Saturday, December 22, 2012
It's that time of the year again. As we survived yesterday's "end-of-the-world-day" and we seem to be just fine, let me wish you my dear Nozbe customer a Merry, Calm and Wonderful Christmas time. On behalf of the entire Nozbe team, we're so grateful to be able to serve you every single day!
Christmas time comes with presents and we have some great gifts for you this holiday season:
- New apps for Mac and Windows featuring lots of fixes and improvements (you can download it from our web site - we are still waiting for the approval from Apple for the Mac App Store) - this is version 1.4.1
- New Android app in Google Play featuring project templates and lots of enhancements to run smoothly on many Android devices - this is version 1.2
- New Mobile web version - optimized for the Android and the iPhone.
But there's more!
We just submitted to the App Store our brand new "Nozbe for iOS"
It's a completely new universal application for both the iPhone and the iPad and it's been built by us completely in-house from the ground up.
We are waiting for the approval from Apple so the app should be live early in January on the App Store. And it'll not only work great on your iPhone but will also look beautifully on the iPad:
What's the difference between our current iPhone and iPad apps and this new, universal one for both iPhone and iPad?
- Price: FREE - the app will work with your current Nozbe subscription and will not cost you a cent more...
- iPhone - similar to our mobile apps - if you're used to working on our mobile app or Android app, you'll find the iPhone interface very similar to these apps with exactly the same feature-set.
- iPad - similar to our Desktop apps - if you've been using our app for the Mac and Windows, the iPad app will feel at home. It's been designed specifically for the iPad's touch screen but with the familiar look-and-feel as the desktop apps.
- PUSH-sync - just like our Android and Desktop apps, now also on the iPhone and iPad your app will be always up to date! Anytime someone from your team updates a comment or task... or you change something on other device or the web, the changes will be pushed to your iPhone and iPad app.
- Newest features like project templates, advanced filters and more... are coming at the same time now to the iPhone and iPad apps as they do come to the desktop apps and Android app.
The Nozbe iOS app will be available in early January
We are entering 2013 with a suite of apps for you to get more done and we are very excited to be able to help you make the 2013 your best and most productive year ever!
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Nozbe 1.4 is a new milestone for us as we're bringing you project templates for the first time in Nozbe. The app is available for Windows, Mac (and on the Mac App Store).
Nozbe Desktop 1.4 brings you:
Now you can convert any existing project to a template and create similar projects with one click. A huge time saver!
Print project list, task list (with or without comments), notes, files, Evernote or Dropbox attachments… you name it. We have custom-designed beautiful print view so that you can take and use the lists offline.
The Quick-Add (CMD+OPT+T) enhancements (Mac only)
Works better and faster now and doesn’t bring up the Nozbe window if you don’t need it. Works globally on your Mac anytime to add a task to Nozbe.
Contexts are shared across the team automagically
Now when you assign a context to a task in a shared project, other people on your team will see it automatically. This way you can communicate even better through tasks by assigning contexts to your shared tasks.
Filters in every view - in projects, contexts, Next Actions and everywhere!
Have a long list of tasks? Filter it out by project, context, time needed, person responsible… you name it. Narrow down your task list to get focused and get more done!
Special Windows 8 design (Windows 8 only)
Inspired by the Metro/Modern UI. If you’re on a Windows 8, you’ll love it.
It’s our sleekest desktop version ever. Just download it today and let us know what you think!
How do "Project Templates" work?
To create a template:
1. Create a project with your tasks, comments, everything
2. Click to "save as template" on the briefcase icon
To create a project from a saved template:
3. Your briefcase "Templates" icon will show up
4. Choose a template
5. Create project from a template - it's that easy!
Additional features of templates
Updating templates - to update a template, create a project from it and save AS the same template name and it'll be updated!
Choosing a template when creating a project - you'll see a briefcase icon next to your project input field, choose a template and you'll easily create a project from it.
Project templates are coming to our new iPhone and iPad apps as well as upcoming Android app update, so stay tuned!
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
In the 6 years we've been running Nozbe there has never been a more exciting time for us (and more importantly for you - our customers!). Throughout the month of December we'll unveil to you our new iPhone app, iPad app and our completely new web app.
Why new iPhone and iPad apps
Until now, our official iPhone and iPad apps have been the great apps by our partner - Macoscope. We chose to work with them three years ago when we knew the iPad was coming and we didn't have enough expertize to build the apps ourselves. After all, Nozbe was a "web application" and mobile apps were just an "additional part of our business". Not the core experience. Well, a lot has changed in the last three years...
That's why we've been working hard on making the transition from a web application to a true "platform" with the native apps that sync with our "cloud" server. Your praise for our native desktop apps for Mac and Windows says we're on the right track. Now we're taking it to a new level, why?
1. Similar experience across all the apps
At this point our web app is totally different from our desktop apps. Our mobile web app is similar to our Android app but not at all like the iPhone and iPad apps. There are a lot of features that are present on one platform but not supported on another. It's been a long transition period and it's time to get it right.
Over the last two years we've been working like crazy to finally get it right for you, our fantastic customers and I think we found it. What you'll see over the course of the next month is that our new iPhone app will be very similar to our mobile web app and our Android app. Our new iPad app and our brand new web app will look a lot like our desktop app for Mac or Windows.
2. We need to ship features faster
We've already introduced "rich" comments, project templates, amazing printing support and other great features to the desktop apps. These features fundamentally change the way we work and we want to be able to ship them simultaneously on all the apps in the future. And we've got great enhancements prepared for 2013. These new apps will make sure you can enjoy all the goodies at the same time on all the platforms.
3. Mobile is no longer an additional part of Nozbe
When I started Nozbe in early 2007 I thought it'd be all about the web apps. Nozbe was born as a web application. Coincidently the same year the iPhone launched. And it changed everything. I must say I originally thought the mobile native apps were just going to "support" our web application. They'd be an additional part of our experience...
Fast forward 5 years and I ditched my laptop for my iPad and iPhone. Android is growing and people are using smartphones more than ever and PC sales are going down. Mobile is the future. Mobile is an integral part of Nozbe now. Productivity is mobile. And so is Nozbe.
A nice Christmas gift for our customers: new apps
Over the course of next month we'll ship a completely new web app, new iPhone app, new iPad app and a new Android app for you. The apps will be fast, will share similar user experience and all apps will be free. It's going to be a very Merry Christmas to you - our fantastic Nozbe customers!
P.S. The new fast Android app is here already - version 1.1 just hit Google Play store with much-improved speed, lots of fixes and support for "rich" comments!
P.P.S. Our mobile web application has also been updated with the same features as the Android app - make sure to check it out!
P.P.P.S. Do you want to help us test our iPhone and iPad apps? - just sign up using this form - thanks!
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Email is an integral part of our lives. Everyone uses it and many of us still try to treat emails as tasks. We leave emails "unread" in the Inbox to remind us we should do something with them. However, it's important to decide which emails are truly actionable and which are not.
To make sure we make this distinction we always enabled you to send emails to Nozbe to convert emails to tasks - we also gave you an Apple script and a bookmarklet to make it even easier. But now we re-invented the email to Nozbe to make better use of our new rich comments. Watch this video:
Here's the same video, without the music and with my explanatory voice over:
New Nozbe.me domain
To email a task to Nozbe, simply email to: NICKNAME.PIN@nozbe.me - you can set up your "nickname" and "pin" in the settings of our web app.
Use parameters with a "hash" - #
To add a task to a project, write #project_name - same applies to context, time needed and even task delegation if you're sharing a project with someone.
Add attachments and they'll be added as comments to your task
This is huge - now with rich comments you can email a file, image, document... and it'll be added as a "comment" to the task.
Add several tasks at once with a "dot"
Just start with "." - here's an example of adding three tasks:
. my first task
. my second task
comment to this second task
. my third task
It's that simple!
Again, just watch the video and you'll see how easy it is now to add a task to Nozbe via email.
PS. Which video did you like better? The one with me talking or the one with the music? Please be honest which one you found more helpful! Thanks!
Friday, October 12, 2012
Something to inspire you over the weekend - two latest issues of the Productive Magazine... and a special course pre-announcement
Hope you're doing great and enjoying our latest Nozbe for Mac and Windows version 1.3 with "rich comments" - today I'd like to share with you a very inspiring read for the weekend and beyond.
As you know, I'm very passionate about personal and business productivity and that's why years ago I started a Productive! Magazine - the first and only global magazine focused on productivity - distributed as a PDF and iPad app (and completely free of charge for you!)
I started it because I wanted to give you more than just a tool - I wanted to give you practical tips, tricks and the best pieces of advice I could find... and written by folks smarter than me :-)
Go ahead and download issue #12 with Jason Womack (the bestselling author of "Your Best Just Got Better") or get our latest issue #13 with Graham Allcott (the author of "How to become a productivity ninja?")
or simply get our Productive! Magazine iPad app
And if you really like these magazine issues, make sure to get past issue directly from our site - I'm always making sure the content is timeless every time.
...one more thing... the new 2012 10-Step Productivity Course
Many of you have seen my old 2008 "10 Step Productivity Course" - and by many I'm saying a lot more than 100 thousand viewers on YouTube total.
Fast forward to today, I'm close to 6 years of running Nozbe with amazing success (thanks to you - my fantastic customer!), I've published 13 issues of the Productive! Magazine and close to 50 episodes of my Productive! Show and I'm more passionate about productivity than ever.
I've learned seriously a lot in these last years... and I decided it was time to update the course and release it again in a new format, with some great information and a lot more tips and tricks. The course will be released in November in a written format, as well as with an audio and video version. Each video of each step will be of ~ 6 minutes delivered by yours truly.
Thanks again and have a great weekend...
... and a great Fall season (it will be great as we'll be releasing a totally rewritten iPhone, iPad and Android apps... and a new web app for Nozbe... so stay tuned!)