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Written by Tom Johnson   
Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Version 2.1 of the LDS.org calendar has been released on the calendar beta site: https://lds.org/calendarws. This release provides a simpler interface, includes a Churchwide calendar, offers private bishopric calendars on setup, and more.

See the 2.1 Community Beta Release Notes for a full list of the new features.

LDS.org calendar

You are invited to test out the calendar and report any bugs, issues, or other feedback. Please submit your feedback in the LDSTech Beta Calendar forum here.

Version 2.1 is expected to be in beta for a couple of weeks before it’s released to production. When it is released to production, you will access it as usual from the Tools menu on LDS.org.

Stay Notified about Testing Opportunities

To stay notified about opportunities to test LDS.org applications, join the Local Unit Application Beta Testing project on LDSTech. To join the project, sign in to LDSTech, then click Projects on the top navigation bar. If you haven't already completed your profile, click Profile on the submenu and complete the required fields. Make sure you sign the contributor's license agreement.

Once your profile is complete, click Projects on the submenu, click the Local Unit Application Beta Testing project, and scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click Join.

You don't have to be a member of the Local Unit Application Beta Testing project to submit feedback about the calendar. Anyone can post to the LDSTech Forums. However, by joining the project, we will keep you updated about testing opportunities not only for calendar but other LDS.org applications too.

 

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# Fredrick Claude Dunmire 2012-06-16 13:23
The recent update deleted the value of the app to me. I cant figure out how to delete a book mark. It was so simple and now impossible. We liked to use the bookmark feature to go the last visited point. Now i might as well use a hard copy. Very disappointing.
 
 
# Tom Johnson 2012-07-03 12:08
Fredrick, I'm a little confused. The calendar doesn't have a bookmarks feature that I'm aware of. Are you talking about bookmarks in My Study Notebook?
 
 
# tyson 2012-07-03 12:03
Aren't the teaching schedules church wide? Why isn't the weeks lessons on the calendar?
 
 
# Tom Johnson 2012-07-03 12:08
Tyson, the teaching schedules vary a bit due to ward and stake conferences that take place at different times for different stakes and wards. Currently the lesson schedules application does not integrate with calendar, but I'll relay that possible enhancement on.
 
 
# Alexandre Antonichen 2012-07-03 12:35
I'd like to know if it is possible for a Stake Leader to subscribe to all wards calendars inside his own stake, in order to see all events happening in all wards. I'm currently serving as Stake Executive Clerk and the only calendar that appears to me for subscription is the Stake one that I've created. That would help a LOT in my and other Stake Leaders callings.
 
 
# Tom Johnson 2012-07-03 12:43
Alexandre, you can only subscribe to stake calendars and calendars in your own ward. You can't subscribe to ward calendars outside your ward.

However, you can see all events taking place that are scheduled in locations throughout your stake, regardless of the calendar they appear on. To see these events, make sure you're in the Week view. Then select all the Location check boxes in the sidebar. As long as the events have locations, they will appear to you on the calendar, regardless of the ward that created the event.

However, if the events don't have locations, and if the events are not in your own ward, you cannot see them -- no matter what your role is with the calendar.
 
 
# Alexandre Antonichen 2012-07-03 12:53
Oh I See. So, will this be possible in next calendar update? As a Stake Clerk, I'd like to know the events throughout the Stake so we can make our assignements properly.

This weekly location-based view doesnt help a lot since our Stake uses buildings that belongs to other stakes, so they wont appear for us.

Here in Brazil, using online church content is not a common thing, and in order to me to help clerk wards start using the online calendar, would be really good if I could their callendars.
 
 
# David Jackman 2012-07-03 12:56
Will the performance of the calendar be improved with this new version? Just looking at the beta here at work, it still seems like it's taking a long time just to load the full page. The last time I tried to open the calendar from our PC at the church (with a bit slower internet connection) it took several minutes just to load one page. I gave up after that.
 
 
# Tom Johnson 2012-07-03 14:20
David, I don't think many enhancements have been made to specifically address performance, but the development team is hoping to collect more feedback about performance. Where is the performance unacceptably slow, etc? If you could post that in the forum, you would reach the engineers much more quickly. They are aware that in some places, the performance lags in unacceptable ways (such as showing or hiding large numbers of calendars).
 
 
# David Jackman 2012-07-03 13:04
Does the calendar still only allow access via the browser? I am the ward executive secretary and I like the ability to create a private calendar for the bishop's appointments, but if the only way I can work with that calendar is through a browser then I can say I will never use it.
I wrote an app for my phone that keeps track of the bishop's calendar as well as who needs appointments, and my preferred process would be for this app to login and call an API to update the private calendar here with the data from the phone. I don't want to type it all in again by hand in the browser (using pages that take a long time to load and require so many mouse clicks).

Also, before a private calendar for bishop appointments will really be useful, the bishop would need a way to indicate what time slots are available for appointments.
 
 
# Tom Johnson 2012-07-03 14:23
David, you can access the calendar through LDS Tools. LDS Tools is available for iOS and Android. A beta version of the LDS Tools Android app now includes the calendar.

You mentioned needing to track appointments for the bishop. There is also another tool called Member Focus List. If you go to lds.org/leader, and then go to Applications > Member Focus List, this tool allows you to track who needs appointments.

If you have ideas for enhancements, let us know. It's probably better to post in the LDSTech forum, though.
 
 
# Mark Sutherland 2012-07-05 22:23
Hi Tom, LDS Tools is also available on Windows Phone 7. It works quite well on that OS.
 
 
# James Robert Edward Cocker 2012-07-03 13:27
Calendar looks great. Have just updated some set up items. Easy to use. Thank you.
 
 
# Mark Sutherland 2012-07-05 22:29
When will we be able to view one Day in the calendar?
 
 
# Tom Johnson 2012-07-09 09:45
Mark, I'm not sure when that will be available. Version 3.0 will introduce an agenda view, but I don't think that's the same as a Day view.
 
 
# Daniel Eduardo Correa Clavijo 2012-07-07 07:54
No hay posibilidad de cambiar las fuentes a color negro, o por lo menos no lo encontré.
Esto es importante porque si no se tiene una impresora a color no se ve bien el texto.
 
 
# Tom Johnson 2012-07-09 09:47
Daniel, thanks for your feedback. You want to change the calendar's color to black to facilitate printing? I'm not sure I entirely understand. The print rendering is actually pretty good. Of course if you don't have a color printer, the calendar colors will be difficult to interpret. But I don't see any way around this.
 
 
# Aaron Glenn Weaver 2013-04-20 13:22
Browser Chrome or Safari when in calendar and setting up an event and choosing organizations there is no organization for Deacons Quorum when there are other youth quorums and classes showing. I also show a High Priest and High Priests. This seems redundant. Please add for Deacons Quorum. Sorry if this is a repeat somewhere.
 

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