Pimlical Android Help

Action Tags

Action Tags provide an extensible mechanism for setting attributes that are rarely used or which only a few power user might use. They are also used for items that typically no other calendar application supports, so there would be no field in which to put that information. These functions are embedded as tags.

Creating/Modifying an Action Tag

To create a new tag, tap on the button New Tag  near the bottom of the Edit Dialog. If the item already has one or more tags set, the button will display Edit Tags instead. A list of all the available tags will appear. To select a tag, check the box at the end of the line. Many tags (such as the birthday tag) also need additional information. To set that additional information, tap the Edit button and insert the appropriate text immediately after the tag. Some care needs to be taken in editing tags in this dialog as syntax errors will result in tags not being properly processed.

Anniversary:

Use this tag to set an anniversary for an event. The value for this tag is the first year for the anniversary. Pimlical will then display the anniversary in most views in angle brackets. Example, if you had an Anniversary labeled John and Joan and set a tag of Anniversary: 1946, Pimlical in the year 2011 would display the event as <65>John and Joan. If you just check the box and don't add a four-digit year, Pimlical will use the starting year of the event for the birthday (note that this feature allows you to enter an event like 1776 in the year 1950 and still have the anniversary calculated based upon 1776).

Birthday:

Use this tag to set a birthday for an event. The value for this tag is the birth year for person. Pimlical will then display the person's age in most views in angle brackets. Example, if you had a birthday labeled John Williams and set a tag of Birthday: 1890, Pimlical in the year 2011 would display the event as <121>John Williams. Note that the birth year (or anniversary year may fall outside the range of the Pimlical calendar). As with an anniversary, if the year is omitted, the starting year for the event is used instead.

AddTime:

This tag is used in the Pimlical/Desktop's export function to add a fixed amount of time to an event, when Pimlical/Desktop's feature of using events to track consulting/expense revenues is used.

Add$:

This tag is used in the Pimlical/Desktop's export function to add an additional $ value to an event, when Pimlical/Desktop's feature of using events to track consulting/expense revenues is used.

ScheduleIn:

Use this tag in a template to insert it at a fixed time in the future. The time is specified as a duration type string (3h30m or 4d6h etc.). This is useful for example for a 2 hour parking meter that you frequently use - just set up a template for the reminder and use 2h as the value. When you insert that template, it will go off two hours from when you insert it. Or you might have a template set with 10m to remind you the spaghetti is ready!

FixedTime

This tag is used in templates to ensure that the template is always inserted at a designated time, regardless of whether a time-slot was tapped in the day or Day+ views (which would otherwise set the default time for insertion of the template).

NP

If this tag is present on an event then the NoPurge status is set on the item which will prevent it from being purged by any purge routine.

NK

If this tag is present on an event then the NoKill status is set on the item which will prevent an Advance Reminder generated for this item being killed when it catches up to the target event (normally, when an advance reminder catches up to its target event, it is automatically killed by the Advance Floating Events routine).

AutoPurge

If this tag is present on an event then the event will be automatically killed by the system when the date of this event is in the past and the Floating Update is performed (similar to how an advanced reminder for an event gets automatically purged when it catches up to the event).

FloatDays

This tag specifies which days of the week a floating event will float through (0=Sunday, 1 = Monday, 2 = Tuesday, etc.). A typical use of this tag would be to have the value 12345 which would mean a floating event would float from Mon->Tue->Wed->Thu->Fri->Mon - skipping the weekends, or just 06 where a floating event would only float through weekend days (Sat->Sun->Sat->Sun...) for chores that needed to be done on the weekend.

NoVoiceAlarm

Use this tag to avoid speaking an alarm when the preference SpeakAlarms is set true. You can create a Quick Entry Template with an alarm set along with Tag to create alarmed events that are never spoken -- for the template description, put in something like <<No Voice Alarm>> (which gets stripped on insertion) so you can quickly find it.

NoAlarmOnReminder

If this tag is present on an event that has an advance, then when the reminder is created, no alarm will be present on the reminder event.

ForceReminder

This tag is used in Pimlical/Desktop to set a reminder at some future time, and can be entered in Pimlical/Android, but it is not acted upon by Pimlical/Android.

ContactsDB:

If this tag is present on a template, then when birthdays/anniversaries are imported from the contacts database, this template will be used to format the item (the template should also have the birthday or Anniversary tag present, so Pimlical knows which template to use for the imported item).

SkipEdit

If this tag is present on an event then when it gets invoked, the Edit Dialog is skipped and the item is inserted directly into the calendar and displayed.