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Informant 5 - Calendar

Informant 5 - Calendar

Fanatic Software

Personal Organizer for Calendar, Tasks, Projects, Notes and Contacts

4.4 Ratings 6K+ Reviews 5K+ Downloads

Ratings & Reviews

4.4
6.1K+ Ratings
  1. 5
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  2. 4
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  • Still needs a lot of work Jan 5, 2019

    By Vickystreehouse
    I used Pocket informant in 2013 but became frustrated with the inability to prioritize tasks. Finally went back to paper planning due to lack of customizability. I decided to give digital planning another try, and being familiar with pocket informant tried it first. While the app is visually pleasing, and much easier to use, still unable to prioritize tasks. It would be super easy to drag and drop, especially since this is available in the project view. The tasks actually laid up and seem like they’re going to move, but then don’t stay re-ordered. Very frustrating. The notes section needs a lot of work. Unfortunately I’m going to have to continue to use Notability for this functionality. There’s no Apple Pencil support which is a big drawback. One nice thing is the ability to customize to GTD or Franklin Covey. However neither of these systems is conducive to putting in tasks quickly, which is why you need to be able to manually re-order tasks on the go. I’ve had to contact support twice, the first time I never got an answer, the second time their response was less than awesome since it was essentially sorry no but hey go re-posted on this website and give the engineers some ideas. If this were a free app that would be an acceptable response but I paid for a year subscription so I think maybe you could just forward my email on and save me the trip.
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  • Mar 23, 2021

    By Marcus G
    Not up to the previous version yet, but performs ok. The widget has just been added, which improves the app for sure.
  • Need a task manager, not a taskmaster. Sep 10, 2019

    By kiz2015
    I see no advantage to Siri’s functioning as a habit tracker to remind me to make a note every day at 3 pm if I’m not going to remember a week from now that I made it. I’ve been using this app since my first Pocket PC. The notes feature does not, and never has, integrated well with the rest of the app. It’s always seemed like an afterthought. I want to be able to see all my appointments, all my tasks and all my notes related to a given project on one screen. The closest I’ve been able to get is by creating a Smart Filter for the project and then setting Focus View to show the Smart Filter, Notes, plus some additional filtering of the calendar and tasks. But the notes feature is flaky. My notes either show up only on the date I create them or the date I pin them to. And I can’t filter the notes to be project specific in Focus View. One more feature that would be nice . . . convert a completed task to a note. I have no problem with the subscription based model. I would pay just as much for a new paper planner every year. But it seems like the revenues collected go toward just trying to keep up with Apple’s bells and whistles and never delivering on features that should have been added years ago.
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  • Feb 2, 2021

    By Michael B. Harding
    I've used Informant for years when I got my Dell Axiom - A Windows PID. Then through until Windows changed the phone 0.S, in Windows phone 7. I searched for equalivant program but found none. With it's intergration of my contacts, GPS, and personal calendar, I am able to maintain my daily schedule and appointments in future with ease. Also, I can search a particular aspect of an event, task or note and ALL instances appear on a well organized screen, Well worth the subscription cost!
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  • Almost a 5 Star! May 16, 2018

    By Shopfischer
    I completely concur with the ‘WalrusTexas’ review: I also chose Pocket Informant when I switched from Palm to iPhone because there wasn’t a calendar app out there that could manage all the repeating event/task iterations I need for my 8 life-areas with enough color choices to help visually distinguish them quickly. I’ve been recommending this app highly for years (yes, since Palm bit the dust) and assuring them that the relatively high cost was worth EVERY cent they’d pay for it! However, I too find the roller dial to select appt times cumbersome because the right thumb (my preference in use) tends to hit the ‘most bites’ section when I’m trying to reach over it to pick the hour section. This feature still needs some work. I’ve submitted a suggestion that might solve 90-95% of this problem. Add a button or place to choose “__:00” or “__:30” for the minutes with one tap. 95% of the time appts or tasks are scheduled or rescheduled on the hour or half hour, so this would greatly expedite entries, as I often overshoot the :00 or :30 when I’m using the roller bar 10-20x per day! Thank you in advance for your consideration. Keep up the great work! LOVE this app‼️
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  • Mar 25, 2021

    By Michelle Womble
    I refuse to pay more for an app that they've finally updated when I've already bought it. Instead of keeping the app people already purchased UTD they rename it version "X" & charge for it again. Greedy & poor business practice. If y'all are interested Business Calendar 2 doesn't do this & works better.
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  • Love and hate Jul 28, 2019

    By MostlyHarmlessMD
    I’ve been using informant for years and I love the layout and most other features, however I’m getting frustrated enough there I am sadly looking for a different calendar app. My frustration mostly comes from constant sync issues. I payed the subscription price for informant sync and it absolutely does not sync between my devices no matter what I do. It also does not automatically update my subscription calendars and doesn’t update them manually either on the new app. On the old app I would unsubscribe and subscribe again whenever issues arose (not ideal, but I really wanted to keep using the app), but on the new app attempt to subscribe give me a statement that apple requires secure server use starting with HTTPS (which it does!!!!!!!!!) And the app completely just doesn’t recognize it. I also (on the new app) was not able to sign into my informant sync account that I payed for (it just tells me user not found - and I know my account info was correct), so I can’t use any of the ‘payed’ features (which by now are all the features). I am extremely disappointed. I used to love this app and it has become unusable for me. I am constantly worried that it’s not going to sync correctly and I’ll miss something important and I feel cheated after I payed for informant sync and can’t use that either. I can’t use a calendar app I can’t trust regardless of how much I love the layout.
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  • Mar 1, 2021

    By Stephen Shade
    Great. Informant 5 is available but without a current login (I let mine expire years ago when it became apparent a promised great upgrade was vaporware), I can't see the contact info. I can't see it on Google Play, I can't see it on the website. Apparently more vaporware. To be very clear, WITHOUT BEING ABLE TO SEE ALL THAT IS AVAILABLE, I WILL NOT EVEN CONSIDER BUYING.
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  • Feb 24, 2021

    By Charles King
    First of all I've had pocket informant since it's inception and in my opinion has always been the best calendar app Now it's terrible, make you pay after one already paid for the App in years past. Now a month or yearly subscription is needed otherwise you can't do anything. Syncing to their cloud service should be optional, apparently the company wants to know everything about us by having our info stored on their cloud service which no one knows where that is probly in China. GREED.....
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  • Mar 7, 2021

    By Brian K
    5 months later and this app is still a major disappointment. Still missing many of the features that made the previous version a stand-out and worst of all it still doesn't perform the most basic task of a scheduling app... NOTIFICATIONS! Consistently "firing" notifications 24-36 hours AFTER the scheduled time. I'm saving myself the aggravation of hoping it will get better and deleting the app and looking for an alternative since the previous version won't work forever. They wrecked a GREAT app!
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  • Feb 2, 2021

    By Michael B. Harding
    I've used Informant for years when I got my Dell Axiom - A Windows PID. Then through until Windows changed the phone 0.S, in Windows phone 7. I searched for equalivant program but found none. With it's intergration of my contacts, GPS, and personal calendar, I am able to maintain my daily schedule and appointments in future with ease. Also, I can search a particular aspect of an event, task or note and ALL instances appear on a well organized screen, Well worth the subscription cost!
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  • Everything You’ll Need in a Planner App Nov 2, 2018

    By usarmytrooper
    I’ve been using this app for a while now. Unlike many of the other apps I’ve tried, it is customizable and flexible enough for anyone. If you need a lot of detail in your events and tasks, Informant can handle it; if you need only minimum detail, Informant can handle it. Informant offers multiple calendar views as well as the ability to customize toolbars. The app lets you decide how your calendar and tasks are presented. Additionally, it has the best ability to set up template tasks and events (Informant calls them Triggers) in comparison to other day planner types of events. Initially, this can take a while to set up, but it definitely is a time saver and makes recording events and tasks much easier. I do wish that the current version of Informant would allow you to use a current event or task as the base to create a new Trigger. I would like to see that capability restored.
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  • Best Calendar/To Do App There Is! Oct 22, 2019

    By Kwftx
    I have been using this app for my calendar, projects, and to do lists since 2009. Bought it for my iPhone 3GS and have been happy with it ever since. The interface is crisp and professional looking, not cartoonish and cheap like so many of the others I’ve seen. I appreciate all the customization options. I like to have my to do items also show up on the monthly calendar screen so I see when certain things are due in a month view. Little things like that are greatly appreciated. The app gets regular updates and I also subscribe to the annual subscription so I can sync everything and have it up to date on my iPad and iMac as well. 10 years of my life are now chronicled in this app. It has been a solid performer and does not disappoint. The only thing I would like to see when it comes to options is more variety in the color scheme and themes.
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  • Great app! Used every day for years!!! Nov 15, 2018

    By Rbhgr
    I’ve used iterations of Pocket Informant & Informant for years. I continue recommending it to business colleagues. I like its functionality, adaptability & custom-ability. Let’s face it. We all liked the price tag of free. But come on... Development, support & keeping up with iOS changes are never free. Do you pay for a new phone with more features? Of course! And look at the price tag! Do you pay for updates to your virus protection? Of course you do. It’s a cost of protecting your devices. Let’s not be too harsh on a guy trying to keep a great app working & relevant for the future. And besides, no one is forcing us to subscribe. For me, the price tag is minimal compared to all the coffee drinks I purchase over the course of a year. Even though imperfect, & what app is, I still highly recommend this app & use it every day. Keep up the good work & updates!!!
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  • Feb 7, 2021

    By Michael McCormack
    Long time subscriber to pocket informant. Love the app and features. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE fix one thing for me! In the previous version of pocket informant the vertical and horizontal lines in the month calendar view that seperate the days are much darker and show a clear seperation of days, can you please give an option to darken these lines in the new app? That would give it 6 stars! Please fix this!
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  • Mar 23, 2021

    By Marcus G
    Not up to the previous version yet, but performs ok. The widget has just been added, which improves the app for sure.
  • Almost a 5 Star! May 16, 2018

    By Shopfischer
    I completely concur with the ‘WalrusTexas’ review: I also chose Pocket Informant when I switched from Palm to iPhone because there wasn’t a calendar app out there that could manage all the repeating event/task iterations I need for my 8 life-areas with enough color choices to help visually distinguish them quickly. I’ve been recommending this app highly for years (yes, since Palm bit the dust) and assuring them that the relatively high cost was worth EVERY cent they’d pay for it! However, I too find the roller dial to select appt times cumbersome because the right thumb (my preference in use) tends to hit the ‘most bites’ section when I’m trying to reach over it to pick the hour section. This feature still needs some work. I’ve submitted a suggestion that might solve 90-95% of this problem. Add a button or place to choose “__:00” or “__:30” for the minutes with one tap. 95% of the time appts or tasks are scheduled or rescheduled on the hour or half hour, so this would greatly expedite entries, as I often overshoot the :00 or :30 when I’m using the roller bar 10-20x per day! Thank you in advance for your consideration. Keep up the great work! LOVE this app‼️
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  • Jan 24, 2021

    By David Z.
    Finally the overhaul it needed and deserved. Sync is pretty pricey if you're fixated on Google unfortunately. I hope this means Android is back in the game with the devs.
  • Very Flexible and Functional Sep 21, 2017

    By robertsjam
    Informant 5 helps me do the tasks I need to do during the day, keep my appointments, and keep some of the essential information I need close at hand. I have Attention Deficit Disorder, and I find that this is a good tool to help me manage my day. But Informant 5 helps me do some jobs better than others. When I am simply entering appointments and tasks on a daily basis, it shows a 5 star level of ease of use. But when I start classifying my information by all of the many categories this app provides, and then filtering and cross-referencing to display the specific appointment and task lists I want, the results are not as good as I would like. Someone who understands better than I do how Informant 5's underlying data bases relate to each other might get better results. But I rely on this app daily and I find that if I use Informant 5 simply, I also use it effectively; unfortunately, as I try to use some of its potentially stronger features the learning curve is steeper and I am less effective. I am offering a four star rating, because I find Informant 5 a little complicated to use at times. But those four stars still come with a strong recommendation. It's advantages outweigh the disadvantages, and it is a life saver for someone who, like me, has faith that a portion of life can be organized, but may only brush their teeth if that is on a check-list, if they remembered where they put the check-list before they went to bed.
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  • Powerful app - coming back to life Apr 16, 2019

    By ismilez
    I've been a paying user for many, many years. (Palm girl) The previous iteration of this app (PI4) was 100% 5-stars all the way, then there was a rocky transition to PI5 a few years ago which turned a lot of loyal users off. Many of us are still here (or came back) because of the powerful capabilities and customizable interface that sets this app apart from the rest. Throughout it all, this app has definitely remained better than every serious calendar app I've tried so far (7+). The level of detail and customization available to the user satisfies my OCD tendencies, while still remaining easy and efficient to use. What's great is you can have a simple interface or an extremely detailed & customized interface, depending on your personal preference or need. The developers push updates appropriately. Some apps update and change so often it becomes a hassle to keep up. PI5 updates when needed. The few times I've reached out to their support team, I was happy with their timeliness and helpfulness to resolve my issue or simply answer my question. If you're happy with a simple interface, there are lots of choices, including this one (& you may find your needs grow into this app). However, if you want ultimate customization, several sync options, good support, and the most detailed month view out there, I believe this is one of your best options.
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  • Still needs a lot of work Jan 5, 2019

    By Vickystreehouse
    I used Pocket informant in 2013 but became frustrated with the inability to prioritize tasks. Finally went back to paper planning due to lack of customizability. I decided to give digital planning another try, and being familiar with pocket informant tried it first. While the app is visually pleasing, and much easier to use, still unable to prioritize tasks. It would be super easy to drag and drop, especially since this is available in the project view. The tasks actually laid up and seem like they’re going to move, but then don’t stay re-ordered. Very frustrating. The notes section needs a lot of work. Unfortunately I’m going to have to continue to use Notability for this functionality. There’s no Apple Pencil support which is a big drawback. One nice thing is the ability to customize to GTD or Franklin Covey. However neither of these systems is conducive to putting in tasks quickly, which is why you need to be able to manually re-order tasks on the go. I’ve had to contact support twice, the first time I never got an answer, the second time their response was less than awesome since it was essentially sorry no but hey go re-posted on this website and give the engineers some ideas. If this were a free app that would be an acceptable response but I paid for a year subscription so I think maybe you could just forward my email on and save me the trip.
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  • Need a task manager, not a taskmaster. Sep 10, 2019

    By kiz2015
    I see no advantage to Siri’s functioning as a habit tracker to remind me to make a note every day at 3 pm if I’m not going to remember a week from now that I made it. I’ve been using this app since my first Pocket PC. The notes feature does not, and never has, integrated well with the rest of the app. It’s always seemed like an afterthought. I want to be able to see all my appointments, all my tasks and all my notes related to a given project on one screen. The closest I’ve been able to get is by creating a Smart Filter for the project and then setting Focus View to show the Smart Filter, Notes, plus some additional filtering of the calendar and tasks. But the notes feature is flaky. My notes either show up only on the date I create them or the date I pin them to. And I can’t filter the notes to be project specific in Focus View. One more feature that would be nice . . . convert a completed task to a note. I have no problem with the subscription based model. I would pay just as much for a new paper planner every year. But it seems like the revenues collected go toward just trying to keep up with Apple’s bells and whistles and never delivering on features that should have been added years ago.
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  • Too rich for my blood Aug 12, 2019

    By Hrufescens
    I don’t mind paying up for a major upgrade occasionally to get new features or improvements and keep the developer fed. But taking away features unless I pay $25 per year is just too heavy-handed. I’ll stick with my old version, and ditch Informant (truly an old favorite) when it becomes obsolete. Shame, but I’m confident that there will be competitors who will sell non-subscription model products. P.S. After reading the developers response, I now appreciate the frustration he/she must feel. My criticism is certainly not the first along these lines. I didn’t appreciate being made to feel like “an old tiresome complaint” when this was a new issue for me. I especially didn’t appreciate the argument that 50 cents a week makes it right. My life seems full of these micro charges that keep piling up- death by a thousand cuts. I have 150+ apps on my phone. If I paid 50 cents a week for each, that would be a whopping $1950 a year! So I looked around and discovered Awesome Calendar. It does what I need for a one-time cost of $10. If I get even 5 years out of it, that’s, umm, 7 cents every two weeks. Bye-bye Informant, old friend.
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  • Mar 21, 2021

    By Patrick X
    The frame is not adjustable thus the windows are not able to be resized anymore. I do agree with most of the reviews... Looks like a downgraded version
  • Almost... Jan 6, 2019

    By Johnthunder
    I have been using informant since it was on Palm. It has so much potential, but ultimately fails to deliver. It has the “ability” to combine google cal, iOS reminders, and Apps like TickTick all Into one place. That has always been my dream app. I very much use my phone as an “external” brain. I almost depend on being able to reliable access my information easily. And in my experience that’s were Informant falls sort. My biggest problem was with “smart lists” & iOS reminders. It seems there is a bug that causes the app to reset smart lists every day if you use iOS reminders. That’s very frustrating and even more frustrating is having their support basically tell you, they weren’t going to fix it because not that many people use that feature. It seems like they are just bloating their app with half hearted features to get people to pay for it. I’m finally giving up on informant and sticking with Fantastic and TickTick. The one good thing I will say is that Informant has the best month view options and layout over any app I’ve seen.
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  • Moved to 24me Pro Oct 23, 2020

    By InkyMyCat
    I've been using informant for several years now. I bought Informant 4 for my ipad and iPhone and continued using it until Informant 5 was released. I did not like that Informant went subscription based so I stayed with informant 4 and paid for all the upgrades. Slowly over time the weather upgrade stopped working as well as several other features. IOS 14 has now broken Informant 4 and it crashes when I go to enter an appointment in. I decided to try Informant 5 today but all you get is a basic stripped down calendar and all the features I had in Informant 4 are subscription based which I will not do. Charge me for a one time charge of $20-$30+ for the app which I don't mind doing but I refuse to do subscription based. A few years ago I bought the pro version of 24me and this will be my new Calendar, Tasks, Notes, Notifications, Weather, GPS Traffic, GPS Driving Directions and so much more. I paid for the app once and get all the features of Informant 5 and more. I'm sorry to leave Informant but its not beneficial or feasible for me to pay for a yearly or monthly payment.
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  • Very misleading, Not as good as before Jun 9, 2020

    By Bonbon Mom
    I have had Informant for several years. I purchased the original Pocket Informant and was very happy with it. When I upgraded my iPhone I had to get the new Informant app. It was very different from the old Pocket Informant but my experience had been so positive, I decide to go with the new Informant - what a mistake! The old app had many features but was quick and easy to use, the new one requires time to learn its complicated features and takes several steps to do even a simple entry. Lastly, I am angry that the in-app purchase says “premium to own” which is a LIE, it’s actually only a one-year subscription! There is no way I would’ve paid $25 for just 1 year of this seriously down-graded app. Because they will never get my business again, now I have to take even more time moving all my info to a new planner. I’m shocked and disappointed that Apple App Store has allowed this very shady practice and is becoming a “buyer beware” marketplace. If growth is more important than ethical practices and quality services, Apple will go the way of IBM
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  • Once great app. Now bloated Mar 12, 2018

    By 2112fromEC
    I have used Pocket Informant (now Informant) since 2010. The newest inception is a major step backwards. First of all, the time picker for an Event is horrible. It is a scroll wheel that is fiddly and difficult to use, not to mention it is in one minute increments which makes it even more fiddly. You have to double check the time entered because it has a tendency to “drift.” Why they got away from a simple entering of the time by keypad, I do not know. Also, entering an event can take up to 20 seconds. Push to bring up menu. Wait several seconds for the screen to appear, them use the time wheel (on both start and end time if it goes past your default end time). Furthermore, the new interface makes no sense and actually adds an extra step to get to the calendars/tasks, etc. The app just seems bloated; tags, calendars, keywords, triggers.I guess these are needed for GTD or Covey followers but if you need a simple calendar with tasks, I would not recommend. And until they fix the time picker, I would not recommend at all.
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  • Was pocket informant apparently need to pay again May 19, 2020

    By Renateaux
    I’ve used pocket informant for years because I like the layout. It travelled from one old phone to the next moving stuff over. It never just “synced” with google calendars on its own without some paid upgrade or another. I paid for at least one upgrade years ago to get more features. Only now I realize it’s not updating because it’s been replaced with this “informant 5” entirely, new payment, upgrade prices, etc. it’s ridiculous. It’s a calendar app. I paid full prices some time ago, I don’t understand the need to keep charging me over and over for the same features. Many of which don’t work consistently or without another paid upgrade. But I can see from other reviews that the developer apparently just doesn’t agree with naysayers and prefers a to rudely rebuke each claim so sorry, I’m done with this. Thanks for the nice interface while it was still for regular folks. Good luck.
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  • Too much clutter Oct 16, 2018

    By 2%ReducedFatMilk
    This app lets you do everything with tasks - tag, take notes, prioritize, schedule, log progress, and group them into projects. It may work for some, but I find myself spending so much time inserting all the details of a project or task that I end up planning more than doing. You cannot do anything at all with the free version — not even create a task. The subscription version opens up a world of complex project management tools, but there is no way to quickly jot down a list of tasks. I took the time to learn the non-intuitive UI, but I still can’t find a way to see a useful overview of my projects, calendar, and tasks all together. My other issue is that it’s just not pretty. You can change color schemes, but that merely switches from one monochromatic mode to another. I need a task manager with all the options but without all the clutter.
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  • Mar 25, 2021

    By Michelle Womble
    I refuse to pay more for an app that they've finally updated when I've already bought it. Instead of keeping the app people already purchased UTD they rename it version "X" & charge for it again. Greedy & poor business practice. If y'all are interested Business Calendar 2 doesn't do this & works better.
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  • Love and hate Jul 28, 2019

    By MostlyHarmlessMD
    I’ve been using informant for years and I love the layout and most other features, however I’m getting frustrated enough there I am sadly looking for a different calendar app. My frustration mostly comes from constant sync issues. I payed the subscription price for informant sync and it absolutely does not sync between my devices no matter what I do. It also does not automatically update my subscription calendars and doesn’t update them manually either on the new app. On the old app I would unsubscribe and subscribe again whenever issues arose (not ideal, but I really wanted to keep using the app), but on the new app attempt to subscribe give me a statement that apple requires secure server use starting with HTTPS (which it does!!!!!!!!!) And the app completely just doesn’t recognize it. I also (on the new app) was not able to sign into my informant sync account that I payed for (it just tells me user not found - and I know my account info was correct), so I can’t use any of the ‘payed’ features (which by now are all the features). I am extremely disappointed. I used to love this app and it has become unusable for me. I am constantly worried that it’s not going to sync correctly and I’ll miss something important and I feel cheated after I payed for informant sync and can’t use that either. I can’t use a calendar app I can’t trust regardless of how much I love the layout.
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  • Mar 1, 2021

    By Stephen Shade
    Great. Informant 5 is available but without a current login (I let mine expire years ago when it became apparent a promised great upgrade was vaporware), I can't see the contact info. I can't see it on Google Play, I can't see it on the website. Apparently more vaporware. To be very clear, WITHOUT BEING ABLE TO SEE ALL THAT IS AVAILABLE, I WILL NOT EVEN CONSIDER BUYING.
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  • Feb 24, 2021

    By Charles King
    First of all I've had pocket informant since it's inception and in my opinion has always been the best calendar app Now it's terrible, make you pay after one already paid for the App in years past. Now a month or yearly subscription is needed otherwise you can't do anything. Syncing to their cloud service should be optional, apparently the company wants to know everything about us by having our info stored on their cloud service which no one knows where that is probly in China. GREED.....
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  • Mar 7, 2021

    By Brian K
    5 months later and this app is still a major disappointment. Still missing many of the features that made the previous version a stand-out and worst of all it still doesn't perform the most basic task of a scheduling app... NOTIFICATIONS! Consistently "firing" notifications 24-36 hours AFTER the scheduled time. I'm saving myself the aggravation of hoping it will get better and deleting the app and looking for an alternative since the previous version won't work forever. They wrecked a GREAT app!
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