N2 Build 379 – New Themes / Collapsible Lists

Happy New Year Everyone!  (it’s not too late to say that right?)

It’s a new year and we’ve been having a blast in Nirvana land.  There’s a lot less noise from the agency side of the house (the holiday workload was intense, but wildly successful for our clients and for us), Mitch flew down to sunny Buenos Aires last week, Elbert and Romina will join him soon to escape the brutal winter (forecast says -30 tomorrow, yikes), David’s hanging out in Mexico as usual… iOS and Android apps are on the horizon, looking to remove the beta moniker soon, and the sunsetting of N1 (take 2) will be grounds for a serious party. Life is good.

So about that build that went out a few moments ago.  The blog title pretty much says it all, but do read the release notes if you want more details re: some of the other important though perhaps less sexy tweaks/fixes.

Screen shot 2012-01-13 at 6.02.18 PM

As always, feel free to join the party over in the forums.  A lot of great discussions, suggestions, tips and tricks.

P.S. We know that there are many people waiting in the queue for access to N2. We’re working as fast as we can to open our doors en masse. Shouldn’t be much longer.

N2 Build 279 Refinements

N2 build 279 has been pushed to production.

Highlights:

  • Native support for Internet Explorer 9
  • Right-click to modify selected items in one shot
  • Tag Management UI cleanup
  • Bug fixes surrounding Unified Next List and Waiting For contact assignment
multi-select-right-click

multi-select-right-click

revamped tag library

revamped tag library

For more details on improvements and bug fixes, our complete release notes are here:
http://help.nirvanahq.com/kb/site-updates/nirvana-2-release-notes

N2 Build 267 – Tag Cloud and more

New N2 build 267 has been pushed live! (refresh as necessary)

Biggest new feature is the Tag Cloud. Want to see everything tagged across your entire account or selected area? The Tag Cloud is your new best friend. It works similar to any other GTD state list (inbox/next/someday) in that you click in the left navi, and tasks appear to the right. From there you can drill down via the context filtering bar at the top.

tagcloud

Left Navi

A nice UI improvement that came out of this is that new tasks and projects can now be created via a popup dialog, rather than inline if you so choose. Use the hot key ‘t’ to create a new task, ‘p’ to create a new project. The old hot key ‘n’ has a bit more magic behind it now… new tasks and projects are created inline where it makes sense, but a popup dialog is used in places where it doesn’t (such as in search results or tag cloud selection).

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Creating a New Task

Here’s a snippet from the Build 267 release notes:

New Features and Improvements:

  • Tag Cloud
  • Relative Due Dates (due tomorrow, 3 days late)
  • New Task / Project dialogs as popup (hot keys ‘t’ and ‘p’ respectively)
  • Clicking Cancel when creating a new task no longer leaves a dangling task
  • Clicking Cancel when creating a new project no longer leaves a dangling project
  • Account Setting to create New Projects as either parallel or sequential by default
  • Firefox now does the html5 cache manifest thing to allow working offline
  • and more …

There’s a lot of code cleanup we’d been putting off for months that we finally decided to face (rather the tip-toe around). There’s still work to be done, but this feels like a major milestone.

For more details on improvements and bug fixes, our complete release notes are here:
http://help.nirvanahq.com/kb/site-updates/nirvana-2-release-notes

N2 Build 221 – Sequential Projects & UNL

Cue (or queue) the singing angels… we have a Unified Next List. (hooooooooooooo) N2 Build 221 brings with it the ability to filter out everything but true next actions in the global Next view.

Next View Options

next view options

Switching your Next View Options to Unified List now displays:

  • all standalone next actions
  • all next actions from projects marked as parallel
  • only the top-most next action from projects marked as sequential

All you need to do is tell Nirvana whether your projects are parallel or sequential in nature. Here’s what we mean:

Parallel Projects

  • Parallel means tasks can be tackled in any order, or at the same time
  • Project View: tasks are separated by state (next/waiting/scheduled…)
  • Next View: all next items appear

Sequential Projects

  • Sequential means tasks should be done in sequence, e.g. task A must be accomplished before proceeding to task B
  • Project View: tasks are consolidated into one sortable list (except for someday)
  • Next View: only the top most next item is included

Project behavior can be modified via the full project edit view, or by right-clicking on a project in the left navi or main Projects listing.

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right-clicking is your friend

We’ve been playing with this for about a week and it’s already made a huge difference in providing clarity and reducing clutter.  We hope you like.

Repeat after me, Repeat after me

Repeating Tasks have finally arrived to N2.  Here’s what you do:

  • Log out from all devices
  • Refresh a few times until you see Build 171 (or higher)
  • Log back in to your N2 account
  • Right-click on any task you want to make repeating…
    Schedule » Make Repeating…

There are a number of usability improvements still to come, but we’ve been using what you see in this build for about a week and it’s already hard to live without.

Please let us know about any bugs you unearth. Please let us know about any bugs you unearth. Please let us know about any bugs you unearth. Please let us know about any bugs you unearth…

Update: Release Notes are here.

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