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Always show dates from next month at end of previous month

PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2016 1:19 pm
by brianvic
Hi Dan

I don't know if this affects anyone else or not, but it would be good for me if the beginning dates for each following month were always shown at the end of every month on the Calendar Items list. The same is true of the Year view list.

At the moment VM only shows the dates of the following month if that month isn't visible.

For example, if I can see January, February, March and April 2016 only April shows Sunday 1st May to Sunday 8th May. January shows the last 4 days of December, but nothing following because there is no space. February ends on Monday 29th, but the rest of the days are blank. March is the same, finishing on Thursday 31st.

Would it be possible to add a setting that would allow me to choose to show all dates on every month? I realise that this may not be of interest to others, but it would certainly help me a lot.

I use the calendar for band bookings and we generally work Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays, but only 2 out of the 3. We never want 3 gigs in one weekend, it's just too tough along with a regular job.

What I have done on a couple of occasions is do exactly that, book three gigs in a row. For example, we have a booking on 30th April and 1st May, but if April isn't the last month on the list it's not obvious that we have a booking on Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st May. So unless I look at the month view specifically I can miss that and book the Friday too. I tend to use an expanded Items list when checking availability.

I know I could check each month for availability to be sure, but it would be handy if I didn't have to. If I've noticed that 2 of the weekend dates are booked I can also mark the last one as unavailable, but again that relies on me noticing.

Probably not a major problem, but would certainly be useful for me (and perhaps others) and if it was a user setting then it would keep everyone happy.

Cheers!

Brian

Re: Always show dates from next month at end of previous mon

PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2016 12:45 am
by VueSoft
Hi Brian, thanks for the feedback. Have you tried checking the "Whole Month" option on the Settings menu, accessed by clicking the "Settings" button in the upper-right corner of the Month view? This should result in whole months appearing (unless you use the scrollbar to scroll up or down). If you use the left/right arrow buttons next to the month names, the calendar will show each whole month.

Regardless of which setting is used, events in the previous and next months should be displayed if the dates are displayed. If you're referring to the printed output, make sure the layout style is set to "Whole month with overflow".

Re: Always show dates from next month at end of previous mon

PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2016 5:14 pm
by brianvic
Hi Dan

Thanks for the reply. I do have the Whole Month option set for the main display, what I meant was for the whole month to be shown for each month on the smaller Navigation Pane calendars. At the moment the only full months are the first one on the list and the last one.

So for a Navigation Pane showing 8 calendars, February to September, only February shows the days from the month before and September shows the days from the beginning of October. What would help me is if each month in the Navigation Pane could also show the days of the preceding months and the following months. If they were slightly washed out that would help to differentiate them, but would also help to highlight when events exist that cross months.

For example, using the calendar range mentioned above May would show Monday 25th - Saturday 30th April. That way if an event exists on the 30th April and an event exists on the 1st May it would be very obvious.

Perhaps it's just how I work, but I use the Navigation Pane a lot when checking dates across a number of months. It save a lot of time not having to go to each month to check to make sure no more than 2 events are booked in a weekend. Obviously within a month this is obvious, but not so much when it crosses from one month to the next.

Could a setting be added to allow a user to show/ not show this? If it's not something that anyone else would use then I understand, but you never know if you don't ask. :)

Cheers!
Brian

Re: Always show dates from next month at end of previous mon

PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2016 8:13 pm
by VueSoft
Hi Brian, thanks for clarifying. I've added your suggestion to my to-do list and I'll post a reply when it's completed.