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Pocket Informant v5

Pocket Informant v5

Fanatic Software

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

4.4 Ratings 6K+ Reviews 1K+ Downloads

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Personal Organizer for Calendar, Tasks, Projects, Notes and Contacts
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4.4
6.0K+ 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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  • Dec 30, 2020

    By Jonathan Parham
    I have been using Pocket Information since the Pocket PC Days and have found it to be robust. I have to say I'm very please with the upgrade. Occasionally, I get a nag screen to re enter credentials but outside of that it's snappier, cleaner,and synchs with Toodledoo on the desktop well. All my categories and contexts still sort and filter and I have not lost any productivity with the upgrade.
    more
  • 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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  • Nov 11, 2020

    By Jonathan Wrobel
    It's good, and I like where it's heading, but it's still teething as it's missing the widgets of the old app. It's fast after a long initial sync. In terms of the annual subscription required for the full features, it's just reality - they can't maintain the app for ever without annual subscription. And for those of us who use this app we use it a lot to help our productivity, so for the price of five lattes a year I think this gives at least an equal productivity boost.
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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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  • Nov 18, 2020

    By Aivars M
    Long story short - the good bits, which made PI to stand out, are gone or replaced by stuff that's widely available elsewhere - no day view at the bottom of the month, no background colour for non-all-day events, etc. ALL settings are locked unless you subscribe for $25/yr. Even PI4 is ruined by the latest update (wouldn't minimise, keeps popping up). PI used to be the best, then it was just good, then clung on to being good enough to keep... and now even that's not the case anymore. Shame!
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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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  • Dec 4, 2020

    By Dennis Garrett
    Update: Still needs work. Quick view in month calendar only allows the 1st week of month to display. Can't scroll to any other weeks, as it keeps snapping to the first week of every month. iOS version allows to view 2 weeks of the month in quick view, which is preferable, and scrolling to any other week. Not a polished product yet. No notifications. OP: Very sluggish behavior. Not getting notifications from task alarms. LOOKS nice in appearance, but functionality needs a lot of improvement.
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  • Nov 11, 2020

    By Nick Vlittas
    I have been using PI for years and now I'm fully committed as I use the desktop version for iOS but the Android update is a huge problem in that no alarms are firing. This is a massive problem that has to be addressed. I sent support messages but haven't heard anything back. If you rely on task alarms be aware. Upate.....after the update sadly the alarm issue is NOT fixed.
    more
  • 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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  • 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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  • Nov 16, 2020

    By Terence Stamp
    Been a user for many years and am greatly relieved that the Android version is continuing being developed. Would be five 🌟 but some performance problems at the moment. UPDATE...new release has fixed the performance issues. One or two features that I used seem to be missing at the moment...Day view on the Month view screen ...Location Search ...Active Widget.... I assume they are in the pipeline. Looking forward to the next release.
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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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  • Jan 2, 2021

    By Wendy Cullen
    My absolute favourite calendar & task app. I keep lots of notes, reference information, can also link photos, etc. Well worth the money for the paid version.
  • Dec 30, 2020

    By Jonathan Parham
    I have been using Pocket Information since the Pocket PC Days and have found it to be robust. I have to say I'm very please with the upgrade. Occasionally, I get a nag screen to re enter credentials but outside of that it's snappier, cleaner,and synchs with Toodledoo on the desktop well. All my categories and contexts still sort and filter and I have not lost any productivity with the upgrade.
    more
  • Nov 11, 2020

    By Jonathan Wrobel
    It's good, and I like where it's heading, but it's still teething as it's missing the widgets of the old app. It's fast after a long initial sync. In terms of the annual subscription required for the full features, it's just reality - they can't maintain the app for ever without annual subscription. And for those of us who use this app we use it a lot to help our productivity, so for the price of five lattes a year I think this gives at least an equal productivity boost.
    more
  • 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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  • 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.
    more
  • 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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  • Nov 13, 2020

    By General Tullius
    I've used PI (paid version) since the Pocket PC. "Lifetime ad-free" for each version has always been attractive. Now PI has broken their promise with a problematic upgrade with nag screen. (Newest release does remove nag screen but you have to update from within PI v4). Finally got a response to my email. In the meantime I bought Pimlical PIM (one-time charge) and am very pleased with it. I'm just sad: after 20 years I've lost a good friend. But looking forward to time with my new friend.
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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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  • 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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  • Dec 4, 2020

    By Dennis Garrett
    Update: Still needs work. Quick view in month calendar only allows the 1st week of month to display. Can't scroll to any other weeks, as it keeps snapping to the first week of every month. iOS version allows to view 2 weeks of the month in quick view, which is preferable, and scrolling to any other week. Not a polished product yet. No notifications. OP: Very sluggish behavior. Not getting notifications from task alarms. LOOKS nice in appearance, but functionality needs a lot of improvement.
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  • Nov 11, 2020

    By Nick Vlittas
    I have been using PI for years and now I'm fully committed as I use the desktop version for iOS but the Android update is a huge problem in that no alarms are firing. This is a massive problem that has to be addressed. I sent support messages but haven't heard anything back. If you rely on task alarms be aware. Upate.....after the update sadly the alarm issue is NOT fixed.
    more
  • 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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  • Dec 22, 2020

    By ken mcpherson
    With this many complaints from your customers anyone would be a fool to purchase this app. Besides, how in the heck am I supposed to explore the app in the free version if everything but the calendar is locked? No wonder it only has a 2 star rating. I'm not going to spend $25.00 just to find out whats in the app.
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  • Dec 2, 2020

    By Scott Green
    Was a long time user of Informant 2015, but this is too glitchy. App randomly closes, does not display correctly on tablet, etc. Event / task preview pop-up displays, even though part of the screen is already reserved for that preview? Seems like there are aspects missing that were present in earlier version. Initially set up the pro with subscription, but canceled after having sync and display issues on both phone and tablet.
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  • Nov 18, 2020

    By Aivars M
    Long story short - the good bits, which made PI to stand out, are gone or replaced by stuff that's widely available elsewhere - no day view at the bottom of the month, no background colour for non-all-day events, etc. ALL settings are locked unless you subscribe for $25/yr. Even PI4 is ruined by the latest update (wouldn't minimise, keeps popping up). PI used to be the best, then it was just good, then clung on to being good enough to keep... and now even that's not the case anymore. Shame!
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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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  • Dec 20, 2020

    By Yuriy Perelman
    Very buggy... Not reliable. To much hassles to use it. Not good support-they always "cannot reproduce the issue"... After using this app since 2013 (version 3) now switched to CalenGoo, which is much better and have excellent support. No subscription, just one time charge for Pro version. And support comes directly from developer! No BS.
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  • Nov 22, 2020

    By Andrew Tyacke
    It seems this wonderful corporate thinks it is ok to disable features on an old paid version and to make it unusable to force people to upgrade to this version and pay again. This makes this a deviate company with no integrity and if you cave in and upgrade you are letting them think this behavior is ok. Do not support these deviates or they will keep doing it.
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  • Crap company Finally done & switching to google Mar 29, 2019

    By JeffK91914
    They REMOVE features of previous versions that I paid for in updates. This is done to force people to upgrade to their subscription model. I have used pocket informant for over 10 years. I started with an app on an old organizer. I am sick of the money grab by the company. So I have bought the app every time they upgraded. I figured about $10 every year or two was ok. Then they went to bundles and add ons. Ok $5. Each or $15 for them all. I never wanted their subscription to sync with their servers. I guess that a lot of other people felt the same way. So not they updated to this new version where the only option it the subscription. I still have version 4.xxx on my phone. But how long with this work? I don’t trust them. I will be switching to google calendar. I don’t like it as much as informant but I will adjust cause I don’t trust this company one bit. I am now using google calendar. Not a huge fan but it is free. No more of this shady piece of garbage company. I wrote them an email once and their response is condescending and unhelpful.
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