iPhone's window to the natural world

In this blog I’m getting back to my roots, literally. The people at Antenna Theater have something very special to show you in their blend of the iPhone, natural world and the arts, and it’s called ECOcal.

ECOcal ($3.99) is an extraordinary calendar for your iPhone or iPod Touch, introducing an unmistakable organic feeling to something which is all too often thought of a simply a way to track the passage of time. Yet the notion that time is linear is an artifact of our time and culture, which is precisely why I appreciate the effort by Antenna Theater in producing this App.

Fluidly ECOcal allows you to scroll through the calendar, enjoying excellent artwork and learning about the seasons, flora and fauna. But if that were not enough by pressing on the year, you can also see the Chinese, Hebrew and Islamic calendars and age of the universe. Speaking of the universe, when ECOcal is in landscape mode, by swiping two fingers down the screen you’re presented with a wealth of information and images of the constellations. Not to skip a beat, when you press on the month, you’ll find the holidays for that month.

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I’ve been using ECOcal for a while now, and have felt inspired enough to put together a video Blog about it in my attempt to express how this unique App makes one feel. Feel free to watch my video blog below.

Now this App may not be for everyone. People who have no interest to take a moment, and experience that moment for what it is, may find this App not being able to “do” enough. While it’s a calendar, it does not have the ability to add appointments, etc like the calendar that comes with your iPhone. Undoubtedly some iPhone users will not fully appreciate what ECOcal has to offer. If there is one thing a person could identify as a flaw, this is probably it. However for people who use this ecology calendar for what it is, a tool for capturing ones attention and informing about the environment surrounding them, this application shines.


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I'm a behavioral health professional living and working in Maine specializing in psychiatric rehabilitation. For years I've utilized mobile technology to improve the delivery of community based mental health services, and embraced the iPhone when it came out in 2007.

I am also a doctoral candidate at Franklin Pierce University where I have been researching the role of the Liberal Arts in American higher education.

I write as a guest for iPhone Life periodically with a special interest in helping other professionals (healthcare, education and government in particular) incorporate iOS devices into their work, and several years ago introduced the first iPhone and eventually iPad classes at Lewiston Adult Education in Lewiston Maine http://laeipad.blogspot.com/ concentrating on helping other professionals interested in using and incorporating iPads into their work.