paid version though, since that took a TON of work to add. The live tile, however, is available to everyone.

Look forward to an update in about a week! And tell your friends about Power Planner if they have a Windows Phone, thanks!
 

chrisizzle492

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i just got it and reviewed lol. everything is really nice. in college i have never had a problem using my phone in class. this app hopefully will help cuz i do well on exams, homework on the other hand is my downfall. 5*
 

ace10134

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i just got it and reviewed lol. everything is really nice. in college i have never had a problem using my phone in class. this app hopefully will help cuz i do well on exams, homework on the other hand is my downfall. 5*

Thanks! I'm glad you find it useful and that you'll be taking advantage of the office hours/website feature. That's one of my favorites, since I usually throw away the class syllabus and can never find office hours lol.

Enjoy! If you have any questions, problems, or suggestions, you can find my email address in Power Planner's settings -> About page.
 

ace10134

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Update 2.0

Version 2.0 just hit the marketplace! New features include Live Tile, grading/GPA system, contextual "+" button for classes/exams, and more!
 

benjammin

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I bought this app. It's great, good job. One question, how does backup work in the new update? I was just checking it out, and i have to sign in to hotmail. Does it backup to Skydrive? Just wondering before i start entering passwords.
 

ace10134

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I bought this app. It's great, good job. One question, how does backup work in the new update? I was just checking it out, and i have to sign in to hotmail. Does it backup to Skydrive? Just wondering before i start entering passwords.

Sweet I'm glad you got the update already!

Backup uses Skydrive. When you enter your password and email, you're giving it directly to Microsoft and it never sees me. That's how the Skydrive API works. I also never see your backed up data, it's all stored on your Skydrive account.

Once you backup, you can go to your SkyDrive and you'll see your data in a folder called IsolatedDataStorage. You can actually open the text documents in there and view the raw data if you would like!
 

benjammin

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Sweet I'm glad you got the update already!

Backup uses Skydrive. When you enter your password and email, you're giving it directly to Microsoft and it never sees me. That's how the Skydrive API works. I also never see your backed up data, it's all stored on your Skydrive account.

Once you backup, you can go to your SkyDrive and you'll see your data in a folder called IsolatedDataStorage. You can actually open the text documents in there and view the raw data if you would like!

What a good idea. I really want to develop for windows phone 7, but i have zero imagination or creativity haha.
 

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    Name: Power Planner

    This is a student homework planner for Windows Phone 7. I created it since there were no good homework apps on WP7 and I needed one, and I'm sure everyone else would love to use it too!


    Power Planner has a unique feature where it automatically schedules reminders for you. At the end of your day (10 minutes after your last class), Power Planner sends you a reminder telling you what items you have due for tomorrow. Also, if you don't finish an assignment before it is due, Power Planner will remind you an hour before that class, telling you that you have incomplete items.

    The app also has an excellent interface that makes adding assignments super fast. When adding homework assignments, you can simply press the "return" button on the keyboard to jump to the next box on the page. Also, Power Planner remembers your last selected class and due date, so you can quickly add multiple things to the same class faster than any other app.

    And Power Planner now has an advanced grading system that allows you to use custom grade and GPA scales, weighted grades, classes with credits, etc!

    And Power Planner has the best live tile! You can see when your next items are due without even opening the app!!

    Tell me what you think of the demo video, and if you have any features you would like to see added to the app, list them here!



    Source: This thread


    Download: http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=46a9c430-f253-4043-99c6-bc600335e9de

    img.php


    Price: Free or $1.99 (paid version has a few extra features, but free trial is fully functional and is ad-free)
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    Can you please submit your app to Croatian and other new marketplaces? I used to use Power Planner (trail), when marketplace come to Croatia, I cange live ID and marketplace location, but there is no Power Planner. I would buy it for sure.
    I just submitted an update and re-selected every marketplace region possible so it should show up in your Croatian marketplace in 5 days from now!

    The update adds:

    Fastest due date selector EVER.
    New visual theme is more metro
    You can switch the keyboard input scope instantly while typing in details
    You can zoom out of your class schedule
    And more, including bug fixes etc!
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    Can you please submit your app to Croatian and other new marketplaces? I used to use Power Planner (trail), when marketplace come to Croatia, I cange live ID and marketplace location, but there is no Power Planner. I would buy it for sure.

    The new version, 2.7, was released a few days ago. Is it available in your Croation marketplace now?

    I selected all of the marketplaces, it should work now!
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