• 29
  • Jul

Is there any trial or demo version?

Sorry, but there is currently no demo or trail version. This is, because it would be much more effort for us to manage both of these versions. If you want to try out CER longer than the Google Play default trial period (15 minutes), just send us an email and we will refund you the money if you are not satisfied.

How do I add events to my calendar?

Here is a tutorial:

I bought your app in Google Play Store, but I cannot download. What can I do?

Why is my payment not accepted?

The Google Play Store is completely run by Google and they are responsible for charges, downloads, authorization, etc.
Please contact them for all kinds of issues associated to the Play Store:

Google Play Store online support and FAQ

Get in contact with Goolge Play Support

Specifically Google Play downloading issues

Alternatively you can buy CER via AndroidPIT.

Why do I get a license warning dialog even though I bought your app?

All licenses of apps you bought are stored in your Google account. Therefore for a working license check the following prerequisite must be met:

  • The Google account that you used when buying CER must be configured on your device
  • Your device needs a working internet connection

The license check is continuously repeated until the license is successfully validated.

Please note: If you are using a backup tool like Titanium or AppMonster to transfer CER to another device, just install the app and please don’t restore the data/preferences. The desired method to transfer the preferences to a new device is by using the export / import feature of CER. You could also restore everything and afterwards go to the Android preferences / installed apps, clear the data of CER and import the settings via CER, but this is not recommended.

Why am I not getting any alarm at all?

Please mind that you have to set up a reminder for every event that you add to your calendar. If you don’t set a reminder, there won’t be any alarm. You can do this on the create screen in the calendar app. For some apps you can also set a default reminder in their preferences (i.e. Business calendar) so that you don’t have to set the reminder every time you create new appointments again.

Also you have to install the Google Calendar app if this isn’t already pre-installed on your device.

If you are using Android 2.3.x please don’t use on time reminders. There is a bug in this version of Android that prevents on time reminders from being raised. You can fix this by using i.e. 5 minute reminders or by updating your Android Version to 4.x.

If you are already running on Android 4.0 or later please also try to disable the power save mode, which can be found in the Android settings -> Power. On some devices this prevents alarms from being raised.

If this all doesn’t help, please get in contact with us via the comments.

Why does my phone forget the setting for the alarm ringtone from time to time?

There is an Android bug that reorganizes all ringtones if you add new sound files to your SD card, invalidating all existing references from third party apps. This impacts all apps, not only CER. You can only circumvent this problem by not adding sound files to your SD card / device.

Why is it that the alarm sometimes isn’t raised? I can trigger it by using the option “Check missed alarms”.

Maybe you are using an app called task killer or memory cleaner. These apps typically close apps completely after a desired time period or on request. If this happens CER won’t catch the alarm being raised by the calendar, because it is not running any longer. Some task killers allow to define an exclusion for apps not to be killed. Try to use this option.

The alarm is not raised reliably if the display is turned off. I can trigger it by turning the device on manually. Why is that?

There is a known problem that on some devices (mainly Motorolla ones) the power save mode prevents the alarm from being raised by the system. Please try to turn the power save mode off. You can find it in the Android settings -> Power.

Why am I only getting reminders by Jorte and not your app?

After you installed Jorte you are asked about where to store your events. If you then choose “Jorte” the events will be managed solely by Jorte and this also applies to reminders. You have to change the data storage to “Google Calendar”. You can transfer your previously entered Jorte events by exporting them to the Google Calendar, afterwards un-/reinstalling Jorte and selecting “Google Calendar” for data storage.

Which calendar apps are supported by your app?

Actually, you can use any third party app that is based on the Android calendar. We don’t know all of them but here is a list of very popular apps that are supported:

  • Business Calendar
  • Jorte
  • aCalandar
  • CalenGoo
  • Calendar Pad Pro
  • iRT Calendar
  • Touch Calendar

Not supported are:

  • Lotus Traveler
  • Touchdown
  • Cozi
  • mOffice

Why am I not getting any alarm sound?

Maybe your phone has set “Silent” as default for alarm sound. Please go to the sound settings of CER (below the calendar / all calendar settings) and choose your favorite alarm ringtone. Afterwards please check the alarm volume setting down below.

Why is the alarm sound repeated even though I selected “play only once” in the preferences?

Maybe the ringtone you have chosen contains a repeating sound sample. Please try a different ringtone.

Why am I only getting a settings screen when I open your app?

For versions smaller than 5.0: CER  is not a calendar app itself. It just enhances the Android calendar (or the third party apps mentioned above). You can use a preference button within CER to add new events, but this is only a workaround. You should use your calendar app to manage (add/delete/update) your appointments.

Since 5.0 you will get a list of all upcoming and past reminders. You can find the settings by using the menu button on your device or the three-dotted button at the top right of the screen.

I’m using a Samsung device (Galaxy SI/II/III/Note etc.). Why am I not getting any vibration even though I enabled it in your app?

You probably disabled the haptic feedback in the system preferences. On some Samsung devices this leads to the vibration beeing turned off completely for third party apps, even though you turned on some other system settings for vibration (alarm, notification…). There are two options for you to get the vibration working for CER:

  1. You turn on haptic feedback.
  2. You set the haptic feedback intensity level to other than zero, disable haptic feedback in the system settings, disable the power saving option.

Why can I not alter the vibration intensity for your app?

This is a Samsung specific feature that is not in the Android standard. It is available on Samsung devices only (through vibration settings of CER!).

If I set the reminder to be on time / 0 minutes before event there is no alarm being raised. Why is this?

For Android 2.3.x devices there is a bug in the calendar app that leads to alarms not being fired if the reminder time is 0 minutes. You can prevent this only by using a minimum of 1 minute or even better 15 minute reminders. If there is an update to Android 4.0 / ICS for your device this might also fix this issue.

How can I set a default reminder, so that I don’t have to add a reminder every time i’m creating a new event?

Currently CER does not provide a feature for this. But frankly, this should be a feature of the calendar app you are using. Most third party or stock calendar apps provide this feature by default (i.e. Business Calendar). Please have a look at those apps.

How can I use my own mp3s as alarm ringtone for your app?

Please have a look at this description. After that just choose your mp3 within the settings of CER.

Why am I not getting alerts for tasks?

Currently there is no standardization for managing tasks on Android. There are only a bunch of task apps (like Astrid, GTasks, Evernote, Samsung Tasks…) that all implement a proprietary storage and alerting for tasks themselves. So it would be a great effort to support all these apps. Beyond that not all apps provide a proper interface to hook into. These are the reasons why there isn’t any task support in CER right now.

How can I get alerts for birthdays of my contacts?

You have to add the birthdays as events to your calendar. This could be done with the app called EboBirthday.

Why does your app not allow to be installed on the sd card?

Unfortunately there are some bad consequences connected to the feature app2sd. For example CER won’t be informed about a restart of the device and this prevents it from restoring missed or scheduled reminders. Furthermore scheduled reminders don’t fire if the user un-/remounts the sdcard.

Why are the alarms sometimes one hour earlier or late?

Maybe you traveled and the phone switched time zones (without recognizing DST). Please check this.

Why is my phone not waken up for an alarm when it is completely turned off / shut down?

This is a high demanded feature by users but currently the Android System doesn’t offer support for this. You can find a detailed discussion about this feature request / issue here.

I’m using Calengoo but I don’t get reminders with your app, only with Calengoo. Why is that?

You are probably using Calengoo’s “local calendars” or you have added accounts by using Calengoo (i.e. AuthSub). These are unsupported because they are managed solely by Calengoo and this also applies to the reminders. Please use a Google/Android calendar instead that came with the account of your phone. You can add more calendars by using the Google Calendar web interface. After that you have to sync it to your phone by using the Android account sync.

How can I manage reminders added via CER?

Because CER is no calendar app itself you can use all above mentioned calendar apps to modify, create or delete events (including reminders). Only snoozed reminders will not show up there. You can review snoozed reminders directly within CER or by selecting the notification. From there you can dismiss/postpone them.

Why are entries for all day events shown the day before?

The list of reminders is calculated by using event start time minus reminder minutes. So if you set up a reminder with 15 minutes for an all day event, it will show up on 11:45 pm the day before.

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  • 30
  • Jul

I received some mails today and found a post on techcrunch and the launcherpro blog that Google has locked down GMail so that my app email widget (and also many other apps) stopped working with it. You can find a technical explanation here.

That’s really sad news because it means that we have to wait for Google adding support for third party apps to access gmails  :-(

— ADDED LATER:

I just noticed that GMail has set the access permission to “signature”, so also rooting and installing my app as system app won’t work!!

You can find a modified Gmail.apk which has the permission restriction removed here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1199598

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  • 10
  • Apr

If you experience any problems with my apps Calendar Event Reminder or Email Widget please don’t hesitate to send me a mail with some description about it. In some cases it is important to get a deeper insight of your system in order to be able to analyze your problem. Therefore a log file of your system activity during the occurrence of the issue is needed. Here are some guidelines on how to create such a log file on your device:

For Android versions >= Jelly Bean (4.1)

First please reproduce your issue on your device.

After that you can create a bug report including a log file by pressing the buttons POWER + VOLUME UP + VOLUME DOWN simultaneously and in this order. This will take some seconds to gather all info and then open a popup to select a sharing method. You can then just choose Gmail or another Email app. You can find my email adress in the market description.

If this doesn’t work you can create a bug report through the android system settings:

  1. Open your device settings
  2. Go to developer options (If you cannot find it in your settings here is a description on how to enable it)
  3. tap “Take bug report” at the top
  4. Wait a minute or two for the report to generate. When the report is ready, an email will be created for you that contains the necessary information.
  5. Choose an email app of your choice
  6. Send out the bug report.

If this doesn’t work, and you have rooted your device, you can use the alternative mentioned below for devices < Jelly Bean (4.1). If it is not rooted, please use this Windows tool for log file recording.

In order to use it please attach your device via USB to your computer. Then enable the USB debugging preference under Android system preferences / developer settings. Then open a command tool and go to the directory. There please enter the following command: adb bugreport >bugreport.txt (or if this doesn’t work: adb logcat -v time -d >logcat.txt)

This will dump the logfile to a file called logcat.txt in the same directory. Please mind: The device has to be unlocked to use this method!

For Android Versions < Jelly Bean (4.1)

You can use the free app CatLog from the market to create a system log file. Just follow the link and install it just like any other app on your phone. After that please launch it and you can see a screen with your current system logging information.

Now please hit “Menu->Record” and “Ok” to start a logfile recording session and then reproduce your problem, i.e. a scheduled alarm not showing up or any other false behaviour. Then go back to CatLog and hit “Menu->Stop Recording” and “Menu->Send->As Attachment->Your favorite mail app i.e. GMail” and send it to me. You can find my email adress in the market description.

If you don’t succeed please get in contact through the comments below.

After you send me the logfile you can delete it by hitting “Menu->More->Manage Saved Logs->Delete All”.

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  • 27
  • Jan

Some users of my app calendar event reminder asked me how they can use custom sounds for notifications, alarms or ringtones. This can be easily done. Just create some folders on your sdcard and place your favourite mp3s in it:

  • /sdcard/media/alarms
  • /sdcard/media/notifications
  • /sdcard/media/ringtones
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  • 27
  • Jan

Some users reported having problems installing the skins from my skin-site for my app email widget. Here is a detailed describtion on how to install them:

  1. Go the the android market and install the app AndExplorer (its free)
  2. Open a browser and go to my skin site or to the email-widget site and hit the “skin-site” link
  3. Push one of the download links for a skin on the left
  4. Now your browser should either download the file or it asks you which app to use to open the link, choose your browser
  5. Your browser should download the file now
  6. Start the AndExplorer and hit the “SDCARD” button on top
  7. Go to the directory “download” or “downloads”. There you should find your downloaded skin file.
  8. Long-press the file until it get’s checked
  9. Now hit menu->copy/paste->cut.
  10. Hit SDCARD again and go to the folder .de.foobarsoft.emailwidget (mind the leading dot!)
  11. Then hit menu->copy/paste->paste

Now the file should be moved to the right spot. Open your widget configuration and go to the skin-settings. You should be able to choose the installed skin now.

Please mind: If you have downloaded skin files successfully please make sure to not unzip/unpack them.

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  • 21
  • Jan

You now can get my app email widget and of course calendar event reminder as well on the AndroidPit market as well. The good thing about it is that you can now also pay with paypal and click n’ buy.

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  • 03
  • Jan

This page contains information on skins for my app android email widget. Here is a list of available skins for free download. Below are instructions on installing, updating or creating skins. If you’ve created a skin and want to share it, please get in contact with me or post a link to it in the comments down below so i can add it to this list.

If you have troubles installing skin files please read this detailed trouble shooting guide!

Read the rest of this entry …

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  • 31
  • Oct

I recently worked on some apps for my new android mobile Samsung Galaxy S and published them on the market a few weeks ago. They are focusing on two key features, which to my surprise are not part of the android core functionality:

  • An Email Widget, which shows your recent emails (Exchange, POP3, IMAP) and allowes you to open them from your homescreen
  • A calendar event reminder which allows you to set a vibration pattern for nagging event alerts

The first one was really a tough nut to crack, because the android core surprisingly doesn’t provide easy access to emails stored on the phone. You have to use a private api, which unfortunately isn’t documented at all. Also this api is secured on the latest android release, so it is impossible to get the app working without rooting the phone. Additionally the mail app seems not yet technically mature enough, so many device manufacturer like HTC are providing their own implementation of it. This made it even more difficult to build the app.

Thanks to the feedback of several users i was able to improve the apps and make them more feature rich. I also created a twitter account for publishing news on recent development for the apps. You are welcome to follow me there.

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  • 12
  • Aug

watch google’s new application “google home view” :-)

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  • 21
  • May

this is truly amazing…
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