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This chapter shows you how to use the Photon DayMinder application to organize your schedule. Topics include:

What is DayMinder?

DayMinder provides a simple, graphical way to organize your daily schedule and activities. With DayMinder, you can schedule appointments, plan meetings with your coworkers, track your tasks, and maintain your address book.

DayMinder is designed to be a simple personal information manager application to suit the needs of small embedded systems. Note that some features described in this document may not work on your particular system.

Starting DayMinder

To start DayMinder:

DayMinder at a glance

A typical DayMinder session may look like this:

DayMinder at a Glance

Here's what the main parts of DayMinder let you do:

Menu bar
Lets you perform most major functions, from creating appointments and tasks to setting application preferences.
DayMinder button bar
Lets you quickly default to today's date or bring up the Group Planner or your Address Book:

DayMinder button bar

Appointment button bar
Lets you quickly add new appointments, reminders, tasks, or view a different day's activities:

DayMinder Appointment button bar

Monthly calendar
Displays a month at a glance. You can move forwards or backwards by a month or year by clicking on the "next" or "previous" scroll arrows on either side of the month or year label. The current date is displayed in bold. The selected date is highlighted.
Weekly planner
Displays your weeks activities at a glance. Black areas indicate scheduled appointments; blue areas indicate repeating appointments. A thick horizontal black line is displayed at the top of each date column that has a reminder.
Appointments pane
Shows your scheduled appointments for the day selected on the monthly calendar.
Reminders pane
Shows your reminders (or untimed events) for the day selected from the monthly calendar.
ToDo pane
Shows your ongoing tasks and their details: status, category, priority, and date due.

Customizing DayMinder

Note: Some of the fields in the DayMinder Preferences dialog may not be implemented at time of release.

Resizing windows

The Month and Weekly planner panes are fixed sizes, but you can adjust the pane sizes for the Appointment, Reminders, and ToDo panes. For example, to resize the Reminders pane:

  1. Move the pointer to the horizontal line that separates the Appointments and Reminders panes. The mouse pointer changes to a resize pointer.
  2. Click and drag the line upwards until the Reminders pane is the size you want.

Similarly, you can change the size of the fields in the ToDo pane. Grab the vertical bar that separates the two fields and move it sideways until the field is the size you want.

Customizing application preferences

You customize your DayMinder application preferences using the Preferences dialog. You invoke it in one of the following ways:

Types of scheduled activities

Adding appointments

Adding an appointment to your DayMinder is easy:

  1. In the Monthly Calendar pane, click the next or previous month scroll arrows until the appropriate calendar for the month and year is displayed. Click on the desired day. DayMinder highlights your selection in the Weekly planner.
  2. In the Appointments pane, select the desired block of time for your appointment. For example, if your appointment is scheduled from 2 pm to 3 pm on Friday, November 29, you select the period by:

    The selected block of time is indicated on the left side of the Appointments pane beside the time and by a box in the Weekly planner.

    Note: The Weekly planner pane can also be used to select appointment times.

  3. Enter the details of the appointment in the Appointment dialog. To display the Appointment dialog, do one of the following:

    The Appointment dialog looks like this:

    Appointments Dialog

  4. Change or add the:
  5. To save your changes, click OK. To leave the dialog without saving your changes, click Cancel.

Adding reminders

Adding a Reminder to DayMinder is like adding an appointment, but in the case of a reminder there's no specific time assigned.

  1. To create a Reminder, you can do one of the following:

    The Appointment dialog appears with the Reminder toggle "lit."

  2. Now enter the date and the description of the reminder.

Note: You can change an appointment into a reminder (or a reminder into an appointment) by toggling the Reminder button.

Adding a task to your ToDo list

To create a task:

  1. Do one of the following:

    The ToDo dialog appears:

    ToDo Dialog

  2. Specify the following:
    Choose a number between 1 and 5; priority 1 is the most important. The default is 3.
    You can categorize your tasks by type. Use the up arrow to select the required task type. The default is All. You can create your own categories by selecting the New Category button.
    A description of the task.
    A field for any other pertinent information. Notes are displayed only when you edit the task.
    Begin Date
    The start date of the task. Select the date by nudging the up/down arrows or by selecting the required date when invoking the month icon.
    End Date
    The planned end date of the task.
  3. To save your changes, click OK. To leave the dialog without saving your changes, click Cancel.

Modifying scheduled activities

To modify a scheduled activity, select the activity or event, then do one of the following:

Address Book

Note: Some of the features in the Address Book may not be implemented at the time of release.

You can keep track of all your friends and colleagues in the Address Book. To bring up the Address Book, click on the Address Book icon in the DayMinder button bar:

Address Book button

The Address Book looks like this:

DayMinder at a Glance

Here are the main parts of the Address Book:

Address Book
Lets you separate your private and business entries.
Sort by
Determines how to sort the entries in the Book. Default: Last Name
Alphabet Buttons
Let you quickly find entries by selecting the first letter. If no entries exist for a specified tab, for example the letter Q, the first entry under the letter R is displayed.
Saves the current entry and exits the Address Book. By default, the Address Book always saves the information on the screen when you move to another entry.
Brings up a blank address form.
Deletes the current screen entry.
Copies the information in the current screen entry to a new screen entry. A plus sign (+) is appended to the last name of each copied entry to help you differentiate the entries.
Dials the selected number (if enabled on your system).
Addresses your email message and invokes your email editor (if enabled on your system).
Deletes the current entry and exits the Address Book.

Group Planner

Note: Some of the features in the Group Planner may not be implemented at the time of release.

You use the Group Planner to plan meetings with your colleagues. To bring up the Group Planner, click on the Group Planner icon in the DayMinder button bar:

Group Planner button

Here's what your Group Planner might look like:

DayMinder at a Glance

When you first bring up the Group Planner, only your activities are displayed. Black areas indicate your scheduled appointments and blue areas indicate repeating appointments. Empty slots are times when you are available for appointments. When you select the name or names of the colleague(s) that you wish to plan a meeting with, their appointments are displayed in gray.

To schedule an appointment:

  1. In the Group Planner week at a glance pane, select the desired block of time for your appointment. For example, if no one has a previous appointment on Friday, November 29 at 1 pm to 2 pm, you can schedule an appointment by:
  2. Click on the Schedule... button located on the bottom left side of the screen. The Appointment dialog is displayed. You use this dialog to enter the details of the appointment. For more information on how to enter an appointment, see the section on Adding appointments earlier in this chapter.
    Note: When you create an appointment using the Group Planner, you create an appointment for yourself, not your colleagues.

  3. To exit from the Group Planner, click Done.

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