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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!