New Feature – Areas of Focus

I was going to title this post “Just Released!” but that wouldn’t be accurate as Areas of Focus has been live via the desktop and mobile web apps for about a week now. Why didn’t we announce this last week? Well, we wanted to test it in the wild first since it is a pretty big feature and we wanted to get some preliminary feedback from those who organically discovered the new feature. So far so great, as the suggestions and feedback we’ve been receiving are what we expected and have been fantastic. Keep ‘em coming!

Screen-AreasOfFocus

Check out the Areas of Focus tutorial here:
http://help.nirvanahq.com/faqs/tutorials/areas-of-focus


Read and Join the community discussion here:
http://help.nirvanahq.com/search?q=areas&t=d&recommend=1

Search Results now grouped by Lists/Projects

Just a heads up… an intermediary release went out last night.

Some of the building blocks we’ve been working on for upcoming features lent themselves to easily enhancing some existing features.  Most notably, Search now returns results grouped by lists / projects.  It may not be worth a whole lot of fanfare, but it certainly helps us validate some core logic that we’re putting in place to allow tasks to be rendered as a straight ahead list vs. grouped by parent list.

screenshot: grouped search results

screenshot: grouped search results

Other places we could apply this code includes Today, Waiting For, and soon, Areas of Responsibility, Smartlists, and Tag Clouds.

Finally, Compound Context Filtering

This should have been implemented many moons ago, but the wait is finally over!  We are happy to announce that one of the core GTD concepts that has been sorely missing has finally come to Nirvana: compound context filtering.

In plain english?  This means that you can select multiple tags (contexts) to quickly filter your tasks down to just the ones you need to take action on right now.

screenshot: multiple contexts selected

screenshot: multiple contexts selected

Hard to believe that we’ve survived this long with only single tag selection.  Starting today you can say: show me tasks that are tagged “office + phone” or “family + errand” — or if you’re like me and you tag your tasks with effort, time, and priority levels: “easy + 1h + p1 + office” — I’m a bit of a geek.  Can’t help it.

Here’s how it works: click on a tag to filter your tasks.  To filter further, Control-click (windows) or Command-click (mac) to select/deselect additional tags.  Your task list will dynamically update as you click.

And here’s a bonus: you can now sort within filtered lists.  Filtered tasks are sorted in relation to each other, so when you remove the filters you may notice that tasks have shifted around a bit in the master list… but we’ve been playing with this for a couple of days and to our surprise, it actually feels quite natural.  Outside of Projects which may have a set sequence for actions to occur, one almost always filters by context to determine what to do next, which is why this seems to work.

Bonus #2: we’ve also restored a nifty feature that got lost a few releases back — creating new tasks while tags are selected will automatically populate those tags in the new task.  (Wha?)  Example: if you’ve filtered your list to “office” and then click on New Task, that task will have “office” already entered as one of the tags.  Turns out to be quite a time-saver in the real world.

This has been a long time coming.  Thanks for your patience everybody.

Nirvana Mobile v2.0

We are proud to launch Nirvana Mobile v2.0 – not just for iPhones anymore!

Point your Android, iPhone, (enter your smartphone’s name here) to http://www.nirvanahq.com/m and check it out.

In the spirit of “release early, release often” we are aware of some glitches and missing UI elements which we will fix over time. That said, feel free to give us your comments and suggestions. We eagerly await your thoughts, especially from the non-iPhoners out there. We’ve created  a new community discussion group just for this.

Hope you enjoy!

New Feature: Inline Checklists

Got knocked off the air yesterday (internet can still be a bit flakey in Buenos Aires) so I decided to polish off an old idea that had been hanging on a branch on my local machine for awhile… inline checklists!

inline checklist

inline checklist

Notice that the notes area under the third task has a checklist.  We’re calling them checklists instead of subtasks, as it really is just a checklist of things that I might want to tick off as part of completing a task.  If I required the granularity of context filtering and due dates I might have creating a project with tasks under it, but in this case I just wanted a list of things I needed to consider… and there is something satisfying about checking things off as they are addressed.

Here’s how it works: Nirvana will convert any line in a task note that begins with a “- ” (hyphen space) and will replace it with a checkbox.  Checked items will replace the “-” with an “x” in the notes, and that’s it.

- item one

- item two

- item three

If I were to check items 1 and  2, the task note will be updated as:

x item one

x item two

- item three

If you want to update the list, edit or move things around, click on the task name to bring up the edit dialog and make changes to the notes area.

And that’s all there is to it.  Super simple.

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