Former Employee’s App Helps Manage Schedules

December 3, 2013

It’s an irony not lost on Apple retail store employees: The company famous for their sophisticated yet easy-to-use software stumbled when it programmed the stores’ scheduling program, leaving out a method for loading employee schedules into iCal. But, in typical fashion, the third-party community has come up a solution that allows an employee to log on to their myPage account, call up their future work schedule, and quickly poke it into iCal for reference anywhere, any time. Former Australia store employee Josh Hunt came up with the idea for Roster Genius a year ago after noticing how poorly myPage worked with mobile devices. Word-of-mouth took the program around the world, and now Hunt says it’s being used by retail store employees in seven countries, converting up to 800 rosters a week. The program is intelligent, filling in store names and locations, and even generating a map. Hunt has plans to add more features, perhaps including a way to validate timecards to insure accuracy of timecard records. Check the Roster Genius Web page. Update: Insiders say there is a program with similar features that was developed in the UK. Separately, a Macintosh program offering schedule features was recently pulled from the App Store for policy violations. The program took myPage log-in details, and used them to log in an pull schedule data from Apple’s system to create the iCal entries.

The video shows how the Web version of the program works: Copy your schedule from myPage, paste it into the box on the Roster Genius Web page, then click the Submit button. The roster is massaged and poked into iCal. There is also a bookmarklet version of the program that works similarly.

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S December 4, 2013 at 0304

Kronical is so much better. byronthegreat.com

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Matthew December 4, 2013 at 0702

The reason the schedules aren’t easily exportable to iCal is because it’s against Apple retail policy to print or export the schedules in any way. They are only supposed to be used internally. I know this sounds totally impractical (and very few people follow it, even management) but you can’t really blame Apple for trying to enforce it.

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Bob December 4, 2013 at 1101

???
I don’t get your point…
If not Apple, who is to blame for that policy ?

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David December 6, 2013 at 1211

I can understand not being able to export the entire’s store schedule to a third party app, but there is nothing wrong about being able to export your own personal work schedule to iCal.

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David December 6, 2013 at 1209

Hmmm interesting. When did they start uploading schedules to MyPage, or is this simply a regional thing? When I left Apple retail, we were still being emailed Numbers spreadsheets.

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anon December 7, 2013 at 2323

2011 IIRC.

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Anon December 8, 2013 at 1012

FWIW, the old ClockOut iOS app is a great app by another past employee that helps you not go over 40 hrs.

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