It's been a while since our last update. Taskk is something we've been building for over a year now. A lot of people use it as a part of their daily lives and we've absolutely had a blast building it.
We're really happy with what we've accomplished so far and have some news that we expect will be really exciting to our users.
We're going to be making Taskk completely free!
Recently I had a conversation with a friend of mine about Taskk. We discussed how we both use Taskk for very different things. The conversation soon turned into, "Wouldn't it be cool if Taskk did _____?" Some interesting ideas were thrown around and I thought I'd share and get feedback.
Ok, so picture this, it's the weekend and a beautiful day out. I've got some time to accomplish something.
"Hey Taskk, it's gonna be a nice day out…what should I do?" Taskk says: "It is a great day, you should mow the lawn or fly a kite."
The corporate calendar doesn't care about you. Face it. No, really... look at it. If it looks like the one most people who work at corporate America have, it is stacked up with meetings, trainings, birthday lunches, and happy hours for people you hardly know. How can your calendar let this happen?
Early this morning we (Mike) published v1 of the Taskk Chrome Extension (QuickTaskk). Nice work Mike! I'm continually amazed at how Mike (and every member of the Taskk team) find the time to keep producing such awesome stuff while also kicking butt at their full time jobs. So here is a little bit about the extension and it's significance.
Github integration with Taskk feels awesome, even this very early stage. Specifically what I'm really enjoying so far is the efficiency we are gaining by increasing the signal to noise ratio. Here's what I mean.
With a repo like ours which has a lot of Issues (Issues is what Github calls tasks or todos) you can sometimes wonder if the stuff you are throwing in is actually being seen. Github has notifications for just about everything (which is awesome) which means it can get pretty loud at times.
We describe Taskk as: task management with a brain and task management that tells you what to do next. We say those things out of the pain we (and lots of others) feel from todo lists that are too long and spread out.
Some 6 months ago Mike Coutermarsh joined the Taskk team. He has had an enormous impact on the both the product - and the direction of it, from the moment he started. Before Mike, we [Mikael and I] talked often about opening up the Planner (internally known as 'The Brain') to the world to develop on. Well in the last 3 months, Mike has spent his nights and weekends making that a reality.
The common adage told to new college students is, "you have your studies, a social life, and sleep - pick two." If you're like me though, you want to do it all. Thankfully, with proper planning you can. Over the next few posts, I will highlight key features of Taskk that will help enable us to not have to compromise what we want out of our university experience.
At Taskk we try to base all of our decisions on user data. Here's something fun that I just dug up.
Recently I stumbled onto a post by Ev Williams on Medium. I'm a fan of Medium so I browse by there often. I don't know how I missed this post but my jaw dropped as I read it. It was In a collection called Products I wish existed Ev goes on to describe the task management app that he is looking for and each point he made resonated as it was a core reason I wanted to build Taskk. Here is what he says and what we do.
I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
- Douglas Adams
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We believe in releasing often and while we don't release as often as Github we often release 5-10 times a day. We are so trusting the code that I've been releasing bug fixes and features 2 times today while traveling. First on the airport in Malmö where we squished some bugs and then while on my mobile 3G connection going full speed on a train back to Växjö.
It feels amazing to be completely fearless of deploying in such a circumstance.
Just a quick post to tell Beta users how to get a discount on Taskk going forward. You should all be getting an email soon with this same information but I wanted to get this out early.
As mentioned in the previous post, we are so thankful your help. To show our appreciation we are you 50% off for the coming 6 months if you upgrade by October 31st, 2012.
As of a couple of days ago you can now create taskks by email. Mikael worked really hard on this and we are all really excited about it. Ok so here is how it works.
First, navigate to Admin > Account and scroll down to see the email options. Add as many email addresses as you like and associate them with whatever list you like (This tells Taskk where to put your items when they come in). I personally created a list called Inbox and moved it to the top of my lists. This way all my emails end up here and they get scheduled into my planner every night. I don't have to do a thing.
We recently decided to get rid of the Tender Support app that we were using to help us with beta tester feedback. We've been using Intercom and it's much better for communicating with users in our opinion. In addition users don't need a second sign on to communicate with us. Just click the support link the the help menu at the top if you have any comments or concerns.
As of today we've come to a very important step in the growing up of our little Taskk. We've deployed an update that will allow Taskk to start making some money (hopefully). Here is how it will work.
We just rolled out an awesome new enhancement to taskk. You can now attach files to your tasks.
Go to one of your tasks to try it out!
If you run into any issues, give us a shout.
We are truly sorry about dragging things out for so long but with all the awesome feedback our current beta users have been providing we realized that we have things to take care of before letting more people into the system.
While feedback is awesome much of it eventually kept getting repeated so we decided to implement most of the repeatedly requested features before letting more people in that isn't invited by someone already in the system.
You can use keyboard shortcuts to drive the datepicker. The keys below are for Windows users but if you are are the proud owner of a spanking new Macbook you should be fine with replacing ctrl with cmd/⌘
Mikael implemented a quick little feature in the planner that I find really really useful. Now you can sort your planner by list. Just use the dropdown menue next to the update button on the right.