Today we’re excited to announce the addition of holidays to My Study Life. This update not only adds support for holidays but also improves the way week and day rotation schedules are handled.

From Classes to Schedule

As with any major feature, the addition of holidays presented us with a big challenge to keep My Study Life's ease-of-use and cross-platform familiarity. With this update, we believe we've made it easier than ever to setup and manage your schedule. We've replaced the 'Classes' screen with a brand new 'Schedule' screen. Just like the classes screen, the schedule screen is home to your classes and where you can manage your academic years, terms and subjects. Holidays will appear alongside your classes and we've made adding and editing academic years easier too.

Holidays have been integrated into every aspect of My Study Life. In the calendar, on the dashboard and even in the live tile for our Windows apps. Whilst holidays mean you are not at school, college or university we know this doesn't always mean you don’t have any assignments to complete. If you do, My Study Life will let you know on the dashboard.

As you'd expect recurring classes won't be scheduled for holidays meaning you won't receive any reminders for classes during holidays. One-off classes, tasks and exams can still be scheduled for holidays, but we’ll show you a helpful message to confirm before you add it.

Improving Rotation Schedules

We've changed how you setup rotation schedules, moving the settings from the timetable settings screen to academic years. Gone is the current week/day setting, replaced with a much more intuitive one; simply set which rotation week or day is the first day of the academic year. Holidays can optionally push the schedule rather than skipping classes too. To make adding those confusing rotation schedules that little bit easier, when adding holidays My Study Life will let you know which rotation week or day will be the first after the holiday.

For those of you who have already added academic years, we've updated them from your existing timetable settings already. If you haven’t added academic years, you’ll need to add them manually to in order to add holidays.

More

In addition to this, on every platform we've added new features and improved the performance and experience in everyday use.

  • The first day of the week can now be set for those of you whose week doesn't start on Sunday!
  • When marking an overdue task as complete, the list view won’t change from 'Current' to 'Past'. The task will instead automatically disappear from the 'Current' list (mobile devices) or disappear when the task is closed or another task is selected (web/Windows 8).
  • URLs in task descriptions are now automatically detected and clickable.
  • The calendar now has a today button, taking you back to the current week or month.
  • On mobile devices, the current day is highlighted in the calendar. The timeline is now only shown for the current week too.
  • The calendar week view will automatically scroll to your first class.
  •  Tasks are shown for the selected day in the calendar month view on mobile devices (this was already a feature of the web app).

We've also made some big changes to the calendar in the Android app. It’s faster, swipeable and the calendar week view now rotates when your phone is landscape.

All of our apps have numerous other tweaks and improvements that you should notice in everyday use.

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