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cecr 08-10-2012 10:50 AM

insert contact details directly into calendar?
 
The native BB 8520 calendar seems very poor if you want to enter things manually, eg in my Nokia using the Handy calendar, from the subject line you can browse the address book, choose a contact and enter it into the calendar and then setup reminders, reoccurrences etc as usual.

This doesn't seem possible with the native calendar. Handy doesn't make a calendar for BB, and the SBSH deems to be phased out.

I know many people use email details to create appointments but that's not appropriate for every instance when you want to make a calendar entry, eg, when you are having your haircut, you're not likely to send your haircutter an email with the appointment details in it, likewise with hospital appointments. It seems the only way to create the entry is to manually type in all the details which is a pain.

Now, I don't use email on my BB and don't have a dataplan, so I may have overlooked some workaround to allow contact lists to be browsed as subject entries like, maybe setting up a dummy email address?

It's quite a basic and logical idea to use the data in the contact list as sources for appointments, so, how do you avoid typing in all the details to create a calendar entry?

fourstringfuror 08-10-2012 12:15 PM

Re: insert contact details directly into calendar?
 
You can invite attendees from within the new appointment entry.

cecr 08-10-2012 12:40 PM

Re: insert contact details directly into calendar?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by fourstringfuror (Post 1784907)
You can invite attendees from within the new appointment entry.

Thanks for your reply, except as I mentioned, I'm not going to ask my barber or dentist to do that. Even if they did share their email addys with me, I doubt they would adopt the process as their new business model. I know my hospital certainly wouldn't, and I assume the contact's cooperation could only arise if I used an email to instigate appointments, which isn't appropriate.

As I said, I don't have a data plan on the BB and don't use it for email. If I understand your suggestion, I would have to create the appointment, and then invite the contact? Well, once I've created the appointment I wouldn't need to go any further..... I'm simply trying to speed up the process of creating appointments and remove the possibility of spelling mistakes creeping in.

This seems such a basic function its ridiculous that its not possible. I can only assume the software designers at BB never need to make appointments at hospital or their dentist, or to have their hair cut, or maybe they just like typing all the details in manually.

In case its not clear what I'm trying to do, its simple: to browse the contact list and choose one as the subject of a meeting/appointment/event rather than typing it all manually, in the same way that when you want to open a file on your PC/Apple, you browse through the folders and choose the file rather than typing the folder name, then type the sub-folder name, then type the sub-sub-folder name, then type the file name... just click click click etc.

Motorcycle Mama 08-10-2012 08:17 PM

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Why would you want or need to enter a contact into the calendar?

What "all" are you having to "type in manually" other than a person's name?

aiharkness 08-11-2012 06:31 AM

Re: insert contact details directly into calendar?
 
cecr, you need to use another device that suits you better.
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cecr 08-11-2012 12:28 PM

Re: insert contact details directly into calendar?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Motorcycle Mama (Post 1784923)
Why would you want or need to enter a contact into the calendar?

What "all" are you having to "type in manually" other than a person's name?

well for one, to tell me who I'm meeting!!!

as an example, some of the people I meet with have long names - sometime as many as 18 characters, and are very difficult to spell. with my Nokia, once they're in as contacts, I can put their name in the subject line with about 5 clicks of the button. faster, easier and no chance of spelling mistakes . another example, I put airline names in as contacts - same thing, if I'm meeting a flight passenger, with a few clicks I can put in the airline and the terminal. Same with hospital appointments, after setting up the dept as a contact, each specialism and its location (which can be in different buildings and even different sites) can be input in a few clicks rather than typing it all out, and as I go to five different clinics with appointments schedules months in advance, its important to avoid a blanket description such as "hospital" (which takes up more button presses and conveys less info) otherwise I'd have to look somewhere else to see what site and building I have to go to. If I have to look up other details I may as well use that as a primary source rather than the phone.

Quite honestly, I'm amazed that you ask the question. A better question would be why would you type something in from scratch when you can recall it in a few button presses?


In answer to the other response which I've seen posted many times on this forum, its a shame you feel the need to be so negative whilst bumping your post count. Telling me to use another device is a form of denial.

aiharkness 08-11-2012 12:37 PM

Re: insert contact details directly into calendar?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by cecr (Post 1784959)
... In answer to the other response which I've seen posted many times on this forum, its a shame you feel the need to be so negative whilst bumping your post count. Telling me to use another device is a form of denial.

No.

You are typical of many before you, frustrated that the BlackBerry doesn't do something that you were used to on another product, something to you that is so basic and essential that you are astonished is not on the BlackBerry. Well, you should use the device that works best for you. It is a simple matter. Use what is best suited to your needs. From your own words the BlackBerry is not right for you.

It is not denial when pointing out the obvious.

cecr 08-11-2012 07:49 PM

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for a start, you don't know me. I'm not typical of anybody except me. I'm not frustrated at all, but yes, astonished that blackberry users are happy to type data into a calendar that they've already typed into their contact list.... and wonder why anyone would want a faster, more accurate process, and yes, astonished that blackberry felt it absolutely necessary to have the camera click whenever it is used, and the keys to make a tone whenever a phone number is dialled, and to provide no way of switching either off. So I imagine you must have told all those users to use a device that works best for them simply because they wanted an improvement?

The blackberry is far from perfect, and there is vast room for improvement in design and usability as shown by their fall in worldwide market share over recent years. Refusing to accept that people who point out device shortcomings are not unreasonable but have a point, IS denial. Perhaps you're so in love with your device that you can't be objective about it anymore? I don't know, but I do know that I didn't say the blackberry isn't right for me. That seems like you justifying your blinkered viewpoint and your posts, which seem designed simply to push up your post count.

Anyway, I didn't post here looking for an argument, I posted asking for help, and sadly didn't find it. If I should post again asking for help, do me a favour and don't trouble yourself posting a reply, I'm sure you can push up your post count easier by advising others to find a more suitable device - after all, I've had that advice so saying it again would be a waste of both of our time.

aiharkness 08-11-2012 08:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cecr (Post 1784989)
for a start, you don't know me. I'm not typical of anybody except me. I'm not frustrated at all, but yes, astonished that blackberry users are happy to type data into a calendar that they've already typed into their contact list.... and wonder why anyone would want a faster, more accurate process, and yes, astonished that blackberry felt it absolutely necessary to have the camera click whenever it is used, and the keys to make a tone whenever a phone number is dialled, and to provide no way of switching either off. So I imagine you must have told all those users to use a device that works best for them simply because they wanted an improvement?

The blackberry is far from perfect, and there is vast room for improvement in design and usability as shown by their fall in worldwide market share over recent years. Refusing to accept that people who point out device shortcomings are not unreasonable but have a point, IS denial. Perhaps you're so in love with your device that you can't be objective about it anymore? I don't know, but I do know that I didn't say the blackberry isn't right for me. That seems like you justifying your blinkered viewpoint and your posts, which seem designed simply to push up your post count.

Anyway, I didn't post here looking for an argument, I posted asking for help, and sadly didn't find it. If I should post again asking for help, do me a favour and don't trouble yourself posting a reply, I'm sure you can push up your post count easier by advising others to find a more suitable device - after all, I've had that advice so saying it again would be a waste of both of our time.

Yes, I have you pegged. And you did get help. You asked how to do something that isn't supported and learned that the feature you want is not there on the BlackBerry.

Second, you think your idea of the way it should be is objective truth, or you seem to think so. And you do have the market trends on your side. But the BlackBerry is what it is. And some people do prefer it the way it is, me included. So you can't expect everyone is going to empathize with you and your ranting.

Finally, I'll comment when, where, and how I want. In fact my initial comment wasn't a slam. It was an observation of fact. The BlackBerry isn't a good fit for you. I don't think you would like even the latest models. You should make a list of the top 5 must have features you need in a smart phone and find the one that meets at least three of them and does well enough on the other two.
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cecr 08-13-2012 07:39 AM

Re: insert contact details directly into calendar?
 
I obviously somehow upset you by commenting on the features of the phone I've tried out, because you haven't stopped yapping ever since. Carry on yapping like a yard dog, it doesn't bother me. you know nothing about me but carry on deluding yourself that you have me 'pegged' lol, you make a lot of assumptions, perhaps due to an overinflated opinion of yourself, or something else, I neither know nor care. carry on attacking me, i am not bothered in the slightest. Your aggressive comments simply say more about you than you can imagine.

aiharkness 08-13-2012 07:40 AM

Re: insert contact details directly into calendar?
 
Whatever.
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stevetaz 08-14-2012 12:54 PM

Re: insert contact details directly into calendar?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by cecr (Post 1785117)
I obviously somehow upset you by commenting on the features of the phone I've tried out, because you haven't stopped yapping ever since. Carry on yapping like a yard dog, it doesn't bother me. you know nothing about me but carry on deluding yourself that you have me 'pegged' lol, you make a lot of assumptions, perhaps due to an overinflated opinion of yourself, or something else, I neither know nor care. carry on attacking me, i am not bothered in the slightest. Your aggressive comments simply say more about you than you can imagine.

Must be nice to always be right. Ira did not strike me as attacking you, but since you are always right I must have missed it.

You may not be bothered, but you have sure mentioned it enough.

Move on....


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