Cyclic Work Schedules Made Easy: Workdays App

Price: $0.99
Rating:
Workdays: Written iPhone App Review

Reviewed by Philip Chan

When you think of a typical work schedule, what comes to mind? A 8-5 job, Monday through Friday? This may be the case for many American workers, especially at white collar office jobs. However, have you ever stopped to think about those working rotation schedules that ignore the typical M-F setup? Can you imagine how difficult it can be to keep track of the days off/days on for these workers? For those in this situation, where working days don’t follow the typical calendar business week, check out Workdays app from developer Radislav.

Features:

Workdays is basically an app to allow the user to view his or her work day schedule with ease. From the start, users are asked to input their rotation schedule. First, set the length of your working cycle (days), then tap to set days in the cycle as Rest, Work Day, or Work Night. Choose the first day of the month in your working cycle and the app takes care of the rest. Max working cycle is three months for those on long rotations. Voila! You’ll be presented with a nice calendar showing off your work cycle day by day.
It’s color coded and you can change the colors you prefer easily with the options menu. Annual leaves are also able to be put in through the options menu. There is also a great Holidays List, based on a selectable country list. The app handles great and its really easy to setup a rotation schedule through the calendar. While there is plenty of interesting user customization options, it would be great if this app also had compatibility with Google Calendar or the default iOS calendar. It’s worth noting that Workdays has dual language support, allowing both Russian and English.

Appearance and Layout:

Workdays App Review

Workdays has a decent layout, fairly pleasing to the eye and relatively self-explanatory. The initial loadup options on first use really help make the app easy to figure out for those on rotation schedules. Colors can be changed, the calendar may be changed to 3D view (looks great) and icons stand out. It’s a little simple overall, but it still appears quite polished and professional for a calendar application on the iOS.

Value:

As anyone who has tried to input a rotation cycle schedule into the default iOS calendar will tell you, such schedules are difficult to track. Workdays makes this process very simple with its intelligent rotation dates tool. I liked how this app allowed the user to really easily visualize their non-traditional schedule on the iOS. It doesn’t break much new ground but it is a solid overall offering on iTunes. It may cost a little (just $0.99) but it certainly should save some people the headache of tracking their odd days on/days off, be it work, school or play.

Workdays iPhone app requires iOS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review. The iPhone app reviews rating: [Rating: 4/5]

 

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