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Calamander – All Your Calendars. Together.

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Calamander’s goal is to be your Grand Central Station for managing, connecting, synchronizing and sharing all the calendars in your life.

Target Audience: Busy individuals who struggle with or spend too much time coordinating all the events in their lifelife – most likely those who maintain online calendars as well as coordinate with calendars of family members, colleagues and organizations.
Competitors: Various online calendars and calendar publishers.
Website URL: http://www.MyCalamander.com


Feedback sought:

  • Overall, what are your first impressions of Calamander?
  • Which feature is most appealing to you?
  • What areas need most improvement?
  • What were most unclear or confusing?
  • Do you have any other suggestions or ideas?
  • How likely are you to recommend Calamander Beta to a friend or colleague?
  • How often do you use a calendar?
  • Which feature is most appealing to you?
  • Did you sign-up? Or did you browse our site? If you didn’t sign up, could you share why not?
  • Overall, how valuable are the services we are developing?

About Calamander:

Calamander is an online application that provides a single point of access to most popular online calendar services – connecting them all together and allowing you to manage, share and sync all the calendars in your life.

Our service provides a comprehensive solution for managing calendars and events across the wide variety of disparate calendaring systems we are forced to deal with on a daily basis. It is agnostic allowing users to continue using existing tool sets while also introducing a new connected calendar view.

       
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  1. [1]
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    Overall, what are your first impressions of Calamander? My first impression is that I like…
     

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    Jan 12 2011
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    Overall, what are your first impressions of Calamander? To be quite honest, when I first arrived on the landing page of your website, my first impression was, “Now why would I need something like this?”   I have to say that the color scheme for the landing page is a little dull as well.   The pink color used around the “Sync Calendar” section is  hard on my eyes.
    Which feature is most appealing to you? After looking around the site, I have to say I like the fact that I can pull all my calendar events into this one website.  I can put all the events from other social networks into one place.
    What were most unclear or confusing? I didn’t find anything unclear or confusing.  It all seemed to be pretty self explanatory to me.
    What areas need most improvement? When I clicked on “Connect Calendars”, it was kind of slow in loading.   Again, on the landing page of the website, I would like to see the fun color scheme used in “How it Works”.   As a person with many eye issues, the pink used around “Sync Calendar” is very hard on my eyes.  I feel it almost forces the blue color to become dull.
    Do you have any other suggestions or ideas? I would like to see a FAQ section added to the first page to further clarify any questions one would have.
    How likely are you to recommend Calamander Beta to a friend or colleague? I would definitely recommend this website to business colleagues, friends, and family!
    How often do you use a calendar? I use a calendar (mainly Yahoo) for a business I have worked with.  Everyone has access to the calendar to schedule their appointments, availability and the like.
    Which feature is most appealing to you? The fact that I can sync the calendar and send it to my iPhone.
    Did you sign-up? Or did you browse our site? If you didn’t sign up, could you share why not? I did browse the site in order to try all the tabs and such.  I did not sign up yet, because I would like to run it by my business associates first.
    Overall, how valuable are the services we are developing? Well, I think this service is something that is only going to grow in popularity with all the latest technology available out there.  It is something that many will find useful in order to pull all their activities into one area on the web.

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    kybocskay
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    Overall, what are your first impressions of Calamander? When I first visted this site I looked…
     

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    melaniestuber
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    Overall, what are your first impressions of Calamander? The layout is very user friendly. That being said the color…
     

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    prwriter2008
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    Overall, what are your first impressions of Calamander? I like your simple navigation and…
     

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    Tricia
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    Overall, what are your first impressions of Calamander? I was instantly interested in what your product might…
     

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    Orchid7
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    Jan 13 2011
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    Overall, what are your first impressions of Calamander? My very first impression was I liked the name and…
     

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    Latasha
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    Overall, what are your first impressions of Calamander? My first impression was that the website was a little basic.…
     

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    mustangsally105
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    Celeste Combs
    Jan 13 2011
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    Tricia,

    Thank you so very much for your feedback and assistance.

    Your suggestion about a step-by-step process is right on.  We’ve been considering that as part of the experience.

    Also, Derek would like to reach out to help you with the google connection.  Part of the beta release is to find issues like that  – though I apologize you had an issue in first place.  Argh.  Is it okay for him to contact you?

    I’d love to keep you in loop as we make updates and improvements so you can let me know if it’s getting better or I can simply get your preference on something.  It would really make a difference to actually making this an application you can easily use.  I’ll need your contact information if you are interested.

    Again, thank you!  Let me know if you need assistance with anything as well with anything from our team.

    Celeste

    Celeste M. Combs, Co-Founder
    Design and Customer Experience
    celeste.combs@mycalamander.com
     

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    Celeste Combs
    Jan 13 2011
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    Wow!  These are great ideas and feedback. 

    I agree with you on the color scheme, I’ve been hankering to change the tab colors and background is too dark for legibility.  

    I’m glad you like the idea of viewing everything in single spot.  As I use this everyday, I have found it really useful to see my primary personal calendar, a google account, separate from Facebook events.  I have also been feeling more connected to the local community by adding public calendars.  Keeping track of tech events alone and making sure I get to them can be painful.  Based on your feedback, it sounds like we’re on the right track. 

    I’d love to keep engaged with you as we roll out and make improvements.  Or if I could get your opinion before we release something.

    Can I do that?  I’ll need a way to contact you directly.

    Again, thank you so very much.

    Celeste
     
    Celeste M. Combs, Co-Founder
    Design and Customer Experience
    celeste.combs@mycalamander.com

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    Celeste Combs
    Jan 13 2011
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    Your feedback and ideas rock!  Thank you!

    Pink definately increases high contrast and especially when it’s used in a fine line there (I worked with pink a lot on the susan g. komen website and t-mobile clients – very challenging.  Definately take note and we will get that changed to magenta.  As we refine our product positioning and functionality based on all this feedback, I plan to revamp homepage for sure and will be careful with that pink.  :) 

    I also anxious to improve the visual design, as you suggest, of how it works.    The slow loading is app running on Flash.  As we tweak the design and functionality, we’ll need to  address that for sure.

    We are looking for a team or small group to beta test the application.  If you are interested and your team is willing, I’d love that!  Please let me know how to reach you or email me.  I’d love to have your feedback, too, as we make improvements.

    Again, thank you – – –

    Celeste
     
    Celeste M. Combs, Co-Founder
    Design and Customer Experience
    celeste.combs@mycalamander.com

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    Celeste Combs
    Jan 13 2011
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    Really good idea on the calendar examples.  We can definately do that – I’ll get some up on our blog as well.  I’d love to have your continued participation and feedback.

    You know, you have hit the nail on the head on stress of managing all calendars – I used to type up all my events on MS Word document.  I was only ‘interested’ in these because my personal, work and training schedule fluctuate.  I have actually noticed, now that you say that, feeling a little calmer viewing everything on one calendar. 

    Again, thank you so very much! 

    Celeste
     
    Celeste M. Combs, Co-Founder
    Design and Customer Experience
    celeste.combs@mycalamander.com

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    Celeste Combs
    Jan 13 2011
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    Thank you for the feedback and ideas –

    After we dropped in the new home page content, I didn’t change the tab colors but it’s a must do.  Improving legibility as well and the footer, got it!  Will do.  Once we have those changes made we will post on our blog. 

    In our field research, busy moms were really, really interested in this service.  Families, moms and dads are an important audience to us and I know simple is really important.  We have a ways to go – would you be willing to help out some more as we iterate?

    Again, thank you, thank you!

    Celeste
     
    Celeste M. Combs, Co-Founder
    Design and Customer Experience
    celeste.combs@mycalamander.com

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    Celeste Combs
    Jan 13 2011
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    Really appreciate your feedback. 

    As you noted, Facebook aspect of the service is so useful.  Have you tried it?   You can connect to your Facebook  (and create a login) through Calamander.  Once you do so, you will see all the Facebooks events in a carousel.  From there, you can add that event to your calendar.   It’s very easy to add and remove them very quickly.  I’ll post an example out on our blog about that, too.

    I’d love more feedback, let me know if I can reach out to you as we iterate or you can follow us on our blog, Facebook and Twitter 😉

    Warm regards,

    Celeste

    Celeste M. Combs, Co-Founder
    Design and Customer Experience
    celeste.combs@mycalamander.com

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    JudahFirst
    Jan 14 2011
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    Overall, what are your first impressions of Calamander?

    First off, I love the colors, the box layout, and the bulleted information explaining your site.  The tabs at the top make for easy navigation, and I like your logo.  Really loved the “how it works” and “our vision” pages. They really helped explain your site in a clear and concise manner.  The graphics were a plus as well.

    Which feature is most appealing to you?

    I especially liked the calendar synchronization. That is a great feature! It’s especially great that I could sync my calendar with my spouse’s.  I always love to see video tutorials on sites like these.

    What areas need most improvement?

    This is being picky, but since your tabs and the boxes inside the big box are rounded off, I would do the same with the larger boxes on the main page.  This would provide more visual continuity.  I don’t really like the way the “view calendar” page looks, however, I am not seeing it with information.

    What were most unclear or confusing?

    I thought everything was very clear. Lots of great information and explanations.  I never felt lost or confused.

    Do you have any other suggestions or ideas?

    I would round off the large boxes on every page (some of them are and some of them aren’t) and put a big box around the information on the sync page so it matches the other pages.  I do not like the way the help/vision/how it works pages have to be closed down. Just make the links that can be navigated away from.

    How likely are you to recommend Calamander Beta to a friend or colleague?

    Very.

    How often do you use a calendar?

    Hardly ever.

    Which feature is most appealing to you?

    The sync feature.

    Did you sign-up? Or did you browse our site? If you didn’t sign up, could you share why not?

    I didn’t sign up simply because I don’t have any calendars (on my computer or online).

    Overall, how valuable are the services we are developing?

    For people who use calendars and have lots of different schedules to keep up with, this is a great service.

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    Harp B
    Jan 15 2011
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    That is a bad domain name. The user is more likely to remember Calamander and go to calamander.com, rather than remember the ‘my’ part.  Especially, since your logo does not even has ‘my’ in it.
    The blue splash feels out of place with the rest of the website, which is green. The text looks very bad, I don’t even want to read what it says.
    When I clicked “Watch Video” the video should autoplay. I don’t want to have to click it to play. I enjoyed the video.
     
     

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    carola21
    Jan 16 2011
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    Overall, what are your first impressions of Calamander?
    I really liked that you could sync all of your calenders into one. There were several things that I did not like about this site.  From what I saw, you only had daily view, not weekly or monthly view.  Personally I like the monthly view, that way I can go to a particular month, and see exactly what I have going on during that month and on what day each event is.  I definitely don’t use the daily view calenders at all.

    Which feature is most appealing to you?
    The feature that is most appealing is that you can sync all of your calenders into one.  That way if you have a personal calender, and a work calender, you can put them on one which is very helpful.
    What areas need most improvement?
    I think that you should have the option to view daily, weekly and monthly.  I don’t use the daily view at all, and personally like the monthly view much better as well.  It would also be beneficial if you could add colors to the calender as well.  For example red for very important events, and different colors for other events.
    What were most unclear or confusing?
    There was really nothing that was unclear or confusing on this site.  All you had to do was to click a button to sync your existing calenders, so it seemed very straight forward and easy to use.
    Do you have any other suggestions or ideas?
    The only suggestion I have is to add color to the calender.  It makes it visually appealing, and it is practical as well.  The ability to record events in different colors would be very helpful.  Red for important ones, blue for work, green for social events for example.
    How likely are you to recommend Calamander Beta to a friend or colleague?
    I would recommend Calamander to a friend or colleague that needs an online calender to keep track of things.  I am sure that there will be more options soon, so I am pretty confident in recommending this product.

    How often do you use a calendar?
    I use a calender every day.  I have a lot of things going on, and it is hard to keep track of all of it.

    Which feature is most appealing to you?
    The feature that I liked the most was that you were able to sync all of your calenders into one.  It is much easier to keep track of one calender instead of having a bunch of calenders for different things.

    Did you sign-up? Or did you browse our site? If you didn’t sign up, could you share why not?
    I did not sign up, because I don’t like the daily view calender.  I prefer to use the monthly view calender, and I did not see that as an option on this site.

    Overall, how valuable are the services we are developing?
    I think that the service is extremely valuable for those who have separate calenders for different things. The ability to be able to sync all of your calenders into one is very valuable.

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    melaniestuber
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    Absolutely. You can contact me via my personal email at melaniestuber@gmail.com.
     

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    Celeste Combs
    Jan 18 2011
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    Your comments are awesome.  We think sync will be a big hit but it’s also (from my perspective leading design) it’s complex.
    Your feedback about daily, weekly and monthly view is really valuable.  You can view the calendar in each of these but clearly it’s not easy to find.  If you try creating an account and then add a calender you’ll see the multiple choices for viewing a calender.
    The ‘calendar’ view is an area where I see a lot of improvement needed.  It’s a complete shift in how someone can view a calendar.
    I’d love to get more feedback from you as we make improvements.  Would you mind sending me your contact information?
    Warm regards,
    Celeste Combs, Co-Founder
    Design and Customer Experience
    celeste.combs@mycalamander.com
     
     
     

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    Celeste Combs
    Jan 19 2011
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    Your comments are amazing!  I’m blown away!  I am going to take a lot of these and put them on the table for us to consider!  Thank you so much. 

    I’d like to invite you to continue helping me by participating in the previews and giving me feedback.  We’ll be pretty seamless about that anyways but your insights on site organization and interaction are right on!  We have a long ways to go.  Noting, this is probably the first time in my 15+ years in design releasing something that isn’t fully finished on design, so your generosity with the roughness is so cool!

    Please let me know your contact info if possible – –

    Celeste Combs, Co-Founder
    Design and Customer Experience
    celeste.combs@mycalamander.com

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    Celeste Combs
    Jan 19 2011
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    Hi Harp,

    Thank you so much.  Yea, we definately hear you on the name and URL.    We’d love to have the name match the URL but its taken ;(  We have a lot of people loving the name though and would love to change the URL the instant its possible.

    I agree 100% with you on the color and legibility, I’m losing sleep over that one.  We plan to change that soon as we’ve had many comments on that.  It’s still so rough but we wanted people to start testing the calendar connection so we can tweak the technical issues. 

    Let me know if I can followup with you on changes.  Or you can track us on our blog, too.  

    Thank you again! 

    Celeste Combs, Co-Founder
    Design and Customer Experience
    celeste.combs@mycalamander.com

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