FacileThings

New feature: Collect

AUTHOR: Francisco Sáez Tags Improvements Capture

Today we have added a new feature, Collect, in our GTD application, FacileThings. Of course, it’s not that you could not collect stuff before, but now you can do it from anywhere in the application, more quickly and easily, and if necessary, providing more information.

We have removed the collecting boxes that were on each list and added a general option in the top menu bar:

collect option

This way you will be able to collect at any time, which is critical in the GTD philosophy. Whatever you are doing in the application, collecting must be something you can do immediately, minimally interrupting what you were doing.

If you are processing your stuff and suddenly remember something, now you can collect it and continue processing. If you are working on a specific project and something that has nothing to do with the project comes to your mind, you can capture it and continue working, without leaving the project…

This is the new collecting box:

collecting dialog

We have improved the auto-complete tool so you can enter tags (#), people (@) and line commands (:) less obtrusively.

We have added a bar with the tags you most use so you do not have to type them. Click on them and they will be added to the text.

This new feature allows you to collect more information, notes and checklists, but remember to use this only if you have that information at hand at the time. If not, do not waste time, just capture fast and you will complete the information on the stage of processing.

We have also added keyboard shortcuts to help you collect faster. Use CTRL+1 to access the option from anywhere. Once in the window, you can use CTRL+ENTER to collect and ESC to close the window.

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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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7 comments

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Commented over 7 years ago ACN

Love it.

Only downside: I'm using the "full version" website also on the iphone (app & mobile version are suboptimial). That makes collecting (on the iphone) a bit trickier.

D66d19c94885c6673ddcc9d10a7512c0 ACN

Love it.

Only downside: I'm using the "full version" website also on the iphone (app & mobile version are suboptimial). That makes collecting (on the iphone) a bit trickier.

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Commented over 7 years ago Francisco Sáez

Hi ACN,

Yeah, I can see. Well, it hasn't be designed for mobile but we'll try to make it fit in the iPhone screen.

Thanks for warning!

Fcb879f1bc70aa0f661b842011f280fb Francisco Sáez

Hi ACN,

Yeah, I can see. Well, it hasn't be designed for mobile but we'll try to make it fit in the iPhone screen.

Thanks for warning!

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Commented over 7 years ago Marius Eggerud

Nice!
One feature I miss is the possibility to see all tasks for today and starred next actions in one common list. Is this something you consider to add in the future?

C6bdc342f019f2babf9c0e84aabb04d7 Marius Eggerud

Nice!
One feature I miss is the possibility to see all tasks for today and starred next actions in one common list. Is this something you consider to add in the future?

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Commented over 7 years ago norbert_loeppenberg@gmx.de

Most changes are usefull. But "Ctrl+Enter" does not work, when collecting new actions for a project. Before todays update this worked, I believe.

D1d4edc248c9e82e208ffa17e02ec350 norbert_loeppenberg@gmx.de

Most changes are usefull. But "Ctrl+Enter" does not work, when collecting new actions for a project. Before todays update this worked, I believe.

Fcb879f1bc70aa0f661b842011f280fb
Commented over 7 years ago Francisco Sáez

Hi @Marius! Yes, we'll add in the future a home/dashboard page with the most important things for your day-to-day: today events, important next actions, reminders, special notifications, etc.

@Norbert, you're right. The CTRL+ENTER shortcut on projects has been disabled with the update. Now it's fixed and working again. Thanks for warning!

Fcb879f1bc70aa0f661b842011f280fb Francisco Sáez

Hi @Marius! Yes, we'll add in the future a home/dashboard page with the most important things for your day-to-day: today events, important next actions, reminders, special notifications, etc.

@Norbert, you're right. The CTRL+ENTER shortcut on projects has been disabled with the update. Now it's fixed and working again. Thanks for warning!

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Commented over 7 years ago Andy Dingle

I have to say the latest improvements that have been added recently are v good. Its good to see implementations & ideas developing & the involvement of end users is something corporate companies could take a leaf out of.

Keep up the good work :)

A0dcd2c0bb57a1ace5b23ad0cfb0177a Andy Dingle

I have to say the latest improvements that have been added recently are v good. Its good to see implementations & ideas developing & the involvement of end users is something corporate companies could take a leaf out of.

Keep up the good work :)

Fcb879f1bc70aa0f661b842011f280fb
Commented over 7 years ago Francisco Sáez

Thanks for your comment, @Andy. The good thing of being a bootstrapped company is that we can focus on our customers' needs, not our investors'. The bad thing is that we can't improve things as fast as we'd like ;)

Fcb879f1bc70aa0f661b842011f280fb Francisco Sáez

Thanks for your comment, @Andy. The good thing of being a bootstrapped company is that we can focus on our customers' needs, not our investors'. The bad thing is that we can't improve things as fast as we'd like ;)

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