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.E-mail this story