SideBar: The Silent Super-Feature

If done right you will almost never notice it.. It is however one of the most used parts of any app: the sidebar.  With MarsManaged we’ve gone through quite a few iterations. Here’s a retrospective on the improvements made, and the thinking behind them.  First Iteration (A): Although it was purely a SwiftUI non-functional prototype, …

MarsManaged July Update: New Palette, Icon, UX Improvements…

Back in Sunny California! Portugal was great: the food, the weather, the people… In between hikes, museums and reading breaks I’ve done quite a bit of progress on MarsManaged: it’s looking better and better. Every day a bit more polished and user feedback is helping raise the bar big time. Here’s how the main screen looks like now: …

Schedule & re-Schedule any action with Dynamic Date parsing

One thing is clear when launching a Product: timelines will change.  To handle all these changes with ease, MarsManaged now includes Dynamic Date parsing*. Just type the target date in your own words and MarsManaged will do the rest. Here it is in action:  Here’s some examples of keywords you can use: today (i.e. Did John send …

Badges? Gray Badges? Color Badges!

As I was working on cell badges indicating the number of to-dos pending for a given card it hit me…   The approach I was taking was good, it gave relevant and timely information… But could be much better: what if the flag changes color when you have a to-do overdue, due today, tomorrow or soon?   This …

Expanding TO-DO views for MarsManaged

This weekend I continued working on the TO-DO area, specifically on bringing the context-aware functionality of Cards to “Target Date” & “Last Modified” views.  As most of the code complexities were sorted last weekend, this one I did quite a bit of progress. Here’s the latest: “Sort by Target Date” view:   “Sort by Last …

Working on all new TO-DO views for MarsManaged

This weekend I focused on the TO-DOS view of MarsManaged. Instead of a list, as I originally developed it, working on having multiple context-aware options. In the example below showing the ’Sort by Card’ one, seems to me this makes this view a lot more useful than a list?  In light mode: And dark mode: …

Iterating on MarsManaged Palette & Icon – First Round

With MarsManaged edging closer to feature-complete, today I took some time to start iterating over color palette & icon concepts.  First, lets talk about the palette: The premise of the app is that you’ll be as productive as future martian generations will be. With that in mind, when it comes to the color palette of …