By David M. Reed Software
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See two-minute introductory video at www.dave256apps.com/attendance2
Attendance2 is a new app from the developer of the original iOS Attendance app. It is a complete rewrite of the app with a new data format to make it more flexible and easier to use.
* Main Features *
Easy to get started with and powerful features you can learn if you need them.
Flexible importing of names from CSV file or your Contacts (videos on website show how to create an import CSV files)
Display photos next to names while taking attendance. Photos can be taken with the device, imported from Dropbox, or from your Photo library.
Statuses (i.e., Absent, Present, etc.) are customizable so you can add your own statuses.
Each day includes a status, a second status, and a generic note field.
Use the second status to track participation points or for dropoff/pickup (more information on website for how to do this).
Manually select status for each person or scan QR or barcode to record a person's attendance status (Attendance2 will create QR codes for you).
Optionally enter course meetings times (i.e., MWF 9AM) so you add your next class time with one tap or manually select meeting time if course does not meet at regular times.
Standard fields for first, middle, last, email, etc. for each person plus 5 custom fields you can optionally use.
Customize which person fields are visible while taking attendance in the Take settings.
Multiple report options (spreadsheet, summary, detailed report) that can be emailed or saved to Dropbox in CSV format.
Reports of students who have missed a specified number of classes to help identify at risk students.
Customize what fields are included in the reports in the Report Settings.
Each course is a separate data file and you can share your data file with teaching assistants or administrators by sending it to them in an email.
Easily backup your data file to Dropbox or via email.
Supports TextExpander touch snippet expansion in various note fields.
* Gestures while taking attendance *
Tap photo to view larger photo or to change the photo.
Tap name to enter the note for that day for the person.
Tap and hold name to view/edit details for a person.
Double tap a name to view summary report of attendance.
Tap and hold status to select status from a list.
Swipe right/left all the way across screen to switch to previous/next date.
* Sharing data between multiple devices or people *
Data cannot be synced between multiple users, but as long as you send the data file back and forth between multiple people and the person using it has the latest copy, mutliple people can take attendance at different times. For example, an instructor could take attendance on MWF, email the data file to his/her TA after class Wednesday and the TA could then take attendance at a recitation section on Thursday and email the updated data file back to the instructor afterwards so the instructor could use it again on Wednesday. The same instructions apply for using it on multiple devices - just share the data (via email or Dropbox) with your other device and make certain the device you're using at the momemnt has the latest copy of the data before you modify the data.
As of version 2.0 of Attendance2, it includes all the major features of the original Attendance app (version 2.0 adds importing from your Contacts). I have a list of requested features and will continue to update the app regularly as I have time to work on it. While I can't promise to add every feature request, if you have a specific request, feel free to email it to me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
See http://www.dave256apps.com for more information about the app. There are a few videos there showing more information about the app and how to use it.
What's New in Version 4.5.2
Adds option to email QR codes to each person similar to emailing individual reports.
All I could need in an attendance app
Update: The update from Mid-June 2015 used a version of Text Expander that caused it to crash on devices not running iOS 8. I emailed the developer and he responded within hours. The problem is fixed. Imagine that! Communication and patience are more effective than anonymous griping in app store reviews. Hmm.
I have been using this app for 3.5 years, and it continues to get better all the time. My favorite features are that I can add student photos and create random student groups (helps with on-the-fly random seating on test days). It instantly shows me total number of students present and total enrolled. It's easy to pull up each student's individual records. I can keep notes about student contact, too, and email a copy of attendance records to each student directly from the app.
Nearly everything is customizable and automated. I can back up with Dropbox, too.
Best support in the App Store!
The visual aesthetics are not much to write home about, but after that this app does everything and way more than I need it to do. What’s more, the developer is super responsive. I emailed a simple question and he responded within an hour or two. Fantastic.
Works well after a small learning curve. I use it for all my college course attendance lists.
- Category: Productivity
- Updated: Jul 09, 2015
- Version: 4.5.2
- Size: 5.7 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: David Reed
- © 2012-2015
Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.