Attendance2

Attendance2 (iTunes App Store link) is a complete rewrite of the original Attendance app. It is designed to be more general and more customizable. Each course/group is a separate data file so it can be shared with teaching assistants and/or school administrators who also have the Attendance2 app (i.e., a school administrator could collect data files from each of his/her teachers on his/her iOS device). Attendance2 is a universal iOS (iPhone/Touch and iPad) app. The app is optimized for iOS 7 (but still runs on iOS 5.1 and iOS 6.x). 

There is a web-based demo here: http://www.dave256apps.com/attendance2-demo/

Since I make about $2 a copy after Apple's 30% cut and taxes, a handful of people have asked how they can pay me for answering support emails. Here is a Pay Pal donate option that you can use if I have answered a support email for you and you would like to thank me. 

Attendance2 has many features that the original Attendance app does not have and as of version 2.0 (approved by Apple January 4, 2013), it has all the major features of the original app including importing from Contacts (added in version 2.0). In general the new app is more flexible and more customizable. The second status also allows for participation, or other uses such as using status1 for checkin and status2 for checkout. I wrote the new app from scratch because the original app was written for iOS 2.0 and I could not add many of the feature requests based on the original data structures. Attendance2 was written for iOS 5.0 and higher and allows me to take advantage of many additions Apple made and I re-designed the internal data structures to make it more flexible for new features.

Short Introductory Video

Attendance2 cannot import the attendance records from the original Attendance app since the internal data structures are completely different; however, you can export the names as a CSV file (using the Info Report on the report tab of the original Attendance app) and import that CSV file into the new app. If you were using the original app, it probably makes sense to start using the new Attendance2 app at the beginning of a new term/semester.

There are a few videos below showing its usage and features. There is a FAQ that I update along with blog posts with news for the apps and tips for using them. 

If you are using the original Attendance app, you may continue to use it if you want as I will support it at least through iOS 6 (i.e., make certain it works on iOS 6 and fix any bugs). A few of the features (accessing photo library) are broken in iOS 7 due to changes of Apple made, but most of the original app still works. Of course, if you were happy with the original Attendance app, I hope you will purchase the new app.

Reviews:

Chronicle of Higher Education ProfHacker blog

Creating and scanning QR codes (can also scan bar codes).

Longer introduction video showing more features (made with version 1.x of Attendance2)

 

CSV Import video

 

Export roster from Moodle as CSV file and import

 

Shows how to customize statuses and gives an example for day care centers.