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Changelog (September 2022)

AUTHOR: Francisco Sáez Tags Improvements Integrations List Management Project Management
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In recent months we have been working mainly on developing a new payment system that will allow us to improve subscription management and be able to expand the plans for using the application in the near future.

In addition, we’ve made a number of minor improvements to the web app and fixed a few bugs that are worth mentioning.

New payment system

The new billing system uses Stripe’s payment infrastructure and will allow you to use other forms of payment in addition to Paypal (credit/debit cards, direct debit, etc.) and manage your own subscriptions and invoices (the latter, in a couple of months).

The payment methods available will depend on your country of residence. Payment through Stripe is done without leaving the application:

card payment

Project management

  • Now the information related to the Goal and Area of Focus of each action is shown in the project actions (1). Although there is a Goal and an Area of Focus associated with the project that all its actions inherit, the Area of Focus of a specific action can be changed. In this way, you see the real information at all times.

changes in project

  • For the same reason, the “focus” mark (2) is now also displayed for each action. Although project actions inherit the general focus of the project, it can be changed individually.
  • When you change the “focus” flag of the project (in the project list) it immediately refreshes the focus of all its actions.
  • When an action that is in a list other than Next Actions is moved to the Next Actions list, it gets the project’s “focus” flag to avoid inconsistencies.
  • To avoid confusion, the Sequential/Kanban project type selector is now always displayed, but an option is disabled if it cannot be used (3). A help message is also displayed to understand why the option is disabled when hovering over the (?) icon.
  • The items in the Reference Material list are sorted alphabetically. Keep this in mind if you want to maintain a logical order in those elements.

Task Editor

  • When an action is edited and the project to which it belongs is modified, the system asks in which position of the project you want to place the action (in the same way that it is done in the Clarify stage). If the project is sequential, you can choose to put it at the beginning or at the end of the project. If it’s a Kanban-style project, you can choose between putting it in the To Do column or the Doing column of the Kanban.

changing project in a task

  • To avoid confusion, if you select a Kanban project, the option to select a Subproject is now disabled. Kanban-style projects are not designed to work with subprojects.

Calendar integration

We’ve fixed some important bugs in the calendar integration with Google and Outlook:

  • Now the Google/Outlook calendar event is not deleted when in FacileThings it is moved out of the Calendar list, unless the “delete event” option is chosen in the integration configuration (between delete event, modify text, do nothing).
  • Past events are never synced to avoid unexpected syncing of old data that occurred in some cases.
  • In the integration with Google Calendar, events that came from an external invitation which, in turn, was recurring in the original calendar, were not synchronized. The problem has been corrected.
  • In the integration with Outlook, the tag used to not sync events didn’t work with recurring events. Now it works, as long as it’s applied to the entire series of events in Outlook.
  • In the Outlook integration, when a recurring event was marked as done before its date, a previous occurrence would sometimes reappear. The problem has been corrected.

Other small improvements

  • Tags that only contain digits (eg #52344) are no longer considered tags. This way of writing identifiers for invoices, tickets, etc. is very common and is not normally intended to create a context tag when using it.
  • A special icon is displayed in action lists to indicate when an item comes from a routine.

recurring items

  • In the Engage section, the Areas of Focus chart is displayed in alphabetical order for better visual location of labels.

areas of focus char

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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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3 comments

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Commented 2 months ago Cyrus

Nice life improvements to the application! Necessary small changes to keep the application up and running as smoothly as possible. I know I am always very appreciative of the smallest changes if it helps me better understand what I am doing, and how it is associated with my goals and keeps me focused on the right thing.

Looking forward to the bigger changes on the horizon as you and your team complete the backend work.

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!

8bb2c9a97155fbcffcc91ca918d103c7 Cyrus

Nice life improvements to the application! Necessary small changes to keep the application up and running as smoothly as possible. I know I am always very appreciative of the smallest changes if it helps me better understand what I am doing, and how it is associated with my goals and keeps me focused on the right thing.

Looking forward to the bigger changes on the horizon as you and your team complete the backend work.

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!

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Commented about 2 months ago Olga

Thank you for keeping us posted! Keep up the good work!

A5a77f5a9a50ef749016347fc5e9a6e7 Olga

Thank you for keeping us posted! Keep up the good work!

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Commented about 2 months ago Francisco Sáez

Cyrus, Olga: Thanks for the cheering! :)

Fcb879f1bc70aa0f661b842011f280fb Francisco Sáez

Cyrus, Olga: Thanks for the cheering! :)

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