To do first
- Protect your data
You can secure LifeTopix with a passcode to prevent unauthorized access. You can also set a PIN so that information in LifeTopix such as financial account numbers will not be displayed until you enter the PIN. Refer to Settings help to learn more.
- Configure accounts
When you track bill payments in LifeTopix, you can include everything about those payments, including accounts from which they are paid. Because you probably pay multiple bills from each account, you should create bill-paying accounts in LifeTopix before defining any bills or services. Refer to Finances help to learn more.
- Configure sellers that you buy from and products that you buy
To tap and add items to a shopping list without distracting sidesteps, you should configure the sellers you use most and the products you typically buy. LifeTopix provides preset sellers and products, which should help you quickly and easily configure the ones you need. Refer to Shopping help to learn more.Note: All service providers that you define with a category of Seller will automatically be available from any list of Sellers in shopping lists, asset details, etc.
- Configure logs for things you want to track
LifeTopix provides robust logging that enables you to track personal metrics and information, including your physical activities, nutritional intake, medication and vitamin intake, health statistics, and wellness status. Preset categories are provided for you, but you should tailor these logs to your needs. Delete logs that you won’t track, and create logs for things you will track but that don’t already exist. That way, you can track exactly what you care about most efficiently. Refer to Health + Activity help to learn more.
- Customize LifeTopix to suit your preferences
Customization options let you optimize LifeTopix for your own needs. Refer to Settings help to learn more.
What you need to know
- LifeTopix and your device’s Calendar
When you create a LifeTopix object that is associated with a date, such as a task, project, education assignment, or event, an entry for that object is added to your device’s default Calendar. For example, if you create a trip that starts on March 3rd and ends on March 6th, LifeTopix adds an entry for this trip to the Calendar on March 3rd with a duration of three days. Date-related changes made to LifeTopix objects are reflected automatically in your device’s Calendar.To remind you of the source of any entry LifeTopix adds to your Calendar, the title of these entries looks like this: Title [LifeTopix]. For entries that LifeTopix adds to your Calendar, a reminder alarm is set according to your LifeTopix settings. This means that you can control if and when an alarm is generated in advance of the date and time of a LifeTopix object. Refer to Settings help for more information.Note that your device’s default calendar is specified in your device’s Settings via Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Default Calendar.
- Reminders and your device’s time zone
Beware that your device may have two different time zone configuration settings — one for the device itself, and a second one for Mail, Contacts, Calendar. Reminders created in your device’s Calendar by LifeTopix will adhere to the time zone settings you have configured in your device for Mail, Contacts, Calendar.
- Device-to-device sync via iCloud
You can use your iCloud account to sync LifeTopix data across your devices automatically. Because iCloud is a new and evolving technology, this feature is a “technology preview” in this release of LifeTopix.You can access iCloud Sync via LifeTopix Settings. To read the online help for iCloud Sync, tap LifeTopix Settings, then tap iCloud Sync (Technology Preview), then tap Read This First.
Some topics naturally lend themselves to hierarchical categories. For example, when you think about a project you want to schedule or a task you want to remember, you might think of them in the context of categories, such as work, family, outdoor activities, or health. Or, if you consider services you receive, they tend to fall into the categories that define how you use them, such as education, finances, or travel. But some topics are better associated with objects or dates instead of categories. For example, if you track all your bill payments, you probably organize those by account and date. Or, if you are logging nutritional intake, you might organize those by food or drink item.Pre-defined hierarchical categories are available in the main view of the topics for which categories make sense. These include Tasks + Projects, People + Services, Home + Assets, Education, Notes + Files, and Bookmarks. These preset categories serve as hyperlinks — when you select a category and then tap , the category is automatically set in the definition of the new object. Of course, you can change a category assignment at any time.Categories are customizable, which means that you can add, modify, delete and hide them. Hiding a category will cause it not to appear in any view unless you have defined at least one object to have that category. You can manage the categories for a topic directly from that topic’s main view, or you can manage the categories for all topics in Settings.
- Repeat schedules
Date-oriented LifeTopix objects such as tasks, projects, events, and bill payments can be configured to repeat. When you define or edit one of these objects, you will see the option for setting a repeat schedule. This enables you to set the repeat frequency (number of hours, days, months, or years) as well as the duration (number of occurrences or until end date).If you specify a starting date for a repeat schedule but no repeat frequency or duration, a “Repeat frequency not specified, do you wish to continue?” message appears when you save the schedule. If you tap OK, the schedule is set to occur only once with no repeat.You can specify the maximum number of allowable repeat instances for an object. Out-of-the-box, the default is 12. Refer to Settings help for more information.
- Near Me feature and Location Services
The Near Me feature in LifeTopix requires that Location Services be turned ON in your device Settings. It also requires that Location Services for LifeTopix be turned ON in your device Settings.
As a supplement to the sync capability of iTunes, LifeTopix provides a backup and restore utility to help you further safeguard your LifeTopix data. You can choose to perform a backup at any time, such as every day, every week, or every time that you enter new data. It is always a good idea to make frequent backups of your LifeTopix data. Refer to Settings help for more information. Note that until Apple’s strategy regarding MobileMe becomes clear, it is recommended that you perform your LifeTopix online backups using Dropbox instead of MobileMe.