iHomework App User Suggestions and Feedback

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by ppilone, Jun 11, 2009.

  1. ppilone macrumors 6502

    Jan 20, 2008
    Hey everyone - I'm the developer for iHomework and thought I'd start a thread for users to offer suggestions, requests, or bug reports. I'll also try to post here whenever I have news about an update.

    If you haven't checked out iHomework its a solid app for students to keep any school work or to-do's organized. You can organize classes, teachers, assignments, to-do's, grades and the app also provides many other great features. (I'll post an App Store link when I get a chance).

    Next time you visit an Apple Retail store you can check out a demo of iHomework in the Education section (although - the interface has been updated significantly since that demo).

    I hope to get some discussion going in this thread! The more ideas I get from users the better the app will be! :)

    For those that may not be familiar with iHomework, you can find it here in the App Store.

    The first image is the current version of iHomework (1.3) that is available now in the store. The second image is an update (1.3.1) that was submitted a few nights ago and will hopefully be approved shortly!

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  2. m.zadell89 macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2009
    A client for Mac or PC that would sync along with the iTouch/Phone version would be great, similar to the way iProcrastinate functions.
  3. Nikhil72 macrumors 65816

    Oct 21, 2005
    Any plan to incorporate push notification? It looks like a well-designed app.
  4. wowipod macrumors regular

    Jan 16, 2008
    I was just thinking if this had push notifications I would buy it. Any plans to add push notifications?
  5. gsmumbo macrumors regular


    Jun 29, 2007
    Dallas, Tx
    Going back to school in a month. Definitely going to purchase this. Push support would be amazing!
  6. nfl46 macrumors 604


    Oct 5, 2008
    I definitely need something like this. I have looking for a new homework app.

    Push would be great. :)

    I am really considering buying this app. Its only .99 which is basically nothing. You know, what? I'm going to support you and buy it. :cool:
  7. wingnut8 macrumors 65816


    Jun 8, 2007
    I'm currently using iProcrastinate, but would buy this of it had push.
  8. hellomoto4 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 11, 2008
    Add Push and my $.99 is yours. Hell, I'd pay $4.99 w/ Push (but that doesn't mean you can up the price :p)
  9. ppilone thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 20, 2008
    Thanks for the responses guys! It seems like there is a common theme in this thread asking for Push - currently iHomework doesn't support push but I hope that once I'm back at school for the year I can get something set up.

    I am working on an update that takes advantage of 3.0s features and I'm hoping to wrap it up soon. A desktop client is in the works too - but that may not be available until later this summer.

    Really appreciate all the suggests and support - if you guys see anything you don't like/want added/think is broken definitely post here. I'm really trying to get as much feedback about the app as I can!
  10. mizelly41 macrumors regular


    Sep 12, 2007
    One feature I would like to have would be the ability to enter your grades. For each class you could enter in the type of assignments you have in that class, assign a weighted average to each assignment, and then when you enter in a grade, the app would calculate your average for you. There is a program for Mac called Schoolhouse that has this feature and it works great.
  11. ppilone thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 20, 2008
    The grade calculator is on its way - I had submitted the update that includes the calculator about a week ago - and found out last night it was rejected. This was because I also built a custom web browser to view your course website without quitting iHomework. What I didn't expect is Apple to reject the app because the internet contains "Mature and Suggestive Themes" and since I provide a web browser I must rate iHomework accordingly. Obviously rating a homework organizer 17+ wouldn't be a smart decision - so I'm going to have to strip the browser out for now and resubmit.

    The grade calculator will be a very exciting update - it's incredibly powerful in that it can calculate course grades multiple different ways with different types of weighting styles. I'm going to finish up a new feature (shouldn't be too much longer) and resubmit the update.
  12. GfPQqmcRKUvP macrumors 68040


    Sep 29, 2005
    This is getting ridiculous.
  13. wowipod macrumors regular

    Jan 16, 2008

    What a joke! Are you serious Apple.

    Anyway I have decided I want this app and am going to get it, even without push it looks good and will be handy.

    Got it and I just have one comment. Why do I have to create a contact for a teacher? I don't want a contact for my teacher. Can you make a choice as to whether a contact is created please.
  14. masterell macrumors regular

    May 13, 2009
    Having the ability to create a timetable of all your lessons for the week would be great so that if you want to check when your next lesson is, you can easily do so.

    A more complicated way (if you can do this it would be great) is to be able to view your timetable for the upcoming week, so that you can set some lessons to either occur fortnightly, weekly, on specific dates etc.

    That would really be amazing..
  15. ppilone thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 20, 2008
    As the developer I'll be the first to admit that a weak spot in iHomework is in the Course details. My goal is to address some features made available with iPhone OS 3.0 and then focus on developing the course details section. This focus will most likely include a way to view that day/week's classes.

    I really appreciate the feedback so far - I want to make sure the app appeals to the needs of all students and not just what I (as a student) want. So keep up the suggestions/comments and I'll do everything I can to include them in updates.

    Also - if you are familiar with the app and have checked out the website I'd love to hear some questions I could include on the FAQ page of the How To page. Is there anything you guys are unsure how to do or seems confusing to a first time user?
  16. NJMetsHero macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2009
    This is going to be on my list of apps to buy before school starts in about 6 weeks for me. There are a few I want to get and I think this would be very helpful.
  17. basesloaded190 macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
    Besides push, one thing that i would LOVE to see would be syncing to either a desktop client or ical so i could utilize mobileme with your app. Any way of incorporating that?
  18. hcoteen2008 macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2008
    Will the calculator be able to calculate grades that are at different values. Say assignment 1 is work 2% and assignment 2 is with 25%, know what I am trying to say? Also, can this be incorporated with Blackboard?
  19. ppilone thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 20, 2008
    There are two ways of grading: Simple and Advanced. Simple grading allows you to enter your earned points and total points and your class grade is simply calculated by adding up the earned points of your assignments and dividing by the sum of your total points.

    Advanced grading allows you to calculate your grade using 2 different styles of weighting: each assignment can have an individual weight (like you mentioned assignment 1 is worth 2% and assignment 2 is with 25%), or you can assign a group weight to a type (and that group weight is specific to that course). The group weight is useful when you have a class that says "Homeworks are worth a total of 25%". You can also mix advanced grading weights: Homeworks are worth a total of 25%, Test 1 has an individual weight of 25%, and Test 2 has a weight of 50%.

    Hope this makes sense! This update was supposed to be released awhile ago - but due to Apple's rejection of the web browser I'm going to have to make some changes and resubmit.
  20. Demarrer macrumors member

    Nov 15, 2008
    Will the grading scale be ready before classes resume?
  21. ppilone thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 20, 2008
    The grading system is (and has been) ready to go for awhile now. It was included in the most recent update that was rejected due to the "apps with built in browsers must be rated 17+" issue. I've made some changes to the app and hope to resubmit the update tonight.
  22. nagibcole macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2009
    woow, great app. im really need this for my homework and tight time with my work, with push is would be great;)
  23. sawf macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2009
    This app looks great from the screenshots. One thing that's missing and that I would love would be a class schedule. I seem to always be writing mine on random pieces of paper that I end up losing so having it in one app would be phenomenal.
  24. Ruffian829 macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2008
    the app looks nice, any news / updates on a syncing desktop client?? In in earlier post it mentioned "late this summer..."

  25. ppilone thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 20, 2008
    The next update should be submitted within the next few days. When the new update is submitted the desktop (OS X) version will be available online also. Wifi syncing and iCal integration will be available via the desktop version (and syncing with the mobile version).

    Would have been done a few days ago but the last couple days were spent moving back down to school (Go Hokies!).

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