Overview of changes and suggestions

Hi Sergio,

Thanks for your reply and moving ‘me’ to a separate topic :smile:. I can fully understand the build of a new tool from scratch using a modern tack stack and I stay curious to see the new version once launched. I hope, though, that UI and functionality in TaskScale - after further development and implementing some (hopefully most :wink:) of the feedback - will at least be on the same level, hopefully even better than in GTDNext.

Area/ Workspaces.
I can understand your rationale with the new structure offering new feature options, e.g. sharing possibilities. Yet, for me, as I said, having a complete view is key. If this was not possible in the future, I might not make use of areas and workspaces at all (even though both are powerful tools but at the same, it would be too troublesome to jump back and forth between areas/ workspaces) and the missing of a complete view might even be a complete showstopper for migration!! For me, this is one of the key USP of GTDNext, which would get lost.

Single actions
Agree, not too critical.

Node Tree item type: Checklist
Got your point, makes sense for me and is a nice feature and upgrade.

Inbox
This is related to the area / workspace subject above (complete outline). Being able to only create and work on new items in a separate list for the inbox would make things much more inconvenient and less efficient in my view.

Waiting and Someday status
Ok, implementing a solution would be very helpful if it allows to have separate lists for Waiting and Someday items as well as if it was not run on the basis of tags.

Tags. Tag Filtering
Ok, hopefully you can develop such a functionality soon as filtering via a search bar as it is now implemented in GTDNext is very efficient and powerful.

Tag Display
GTDNext is not the only tool attaching tags as separate list, also Nirvana, Omnifocus and Todoist do it this way. In my view, having a clean and neat outline where tags are being shown in a separate column and in a decent/ discreet style (e.g. as now in GTDNext, Nirvana or Omnifocus) proofs to provide a great value add. Otherwise, the outlines will get very busy and complex. Thereby, using tags becomes much less attractive, which, at the same time would limit the exploitation of their great potential in organizing items and filtering them accordingly.

Search
Ok, have to run more tests once fully developed.

Focus
Ok, great.

Repeating Nodes + Today/Daily Planner page: I tested those features now and have to say that these are great improvements compared to GTDNext.

In this regard, I’m looking forward to any updated version and hope for further advancements :slight_smile: !

At last, some questions re timing and outlook:

Launch date: Have you already a launch date for TaskScale in mind?

Transition period: Once TaskScale is launched, are GTDNext users obliged to migrate, i.e. are you shutting down GTDNext soon after launch or will both apps be run for some time in parallel?

Further development: You always note that GTDNext has not seen much of a development in recent years due to resource constraints and restrictions on the basis of the legacy technology. How active would the team be in the future to work on new features and refinements?

Thanks Sergio!

Marcel

Marcel, regarding the full outline. I understand your dissapointment with missing the full outline.

I have been using TaskScale.net for a couple of months now, while developing it. And I may say I was also frustrated at first that I don’t have the whole outline in front of me. But it passed.

First, I had to split the imported data between Areas/Workspaces. And the only this process let me overthink and restructure my data in many ways. Now it makes you more disciplined. Makes you think, how would you better structure your data. Because in GTDNext I already started to miss where did I put this or that thing (I have about 3000 items in the outline). And there is no way now that I would want to go back to GTDNext.

As an example, I have TaskScale as a separate Area. Because it’s quite a big project, actually. I have separate Workspaces for: current dev tasks, documentation, marketing and some others. And when I start working on it, I open the Area and it’s absolutely enough for me to be in the context. Because no data from other Areas is relevant to it. (And, by the way, I write this post also in TaskScale, just to paste it to forum when ready)

Not trying to talk you into it. I understand that all people are different. And what fits for one does not fit to many others. But if you can try to stick with it for a bit, maybe the things will change.

Getting back to the full outline, we might do some kind of it in the future. But I can’t promise it will be soon. We got so much to do…

Answering your questions.

Launch date

We dont have a fixed launch day. When we see the project is stable we go for it. I believe it will happen within a month.

I also see some anticipation of more features before the release. That is not the case. We will launch with the existing feature set and then continue the development.

Transition period

There will definitely be a transition period. It won’t be soon that we will close GTDNext but it will have to happen someday.

Further development

Yes, we are going to work on TaskScale.net in the future. We have a lot of ideas and plans to implement.

Thanks Sergio for the explanation. You built a great product with GTDNext, I’m optimistic you will also design a great app with TaskScale, having now the chance to start on a green playing field with a superior tech stack. So, I wish you good a progress and I’m happy to cotinue to provide feedback (and once in while chase you on the complete outline and inbox topic ;-)). Highyl appreaciate your efforts! All the best! Marcel

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Agree with all points. I think we are saying make it like current GTDNext and then start iterating from there. The current Beta Notes is a real step back for example I see

Hello,
Nice to see you on forum!

First of all, thank you for leaving a feedback. I sometimes also miss the notes on the right panel, as for some cases it was convenient to have an instant access to it. And such feedback helps to understand the needs of the other users of the app.
On the other hand, all people are different. And we have a polar opinion on the forum that we don’t need the right panel at all, as a step forward :slight_smile:
And our goal is to make a product that provides a solution to users’ needs. And we are listening. And we try to identify the problem. And look for a solution that fits best to resolve the problem. And it may be quite different from what we had on GTDNext as we are trying to make TaskScale.net a step forward.

Returning to the Notes on the right panel, I think we will add it as an experimental feature. It will be before we are getting out of beta or right after it.

Thanks again for your feedback!
Best Wishes,
Sergio

Hey hey!

We’ve implemented the notes on the sidebar.
Here is the announcement of new release: Release 2023-08-13 (v0.0.13)

Enjoy!

Hi, could anyone please explain to me what should I do for my actions to appear in the Next Action list?
Thanks!

Martina

Hi Martina and welcome to the forum!

You can do it by turning your parent node into Project and all the children of it become Actions. The very first action then gets into Next Actions list.
And of course you can do the same with actions, making sub-projects of them.

Many thanks for adding notes its starting to feel like GTDNext with the same intuative functionality.

Hi Sergio

Hope I’m adding this in the right place.

One thing I have missed from GTDNext was any form of Zapier integration. I know there is an Email to send to the inbox. And that is cool and very useful, however, there are many tasks that I can either email or Zap so that I know what Parent tasks or Area or Tag that I would like that new item to go into.

You would not even need to write a Zapier plugin, just give us a documented API as we can use either Posts or Gets to the API and write our own Zapier interface. (Maybe there is an API and I just have not found it yet) More than happy to publish how to setup Zapier with Post and Gets for others to use.

Hello Lyndon,

Thank you for the feedback!

I’ve added a simple endpoint based on an API for the Extensions.
You can try sending a POST request to https://taskscale.net/api/node/add
Having body:

{“name”: “Test API”, “notes”: “Some test notes”, “parentId”: “ID of the target parent node”}

If parent ID omitted then new node is added to the Inbox.

Auth is a header: Authentication: Bearer ApiKey

where ApiKey is the Extension API Key that can be found on profile page here

Please let me know if it works for you, and if you’d like to be able to set other fields. I will document the feature when finalized.
Would be kind of you if you could write small description on how to use it with Zapier.

PS. Please note that updates do not yet arrive automatically, so you have to refresh the page to see the newly added node.

I did my first test import of gtdnext.com to https://taskscale.net/

One issue that is challenging is that on the Next Action you can’t move the action up and down into the order I will do them in the day like you can in gtdnext.com. So for now I will still move back to gtdnext.com (Do you intend to add this feature?)

I wholeheartedly agree with this. I would also like to add that the “breadcrumbs” showing the project/sub projects make the page very hard to read. It’s a lot of information to try to read through.

I also find that there’s too much great functionality from GTDNext still missing from Taskscale, so I can’t switch over quite yet.

Yes, we have the Next Actions manual sorting in the list. I will try to make it a higher priority.
I will post an update as soon as it is ready.
Thank you for the feedback!

Hello!

I agree that Next Action list isn’t perfect now. We are looking for the ways to make it better.

I am new to TascScale and it looks very promising. Coming from Dynalist. Here are my findings and suggestions:

  1. I wish to sort tasks by priority (especially in daily planner), so I can make better use of the Master Your Now system from (Michael Linenberger).
  2. In Daily Planner the controls to “hide completed, expand, collapse” are missing.
  3. The Daily Planner shows the title color from last active workspace. This is confusing, because Daily Planner is independed from workspace. Better to have no color or a custom color for Daily Planner.
  4. I wish to use shortcut for changing types, so I can quickly make an action/checklist out of my nodes and vis-versa. I do brainstorming for my issues. During that it becomes clear, which points I want to be an action.
  5. I want to make nodes under checklist, so I can more easily describe some details to the action/checkpoint without having it actionable. This is because I am used to organize my information in an outliner style. Even for tasks.
  6. Make items movable also by Drag’n’Drop on text area. This would be more easier and fluently to move items arround, rather than remembering and finding the small icon, where moving is possible now.
  7. I wish to use BBCode or SimpleMarkup in titles and notes, so I can e.g. insert clickable link or make key words bold. This is because I organize bookmarks in my outliner. I also link further information to my actions. Third I trigger external actions (like retrieve my mails) with a hook link.
  8. I would like to select multiple items and make bulk action (like set priority, move to, …) so I can more easily organize my data.

Hey hey!
The feature is ready Release 2024-01-09 (v1.1.7)

You are welcome to try it!

Hi Fenyem!
Sorry for leaving you post without a reply.

A couple of issues were addressed in the last release: Release 2024-01-09 (v1.1.7)

And more are to come!

Hi Sergio!
Thanks for your feedback. Good to hear, it was useful. I will check out the new release :slight_smile:

Thanks and
Have a nice day