Review: Shifts Calendar App

shift app

If you're a shift worker, look no further than Shifts for your scheduling needs.

Some weeks, I babysit, and others I don't. Every week, I have classes, except during holidays. Sure, these aren't shifts, but they provide the perfect example. With the calendar app Shifts ($1.99), I can create a "shift" programmed with the hours I work every week.

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Instead of inputting the same event every week, or trying to mess with the "repeat" setting on the iPhone's native calendar (and others), I can create a shift in the Shift app and apply it to every day that I'm working. So what if I'm working this week but don't have to next week? Easy: all I have to do is tap the days I'm working!

Shifts also provides support for iCloud and Google calendars so you can see your shifts alongside your regular life schedule. It's also easy to share your schedule with people you love without having to type out all the shift dates. 

Other cool features include the ability to customize your shifts with different icons and colors. You can also add rotations or calculate your earnings, as well as show your shifts in your "Today" pull-down menu widget. You can also add two shifts per day to your calendar.

shift today view

One feature that could be expanded upon is the "share" option. Currently, when you share your shifts in the "Calendar" view, it gets delivered as a screenshot of your calendar, which will likely lead to me explaining the icons and times. One way to get around this is to share your list in the "List" view, which shows your shift names, times, and icons in one place.

The app is available on the App Store today, January 22, for an introductory price of $1.99. The price will rise to $4.99 after launch. For more information, head to the developer's website.

Pictures and beta-test of Shifts courtesy of Ryan Cash, Snowman developer. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Abbey Dufoe is a freelance writer and a web producer at a nonprofit based in Princeton, NJ. She's always itching for the newest iOS gadget (current favorite - the Apple Watch). She tweets and blogs about the earth and the Internet on Twitter at @abbeydufoe and at abbeydufoe.com.