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Tuesday
Jun072011

GradeA update with attendance coming this summer

For the last few weeks I have been working on adding attendance functionality to GradeA. I've seen a number of search request in the web site logs that indicate people are looking for an attendance app on the Mac. I also figured, I would wait to see what Apple announced at WWDC for iOS 5 before starting on an iPad version of GradeA.

I have the attendance functionality working and am working on ways to import/merge the attendance data in GradeA with the iOS Attendance app since I think a number of people, including myself, will want to do that. The basic copying of data is working, but this is a fairly complex issue. For example, do I always add data? Or should I ask the user if they want to delete the data that is missing in one of the apps? I'll probably provide both options - an option with no user interaction that only adds data and an option that asks if you want to add/delete each missing date, etc.

I also plan to support some of the new Lion features while still maintaing backwards compatibility with Snow Leopard. Initially I will support the Versions/Autosave (see http://www.apple.com/macosx/whats-new/auto-save.html) in the update with attendance support while some of the other announced features in Lion will have to wait until a future update to GradeA.

Because the import/export to the iOS Attendance app is fairly complex, it will probably take me a few more weeks before I am ready to submit the new version of GradeA to the Mac app store. As a result, I will not have time this summer to make much progress on an iPad version of GradeA and may not even have time to start it as I am teaching a new course in the fall semester.

I will also be looking into whether or not to use iCloud for the iOS Attendance app to make it simpler to copy your Attendance database between multiple devices. It is too early to tell if this will work well for Attendance  and can be completed this summer, but I will check into it after finishing the GradeA update.

 

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Reader Comments (2)

Hi! I'm currently living in Taiwan. I'd love to purchase your app but it's not available in Taiwan's Mac app store. I am hoping it will be available for purchase soon. I am personally interested in the GradeA software. Thank you so much!

June 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoe

Since it's only in English I had held off adding it to other stores, but given that my Attendance app is English-only and sells worldwide and the next version of GradeA will support integration with Attendance, I just changed it so it should be available world-wide shortly (perhaps tomorrow). Please let me know if you can buy it in Taiwan by tomorrow. Thanks, Dave

June 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdave256apps
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