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Roster2Outlook.com 1 year!
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 30 December 2009 19:32

It is almost a year ago that I registered the domain Roster2Outlook.com and it has been a great success! The site has already over 600 users. Last year have seen some great improvements to Roster2Outlook to make it more robust and compatible for different airlines. From the poll you can see that users from many different airlines use Roster2Outlook and this took some tweaking of the code to make sure it works for all those airlines.

This year I also build the first two add-ons for Roster2Outlook that enables users to download their roster automatically. The add-on is available for easyJet and FlyBE, but if you want to see if a add-on can be created for your airline feel free to contact me.

Two months ago, you saw the first banners on the website. This is still a trial to see if I can raise some money to keep the project going without having to charge the users. At the moment it doesn't generate a lot of money, so I have to consider if I continue with the advertisements. When I started with Roster2Outlook it was a personal project and I didn't mind other people using it. A lot of people have been very helpful with feedback to make Roster2Outlook even better. But last year, I haven't made many changes for myself. Most changes were requests from other people. And when I look ahead to a possible Mac version of Roster2Outlook, without doubt the project has become even less personal. Not that I mind. I like the challenge to solve the problems reported by you, or try to create something completely new for another operating system. But investing in new software and maybe even hardware has its cost. As does the maintenance of this website. And as you know everything is done in my spare time. So if you haven't done already, consider donating to the project. This will help keeping it free for as long as possible.

More recently I finally started putting some user guide online. This was long overdue, and still incomplete but at least there is something available now.

Thanks to the donations I received, I'm able to continue the website for a while. So I would like to thank everybody who put in a donation! Every donation goes directly to the Roster2Outlook project.

What's new for 2010? Soon I'll release a new version of Roster2Outlook with some bug fixes reported by users. Those are mainly minor bugs that affect only individual users. I'm also looking at a major update that changes the process of writing the appointments to Outlook. Instead of deleting the old ones and creating new appointments, I'm looking at a solution to edit the appointments. This will result in better performance for Outlook as all deleted appointments are stored in Outlook. I also believe this will resolve an issue with Google Sync that now always asks for your permission to delete the removed appointments from Google when you sync with Outlook.

Another project I've picked up again is a version for Apple. I have been able to install an application to write Apple applications. Now I'm trying to understand how to write the code. I have already been successful in creating an iCal event from the code, so it's looking promising. However, there is still a lot of work to do and I have to do it in my spare time, so I will probably take some time. Please be patient.

Once again, thank you all for your support, feedback and donations! And I wish you all the best in 2010!

Happy New Year!

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 December 2009 09:58