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FacileThings: Changelog (January 2015)

AUTHOR: Francisco Sáez Tags Improvements
Blog changelog

In recent weeks we have made some minor changes and bug fixes in FacileThings. Here is the list of modifications.

Reference Material

We added the Perspective tab when editing an item belonging to the Reference Material list. This way, you can change the project the information belongs to (before you could not) and assign material specifically to a goal or area of responsibility.

editing reference material

And now the list of Goals is shown in alphabetical order, for a better visualization.

Perspective

Some of you complained because you could not properly write your Purpose and Vision in just 255 characters. We have changed these fields to allow the entry of a text of any length.

editing life purpose

In the case of visions, we also added a shorter name as a title that allows referencing that vision more suitably in other parts of the application.

editing vision

Routines

We have fixed a small bug in the calculation of dates. When the Calculation on completion option was selected (routines advanced configuration), the program did not take into account the Calculation start date (if selected too) to figure out the next date.

And since we have detected some confusion in the use of these two fields, we have tried to better explain its meaning on the configuration tab.

routines advanced configuration options

The Calculation start date field allows you to establish exactly when you want the routine first appears on the Calendar. If selected, that will be the base date for the calculation; if not, the calculation is based on today’s date.

For example, in a routine that is repeated every three days, the first date is within 3 days if you do not pick a different starting date of calculation. However, if you select February 15th, for example, the first date of the sequence will be February 18th.

On the other hand, if you enable the Calculation on completion field, the program will calculate the next dates by applying the frequency to the date of completion of the task, rather than to the scheduled date, which is as it does by default.

A practical example: In the case of a routine every three days, say the first task will appear on the Calendar the February 18th. If you have not activated this field, the next one will appear the 21st; the next one, the 24th, and so on. With the Calculation on completion field activated and the first action appearing the February 18th, the next date would depend on the day you set it as “done”. If you get it done the 20th, then the next task would appear on 23rd, instead of 21st.

Other minor changes

  • We fixed an error that occurred when delegating routines or repetitive tasks.
  • We fixed an error that occurred when entering comments longer than 200 characters in a delegated task.
  • We have improved the charset decoding system for incoming emails, so latin languages are now better decoded.
  • We have set up a second server for sending emails (Fastmail) so we can activate it in case the main one (SendGrid) fails.
  • We have begun to visually show where you can use keyboard shortcuts. We will expand this help:

shortcuts

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Francisco Sáez
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Francisco is the founder and CEO of FacileThings. He is also a Software Engineer who is passionate about personal productivity and the GTD philosophy as a means to a better life.

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13 comments

C087d2755959ef78463046941c7193b6
Commented about 6 years ago Gerald

Dear Francisco,
thank you for this app. I especially like the review section, which makes the whole process complete.
Some additional remarks:
- What do you think of importing Evernote checkboxes as tasks? (I use master project lists, where I design the steps of larger projects in checkboxes)
- I use Evernote as project (and reference) material pool and would appreciate an easy access from the app to my Evernote project material notes (e.g. like getitdone).
Thanks and best regards,
Gerald

C087d2755959ef78463046941c7193b6 Gerald

Dear Francisco,
thank you for this app. I especially like the review section, which makes the whole process complete.
Some additional remarks:
- What do you think of importing Evernote checkboxes as tasks? (I use master project lists, where I design the steps of larger projects in checkboxes)
- I use Evernote as project (and reference) material pool and would appreciate an easy access from the app to my Evernote project material notes (e.g. like getitdone).
Thanks and best regards,
Gerald

Fcb879f1bc70aa0f661b842011f280fb
Commented about 6 years ago Francisco Sáez

Thanks Gerald,

There's a service called Taskclone that allows you to convert Evernote checkboxes into FacileThings tasks. Take a look at it.

We're improving our Evernote integration. Moreover, we're working on a brand new mobile app that will allow you to access to your Evernote reference material (the current one doesn't support this feature).

Fcb879f1bc70aa0f661b842011f280fb Francisco Sáez

Thanks Gerald,

There's a service called Taskclone that allows you to convert Evernote checkboxes into FacileThings tasks. Take a look at it.

We're improving our Evernote integration. Moreover, we're working on a brand new mobile app that will allow you to access to your Evernote reference material (the current one doesn't support this feature).

C087d2755959ef78463046941c7193b6
Commented about 6 years ago Gerald

Olá and thanks Francisco,
I'll give Taskclone a try. Also, great to hear that you are working on the Evernote integration.
If I may add another thing, that would be the integration of iCal.
Your app is so far the best (gtd-) productivity app I have come across recently and since you are obviously constantly improving, I will most certainly continue using facilethings.
Gerald

C087d2755959ef78463046941c7193b6 Gerald

Olá and thanks Francisco,
I'll give Taskclone a try. Also, great to hear that you are working on the Evernote integration.
If I may add another thing, that would be the integration of iCal.
Your app is so far the best (gtd-) productivity app I have come across recently and since you are obviously constantly improving, I will most certainly continue using facilethings.
Gerald

Fcb879f1bc70aa0f661b842011f280fb
Commented about 6 years ago Francisco Sáez

Thanks for your suggestions, Gerald. We'll consider iCal integration later ;)

Fcb879f1bc70aa0f661b842011f280fb Francisco Sáez

Thanks for your suggestions, Gerald. We'll consider iCal integration later ;)

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Commented about 6 years ago antonio aranda

hello,
I find the application very good but there are some things where improvement would simply make it excellent. Ex.:
It would be great if the actions could be not just printed out but exported at least as text or csv, so that their storage and sequential ordering could be facilitated. It is not trivial what I say, since very often, when I am on the move, there is no radio coverage and I cannot use the app at all. If I could store it previously as a text, this would help a lot.

B18563c6961e6ffed95d56ef27b1c4d5 antonio aranda

hello,
I find the application very good but there are some things where improvement would simply make it excellent. Ex.:
It would be great if the actions could be not just printed out but exported at least as text or csv, so that their storage and sequential ordering could be facilitated. It is not trivial what I say, since very often, when I am on the move, there is no radio coverage and I cannot use the app at all. If I could store it previously as a text, this would help a lot.

A9779c24b72de51b68c2565a23429398
Commented about 6 years ago Brecht DE WEIRDT

Thanks for the update and improvements Francisco! Much appreciated!

Looking forward to the future!

A9779c24b72de51b68c2565a23429398 Brecht DE WEIRDT

Thanks for the update and improvements Francisco! Much appreciated!

Looking forward to the future!

A9779c24b72de51b68c2565a23429398
Commented about 6 years ago Brecht DE WEIRDT

Let me know what you think about following:
1. Would you allow time setting to receive the daily overview by e-mail? I would prefer to receive that e-mail around 6AM (currently rcvd at noon)
2. Would you consider setting up a specific e-mail address for each account to which we can send our items (rather than the general one which everybody uses)? - comparable to what our friends of evernote have created.

thanks!

A9779c24b72de51b68c2565a23429398 Brecht DE WEIRDT

Let me know what you think about following:
1. Would you allow time setting to receive the daily overview by e-mail? I would prefer to receive that e-mail around 6AM (currently rcvd at noon)
2. Would you consider setting up a specific e-mail address for each account to which we can send our items (rather than the general one which everybody uses)? - comparable to what our friends of evernote have created.

thanks!

Fcb879f1bc70aa0f661b842011f280fb
Commented about 6 years ago Francisco Sáez

Hi Antonio,

Thanks for the comment. We'll take into account the need to export lists. We're also working in a way to work off-line that could be even better ;)

Fcb879f1bc70aa0f661b842011f280fb Francisco Sáez

Hi Antonio,

Thanks for the comment. We'll take into account the need to export lists. We're also working in a way to work off-line that could be even better ;)

Fcb879f1bc70aa0f661b842011f280fb
Commented about 6 years ago Francisco Sáez

Hi Brecht,

Definitely, we'll allow to customize the time you want to receive the daily report soon (now we send them in two 2 blocks, so people in America and Europe can receive them early in the morning.)

About the specific e-mail address, yes, it's also in our road map for security reasons.

Thanks!

Fcb879f1bc70aa0f661b842011f280fb Francisco Sáez

Hi Brecht,

Definitely, we'll allow to customize the time you want to receive the daily report soon (now we send them in two 2 blocks, so people in America and Europe can receive them early in the morning.)

About the specific e-mail address, yes, it's also in our road map for security reasons.

Thanks!

C087d2755959ef78463046941c7193b6
Commented about 6 years ago Gerald Hiebler

Hi Francisco,
do you think about including Evernote Notebooks/Tags into the sections "Reference Materiel" and/or Someday/Maybe?
Best,
Gerald

C087d2755959ef78463046941c7193b6 Gerald Hiebler

Hi Francisco,
do you think about including Evernote Notebooks/Tags into the sections "Reference Materiel" and/or Someday/Maybe?
Best,
Gerald

Fcb879f1bc70aa0f661b842011f280fb
Commented about 6 years ago Francisco Sáez

Hi Gerald,

It makes sense to have Evernote stuff related to Reference Material, but Someday/Maybe items are things you're even not committed to do. I just don't see it.

Open a ticket in the app if you want to further discuss it.

Fcb879f1bc70aa0f661b842011f280fb Francisco Sáez

Hi Gerald,

It makes sense to have Evernote stuff related to Reference Material, but Someday/Maybe items are things you're even not committed to do. I just don't see it.

Open a ticket in the app if you want to further discuss it.

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Commented about 6 years ago Keelie Shrader

Love the expanded space in Purpose and Vision. Do you think we could get the same thing in Goals? I generally flesh out my Goals with Reasons Why, Barriers, Resources Needed, and Things To Do (which get turned into Projects and Next Actions). Having the space to do that in FacileThings would be very helpful

01dad149f8284a9e53963815a4ef6be7 Keelie Shrader

Love the expanded space in Purpose and Vision. Do you think we could get the same thing in Goals? I generally flesh out my Goals with Reasons Why, Barriers, Resources Needed, and Things To Do (which get turned into Projects and Next Actions). Having the space to do that in FacileThings would be very helpful

Fcb879f1bc70aa0f661b842011f280fb
Commented about 6 years ago Francisco Sáez

Hi Keelie,

You already have a "description" field in every goal that allows you to enter unlimited text ;)

Fcb879f1bc70aa0f661b842011f280fb Francisco Sáez

Hi Keelie,

You already have a "description" field in every goal that allows you to enter unlimited text ;)

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