Release Notes

What's New

2024.5.16
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Full Month Calendar View For Android

Our full-month calendar view and monthly agenda view is now available for all Android users.

In the monthly view, you can easily see all events at a glance. The events are displayed in the colour of their respective calendars alongside their chosen emoji.

Tapping any day takes you to the agenda view. Here, events are also colour-coded by their calendar and you can tap any day in the month. Tapping on any event in the day view takes you into the Event Thread where you can discuss details with your group.

Filtering your calendar, moving between months, and creating new events, remain key actions accessible in the top-right corner of both calendar view

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Discover past releases

2024.6.14

Bug Fixes

Fixes in the email verification flow when sending a second code, ourcal.link joining when already a member of that group, some input placeholders overflowing onto two lines, and the ability to delete repeat events without Plus.

2024.6.10

Minor Fixes

This release contains minor fixes and improvements

2024.6.7

OurCal+ Monthly Subscription

Plus is now more accessible than ever with a new monthly subscription alongside our existing annual option.

Both let you cancel anytime and include a 30-day money-back guarantee. Annual subscribers save 17%.

Compare Basic to Plus

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2024.5.28

Setup Reminders

It’s vitally important that you get set up on OurCal correctly to make the most of all our features.

To help everyone do so, we’re introducing reminders that will help you complete key setup actions so that you’re set up to use OurCal confidently in your everyday life.

For example, we will encourage you to complete tasks like scheduling events and adding a login method to ensure you never lose access to your account when changing devices.

To turn these off just open Settings, tap “Notifications”, and toggle off “Setup Reminders”.

Always Know Your Event Is Deleted

When deleting an event in the app, we confirm deletion with a notification. This notification deep links to the group, where you can discuss plans if needed.

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Long Press App Icon To Give Feedback (iOS)

You can long press and hold the OurCal app icon to quickly reach our help centre. There, you'll find answers to frequently asked questions. If you can't find what you're looking for, you can easily contact us.

If you're considering removing the app, please take a moment to complete our feedback survey. Your input goes directly to our team, who read each response and utilise your feedback to shape future updates for OurCal.

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2024.5.23

Our Android app just got better! 🎁

We've been working hard to bring our Android app to feature parity with our iOS app.

Calendar Widgets

See your schedule at a glance from your home screen with OurCal’s powerful calendar widgets

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To add:

1. Tap and hold on your home screen

2. Tap widgets

3. Drag out any widget to place it

Full Month View

See an entire month's schedule at a time, tap on any day to see its agenda

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With these upgrades, everything you can do on iOS you can now do on Android too 🎉

2024.5.20

Full Month Calendar View For Android

Our full-month calendar view and monthly agenda view is now available for all Android users.

In the monthly view, you can easily see all events at a glance. The events are displayed in the colour of their respective calendars alongside their chosen emoji.

Tapping any day takes you to the agenda view. Here, events are also colour-coded by their calendar and you can tap any day in the month. Tapping on any event in the day view takes you into the Event Thread where you can discuss details with your group.

Filtering your calendar, moving between months, and creating new events, remain key actions accessible in the top-right corner of both calendar view

Minor Fixes

This release contains minor fixes and improvements

2024.5.17

Full Month Calendar View For Android

Our full-month calendar view and monthly agenda view is now available for all Android users.

In the monthly view, you can easily see all events at a glance. The events are displayed in the colour of their respective calendars alongside their chosen emoji.

Tapping any day takes you to the agenda view. Here, events are also colour-coded by their calendar and you can tap any day in the month. Tapping on any event in the day view takes you into the Event Thread where you can discuss details with your group.

Filtering your calendar, moving between months, and creating new events, remain key actions accessible in the top-right corner of both calendar view

Minor Fixes

This release contains minor fixes and improvements

2024.5.14

Navigation fix in Keyboard Calendar

Using the navigation arrows to move between months in your keyboard calendar now correctly updates the month title.

Further Improvements to Emoji Search

Choosing emojis for your events just got easier with improvements to search.

Events Default to Group Emoji

Now, the default emoji for your events will match your group's emoji. For custom calendars it will default to the custom calendar’s emoji. For member calendars it wild default to the group’s emoji.

2024.5.10

Plus Has a New Look

We've made changes in the app to better highlight our Plus features. This includes our new Plus logo and icon, in purple!

New Trial Entitlement & Introductory Offer

Those joining OurCal will now be automatically granted a 14 day free trial of Plus.

This includes an introductory offer: save 33% off Plus when upgrading in this trial period.

Those who choose not to upgrade will automatically transition to Free after 14 days and won't be charged.

2024.5.8

Fast emoji picker

Our emoji picker for your events, calendars, and group emojis has been given a major tune up.

The search engine has been completely rewritten to make finding the emoji you're after far faster. The picker now opens at a new "Frequently Used" tab letting you quickly select frequently used emojis. And finally, it also always opens with the keyboard showing so you can quickly start searching straight away.

Emoji picking has never been so fast.

Faster install to group joins

A huge part of what makes OurCal different is how easy it is to invite friends, family, and colleagues to your groups with just a link.

We've made this even faster for new referred users by displaying a dynamic "Join Group" tutorial when they first open the app.

2024.5.3

View shared files in-app

Previously, you had to open shared files in OurCal in a third party app to view them. Now, OurCal provides full file viewing in-app.

Bug fix: Event alerts adjusting to your current time zone

Previously, if you moved across time zones, in some cases your Event Alerts could display in the the old time zone times. OurCal now will correctly adjust your event alerts to match your new time zone.

2024.5.2

Introducing OurCal+

Today we’re very excited to introduce Plus, our new premium plan.

OurCal is a start-up, meaning that we are supported by funds raised from investors. Now is a responsible time for us to start generating revenue to enable us to keep innovating for many years to come. To not incorporate a premium paid offering would leave us vulnerable, in the future, to run out of funds. Plus members will keep us innovating whilst protecting every member's data forever.

For existing users:

  • Plus now includes some features that were previously free. As a thank you for your early support, we’ve rewarded you with a 90-day free trial, no strings attached.
  • Additionally, you'll receive a 33% discount when upgrading to Plus during this trial. If you choose not to upgrade, you'll automatically transition to the Free plan.
  • Our Free plan will always include our most popular features and be improved.
  • For specific pricing in your area, please see App Store or Google Play Store.

Pricing Breakdown

For new users:

  • Open OurCal and start a 14-day free trial to discover everything Plus has to offer.
  • For specific pricing in your area, please see App Store or Google Play Store.

Try Plus Free

There is a new section of our help centre dedicated to answering your questions about Plus.

Support

You can read the announcement of Plus written by Ryan, our Founder and CEO.

Read announcement

2024.5.1

Introducing OurCal+

Today we’re very excited to introduce Plus, our new premium plan.

OurCal is a start-up, meaning that we are supported by funds raised from investors. Now is a responsible time for us to start generating revenue to enable us to keep innovating for many years to come. To not incorporate a premium paid offering would leave us vulnerable, in the future, to run out of funds. Plus members will keep us innovating whilst protecting every member's data forever.

For existing users:

  • Plus now includes some features that were previously free. As a thank you for your early support, we’ve rewarded you with a 90-day free trial, no strings attached.
  • Additionally, you'll receive a 33% discount when upgrading to Plus during this trial. If you choose not to upgrade, you'll automatically transition to the Free plan.
  • Our Free plan will always include our most popular features and be improved.
  • For specific pricing in your area, please see App Store or Google Play Store.

Pricing Breakdown

For new users:

  • Open OurCal and start a 14-day free trial to discover everything Plus has to offer.
  • For specific pricing in your area, please see App Store or Google Play Store.

Try Plus Free

There is a new section of our help centre dedicated to answering your questions about Plus.

Support

You can read the announcement of Plus written by Ryan, our Founder and CEO.

Read announcement

2024.4.18

Quick Inline Event Editing

Save time every time you update an event.

Tap Edit in the top right of any event to quickly make changes. Tap the arrow in the top right to send these to your group.



We've made these UI simplifications throughout the app, including in the New Event screen.

2024.4.9

Quickly Copy an Event

You can now quickly & easily create copies of an event. From any event:

  1. Tap the Info button in the top right
  2. Tap Copy

This will create a new copy of the event.

Share Photos From the File Picker

You can now share photos in the chat via. the file picker.

2024.4.4

Update or Delete One Repeat of a Repeating Event

Today we're thrilled to announce that you can now update or delete one repeat of a repeating event.

This highly requested feature was months in the making and we really appreciate all of you who requested it or upvoted it on our public roadmap.

We've also made navigating between repeats more accessible from the event info screen.

Timezone Issue Fixes

Previously, editing or importing all day events that were created in a different timezone to where you are now caused them to appear incorrectly. This has now been fixed.

2024.3.25

Improved Tutorial for Member Calendars

To make the Member Calendars feature more accessible we have improved how member calendars are visually explained when setting up a group. Now, when turned on, member calendars appear nested in the group. This is also apparent on the Group Info screen.

Tap Location Text In Event Threads To Open Maps

You can now tap any location text in an event thread to directly open it in Maps.

Share Images From OurCal Chats

Now, when opening an image in OurCal, tap the share icon in the top left to open the share screen. This will enable you to easily share the image outside the app, or download it.

2024.3.21

Change To App Update Notifications

Previously, we notified you every time we released a new version of the app. Now we only notify you about major updates.

Enhanced Time Zone Change Alert

Now, when you change time zone, we’ll remind you of the current local time, your new time zone, and your previous time zone.

Minor Fixes

Event times were displaying in the 12 hour format, even when 24 hour format was set. This has been fixed.

There was an error making the calendar icon in navigation appear incorrectly. This has been fixed.

2024.3.18

Improvements Ahead of Streamlining Messaging

This release contains necessary improvements ahead of an upcoming update that will better streamline and centralise messaging in OurCal around your groups.

2024.3.6

Minor Fixes & Improvements

OurCal is now looking and feeling sleeker after a number of fixes and improvements following our previous release.

Use OurCal With Multiple Different Groups

You can now create multiple groups to share separate calendars with different people in OurCal, instead of the one group limit.

This lets you share private calendars with multiple groups, from family to friends and even communities.

You can also make groups to share a calendar for one-off events like holidays, weddings, or projects.

Creating a new group is easy:

  1. Tap "Groups" in the bottom navigation bar
  2. Tap "New Group"

Invited members who already have OurCal will be able to join this group instantly. Those yet to download OurCal will be redirected to the app store and then guided swiftly to join.

Important Note To Existing Users

Your existing OurCal group will remain unchanged for now, but new groups will showcase advanced features due to updated technology.

  • In these new groups, you will have the ability to toggle members' calendars on or off.
  • Updates and messages will be streamlined into a single group chat.

In the future, we plan to upgrade your original OurCal group to incorporate these new features for a more streamlined experience.

Streamlined Group Chat & "Chats" Becomes "Groups"

Previously, each custom calendar had a chat. This would get very busy with multiple groups.

Now, we've streamlined all group updates into one group chat where you can reply either there or in an event’s own thread.

For improved communication, we've re-named the Chats tab, to the Groups tap. Also, the UI has been upgraded here to show a preview of the last message or update.

Settings has a new home

In this update, we've made the navigation simpler. Before, it was hard to find Settings. Now, Settings has its own tab, and every tab has a label.

2024.3.5

Today brings a significant upgrade to OurCal.

Use OurCal With Multiple Different Groups

You can now create multiple groups to share separate calendars with different people in OurCal, instead of the one group limit.

This lets you share private calendars with multiple groups, from family to friends and even communities.

You can also make groups to share a calendar for one-off events like holidays, weddings, or projects.

Creating a new group is easy:

  1. Tap "Groups" in the bottom navigation bar
  2. Tap "New Group"

Invited members who already have OurCal will be able to join this group instantly. Those yet to download OurCal will be redirected to the app store and then guided swiftly to join.

Important Note To Existing Users

Your existing OurCal group will remain unchanged for now, but new groups will showcase advanced features due to updated technology.

  • In these new groups, you will have the ability to toggle members' calendars on or off.
  • Updates and messages will be streamlined into a single group chat.

In the future, we plan to upgrade your original OurCal group to incorporate these new features for a more streamlined experience.

Streamlined Group Chat & "Chats" Becomes "Groups"

Previously, each custom calendar had a chat. This would get very busy with multiple groups.

Now, we've streamlined all group updates into one group chat where you can reply either there or in an event’s own thread.

For improved communication, we've re-named the Chats tab, to the Groups tap. Also, the UI has been upgraded here to show a preview of the last message or update.

Settings has a new home

In this update, we've made the navigation simpler. Before, it was hard to find Settings. Now, Settings has its own tab, and every tab has a label.

2024.2.28

New Groups Get Streamlined Chat

Groups joining OurCal from now on will access an upgraded version of Groups.

For these groups, all calendar updates will be streamlined into a single group chat, rather than across numerous calendar chats.

This makes it easier to keep up with numerous updates across calendars. The functionality of reading and replying to updates, and responding in the event's thread, remains the same experience.

For our existing users, don't worry, this improved functionality will be coming to you shortly.

2024.2.26

Fixed Issue: Import Events



In a previous release there was an issue that resulted in events not being imported.

Yesterday's release fixed the issue for all calendar types, apart from Custom Only You calendars.

This release fixes that issue. Importing events now works as expected. We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.

2024.2.25

Fixed Issue: Import Events


In our previous release there was an issue that resulted in events not being imported. This has now been resolved. We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.

2024.2.23

Fixed Issue: Events Missing From Agenda View

In our previous release there was an issue that resulted in events occasionally being hidden in the daily agenda calendar view. This has now been resolved. We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.

2024.2.21

Create Multiple "Only You" Calendars

We've made a big update to our "Only You" calendar feature! Now, you can set up several "Only You" calendars for various activities like fitness routines, surprise dates, or personal errands. These calendars stay completely private and encrypted, so you can boost your productivity without compromising your personal privacy in your shared calendar.

Tap on “Only You” in Settings to create and manage your “Only You” calendars anytime.

You can easily hide your new “Only You” calendars by filtering your calendar.

2024.2.6

Minor Fixes

This release contains minor fixes and improvements

2024.2.3

Minor Fixes

This release contains minor fixes and improvements

2024.2.2

Calendar Tab Fixes

Our last release contained some issues with the new calendar tab feature detailed below. These are now fixed. We are very sorry for the inconvenience caused by these.

New Month View

Introducing the new month view for your shared calendar. Now, you can see everyone's monthly agenda, all in one screen - helping organise the busiest of schedules.

Events are displayed in the colour of their respective calendars alongside their chosen emoji. Tap any day to open the 24-hour agenda view. Tap any event in the agenda view to open it's Event Thread where you can see and respond to updates.

Filtering your calendar, moving between months, and creating new events, remain key actions accessible in the top-right corner.

Seamlessly Swipe Between Days

It's now easier than ever to move between days in the agenda view, just swipe.

2024.2.1

New Month View

Introducing the new month view for your shared calendar. Now, you can see everyone's monthly agenda, all in one screen - helping organise the busiest of schedules.

Events are displayed in the colour of their respective calendars alongside their chosen emoji. Tap any day to open the 24-hour agenda view. Tap any event in the agenda view to open it's Event Thread where you can see and respond to updates.

Filtering your calendar, moving between months, and creating new events, remain key actions accessible in the top-right corner.

Seamlessly Swipe Between Days

It's now easier than ever to move between days in the agenda view, just swipe.

2024.1.29

Recurring Event Importing

The process of importing events from an existing calendar has been optimised. Previously, recurring events were imported as individual instances. We've rectified this, and they will now correctly import as recurring events in OurCal.‍

Widget Optimisation

We've squashed a stubborn bug that was hindering certain events from being displayed in OurCal widgets and the keyboard extension. Now, all events should appear seamlessly.‍

Refined Update Messages

We've made a slight tweak to our system. Now, when you delete a calendar or event, you're unable to tap on the update message, because it doesn't lead anywhere. This helps avoid any confusion.‍

Status Indicators in Event Threads

Event Threads have been upgraded to help you stay on top of your messages. Status indicators show when your message is dispatched and when it's been viewed by others in your group.

2024.1.24

It's all in the detail, and today, you're getting lots of small but mighty fixes!

OurCal notifications now stay put in your notification centre until you decide to dismiss them, instead of clearing when you open the app. No more disappearing notifications!

If you're using an older version of OurCal, we'll let you know with a handy badge on "Install."

We've squashed some pesky bugs and made message delivery even smoother.

iOS only: Tapping on an event tomorrow in the Up Next Widget now takes you directly to your calendar for the next day.

2024.1.18

Simplified Event Threads

Event threads have been redesigned to enhance communication about an event. All event details are now displayed in a clear, organised header and everything is available on one screen. Tap info to edit the event. Sending messages remains familiar.

2024.1.16

"What’s New" Blog & Updates

Introducing the “What’s New” blog. Here, we’ll share release notes every time we update OurCal, so you'll always be aware of what’s changed — from minor bug fixes to major updates.

To make sure you have the most up-to-date experience when using OurCal, we've added a section in “Settings” where you can check to see if you have the latest app version installed.

You’ll receive a notification whenever you update to a new version of OurCal. Or, if you're using an old version of the app and need to install an update, we’ll let you know.

If you prefer not to receive these alerts, no problem, you can easily disable them in “Settings” under “Notifications” — simply turn off “App Updates Available”.

This release also includes simplifications to our "Settings" screen, now with a link taking you directly to the "What's New" blog.

2024.1.11

Minor Fixes

This release contains minor fixes and improvements

2023.11.21

Quick Create Event

We are thrilled to unveil our "Quick Create" feature, a game-changer in the traditional event creation process. By simply typing an event detail like "swimming lessons next Thursday at 8pm for one hour at Tottenham Leisure" our intelligent tool instantly extracts key information such as the event name, time, duration, date, and location to create your event. This innovative approach offers a faster, more intuitive way to schedule your events.

2023.11.1

Calendar Search

Delighted to announce our new search feature. This powerful tool enables you to effortlessly locate events by name, date, or location in seconds, rather than continuously swiping to find an event. Discover specific event details with ease and precision, exactly when you need them.

2023.10.24

iOS Home Screen Widgets

Today we have released four new iOS home screen widgets to make it easier to stay up to date outside of the app. These include a single date view,  month calendar, today's agenda view, and finally an expanded today/tomorrow agenda view. Widgets can be managed under “Integrations” in Settings, which can be accessed by tapping the OurCal logo in the top left from your calendar.

iOS Lock Screen Widgets

Today we have released a new iOS lock screen widget to help you stay up to date at a glance. See your next upcoming event, or if you have none remaining for the day.

2023.10.20

Calendar Filter

We are introducing a new filter tool that allows you to streamline your calendar view. Now, you can de-select certain calendars to only display the events you want to see. It's easy to edit your filters and toggle calendars on or off, giving you more control and efficiency.

2023.10.17

Keyboard Calendar

Today we’re releasing OurCal's keyboard extension for iOS and Android. This feature lets you check your secure shared calendar and add events, in any conversation from your keyboard. No matter where you’re making plans - WhatsApp, Messenger, Instagram - you can schedule plans without leaving the chat. Your entire calendar is end-to-end encrypted and this remains true in the Keyboard Calendar. No matter where you use OurCal, your data will always be protected.

2023.09.25

OurCal Launch

Today is the big day! We're thrilled to unveil the first release of OurCal, a privacy-focused shared calendar app. OurCal is perfect for couples, families, and friends who want to privately share a calendar. Getting started is simple: create a group and invite members using a shared link. Each group has a shared calendar, and each member has an individual shared calendar, making schedule coordination effortless. Each member also has a private calendar visible only to them. So, whenever you create an event in OurCal, you can be sure of who you're sharing it with.

OurCal also includes in-app messaging for streamlined communication regarding event coordination. This feature, found in Calendar Chats and Event Threads, provides an organised channel for discussing plans and getting updates. Our timely notifications ensure you never miss a thing.

All of your information— your profile, group, calendars, events, and messages—is safeguarded by our industry-leading end-to-end encryption. OurCal is unique, providing an unmatched level of security. Your shared calendar holds the keys to your life, it deserves to be protected.