July 5, 2010 in Productivity (F)
[prMac.com] Chardon, Ohio - While balancing lives as attorneys and parents, Jake and Georgia Yanchar have worked tirelessly since 2008 to release Diacarta 1.0, the first graphically based day-planner and calendar to the iPhone and iPod touch.
Although relatively computer savvy and an iPhone user, Jake found himself frustrated with the available "planners." All currently available for the iPhone are text-based and force you to either make boring "to do lists" or plan your day in little boxes on a traditional calendar layout which takes a long period of time to organize. This sort of set-up is not conducive to juggling life with work and also doesn't transfer well to the space-constrained interface of an iPhone.
But, Jake has always had a creative side and likes to plan his day using a moleskine notebook to draw a circle in the center of the left page to represent an A.M. clock, and a circle in the center of the right page to represent a P.M. clock. Jake would then connect little pictures (doodles, really) to the clock, to represent the things he needed to get done.
After he starting using the iPhone, with its great touch screen interface, Jake saw the potential to transfer his idea to the device. He also realized that the iPhone app store provided a channel to distribute a new product to something on the order of 100 million iPhone users. Together him and his wife decided this was a unique opportunity, and was worth a gamble of some of the money we might otherwise have put away for their kids' education.
After receiving the first "build" of the software last summer, Jake was immediately disappointed in its lack of visual excitement. He came to realize that software developers, no matter how talented, are not graphical designers, and that a key to the app's success would be having a user interface that would be visually appealing. Local friends and design firm Little Jacket again came to the rescue created a new user interface that was both unique and timeless.
Fifteen months later, after countless phone calls to India and numerous late nights, Jake and his wife celebrated. As full-time professionals and full-time parents, they had somehow managed to build the first ever graphical-based planner. Now, to juggle teleconferences, meetings, school forms, baseball practice, veterinary appoints, or the countless other tasks that may arise in a working parent's day, all they have to do is chose an icon and drag it to the clock. Most fun of all, when a task is completed, it gets converted to star.
Unlike any other planner, Diacarta lets you create a mental picture of your day. It's an extremely easy process. Just start with the clock, then choose icons to represent the things on your daily task list. For scheduled events, simply drag the icon to the appropriate place on the clock. Tasks that are not tied to a specific time stay on the screen as a reminder. If you'd like to add more detail to an event, tap on the corresponding icon and you can add as much detail as you need for future reference. Once you've finished an event, just star it to indicate that it's complete.
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 3.0 or later
* 4.2 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Diacarta 1.0 is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category.
Diacarta was developed by Jake and Georgia Yanchar. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPod, the iPod logo, are registered trademarks of Apple Computer in the U.S. and/or other countries.