LifeTopix 5.1 Guided Tour

Team LightAr­row is very excited about our new 5.1 update of Life­Topix, which includes several new features and usability improvements. LifeTopix 5.1 is available immediately from the Apple App Store as a free update for any­one with previous Life­Topix versions. If you’re new to LifeTopix, it’s avail­able for a lim­ited time at a spe­cial price of 99 cents. As a uni­ver­sal app, a sin­gle pur­chase enti­tles you to use it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

We’re happy to give you a quick tour of the exciting new LifeTopix features, and help you to understand how to take full advantage of the significant changes.

Checklists (To-do Lists)

At LightArrow, we understand that your to-do lists are an important tool for getting things done. That’s why we’ve beefed up this functionality — eliminating the need for you to use a different app for to-do lists. In LifeTopix, checklists and to-do lists are synonymous. For example, when I refer to a to-do list, it’s essentially a checklist in LifeTopix.

Checklists are easier than ever before to create and view. The most significant enhancement is the ability to add a checklist directly from the What’s Next section in the Home view on the fly. This means that within one or two taps upon launching LifeTopix, you can add a to-do list. You can see an example of the What’s Next view below. Notice the new section, “To do lists.” This is where you can add, view, and choose checklists. You’ll also notice that now in the What’s Next section that the next item on your agenda is highlighted with a light green shade (see Carpool below).

To do lists

We’ve also added the ability for you to create a reusable to-do list. For example, perhaps you have to-dos that you need to complete every day. You can create a checklist, such as “Daily Checklist,” and you can re-use this checklist each day for the to-dos you wish to complete. Reordering of items can be accomplished by tapping Reorder and holding down on the icon to the right and dragging the item to a new location. We’ve also added the ability to clear all the items so you can re-create the items in your checklist each day, if necessary. The following screenshot highlights these changes.

LifeTopix Checklists To Do Lists

We understand that your to-do lists need to flexible. Therefore, you can now copy entire checklists, copy checklist items within checklists, copy checklist items into different checklists, and move checklist items.

To do lists copy

As before, you can share your checklists through Facebook, Twitter, Email, or Text. This allows you to share your checklist with others. For example, perhaps you’ve hired a babysitter for the evening, and your child has an evening routine that you record through your checklist. You can easily share this checklist with the babysitter through these collaboration methods.

Siri and Reminders Integration

At LightArrow, we understand that you need to add reminders easily and quickly so we’ve integrated with the iOS Reminders app. If you’re using Siri, you can now simply tell Siri what you want to be reminded about. For example you can say, “Remind me to pick up Timmy from Soccer practice at 9:30 p.m. today.” Siri launches the Reminder app and requests confirmation. With the LifeTopix integration, you can automatically view your reminders in the LifeTopix Home view (What’s Next), My Calendar view, and the Events Calendar. And you can open the Reminders app directly from LifeTopix to edit your reminders or to mark them as complete. You can also create new entries in the Reminders app from the LifeTopix Events topic.

Siri Reminder

LifeTopix Siri

For the LifeTopix integration with Siri and the Reminders app to work, you must have an iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPad with Retina display, iPad mini, or iPod touch (5th generation). You must also have updated your device to iOS 6.

Calendar Enhancements

The LifeTopix calendar has been updated with several enhancements. It now includes a new, improved look and feel for better visibility of calendar items. A new Week view has been added, which supplements the standard Day, Month, and Year views. As an enhancement to the Finances topic, you can now see bill pay­ment amounts on LifeTopix calendar views — helping you to better organize your finances. Items from device calendars are color coded, and a new legend in the Calendar filter, as shown below, identifies the colors that are used for each type of device calendar.

LifeTopix Calendar Legend

Also, if you’ve installed the Facebook app and you’ve allowed access to your calendar through IOS 6.0, you can view all birthdays and events recorded in Facebook in the LifeTopix calendar — so you’ll never miss a birthday or event again. For example, in your device’s settings, locate Facebook, and tap it to access the settings, as shown in the following example. Turn the Calendar setting “ON” to allow Facebook to use your calendar.

LifeTopix Facebook

Badge Changes

Previously, badges only included items that were expired. Now, items that are expired and items that are due today, such as tasks, shopping list items, and other items are included within the icon count. This includes items on the same day, as shown in the following example.

LifeTopix Badge

Simplification of the Events Topic

Previously under the Events topic, the events, appointments (including device calendar items), reminders, and occasion reminders were separate views. By popular demand, they are now consolidated into a view called “Events, Appointments, Reminders”. The view also now includes iOS Reminder app’s items.

LifeTopix_Event_Calendar

New Way to Securely View Username and Password for Bookmarks

If your username and password are stored in the Bookmark’s detail view, when a bookmark is launched for viewing, the login information is now conveniently accessible via an (i) button on the toolbar.

We hope this helps you understand how to leverage the new features in 5.1. Enjoy!

7 replies
  1. Regina King says:

    I’m not sure if I completely understand the badge count. What I do understand is that it includes overdue and due items now, which is great. But I noticed that the only items that the badge count reflects are tasks made inside Life Topix itself, But if I have a reminder or event that syncs over from iOS Calendars or Reminders, these do not show up in the badge count. Am I correct in understanding how this works? And if so, can I make a feature request that the badge reflect ALL tasks, reminders and events which are due or overdue? That way I don’t have to keep opening the app to see what is due/overdue. Thanks, Regina

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    • LightArrow says:

      Regina,
      Thanks for reaching out!
      You are correct – the badge count does not include the overdue open items from the iOS Reminders app. We are in the process of including iOS Calendar app items and iOS Reminder app items for Search in our next release – we’ll see if we can fold in the badge count to reflect the open overdue reminders as well.
      Thank you for this very thoughtful suggestion.
      Team LightArrow

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      • Regina King says:

        Thank you for the quick response and excellent customer service. I look forward to the update. I use this app a lot, but not full-time because of the badge count reflection with Reminders/Calendar. Since I make my appointments and reminders with Siri, it would be great to use this app solely as my only task manager/lists/reminder app. Thank you again!

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    • Marilyn Rogers says:

      Hi David,

      Typically a reminder is used for a small “to-do” such as “pick up the dry cleaning” or “return mom’s call”. Tasks are used for larger items that may or may not be broken down for a project. For example, if you have a large project for cleaning the garage, one task in that project might be “sweep the floor.”

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      • David Fuller says:

        Thank you for the answer. I was looking at them to assist with the definition of ‘routines’.

        I like LifeTopix very much. Unfortunately, its just not perfect yet because it doesn’t include many advanced features and, in some cases, includes misfeatures.
        The particular misfeature that draws my attention is actually in AirAccess. I would rather enter time directly than use a mouse to drag the hour and minute hands of a clock around. That interrupts my speedily inputting those things that I need to. Yes, it looks pretty so I imagine that many people like it; Myself, I would also like to be able to just type in dates and times.

        I’ve a whole lot of other things that I’d love. Some of them I doubt would ever be implemented by Light Arrow. I suppose that begs the question on whether or not we can have some sort of scripting access or API definition that would allow us to extend LifeTopix Air Access to incorporate some of those specific features that people like myself would want.

        For example: I’m an AT&T subscriber. I’d like to scrape my phone bills and then match them up in my calendar as sort of a journal. Same with Skype calls and Chats.

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        • Team LightArrow says:

          Hi David,

          We have plans to implement major enhancements to AirAccess in the near future. We will take your suggestion into account when we update many of the views. We also have plans to provide APIs in the future as well. We have built LifeTopix with feedback from our engaged users so please don’t hold back in sending us your suggestions for improvements. We take all suggestions from our users seriously.

          Best Regards,
          Team LightArrow

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