Beta Testing

v.5.3 – Beta 2 is Available (Build 5317)

v5.3 Beta 2:

The latest v5.3 update is available for our Beta Testers via the Play Store (Android) or TestFlight (Apple) apps.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to feedback on the beta, and for the bug reports and suggestions – they’ve been incredibly helpful and we hope you enjoy this latest update.

The Beta 2 update includes the following:

  • Fixes for Work Time Report performance.
  • Work Time Report now shows shifts in the same order as the Customise Shifts list.
  • Various fixes in the Default Reminders area of the app, including fixes for cases where the default reminder couldn’t be set against specific shifts.
  • Fixes for scrolling through lists causing accidental taps
  • New: We’ve added an option to sync all shifts as All Day events to the device calendar
  • Performance improvements
  • Other minor changes and refinements

As always, if you have problems, notice any issues at all, or want to give us your feedback, please let us know by emailing support@myshiftplanner.com

Thanks again for all your help in keeping MyShiftPlanner the best shift working app on the stores!

What to do next

On iOS, you will receive a notification once the update is available to download. This will come from the TestFlight app but if you don’t see this, just open the TestFlight app and tap the Update button against the MyShiftPlanner entry to update your app.

On Android, the app will automatically update through the Play Store app but if you check or manually update, open the Play Store app and search for MyShiftPlanner. It should give you the update to install the updated version once it’s available.

If you have any problems downloading the app or with the instructions, please email us for assistance at: support@myshiftplanner.com

v.5.3 – Beta Testing

v.5.3 – Let’s Get Testing!

Our new v5.3 is a big update containing a lot of internal changes, bug fixes, performance improvements and great new features from our user’s feedback.

To help us get this ready for public release we’d like to offer our Beta Testing community early access to this in exchange for feedback on the update and help testing the new features. If you’re already requested to be part of the v5.3 Beta then the great news is that it’s ready to download!

But first… here’s what we’ve added to v5.3:

  • Multiple Shifts Per Day
    You can now use the + button in the main screen to add multiple shifts to a day
  • Custom Icons for Shifts
    Add your own icons to a day using the “Icons” option in the + button menu
  • Overtime Before and After a Shift
    Add 2 different sets of overtime to each shift and track them through the Work Time Report
  • Easier Pattern Setup
    Pattern setup has been simplified to make it even easier to use
  • Updated Widgets
    Updated Home Screen/Today widget to show multiple overtimes and custom icons
  • Fixes, Refinements and Speed Improvements
    Lots of bug fixes and refinements throughout

We’ve also been doing some work on editing and cutting out older code in the app to make it run faster.

Hopefully you’ll notice a speed difference, particularly on older devices.

As always, if you have problems, notice any issues at all, or want to give us your feedback, please let us know by emailing support@myshiftplanner.com

Thanks again for all your help in keeping MyShiftPlanner the best shift working app on the stores!

What to do next

You’ll receive an email from us as soon as each Beta Update is ready to download.

IMPORTANT: BACK UP YOUR DATA!

If you haven’t already done so, back up your data in your MyShiftPlanner app before installing the beta updates!

The risk of anything going wrong is low but this is still a TEST version so we can’t guarantee your shift data won’t be affected in this update. To make sure we can recover your data in the event of problems, make sure you’ve created a backup as described here:

https://myshiftplanner.com/is-your-my-shift-planner-shift-calendar-backed-up

Installing Beta Versions

Apple Devices (iPhone or iPad)

** If you’re an existing Beta Test Community User, and still have TestFlight install, you can skip straight to step 6!

  1. Go onto the App Store and download an app called TestFlight from Apple – https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/testflight/id899247664
  2. You will have received an email from Apple inviting you to join the test. Let us know if you don’t get it (it can take some time to come through!)
  3. Click or tap on the link in the email saying, “Open in TestFlight”
  4. If you tap on the link on your phone, it’ll take you straight into TestFlight and do everything for you
  5. If not, just open the TestFlight app, tap Invite Code in the top corner of the screen and enter the code you see when you click on the link in the email.
  6. You’ll see MyShiftPlanner is on the list of apps shown in the TestFlight app. Just tap on the Install button and it’ll download it over the top of your current version

For Android Devices

  1. Recommended: On your phone/tablet, tap on the following link to go to the Play Store page:
    https://play.google.com/apps/testing/uk.co.mybuzztechnologies.myShiftPlanner
  2. Other Option: If you aren’t viewing this page on your phone/tablet, you need to open your web browser on your device and type the above link into the address bar exactly as it appears.
  3. If you’ve never tested for us before, it will ask you to confirm you’re happy to do so after which you’ll be taken to the download page.
  4. Download the MyShiftPlanner update. It will replace the one you have installed but won’t lose your data!
  5. In future, you will automatically receive beta updates in the same way you do other app updates.

If you have any problems downloading the app or with the instructions, please email us for assistance at: support@myshiftplanner.com

Multiple Shifts on a Day

You can now add a second shift to any day with the new feature in v.5.3

Here’s how you add a 2nd Shift to a day:

  1. Tap on the + button (top-right of the main screen)
  2. Pick your second shift type
  3. Tap on the day you want to add it to

This will show the new shift in the bottom half of the day. This is the default behaviour if you have the Pro Pack.

What if you don’t want it as a second shift? What if you only wanted one shift on the day (i.e. replace the shift that was there already?)

That’s easy! Just follow the above 3 steps and tap on the day a second time to replace the whole day with the selected shift.

How do I remove a shift from a day?

You have 2 options: use the Reset button at the top of the + menu list and tap on the day or choose the shift you want to remove and tap on the day again.

We hope you find the above way of managing shifts on a day easy to get to grips with and would love to hear your feedback!

Multiple shifts example 1
  1. Select your shift from the list on the left
Multiple shifts example 2

2. Tap on the day to add as a second shift

Multiple shifts example 3

3. Tap on the day again to replace the whole day with this shift

Multiple shifts example 4

4. If the app isn’t sure which shift to replace, it will ask!

Custom Icons

You can now add up to 6 custom icons to any shift from our gallery of new icons. From sports matches to training and family events, custom icons make it quicker and easier to see your schedule and keep track of your work or personal activities.

To add custom icons, tap on the + then on the ICONS option to bring up the Icon Picker. Select your preferred icon you want to use, then on the shift to add a custom icon. You can even add more than one icon!

TIP: If you tap and hold on any icon in the icon picker it’ll make it a favourite and move it to the start of the list to make it easier to find in future!

v.5.3 Icon Picker
v.5.3 Icon and notes

Overtime Before and After a Shift

You can now add 2 sets of overtime hours to a shift – such as time recorded before and after your normal shift hours.

This is available as a new set of overtime hours boxes in the Day Properties screen where you usually setup your overtime or customise your shift hours.

What if I only did 1 block of overtime on a day? There are 2 boxes!

That’s fine! Just leave the start and finish hours set to 0:00 to 0:00 (midnight to midnight) for the second overtime and it’ll ignore them!

Where can I see these overtime hours?

Lots of places!

  • In the month calendar view
  • In the notes panel at the bottom (if you have this turned on)
  • In the Day Properties screen (where you set the hours up as described above)
  • In the Today or Home Screen widget
  • In the Work Time Report
Overtime hours

Being a Beta Tester!

Our Beta Testers are great! They help us to keep the app up to date and test new features and updates for us in the My Shift Planner app.

In exchange for getting early access to our new features, beta testers help us to test the the app as thoroughly as they can. They’re shift workers who are using the app every day to organise their lives.

Letting us know how well new features work, what needs changing, and if anything is broken is really important for us. It helps us to refine any features we want, and also lets us know how regular and new users will react to any changes we make.

It’s a risky business!

Beta testing isn’t just about getting new features early. Beta versions are often buggy and sometimes break completely! That’s why our beta testers backup their data before they start testing and make sure they know the risks.

Cross Platform Testing

We have Beta Testers using both iOS and Android. All that we require is your Apple ID email or Google Play Store email. We’ll then email you back and let you know how to download the Beta version of the My Shift Planner App.

v.5.2 – Beta Testing

What’s New in v5.2?

The main features of the v5.2 update relate to the new Pattern Set-Up page, as well as some other features and under-the-hood improvements and fixes too.

Hopefully you’ll find the app easier to use and set up, quicker and more stable than ever. But if you spot anything wrong or have problems, please let us know as soon as you can by emailing support@myshiftplanner.com

New Pattern Set Up

We’ve changed the shift pattern set up page to include a new preview pane. This means you can see the shift pattern you choose before you add it to your calendar. You can also create your own personal shift pattern in this screen if you’ve got a more complex pattern. Just hit Preview to see how the pattern rotates forward!

Pattern Set Up

Calendar Sync Improvements

We’ve added a new option in Calendar Sync. You can now choose which of your shift calendars in My Shift Planner you want to sync to your device.

Annual Leave Carry-Over

You can now carry forward unused Annual Leave from previous years. You can also manage your annual leave for future years too.

Restore Data Options

With the new v.5.2 we’ve added the ability to choose which backup you want to restore from! So if you make a mistake, you can always go back to a previous version and start again. Simply tap on the CONFIGURE option and then hit RESTORE and you can now choose which backup to use. Of course, you still have to remember to BACKUP YOUR DATA so that there are backups to choose from!

Beta 2 of v.5.2 (build 5215) now available to test from in Android and iOS:

New Features in Beta 2 include :
• Device Calendar Sync – you can now choose which app calendar is pushed to your device
• Holiday Allowance can now be differently for each year
• Holiday Allowance has a “carry forward” field
• FAQs now available from the system menu
• Pattern Setup help video added to the Options menu in Pattern Setup screens
• New option in Backup/Restore Data > Configure to choose which backup you want to restore from (rather than the most recent)

Bug Fixes:
• Day numbers and shift names now larger in the calendar
• Shift names no longer clash with the background colour in the calendar when using overtime or half day holidays
• Shift details no longer cropped in the shift preview pop-up on the main calendar
• The Shift Pattern setup screen now uses the same “first day of the week” as the main calendar
• The system menu is now smaller with less items on to reduce clutter
• The Send Feedback screen now behaves correctly when using the back button on Android

iOS Beta Testers – open the TestFlight app. Build 5215 should be available to download over the top of the previous build.

Android Testers – open your Play Store app. Search for My Shift Planner. The new build should be there ready for you to download and test.

Remember! Don’t delete the previous build. If you do, you risk losing your data. The new build will always replace your previous version without the need to delete it.

Beta 1 of v.5.2 is ready for Beta Testing!

We’ve been working hard on our next update – v.5.2. We would love our users who like “living on the edge” to help us test it and give us feedback!

Note: This is a BETA update so there may be bugs and unexpected behaviour.

Only users who have a MyShiftPlanner account and recent backup of their data will be allowed to participate. So make sure you’ve done this. See this link on how to do this if you aren’t sure BACKUP YOUR DATA

What now?

If you’ve signed up for the beta testing you’ll need to download the test version of the MyShiftPlanner app using the instructions below:

For Apple Devices (iPhone or iPad)

** If you’re an existing Test Community User, and have TestFlight install, you can skip straight to step 6!

  1. Go onto the App Store and download an app called TestFlight from Apple – https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/testflight/id899247664
  2. You will have received an email from Apple inviting you to join the test. Let us know if you don’t get it (it can take some time to come through!)
  3. Click or tap on the link in the email saying, “Open in TestFlight”
  4. If you tap on the link on your phone, it’ll take you straight into TestFlight and do everything for you
  5. If not, just open the TestFlight app, tap Invite Code in the top corner of the screen and enter the code you see when you click on the link in the email.
  6. You’ll see MyShiftPlanner is on the list of apps shown in the TestFlight app. Just tap on the Install button and it’ll download it over the top of your current version

For Android Devices

  1. Open the Play Store
  2. Check for updates to your app by tap on the menu icon, then My Apps
  3. The MyShiftPlanner test versions download in the same way as your other app updates, so you will receive new test version as they become available for MyShiftPlanner. Easy!

If you don’t see the update, you may need to use this link to trigger it to show you the test version:
https://play.google.com/apps/testing/uk.co.mybuzztechnologies.myShiftPlanner

If you have any problems downloading the app or with the instructions, please email us for assistance at: support@myshiftplanner.com

New Features

The new version gives you some great extra features, including:

  • New Pattern Set Up
    The Change Pattern screen now has a preview to see how each pattern works in the calendar.
  • New Manual Pattern Set Up
    We’ve removed the old set up for complex patterns and replaced it with a preview screen, with options to preview your pattern as you set it up. All the same features are still available, but are in different places on the screen. Please take the time to have a go at this and let us know what you think.
  • More options for showing shifts names and times
  • Day View improvements
  • Fixes and refinements

There may be features that will be added during this test programme, but aren’t in this update. We’ll let you know when these are added so you can take a look.

FREE Pro-Pack during testing

As a Beta User, you get access to all the pro features for free during the testing period. When the free testing period expires these features will be turned off automatically, unless you are already a pro-user. If not, you can choose whether to activate the Pro-Pack or just leave it – totally up to you!

How to Send Feedback or Report Bugs?

We want to know about:

  • Any problems you spot in the app
  • Crashes or bad behaviour (of the app!)
  • Things you like about the new features
  • Things you don’t like about the new features
  • Ideas for how to improve the new features

Please note: as we’re really close to launch, we won’t be able to add any new features or functionality that isn’t already on our list, but we will log them and look into these suggestions for the next update.

You can either send us feedback through the Send Feedback option in the menu of the app or directly to support@myshiftplanner.com.

Thank you again for being part of the MyShiftPlanner Test Community.

We hope that you enjoy getting involved and look forward to hearing your feedback!

Want to become a Beta Tester?

Beta testing is currently open for version 5.3

If you’d like to join the beta programme, fill in the form below.