Wednesday, March 5
As you all know our main tool in work is Nozbe. We use it to plan our blog posts, to track features requested by our users, to develop new versions of our app, to provide customer support, and the list goes on and on...
Because we still live in email...
... we need a way to add tasks to Nozbe with email. We introduced it a while ago and a few years ago improved it: you can forward one email to Nozbe and it converts the subject line to a task name and adds email body to the task as a comment. You can also send several tasks to Nozbe with one email message. Here's the screencast and tutorial.
But let's go one step more...
In our company we track issues reported by customers in Nozbe and you provide us with feedback mainly via email, we started being tired of copying the email body and pasting it as a comment to Nozbe.
We needed to be able to send comments to already existing tasks via email.
We built this feature a while ago mainly for ourselves. As you were sending us more information about your most requested Nozbe features we kept forwarding these emails to Nozbe to their appropriate tasks in our "Features requested" project. Now we want to share with you how to do that - hopefully you'll find it useful as well.
How to email a comment to an existing task?
Here's my quick example that best illustrates how it works. Let say I have a project Michael's birthday party and one of my tasks there is to: Research gift ideas for him:
I already have some ideas stored in Evernote and attached to this task, but I want to go on with the research and add more options. As you may know Michael, our CEO, loves running and I found an awesome book about that. It could be very good gift. I should definitely add it to my task. To do so I need to share above web page via email with my personalized nickname.PIN@nozbe.me email address (you'll find it in the Settings of your Nozbe app).
Until this moment the procedure is the same as sending a task via email. However now comes a twist.
I need to add an additional parameter to the subject line: #task: TASK NAME
You can see how I'm adding #task: Research gift ideas to my email subject line:
Two things to remember:
- this parameter can be added instead of subject line or at the end of it. In the latter case the rest of subject line will go to the beginning of the comment
- another thing is that you don't have to put the entire name of the task like I did: "Research gift ideas". It is enough to write Resea or gift or idea. You only have to be careful that the name you put matches only that one desired task. If it matches other tasks the comment will go randomly to one of them.
And here's the result:
Here you can watch the whole process on screencast I recorded for you:
Please note this feature is an experiment and we would like to hear some feedback from you. Maybe you have some ideas how to implement it better? It works for us - hopefully it'll work for you, too. Thanks for getting your things done with Nozbe!
Rafal (Nozbe Product Manager)
Tuesday, February 25
If you feel overwhelmed and distracted at your work, or maybe as we do, you work from home... and you lack motivation... If you run out of ideas on how to be more productive, you need inspiration, or you just feel you are drowning in emails. Don fret, we are here to help you change your habits, improve productivity and get your things done!
Nozbe offers greart apps, 10-step course, and Productivity! Magazine
Take your to do list digital and sync it across all your favorite platforms and devices, connect Nozbe to Evernote, Drobox or synchronize it with your Google Calendar. Join the community of our happy Nozbe users!
Very impressed with Nozbe so far. Very easy to use and is already getting my projects organized and on track. - Pchanner
My favorite todo app Nozbe releases a version for Linux! Not my platform, but love they are serving all. - Stephen
I love Nozbe! An awesome app for to do lists and getting things done! Syncs across all of my devices. - Daniel
Liking the Google Calendar sync feature in the latest version of Nozbe. Useful and not intrusive. - Robert
We are passionate about productivity in general. With Nozbe you get all the help you need to bring your life under control. Go through our 10-step course (available in English, Spanish, German, Polish and Japanese). Learn to manage your goals, projects, commitments, emails... and have a happy and fulfilled life!
Read our montlhly Productive! Magazine to get inspiration you need and enjoy practical and timeless articles written by the best productivity experts on the Internet.
... and make this week count!
Have a great and productive rest of the week!
Saturday, February 22
While we're trying to build your favorite time and project management app in a way, that most things are self-explanatory... even Nozbe needs a good documentation. Until now, we pushed for fast iterations, new features... and great customer support. However, we still need great documentation and that is why our Customer Support Department decided to start building:
For the past 2 months our fantastic girls from Customer Support Department took great effort to create its content. However it is not completed yet, we wanted to share with you our work and hear your feedback.
Over there you'll be able to find answers for most of the questions received by our Customer Support every day. It consists of detailed descriptions (with images) and tips how to use the main features in Nozbe (Inbox, Projects, Contexts, etc.).
We hope this documentation adds value to many of you and most of all, it will help you simply get more done with Nozbe. We encourage you to test "live Search" field on the top of the Help Page to find the answers to your questions.
This is still a beta version and is only available in English for now... but we'll translate it to all the other languages pretty soon. Thanks and have a great weekend!
... and let us know what you think in the comments below!
Thursday, February 20
I think, by now, you know that productivity is my life and passion. That's why I wake up every day with a smile to work on Nozbe - a tool you're using every day to get your things done.
A great tool is not enough - we all need inspiration!
This is why, a little more than 5 years ago, I launched the free Productive! Magazine. To give you advice and support from the best productivity thinkers on the Internet - to help you create your ideal day, workflow and lifestyle.
Today, I'll share with you the info on: our latest issue, international expansion to Poland and Japan... and our newest Android app. Here it goes:
Last year, we decided to take our magazine from a semi-regular to a regular publication. That's why I'm proud to present you issue #17 with Brian Tracy - world's most recognized success, productivity and sales expert - where I had a privilege to talk to Brian in person about productivity, success and passion. On top of that, we've got 8 great articles with advice for productive parents, travelers and busy professionals.
As always, the magazine is completely free for you to enjoy and share with your friends and co-workers. Now, there are 3 ways to read our magazine:
- Read on the web (works great on both desktop and mobile Internet browsers)
- Get our free iPhone / iPad app (shows up in your iOS Newsstand)
- New! Get our Android phone / tablet app (you asked, we've got it for you)
While you're reading issue #17 with Brian Tracy, please make sure to share it with your friends... and watch out for the March issue #18 with Scott Belsky - the author of the best-selling book: "Making Ideas Happen".
Productive! Magazine is going international - Poland and Japan are first
We're expanding our Productive! Magazine franchise to different countries... and these are NOT translations of the main Productive! Magazine. Just have a look:
Productive! Magazine Japan #1 with Kurazono Keizo-san - where I'm interviewing a famous musician, productivity expert and the author of the only book about Nozbe - Kurazono Keizo-san + great articles from Japanese productivity bloggers - published entirely in Japanese.
Productive! Magazine Polska #1 with Krzysztof Wysocki - where I'm interviewing Polish biggest GTD-proponent + great articles from Polish productivity experts - published in Polish language.
We're just getting started! Next up: Productive! Magazine in Spanish and Dutch... and we're looking to expand even more later this year: to Germany, France, Italy, Brazil, Russia, Korea and China. We want everyone to be productive this year!
Want to convert your blog to a magazine on the iPhone, iPad and Android?
We've built our own magazine-app platform to be able to publish our Productive! Magazine. Now, we're considering opening it up to other types of magazines. Ideally, if you have a popular blog, and always wanted to expand and publish your own magazine app, but you were put away by the cost and complexity of such a solution, sign up for our mailing list and let us know.
Let's get things done this year!
This is how I'm going to fulfill my mission of helping you be even more productive this year:
- New Nozbe. We've just published Nozbe 1.9 with super project-sharing, Evernote reminders sync and push notifications. Then - just two weeks later, we updated you automatically to Nozbe 1.9.1 to improve it even more. We're currently working on revolutionary Nozbe 2.0.
- Productive! Magazine every month: in February - with Brian Tracy and in March - with Scott Belsky. Read it on the web, iPhone or iPad or Android.
- Productive! Magazines in different languages, starting with Poland and Japan... and Spanish, Dutch, German and others down the line.
Thanks for being a fantastic Nozbe user!
Tuesday, February 18
Our Nozbe 1.9 was an amazing release. It introduced three fundamentally new features:
- Improved project sharing (with anyone, even without Nozbe account)
- Evernote Reminders sync (seamless, better than in the native Evernote app)
- Push-notifications - for iPhone, iPad, Android, Mac and Web app
With such a big release, despite longer and thorough testing, not everything worked as advertised for all of the users. This is why immediately after the 1.9 release our team focused on brining you even more polished Nozbe experience. The Nozbe 1.9.1 comes as an auto-update to all the platforms except for the Windows (download Windows client here)
Just go to your Settings and you'll see if your app is 1.9.1 now. It should be.
With version 1.9.2 (due in a few weeks) we'll introduce auto-update also to Windows clients where all the minor releases will be automatically updated over the air for everyone.
Enjoy 1.9.1 and let us know how it works for you in the comments below! Thanks for being the most amazing Nozbe users ever!
P.S. As we're working on Nozbe 2.0 now, the major Nozbe re-write, we had to stop working on Nozbe Blackberry and Windows phone clients to focus on our best work. Once Nozbe 2.0 is out we'll re-introduce support for these platforms and try to bring our best Nozbe ever there.
P.P.S. The complete change-log for the version 1.9.1 is as always, available on our test blog