A Brief Update

It’s been more than three years since TimeFrame was first released. As you can probably tell (from the outdated iPhone images on this site, if nothing else 😉 ), my initial hopes for my little calendar were not entirely realized. Though the people who bought it loved it, for various reasons, TimeFrame wasn’t able to get enough exposure to support its continuing development. I hoped to continue development on the side, but I needed most of my time and focus to relaunch my career as a cloud and devops architect after an almost two-year hiatus. That part of things has gone very well, thanks for asking. 🙂 But in the meantime, as part of their efforts to keep the App Store fresh and full of apps that work well on modern devices, Apple has removed TimeFrame from availability.

TimeFrame is still undergoing private development, though as a spare time initiative, I don’t have a clear idea when the next release will be. But I have some goals for it when it happens, informed by what I’ve learned over the last 4+ years, and sponsored in part by my day job.

It will be free. The design will be (and already is to a great extent) significantly updated, and simplified to focus on what TimeFrame does really well. The code will be structured to allow iterative development, so subsequent releases can happen more frequently. And there may be some excellent features (planned for the initial release, and still unduplicated in the market, to my surprise!) that will be included as in-app purchases.

That said, TimeFrame has always been a labor of love, and my goal primarily is to fill a space I still find lacking: a tool that enables its users to simply and intuitively grasp the use of one of their most important resources: time.

Until the next release, I hope those of you using TimeFrame continue to enjoy it as much as you’ve told me you do.


John David Parker Robinson

TimeFrame: A Calendar That Gets You

fresh-perspective@2xWe’re proud to introduce TimeFrame: a calendar for iPhone that builds on age-old calendaring concepts to create a beautiful, wholly simple calendaring experience. TimeFrame was designed to freshly accommodate the way people use mobile calendars. Once you’ve used it, we think you’ll wonder why calendars haven’t always been this way.

The most groundbreaking feature TimeFrame offers is its simple, at-a-glance display of your schedule. Through frames that represent how you divide your day, TimeFrame allows you to see how your time is used just by looking at it: without having to select each day, then view and remember its contents. Color coded tags make important events stand out, and you know your time is available anywhere you see any empty frame.

TimeFrame’s calendar scrolls vertically without paging, displaying your schedule without wasting screen space on the past. The calendar display resizes freely, so that up to eleven weeks can be visible at a time on devices with 4-inch displays. If you choose to show only one week, scrolling switches to the horizontal, allowing the next seven days to be visible even if it’s the end of the week. Events can be created and edited with the most-used details available without leaving the calendar display. While editing, the calendar updates in real time, so you can see how changes will impact your schedule before you save. We’ve paid a lot of attention to detail while designing TimeFrame, and we think you’ll be delighted to discover what other capabilities we’ve included.

We’re launching TimeFrame with a price of $2.99. It’s available on the app store, and you can learn more about what it has to offer at its landing page. We hope you love it, and we welcome your feedback! We believe software is best created in community, and invite anyone to become a part of our design process.

We’ve been fortunate over the last year to be able to work with some ridiculously talented people. There are too many to mention here: the credits section in the app holds a more complete list. But it has been a true pleasure working with Stephen at Anchour Creative, with whom we collaborated on TimeFrame’s visual design, and who designed Ten David’s excellent logo. We also extend our thanks to Darden Studio, who provided the truly excellent Omnes Pro typeface, which we feel perfectly captures TimeFrame’s unique personality.

We’ve enjoyed creating TimeFrame, and we have big plans for this little calendar. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy using it as much as we’ve enjoyed creating it.

Introducing Ten David

When I was growing up, my mother’s parents lived at Ten David Drive in a small town in northwestern Connecticut. Their home was the family home: it was where we spent Christmas and Thanksgiving, went for visits, and even lived (along with occasional aunts, uncles, and cousins) for two years when I was very young. Even when we weren’t living there year-round, my sister and I had a room that was “ours”, and we spent our time finding out where the green moss road went in the woods out back, pretending we could play the piano, and watching Mr. Wizard and Victor Borge on the old TV in the den.

Leica BottomMy grandfather, Parker Allen Stacy Jr., was a remarkable man. He was confident and good-natured, cheerful and enterprising. He was a woodworker, pilot, gardener, poet, engineer, and investor. He spent time with each of his eight grandchildren, choosing with each of us to do things he knew we most loved, individually— and that was no small task when, at times, we were all together at once. With me, he went on walks in the woods, drove me to the toy store in his green Volvo 240 wagon (for a Transformer, every time)— and when I was old enough, he worked with me in his wood shop in the basement.

Working oil rig toy. Parker Allen Stacy Jr., c. 1985

Working oil rig toy. Parker Allen Stacy Jr., c. 1985

It was there that he taught me to use hammers, nails, saws, and drill presses. But what really stuck with me was seeing what he valued: quality, cooperation, hard work, an eye for detail, and an enterprising spirit. He believed in measuring twice and cutting once. He wouldn’t buy custom storage containers, although he could afford them, because he could make them himself out of materials he had on hand that would last at least as long. (I still have many of his creations on my shelf here at home.) When I wanted a robot that “worked with electricity“, he wasn’t daunted: he made me one that could fit a battery tester in its body, so that it could be the caretaker of my other electronic toys. And when he did buy something, he made sure it was quality. The beautiful Leica he took with him on his honeymoon was passed on to me, and it still works perfectly.

My Grandfather's Leica

My Grandfather’s Leica

My grandfather died when I was nine, and I’ve often wondered what my impression of him would have been had I known him as an adult. It’s easy for a child to make a hero out of someone who loves him. But when I speak to people who were adults while he was alive, their impressions of him seem to match my own. I sense in their stories that he really was the man I knew him to be: a man of genuine compassion and loving kindness and strength.

I hope it’s no surprise, reader, why I named my company after the home my grandfather created. Without his influence, I would certainly never have taken the steps I did to start this endeavor. The values he helped instill in me were the enablers and drivers of everything I’ve done this last year, and I’d like to think that he’d be proud of what I’ve built. I hope you, too, will enjoy what I make, with the cooperation and support of so many others. I hope everything Ten David creates will be durable, functional, beautiful, and fun— and I hope you’ll join with me in making it even better.


John David Parker Robinson