I’m still trying to get used to using this app! I find that there are some confusing things about it but I am really wanting it to work. My question is in regards to the calendar. Is there a way to have an actual sound alarm to remind me of something? For example, if I have have a bill that I want to remind myself of can I set up a sound alarm to remind me?
Thanks for reaching out!
For bills in LifeTopix, we create two things that give you an audible alarm. Firstly, a local device notification is created to fire at the date and time specified in the “Due” field of the bill. Secondly, a device Calendar entry is made with a reminder — the timing of the reminder can be controlled (how much time before the Due time) in LifeTopix Settings by type.
We hope that helps. Please let us know if you need anything else!
Im very confused with the shipping list. When I add an item in ‘All Shopping Items’ list and then move the items to another individual shopping list I’ve created and when I’m done I go to delete it from the individual shopping list it is also deleted from the All Shopping Items list. I’m kind of new to this app and the shopping list was the main reason I bought it. Please help! Is there a video on how to use the shopping list?
We apologize for the confusion. The “All Shopping Items” view lists all the shopping items that you have created in LifeTopix regardless of whether they belong to a shopping list or not. If you create a shopping item in the “All Shopping Items” view and later add the item to a shopping list that same instance of the shopping item is associated with the shopping list (a copy is NOT made). When you delete a shopping item it will be removed from all places that reference it.
We are currently making major improvements to the shopping topic to make it more intuitive and much easier to use. We plan to have these improvements available in our next update which we hope to submit to the App Store in a couple of weeks or so.
Please take a look at a couple of our blogs that describes a scenario about shopping.
I see that there are all kinds of way to track certain types of financial information. Is there a way to keep track of my family budget on here? I.e. we got a paycheck and set aside x amount into 10 different categories, some to pay monthly bills, others to save up for large purchases, kids’ allowance, mad money, etc. I want to be able to track where my money is and how much is allotted for what expense. Can I do that with Life topix? I do it through excel now, but am ready to move to something else or rewrite my excel program to fix some things that bug me.
Thanks for reaching out!
We are close, and within an update or two will be exactly what you are asking for. Let us explain what we do today on this area, and what we plan to add next.
Today, in the Finances topic, you can create accounts, which can have transactions. Do let’s say I create an account called “Household Spend Budget” and I put $5000 every month. Or better still, create a few accounts: “Kids Allowances,” “Saving for Boat”, etc. Today, since we primarily support “bank accounts”, the only account type that makes sense today for “budget accounts” is Cash. We plan to support “Budget” and other account types in future updates. I can then make deposit or withdrawal transactions from those accounts at any time I want to track what I have in them. Expenses can also be tied to accounts, and that automatically deducts from the account balance. And expenses have categories, so you can track spending from “Household Spend” budget accounts.
That’s all good, but what we don’t have yet, and plan to add in updates in the future, is primarily two things: 1. Reporting if expenses by category, setting budgets by spend category, etc. 2. A simplification of the Finances topic view to make it easier to do budgeting and reporting without having to go into the Accounts sub topic and Expenses sub topic.
We are currently taking feedback from several users on how they’d like to use this feature and what their needs are. Please feel free to reach out to us here or via email to support @ lightarrow . com (without the spaces) if you want to influence these features to better suit your needs.
Thanks for getting back to me. I looked into the cash accounts that you were mentioning. I’m glad that there are at least some of those features available.
I have large wish list of how my ideal budget works. I’m sure it might not everyone wants the same things, but this is what I want:
I want some forms similar to your multiple log form that I can choose from. I would love to be able to just pull up a form named “X” for a paycheck and have it already list all of the budget categories with the amounts I’ve chosen previously. In our home, we get paid weekly, so I have different budget amounts for the months with 5 paychecks versus the months with 4 paychekcs. So, it would be awesome to be able to save these budget amounts for later use, even if they are not the amounts inputted in the current week. As part of this form, it would be great to include the number option you have currently. I haven’t explored the current budget yet to see if you have any forms in there to track by the number inputted. I currently input everything into a journal page and then copy and paste the information into the appropriate individual category page For example, a trip to Walmart, might be $50 on the credit card, -$40 from the food budget, -$10 from the Clothing budget, and +$50 into the money saved to pay the credit card bill. I currently number those as transaction 111a, 111b, 111c, 111d, etc. and then write that same number on the receipt when I save it. That way I can always find my receipts quickly and I always know where my money went when. Something that makes it so that I can continue to do that would be great. I really like the idea of a journal page for all of the finances. That makes it easier for me to check and see where any mistakes might be instead of having to go through every single page individually (and for other things as well.) So, if there was an option to populate everything filled into the finance logs into a finance journal and into their individual categories, that would be great. Also, if in the example that I gave above, there was something to double check my math for me in the transaction and warn me if something looks wrong that would be great, too. Some with the multiple log fill in budget. When the numbers change slightly from week to week, something that could say that after you add up all your budgeted categories, there’s still $5.50 unaccounted for to match up with the paycheck amount you entered, etc. Sometimes, I also create extra spreadsheets if I know that a transaction may be tax deductable. If, for example, $40 dollars of food from the above Walmart Transaction counted towards travel expenses for an adoption, then I would like someway of marking that or adding that to it’s own separate budget page so that when tax time comes around I know which receipts I need to look for.
Speaking of receipts, it may be in your current finance topic, but I haven’t found it yet. I would love a way to store a copy of the receipt along with the transaction for those receipts that I think I may need later (or for all of them if I get adept enough at it, so that I don’t have to keep so many envelopes full of paper in my filing cabinet.)
And, we don’t need this yet, but as my kids get a little older, I would love to be able to have a way to have a completely separate budget for them where they can input their own income, tithing, savings, spendings, etc., and not have it be assosciated with the big family budget, aside from my making a payment (allowance) or receiving a payment (they broke something…) from them.
Also, are all of these items searchable? So, if I type in that I bought shoes in that last receipt and then I want to return the shoes, I can just search for the word shoes, find the receipt number, find the receipt more easily, and then take them back to the store.
If I had the option to do all of these things, that would be fantastic
I’ve been trying out your education categories to see if they will work will for keeping a record of homeschooling, and so far it looks pretty awesome. I can bookmark to the online math book we’re using and take pictures of the completed assignments. I also love that I’m able to take a video of my piano teacher playing a song during a piano lesson, take photos of the sheet music, and have audios of my attempts to play the song all in the same spot. There seems to be a bit of a learning curve with the app (like sometimes I think you have to hit the save button in multiple levels to get an item saved and that isn’t always intuitive, so I had to reinput a bookmark several times before I figured out why it didn’t stick), but it definitely does some pretty cool things.
Thanks so much,
Thanks for this very, very much Julianne! We do have soem similar thoughts on the budgeting feature, and these scenarios help significantly. We’ll keep you in the loop!
I continue to be very happy with lifetopix but I have two requests:
1. Could you provide an option to turn off the annoying back up reminder that appears from time to time.
2. On Tasks you have the fantastic option to attach text, drawing, picture, etc. I use them all the time. I wonder if you could provide the same feature to add the same attachments to Appointments, please. That would enable me to insert meeting notes directly into the meeting appointment where I can easily find them later.
Thanks very much
Thank you for reaching out to us with your requests.
We are working on a solution to better handle the presentation of the backup reminder message. We plan to include this in our 6.1 update.
We also plan to add support for attaching more items (such as notes) to an appointment in a future update.
In the meantime you can always associate an appointment with a note by using “Association” section available from the right side panel.
Simply tap the “Add” button under the “Association” section. Select “Note” as the association type. Then tap the note you want associated with
I have several calendars. Is there a way to switch order so mine are on top. My husbands appts. cover mine and I can’t see them.
Thank you for your excellent app and great support.
Thank you for reaching out to us with your question.
If you are talking about the calendar day view we have fixed the issue where items would completely overlap each other. This fix is available in the 5.2.1 update which is currently being reviewed by Apple and should be available in the next day or so.
Are you planning to add the ability to color code soon? I am very visual and sorting by color is extremely helpful. Additionally I would suggest adding icons for categories. Thank you! Great Product!
We hope to add color by category support either in 6.0 or 6.1 (around March). We were thinking of allowing user specified photos to be used as category thumbnails as well.
Is there a how-to video on YouTube?
How can I make my calendar week start from Monday?
Can I have my calendar only show the hours I choose.
I’m a big fan of the Week Cal App and looks like yours is a good candidate to make me migrate
LifeTopix uses the iOS system “Region Format” setting (e.g. Germany) to set the calendar start day. We do not currently support a preference setting for this but this is something we plan to do in the future. We also plan to support a preference setting to allow a user to set the hours shown for a week or day in the near future as well.
We have six adults in our household that need to use the family calendar. How can they access this family calendar using their own devices?
We all have either I phones or I pads. Can they Access using their computers?
HELP Please. I purchased this app thinking we could all access
LifeTopix does support the scenario you described.
In order to configure access to your shared family calendar perform the following steps:
1. Make sure your shared family calendar account is available on your iOS device. (You can add the account through “Settings” on your iOS device.)
2. In LifeTopix go to “My Calendar” and tap the filter icon (square icon located at the top right just above the calendar) You will be present with the filter view.
3. In the filter view make sure your shared family calendar is checked so that it will be included in LifeTopix and tap the “Done” button.
LifeTopix will now include items from your shared family calendar.
If you wish to have your LifeTopix data items synced with your shared family calendar then you will need to make this calendar the default device calendar in LifeTopix.
In order to configure Lifetopix to use your shared family calendar as the device default calendar perform the following steps:
1. From the dashboard view of LifeTopix tap on the arrow icon located at the bottom left of the screen. You will be presented you with a list of actions to choose from.
2. Tap on the system icon (gear icon) to access the system settings for LifeTopix
3. Tap “My Settings” from the settings view.
4. Scroll down and tap “Default Device Calendar”. You will be presented with a list of device calendars to choose from.
5. Select the shared family calendar from the list.
Is there a way to either add a checklist to an appointment or make an event reoccurring? I would like to set up a routine that happens everyday and attach a ‘to do’ list to it. In order to get this right now it seems that I have to create a new event everyday to be able to attach a checklist to it. Any suggestions? Thanks a lot!
We do plan to make events recurring in the future. In the recent release, we added a Clear button to checklists to make it easier to reuse them every day, and also the ability to show specific checklists (e.g. a “daily routine” checklist) to the Home view as a to do list — you can do that from the checklist detail, or by tapping on the + button next to the To do list section in the Home / What’s Next view. We hope that helps.
Is there a way to change the calendar each time you schedule a task or reminder or event. For example, I want to schedule tasks and events to the family calendar (everyone in the family see this) but want to schedule reminders in my personal iPhone calander.
Not currently, we do plan to support it ont he future by type as well as by item. For now the only way to do this is by changing the default calendar in LifeTopix Settings temporarily for some items, and the changing it back.
This is such a fabulous app. I am not even sure how many apps Life Topix has replaced. I am having an issue with averages proving correct results. For example. I take 1 pill a day. I have asked for a daily average so I know quickly how often I have missed. The daily average shows zero. I have 6 entries.
In another area where I am keeping track of water consumption I again asked for the daily total. Although its two entries of 16 oz it too shows zero.
Now, to show they’re not all zero, keeping a weekly average of hours worked. This month I have averaged about 50 hrs a week. The results show a weekly avg of 10.x hours. I have the month of Dec entered.
I am using this app in an iPhone 4S running iOS6.
Thank you so much for your kind words!
We’ll investigate the issue and get back to you very soon.
Firstly the good news, your iPhone app is simply the best app I have ever bought, very well done, I will use it for everything. Secondly the bad news, the IMac interface is less than poor, to really make this one of the best in the App Store (and it can be) you have to have the same as some other app suppliers have that is a complete app for the Mac. I eagerly await your comments. All being said its a great app with room for improvement & that’s what matters. Kind regards Dennis
Thanks, Dennis! We really appreciate the kind words. Yes, we agree with you — we are working on significantly improving AirAccess early next year, and also support in on Windows.
I’m a building contractor and it would be great to be able to email a filtered set of tasks to a sub contractor or supplier.
I’m new to the app so maybe I’m missing something. Great program.
Thanks for reaching out with the question.
A good way to organize the project in order to accomplish what you’ve asked is as follows.
Let’s say your project is called “North Apartment Rennovation”. In that project, you can add Services: for example, “Drywall”, “Electrical Wiring”, “Flooring”, “Paint”, etc.
For a service, you can add a Service Provider (for example “Joe’s Drywall”). You can add all the tasks for Joe’s Drywall in the service provider detail, for example: Teardown, Install, Cleanup, etc. In the detail view for the service provider, you have access to Email on the side, which emails all the tasks in a formatted way, and you can select who you email it to.
Similarly, you can manage the tasks for the service providers for the other services as well.
We hope this helps. In the future, we plan to add task groups under a project, as well as view and manage tasks by task owner. That’s make it simpler to do what you want without having to create services and service providers for the project, although many people prefer that approach (managing each service with associated service provider, with payments, tasks, reminders, appointments, voice notes, photos, etc.).
I agree with Jasper. You should make it so we can arrange the order of the categories to best suit our needs instead of having to have it listed alphabetically. Also a way to import information we have acquired before or outside of this app would be most helpful. Very unique and complex app though, good job.
Thanks so much for your comments! We do have plans to enable reordering of categories and other things. Also, we have the ability to import various kinds of things from CSV files. More info at: http://lightarrow.com/lifetopix/lifetopix-5–0-help/common-features — we’ll keep making the import/export features richer based on user needs!
It would be great if you sync’d with Apple’s “Reminders” app on the iPad/iPhone. I already have all my tasks and reminders set up in that, and to switch to LifeTopix it looks like I will have to manually renter them all in that now. Would be great if that were automatically sync’d like Calendar is. I realize there are a zillion Task-type apps out there and you can’t sync to them all, but this one is a native Apple app that comes with the OS.
It is in our plans to integrate with the device Reminders app. It’s a very popular request, and we are shooting for the 5.2 update in October.
Sometimes, after using your LifeTopix, you might want to reorganize your categories a bit, because you found a smarter way to categorize them (main and sub categories). Now this is not possible, to my knowledge, correct me if I’m wrong. Only way to do it now is to “Add” new categories or “Edit” (or delete) them, but that can’t be done when there are data entered into them, and you don’t want to loose that entered data. So When I go into “Manage categories” I find two options: Add and Edit
I would need another function: Move
With “Move” you should be able to move one category into or out of another, and if it has subcategories and entered data they just follow and stay inside.
How about that?
That’s a thoughtful suggestion. In the category picker (the view that allows you to assign a category to something like a project), we have a New button, which brings up a category detail view that allows you to set the parent for that new category. That field is disabled in the detail view of existing categories for simplicity. We could potentially enable that, so that the parent for that category could be changed to something else, effectively moving the category (and the hierarchy underneath it, if applicable).
We’ll look at getting this in in an update in the near future.