Welcome to your new LightArrow app! We’re very excited that you’ve decided to start taking control of your personal and work productivity so you can become the happy and efficient person you were always meant to be!
There are several apps in the LightArrow app family, with LifeTopix being the flagship app. They’re based on the LightArrow App Engine, and the features that you receive are based on the app you’ve chosen and your in-app purchases. To get a big picture view and compare the features of LightArrow apps, you can visit our Compare Apps page.
The default Home views of your LightArrow apps differ, and can be customized by you. For example, the Home view for LifeTopix and My.Agenda are the agenda views; however, if you’ve purchased My.Shopping, the Home view will be the equivalent of the Shopping + Gifts topic of LifeTopix.
Keep in mind; you don’t need to set up everything in your LightArrow app before you start using it. You can use it to simply create to-do lists and calendar items (or) you can start big and set up projects, large events, shopping trips, etc. We recommend you start small and learn as you go. But, it’s completely up to you.
GRANT ACCESS TO CONTACTS, LOCATION, ETC
When you first launch your LightArrow app, it will ask you if you want to grant access to items on your device, such as contacts, calendar, location, etc. We highly encourage you to grant access to take full advantage of the app. Don’t worry, we never view or access your data in any way. Everything is stored on your device and you are the only one who has control over items and data that are created.
WHAT DO THE ICONS IN THE LEFT PANEL OF THE DASHBOARD DO?
You’ll notice on the left side of any of the main views (left navigation pane from the dashboard view) that a panel of icons displays. The options that are available vary depending on your app. You can adjust the size of this panel with the control that appears as three vertical lines next to the title of the view.
- Home: Access the Agenda or Main view.
- Hot List: Add your favorite items or views for quick access.
- My Topics: Your window into the 12 life topics.
- My Calendar: View your calendar.
- My Inboxes: Capture anything and everything for conversion into app items (including email and social media).
- My Contexts: Tag your items to help you organize and find them.
- Near Me: Find businesses and items in your local area.
- My Apps: Launch your favorite 3rd party apps.
- Engage: Learn more and get support.
- Settings: Customize your app, set up sync, secure your data, make in-app purchases, and manage categories.
- Search: Find items in your app.
If you wish to know more about the views that they access, refer to Overview help.
WHAT ARE THE 12 LIFE TOPICS?
If you’ve purchased one of the full-featured apps, LifeTopix, My.Agenda or Pro.Inbox, you’ll receive the view into the 12 life topics (depending on in-app purchases), which allows you to manage just about anything in your life or business. The 12 topics are connected, which allows reuse throughout the app. For example, if you’re planning a wedding, you can choose invitees from your contacts in People + Services. If there are topics you wish to hide, tap the filter icon at the top of the 12 topics view.
Refer to Overview help to learn more.
HOW DOES THE APP WORK WITH GOOGLE, YAHOO, AND OTHER CALENDARS?
Your LightArrow app works directly with the iOS Calendar app to access your calendars. It supports the same calendars that your iOS calendar supports, including:
If you’ve included your Google or other calendars in the iOS Calendar app, then your LightArrow app will be able to access these calendars, and will display the events. The iOS Calendar app automatically syncs with your Google calendar and since your LightArrow app retrieves the calendar items from the iOS Calendar app, the items in your LightArrow app reflect the latest device calendar items since the last iOS Calendar app sync.
To add your Google calendar (or other calendar) to your iOS Calendar app:
- Open the iOS Settings app and tap on “Mail, Contacts, Calendars.”
- If you haven’t already done so, tap “Add Account,” then tap the calendar you wish to use, and enter your credentials.
- Now your Google calendar will be included in your iOS device Calendar app.
To include the Google calendar in your LightArrow app, make sure your iOS device has granted your LightArrow app access to your calendars:
- Open the iOS Settings app.
- Tap “Privacy” and tap on “Calendars.”
- Make sure the slider is set to ON for your LightArrow app. (This only has to be done once.)
After you complete the procedures above, open your LightArrow app and tap My Calendar located on the left navigation pane from the dashboard view. Tap the Filter icon located at the top right of the screen. This opens the Filter Setting view. Under the “Include iOS Calendars” section, ensure you see your external calendar and also ensure that it has been checked for inclusion.
Now you will see your Google calendar items in your LightArrow app. When you create certain items in your app, a corresponding linked event can optionally be created on your iOS Calendar, as well. If you want your Google or other calendar to be the default calendar for this, you can go to Settings -> My Settings in your LightArrow app and scroll to the bottom of the screen to the “Default iOS Calendar.” Here, select the calendar you wish to be the default, and then tap Done at the top right of the screen.
HOW DOES THE APP WORK WITH MY DEVICE?
Your LightArrow app works seamlessly with your iOS Calendar, iOS Contacts, iOS Reminders and iOS Local Notifications.
You’ll notice as soon as you grant access to your iOS calendar (the calendar that comes with your iPhone or iPad), you’ll see your events from that calendar reflected within your LightArrow app. The Home view (Agenda) shows you all of your events for today, tomorrow and the next seven days. The My Calendar view shows you multiple views of your calendar, including Month, Day, Week, and Year views.
In your app, you can create LightArrow app calendar items and iOS calendar items. LightArrow apps work with the calendars that the iOS calendar supports. When you create a LightArrow app item that is associated with a date, such as a task, project, education assignment, or event; an entry for that item 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, the LightArrow app adds an entry for this trip to the Calendar on March 3rd with a duration of three days. Date-related changes made to the LightArrow app items are reflected automatically in your device’s Calendar. This way, you can take advantage of all the calendars that the iOS calendar supports as well as the audible and visible alarms.
To remind you of the source of any entry that your LightArrow app adds to your Calendar, the title of these entries look like this: [Title: name of the LightArrow app]. For entries that the LightArrow app adds to your Calendar, a reminder alarm is set according to the LightArrow app settings. This means that you can control if and when an alarm is generated in advance of the date and time of a the LightArrow app item. Refer to My Settings help for more information.
Note: Your device’s default calendar is specified in your device’s Settings via Settings -> Mail, Contacts, Calendars -> Default Calendar.
Refer to My Calendar help to learn more.
In your app, you can create iOS reminders and LightArrow App reminders. LightArrow App reminders show on your iOS calendar and on your LightArrow App calendar/agenda. iOS reminders can be managed with your iOS calendar app. Typical notifications for your device will take place for reminders.
Beware that your device may have two different time zone configuration settings — one for the device itself, and a second one for Mail, Contacts, and Calendar. Reminders created in your device’s Calendar by the LightArrow app will adhere to the time zone settings you have configured in your device for Mail, Contacts, and Calendar.
Refer to Reminders help to learn more.
In your app, you can import iOS contacts directly from your Contacts app and seamlessly work with them.
Refer to People + Services help to learn more.
The Near Me view gives you one-tap access to a view of your LightArrow app items that are in the vicinity of your current location. Providing access to your location allows you to take advantage of locations of assets, appointments, audio, contacts, events, notes, photos, shopping items, service providers, tasks, trips, or video. This allows you to view these items on the map in the Near Me view, which helps you plan your day — especially if you’re running errands or visiting clients. In addition, the Near Me view is powered by foursquare®, which allows you to search for arts & entertainment, events, food, shops, and other types of businesses near you. If these businesses are businesses that you frequently use, you can convert them to Places, Sellers, Banks, or Service Providers in your LightArrow app directly from the Near Me view.
Refer to Near Me help to learn more.
Notice in your Home view (and other views) that there is a filter icon in the upper right. It’s important to remember that this allows you to hide and view many items; such as closed items; items from your calendars (including iOS, Google, Yahoo, etc.); and items such as projects, expenses, shopping items, etc.
REORDERING ITEMS IN YOUR APP
In many places of your app, you will notice an icon with three horizontal lines. These icons allow you to reorder items such as the icons in the left panel of the main views and also checklist items. Simply tap the icon with three lines, you will see additional icons with three lines appear. When the icons appear, you drag them up or down to reorder the items.
HOW DO I PROTECT MY DATA? – USE BACKUPS
As a supplement to the sync capability of iTunes, the LightArrow app provides a backup and restore utility to help you further safeguard your the LightArrow app 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 the LightArrow app data.
Refer to Backup, Restore, & Sync help to learn more.
HOW DO I KEEP MY DATA PRIVATE?
You can secure the LightArrow app with a passcode to prevent unauthorized access. You can also set a PIN so that information in the LightArrow app such as financial account numbers will not be displayed until you enter the PIN.
Refer to Secure Your Data help to learn more.
WHAT SHOULD I SET UP FIRST?
You can get started using your app immediately and configure items as you go; however, there are a few items that you may want to set up right away.
Settings -> Manage Categories
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, Lists, and Bookmarks + Lockers. These preset categories serve as hyperlinks — when you select a category and then tap the add icon, 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 Manage Categories.
Refer to Manage Categories help to learn more.
My Topics -> Finances -> All Accounts
When you track bill payments in the LightArrow app, 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 the LightArrow app before defining any bills or services.
Refer to Finances help to learn more.
My Topics -> Shopping + Gifts -> Products [OR] Home view of My.Shopping -> Products
My Topics -> Shopping + Gifts -> Sellers [OR] Home view of My.Shopping -> Sellers
To add items to a shopping list without distracting sidesteps, you should configure the sellers you use most and the products you typically buy. The LightArrow app provides preset sellers and products, which should help you quickly and easily configure the ones you need. You can remove or customize preset sellers and products as needed.
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.
Refer to Shopping + Gifts help to learn more.
My Topics -> Health + Activity [OR] Home view of My.Self
The LightArrow app provides robust logging that enables you to track personal metrics and information, including your goals, 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 + Goals help to learn more.
Context tags help you to organize and locate information. They’re optional, but can be helpful, especially if you’re a follower of the GTD® method.
Refer to My Contexts help to learn more.
Settings -> My Settings
You can customize your LightArrow app in many ways including colors, note and checklist item positioning, default views, the timing of reminders, and more.
Refer to My Settings help to learn more.
My Inboxes [OR] Home view of Pro.Inbox
Whether you’re a businessperson, parent, or student, you’re overloaded with information from many sources — including email, social media, and the web. Most likely, you’re hopping between Twitter, Email, Facebook, and the web to keep up with all of this information. Use this view as a single source to set up your Twitter, Facebook, Email and Web rules to filter the information you want to see and convert the information to LightArrow app items, such as tasks, appointments, products, events, etc. You can also capture anything else you wish to track and assign or schedule those items later as LightArrow app items.
Refer to My.Inboxes help to learn more.
If you’re using more than one Apple device, such as an iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, you can sync your data from device-to-device by using popular cloud services. You don’t need to set up sync on day one, but keep in mind that when you set it up, you will need to have your data on one master device that will be copied over to the secondary and tertiary devices. Once they’re all synced, it doesn’t matter which device you’re using – the data is synced back and forth.
You can use your Dropbox or Box account to sync the LightArrow app data across your devices automatically. Because iCloud is a new and evolving technology, iCloud sync is a “Beta – technology preview” in this release of your LightArrow app.
Refer to Sync help to learn more.
HOW DO I START CREATING ITEMS?
Most people start directly from the large plus sign in the Home view to start creating items right away. In any of the apps, the large plus sign gets you started.
We provide many resources for you via our Engage view. You will find news about our latest features; know what’s coming up from our roadmap that’s regularly updated; blog posts about your apps; general productivity tips; and known issues. You can also contact us directly from this view. We encourage you to contact us at any time. We respond to every submission.
Refer to Engage help to learn more.