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Mar 17, 2017

Android App Update v6.4.0

Mar 17, 2017 Version 6.4.0 of our Android app is rolling on today and tomorrow. Here are the changes:

+ Adds Context and Tag filters to the show menu
+ Fixes a bug that caused the saved search menu to be blank for some people
+ Fixes some bugs with saved search, filters, external keyboards and timezones
+ Fixed copy/paste into task title
+ Keep the tray open to the section you are in
+ Allow syncing more than 1000 notebook entries
+ Fixed a bug with “Untitled task” appearing when it shouldn’t

If you don't see the update available now, it should become available in the next 24 hours.
Mar 7, 2017

The New Tasks Section

Mar 7, 2017 Toodledo has been helping people organize their tasks for over 12 years. Much of the original programming for the Tasks section is still in use, which is good, because it shows that the Tasks section is robust and well tested. However, technology has changed in 12 years and it was becoming more and more difficult to add new modern functionality to this old code. So, about a year ago, we started rewriting the Tasks section of Toodledo using the latest technology.

We've been "done" for several months and have been extensively testing the new Tasks section with our Beta Testers. They have helped us fix a lot of bugs. A few weeks ago, we opened up the new section for anyone to preview and we've gotten a lot of good feedback. Thanks! The bug reports have trickled down to almost nothing, so its time for a more official release.

We won't be replacing the Tasks section just yet, we want to take it slow so we don't disrupt anyone's workflow. Right now, everyone will still be seeing the old Tasks section when they come to Toodledo. If you look in the bottom right corner, you'll see a blue tab with an exclamation point on it. If you open this, you'll have the opportunity to start using the new Tasks section. Here is the new URL:

https://tasks.toodledo.com

You can bookmark this new URL if you want to go straight to the new section all the time. We'll make the new Tasks section the default destination for everyone at some point in the future.

We didn't want to make people less productive, so we took care to keep everything familiar and to keep the functionality pretty much the same as before. That said, we did take the opportunity to make some changes where we thought we could make a big improvement. Here is a list of the major differences, with our explanation for why we made these changes.

Mobile Friendly Layout

The new Tasks section is completely functional at any screen size. You can view this page on your desktop, your tablet or your phone and it will automatically scale to the size of your screen and work perfectly. You no longer need to use our special (reduced functionality) mobile website and for many people you won't even need to use a dedicated app to access Toodledo from your phone. The Toodledo website in your phone's web browser should work great, and in some cases may have improved functionality!

Tray

The 'Add Task' and 'Batch Edit' drawers have been moved into a tray on the right side of the screen. This allows you to more easily reference your to-do list as you add or edit tasks. This is an important improvement for tablet and laptop screens, where adding a new task used to take up a majority of the screen. Now you can easily scroll through your list and reference other tasks as you add new tasks. We have also moved the "Add Task" button to the right side of the screen to minimize mouse movement between clicking the button and then entering the details of the new task. You can use keyboard shortcuts to do all of this as well, so mouse movement is not required. This change also made the experience consistent across desktop and mobile browsers, so regardless of what screen you are using, everything will be in the same place and work in the same way.

Subtasks

We're using new icons to better indicate subtasks and subtask groups, and we have also made it easier to distinguish between a task and a subtasks by moving the checkbox for subtasks inside the group. This allows the icons on the left side to maintain their vertical alignment which makes the page cleaner and easier to use.

Performance

We put a lot of emphasis on speed with this update. Previously, loading a long list of tasks could have taken 10 seconds or more due to the old technology. Now, a list of any size will load very quickly. If you have over 500 tasks, you'll notice the speed improvement right away. We have also made many other common actions faster. For example, editing the priority of a task used to take 3 clicks, now it takes 2. Things that use to be prohibitively slow are now possible. For example, you can now see "badges" in the Saved Search section to show the number of tasks inside each Saved Search, and when you add or edit a task, the badges and list counts update in real time, you don't need to refresh the page anymore.

Saved Search
Creating or editing a saved search has moved to the sidebar. We did this for two reasons. First, it allows the behavior to be consistent across mobile and desktop screens. Second, for desktop users, it allows you to view the matching tasks while you continue to edit and refine your search. This makes it much easier to fine tune a search. This was much more cumbersome before.

Calendar
The Calendar view has been merged with the Dates view to put all of the date related lists in the same place. In addition, the calendar has been entirely re-engineered. Now, you can select any range of dates that you want, and it will show you the tasks that fall within that range. The old calendar couldn't do this.

Offline Mode
Already, the new Tasks section has some offline capabilities. If you are using the new website and your internet connection goes away, you can still keep using Toodledo. As long as you don't close the window, you'll be fine. When the internet comes back, all the changes you made while offline will sync up with the server. We are already working to improve this so that you don't have to keep the page open while offline.

We are very excited about this new Tasks section and we hope you are too. Please let us know if you have any feedback.
Dec 30, 2016

Toodledo 2016 - The Year in Review

Dec 30, 2016 Happy New Years from Toodledo!

One of our goals for 2016 was to finish our work to make the entire website work elegantly across all platforms, regardless of screen size and capabilities. Everything except for the Tasks section has been completed, and the Tasks section is currently in the final stage of beta testing, so we are very very close to having this goal completed.

Here is an abridged list of some of the amazing things that we accomplished this year:

Tasks
For the old Tasks section we made these small changes:
+ Speed up of the initial loading of the Tasks section
+ Improved IFTTT integration
+ Fixed a number of small bugs.

For the new Tasks section:
We spent most of the year working on this. There are too many things that we did here to list, so I'll just link to our Roadmap. This new Tasks section is currently in Beta Testing and will be released soon. We worked really really hard on this. Please read our Roadmap post to get a better idea of what our goals are for this impending redesign.

Notes (link)
+ Totally redesigned from the ground up to be responsive, streamlined and faster.

iOS app (link)
+ Fixed bug with iPad Pro
+ Fixed some iOS 10 bugs
+ Made really good progress towards a total rewrite of the iOS app from the ground up to be really awesome.

Android App (link)
+ Saved Search added!
+ Location alarms can have a custom ringtone
+ Added icons for data below task in list
+ Archived folders will be hidden now
+ Updated Toodledo to be compatible with Android 7 (Nougat)
+ Plus several dozen important bug fixes and small improvements

Overall
+ We redesigned our homepage to better communicate the benefits of Toodledo to prospective new customers and to make the page load faster so that you can sign-in quicker and get to your tasks.
+ Security Improvements by enabling SSL by default and making several other important changes.
+ Recorded new tutorial videos for our help section that reflect our new design and help explain the key parts of Toodledo better.
+ In our help section, we wrote some new articles and updated others to be more informative. For example: http://www.toodledo.com/info/gtd.php
+ We also created some helpful infographics to help people learn different ways to use Toodledo. Example: http://www.toodledo.com/info/gtd-infographic.php

Reliability
We were able to maintain an uptime record of 99.94% for the year, with only 5hrs of total downtime.

Conclusion
All of the above is just the highlights. We made hundreds of other smaller improvements and fixes across all aspects of our product.

In 2017, our goal is to finish our redesign of the Tasks section on the web and finish our redesign of the iOS app.

We appreciate all the support and suggestions that we have received from everyone. We are continuing to make Toodledo the best productivity tool on the internet. Thanks to everyone for making Toodledo a success.

Happy New Year!

PS. Please use promo code "newyear17" at checkout to get 10% off a subscription or renewal for you and your friends.
Oct 11, 2016

Android App Update v6.0.2

Oct 11, 2016 Today we have released a free update to our Android app with the following bug fixes:

+ Fixed a bug where Alarms were not consistent
+ Fixed a bug with using the up/down arrow keys
+ Fixed a bug with New Zealand timezone
+ Fixed some bugs with the widget forgetting what state it is in
+ Fixed a bug where if you were editing a task and then closed the app without saving, those changes could be lost
+ Updated Toodledo to be compatible with Android 7
+ Fixed a bug where links inside notes could not be clicked
+ Fixed a signin bug
+ Improved location alarms
Sep 14, 2016

Track you time with Toggl and Toodledo

Sep 14, 2016 Do you need to keep track of the time you spend on your projects and use it to make a timesheet? It's now possible to do this with Toggl. Toggl is a simple online timer with a powerful timesheet calculator. It integrates with Toodledo so you can manage your tasks and time in one place.

You can learn more in our Tools section here: https://www.toodledo.com/tools/toggl.php
Sep 6, 2016

Improved IFTTT integration for Toodledo

Sep 6, 2016 If you haven't used Toodledo with IFTTT yet, today we made it even easier to get started. We've created a new streamlined way to setup the most popular recipes to help you automate and connect Toodledo with other services, like Google Calendar, or Email.

http://www.toodledo.com/tools/ifttt.php

If you don't see the recipe that you want on the above page, you can easily make your own. IFTTT allows you to connect Toodledo with hundreds of popular 3rd party services.
May 17, 2016

Toodledo Roadmap Update

May 17, 2016 We've been a little quiet for the last few months, so I wanted to give you all an update about what we’re doing. We haven't stopped working, thats for sure. If you've been reading our forums for a while, you'll know that we've spent the last 18 months redesigning our website to have a more modern look, to be more efficient, and to work equally well at any screen size (desktop, tablet and phone). We’ve finished this for Notes, Lists, Outlines, Habits, the Homepage, the Forums, and all the miscellaneous tools, help and settings pages that we provide (over 200 individual pages)!

For the Tasks section, we have made good progress towards our goals already, as you can see, but we have more work to do. We first built the Tasks section over 12 years ago, and while we’ve upgrade the technology behind it several times, there are still parts of it that are running on 12 year old software. In order to achieve all of our goals for the Tasks section we need to rewrite a big chunk of it using modern software tools. This is a big project, but it allows us get rid of the digital cobwebs and it will allow us to innovate faster in the future.

Some of the key benefits that will come from all this work.

1) Offline mode. Tasks will work in a web browser even if you don’t have an internet connection.

2) Faster. Currently, whenever you view a new list, change a filter or adjust the sorting, it must ask the server for the new list. This can take a few seconds, especially on slow internet connections with large lists. Using the newer technology, all interactions will be nearly instantaneous.

3) More Secure. After we finish this work, it will be possible for us to encrypt your tasks inside our database, so even if a hacker is able to get access to our database, all of your information will be encrypted.

4) Responsive. This means that the same webpage will work perfectly regardless of the size of the window. So if you are using a desktop browser or a tiny phone, the Tasks section will adjust itself automatically to work efficiently. No more pinching and zooming.

5) The same code will run on the web and on iOS and Android. We are using a new technology called React which allows us to reuse a significant amount of our code between the website and the native apps. This is really important because it allows us to keep our apps up to date and in feature-parity with our website. Previously, when we wanted to add a new feature, we had to build it 3 separate times (web, ios, android). This is why some features from our website are still missing from our apps - we just don’t have the resources to build everything three times. When we are done with this project, the apps and the website will all have the same features. When we make an improvement, it will be available everywhere, at the same time, because we will only have to build it once. 3x productivity boost!

For the past 3 months we have been working really hard on this and we are making great progress. We already have most of the new Task section working in read-only mode. The next step is to enable editing and adding of tasks.

We are very excited about this, and we hope you are too. Its going to take some time for us to finish, so things are going to continue to be relatively quiet around here for awhile. So, please don’t take our lack of updates as evidence that we are slacking off. We’ve got some really great things planned for the Tasks section of Toodledo.

-Jake
Apr 19, 2016

Security Improvement (SSL by Default)

Apr 19, 2016 To improve security for everyone, today we are making SSL connections the default behavior. From now on, after signing in, you will remain connected to Toodledo over an encrypted connection (https instead of http in the URL).

If you do not want to use an encrypted connection you can manually edit the URL and change it back to http. However, we have plans to serve Toodledo exclusively over SSL in the future so this will not work forever. If there is some reason why you cannot use an SSL connection, please let us know.

If you want to further secure your account, please go into your account settings and enable the "Encryption" setting. This will force your login to remain encrypted at all times, even if you attempt to edit the URL or click a link to Toodledo with http instead of https in the URL.
Apr 15, 2016

Android App Update v5.9.3

Apr 15, 2016 Today we have released a free update to our Android app with the following bug fixes:

+ Fixed a bug where sharing an image with Toodledo would cause Toodledo to crash
+ Fixed a bug where Google Now "Note to Self" used with Toodledo was causing duplicates
+ Fixed a bug where editing a subtask was causing duplicates
+ Fixed a bug where editing a task note and then tapping to edit another field without saving the note was causing the note changes to be lost.
+ Lists, Outlines and Habits updated with a number of small bug fixes
Apr 13, 2016

Releasing New Notes Section

Apr 13, 2016 About a month ago we released a preview of the new Notes section. During this month we have received a lot of great feedback! We fixed a few things, changed a few things and improved a few things and now its ready to go.

Please read our original announcement for an explanation of everything that is new and improved.

If you are still having difficulty getting used to the new Notes section, please let us know and we'll continue to refine it. For a limited amount of time you can still access the old Notes section here but this will eventually redirect you to the new Notes section.

Older items have been removed for brevity.