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April 2021: Here is where we are at

AUTHOR: Francisco Sáez Tags Newsletter Mobile App Integrations Collaboration
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Hello everyone!

At the end of last month we published a number of improvements on the management of Collaborators, including the new agenda feature.

We also released a new version of the mobile app with a full update of the Clarify stage and other improvements.

We are currently working on a new development that will allow you to simultaneously integrate Google Calendar and Outlook accounts. It will be available in a few days and you will be able to collect all the calendars you want from these providers in your FacileThings calendar.

After that, we will investigate how to synchronize repetitive events from Google and Outlook for full calendar integration.

We are already working on the next version of the mobile app, which will have many design and usability improvements, and new functionalities, including the personal and professional tasks filter.

That’s all for now!

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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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8 comments

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Commented 6 days ago Emil

After some recent fabulous updated (Collaborators is a highlight) you are once again showing that you are regular users of your own software, since you are constantly honing in on the areas which need work next! After trying out some Calendar integrations with FT previously I disconnected them again due to - you guessed it - the lack of support of multiple calendars and the lack of support for repeating/recurring events. I very much look forward to these updates!

I only have one suggestion/request outside of this, and that is to think about how you handle calendar events/meetings in FT. At the moment they become "tasks" which need to be "completed", which in my opinion is a bit clunky. I think having external events show up and then disappear once the time has passed for them make sense, also you might want to think about showing them in a different colour or with some other signifier to show that it's an external event which is there for information and not a scheduled FT task. Maybe that would have to be the next update though!

84c0d19255a8edc3526ea6ee108301c0 Emil

After some recent fabulous updated (Collaborators is a highlight) you are once again showing that you are regular users of your own software, since you are constantly honing in on the areas which need work next! After trying out some Calendar integrations with FT previously I disconnected them again due to - you guessed it - the lack of support of multiple calendars and the lack of support for repeating/recurring events. I very much look forward to these updates!

I only have one suggestion/request outside of this, and that is to think about how you handle calendar events/meetings in FT. At the moment they become "tasks" which need to be "completed", which in my opinion is a bit clunky. I think having external events show up and then disappear once the time has passed for them make sense, also you might want to think about showing them in a different colour or with some other signifier to show that it's an external event which is there for information and not a scheduled FT task. Maybe that would have to be the next update though!

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Commented 6 days ago Kenneth

Just perfect. Highly appreciate the newly released improvements and looking forward to the next ones! :)

Bc1339c2c2cfcf3e2e1bd2f8f92c90fe Kenneth

Just perfect. Highly appreciate the newly released improvements and looking forward to the next ones! :)

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Commented 6 days ago Cyrus

Excellent improvements. FT continues to mature not only as a product but also in its delivery and execution. I continue to be pleased with the output of the development team and their focus on empowering their users. WELL DONE!

8bb2c9a97155fbcffcc91ca918d103c7 Cyrus

Excellent improvements. FT continues to mature not only as a product but also in its delivery and execution. I continue to be pleased with the output of the development team and their focus on empowering their users. WELL DONE!

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Commented 6 days ago Joseph Gall

Exciting new improvements in the pipeline, Francisco! I am curious if the new calendar "aggregation" feature will allow for Exchange accounts. My work environment still uses Microsoft Exchange in conjunction with the Outlook client.

E296cdb60f4ba52d6fa8bbcf13aa1d7d Joseph Gall

Exciting new improvements in the pipeline, Francisco! I am curious if the new calendar "aggregation" feature will allow for Exchange accounts. My work environment still uses Microsoft Exchange in conjunction with the Outlook client.

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Commented 6 days ago Francisco Sáez

Thanks for your comments, guys!

Hi Emil! Your approach is correct if you're using the calendars simply as an external source of information about scheduled meetings or events. The problem is that this is not always the case. Many users use the integration to actually capture "tasks" or issues that must be marked as completed (or postponed if not completed) for proper management. We will think about your suggestion, but at the moment I don't see a clear case.

Hi Joseph! Outlook is compatible with Microsoft Exchange, but if your company uses Exchange, the possibility of connecting to your calendars will depend on how the IT department has configured Exchange (if they allow external access and with what restrictions). They may not allow connection from third-party applications. It's something you'll have to find out.

Fcb879f1bc70aa0f661b842011f280fb Francisco Sáez

Thanks for your comments, guys!

Hi Emil! Your approach is correct if you're using the calendars simply as an external source of information about scheduled meetings or events. The problem is that this is not always the case. Many users use the integration to actually capture "tasks" or issues that must be marked as completed (or postponed if not completed) for proper management. We will think about your suggestion, but at the moment I don't see a clear case.

Hi Joseph! Outlook is compatible with Microsoft Exchange, but if your company uses Exchange, the possibility of connecting to your calendars will depend on how the IT department has configured Exchange (if they allow external access and with what restrictions). They may not allow connection from third-party applications. It's something you'll have to find out.

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Commented 5 days ago John D

Awesome updates! I'm really looking forward to multiple calendars. Keep up the great work!

3e35ea7713df75af1efa659f9f9f4181 John D

Awesome updates! I'm really looking forward to multiple calendars. Keep up the great work!

84c0d19255a8edc3526ea6ee108301c0
Commented 5 days ago Emil

Thanks for your reply Francisco, that makes sense. My dream would be an option in each Calendar integration settings where you can choose to make each event a Task or not, but I know that's asking a lot - thank you for considering it though! Getting multiple calendars and recurring events working properly will be amazing regardless :)

84c0d19255a8edc3526ea6ee108301c0 Emil

Thanks for your reply Francisco, that makes sense. My dream would be an option in each Calendar integration settings where you can choose to make each event a Task or not, but I know that's asking a lot - thank you for considering it though! Getting multiple calendars and recurring events working properly will be amazing regardless :)

Fcb879f1bc70aa0f661b842011f280fb
Commented 4 days ago Francisco Sáez

Thanks John!

Hi Email, I've noted your suggestion down to be considered in the future. It would be interesting to have the possibility to set some kind of calendars as "just informative". Thank you!

Fcb879f1bc70aa0f661b842011f280fb Francisco Sáez

Thanks John!

Hi Email, I've noted your suggestion down to be considered in the future. It would be interesting to have the possibility to set some kind of calendars as "just informative". Thank you!

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