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Here at DropTask HQ we’re beginning to feel all festive. With Christmas just around the corner, trees are up, decorations are sparkling and presents are wrapped. We know you shouldn’t really open your presents before Christmas, but this year we’ve made an exception and we’re giving you an early Christmas gift which you can unwrap today…

When you upgrade to DropTask PRO and purchase any of our annual plans, you will receive 18 months of PRO for the price of 12 – that’s an incredible 6 months FREE! 

To redeem this offer simply hit the button below, sign up or log into your DropTask account, and purchase any of our annual PRO plans. Once purchased, we will automatically update your account and gift you with 6 months of DropTask PRO for free.

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Go PRO with your team in 2015

As Christmas and New Year draw closer, everyone’s in good spirits and the annual wind down for thteamworke holidays has begun.  Things are festive and joyful at this time of year, however, it can be hard work getting your team back on track after the Christmas break in January.

Don’t fear though, you can be sure to kick-start your productivity in the New Year and beyond by introducing your colleagues to DropTask PRO. With a whole host of productivity-boosting features, PRO will be the helping hand you need in 2015…

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With no restrictions on the number of projects you can create or the number of members within a project, PRO will allow you to connect with your colleagues – all in real-time!

 

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PRO allows you to keep everything related to your tasks in one organized and productive workspace. With the ability to attach files, create subtasks and request updates, managing your workload has never been easier.

Complete Control

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With a range of permission levels to choose from, you have the power to decide what your project members can see and do.

Be sure to take advantage and give your team the gift of powered up productivity this Christmas with 18 months of PRO for the price of 12!

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 Offer available until 31st December 2014.  

DropTask on Android – Available Now!

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DropTask is now available to download on Android!

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It’s been a busy and exciting few months for us here at  DropTask, as we’ve been hard at work building and perfecting our Android app in order to bring you your projects no matter where you are. While on our mission, some of our PRO users were kind enough to help us out and test the Android app in beta before its official release. This is just some of what they had to say…

Having DropTask on my phone really increased my productivity when I was away from my desk. It also proved to be a great communication method for various functions and projects… The ability to do this while ‘in the field’ and away from my desk was both awesome and powerful. 

Stuart Long – Android Beta Tester

With DropTask on Android, you can take advantage of having your favourite features in your pocket, with the ability to attach files, assign tasks to friends and colleagues and set urgency and importance attributes to allow you to focus your attention where it’s needed most.  With all of this at your fingertips, you can look forward to a wonderfully fluid and flexible user experience that fits perfectly with your lifestyle. Managing your workload from your desk, in a meeting, or on your commute has never been easier…


Touch Screen Compatible

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No Connection? No Problem

When using DropTask on Android, you can choose to work on your projects both online or offlinework offline. If you do decide to work offline (or perhaps you’re travelling to your next meeting and don’t have a connection), then DropTask will automatically sync and update your changes once you’re back online. Now you can continue completing your tasks, safe in the knowledge that nothing will be missed and your progress will be updated.


Whatever, Whenever, Wherever

On the goIt’s been reported that the majority of us have 150 individual tasks, meetings, emails, routine items, and action points to take care of at any given time. Well, DropTask’s here to help. Gone are the days where you have to sit down, plug in and load up your PC to get things done. With our new Android app you can manage whatever you want, whenever you want, from wherever you are – giving you the complete flexibility to pick up where you left off.


Stay Connected With Your Team

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Seamlessly Sync

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If you’re out in the field and making progress on your tasks using the Android app, you can pick up where you left off once you’re back in the office using your laptop, as DropTask seamlessly syncs your account across all devices.

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Visit the Google Play Store and download DropTask for free today.

 Want to know more? Click here for a tour. 

Not using Android? Don’t forget that DropTask is available to download on your iOS devices. Download for both the iPhone and iPad today.

The Perfect Pairing – Part 2: Combine Creativity & Productivity

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In ‘The Perfect Pairing – Part 1’, we showed you how to apply a visual approach to thinking by developing a Mind Map full of ideas and possible solutions to your problems. Now you have these thoughts mapped out, it’s time to put them into action.

With a two-way integration you can easily transform free-flowing ideas from iMindMap 7 Ultimate into tasks that need to be actioned within DropTask PRO.  Easily manage your ideas from conception right through to completion in two seamlessly suited workspaces guaranteed to send productivity sky rocketing.

From iMindMap to DropTask

When exporting from iMindMap 7 Ultimate to DropTask, you have two options. You can either export a whole map which will convert into a project or just send over individual branches that will become actionable tasks.

Send individual ideas to DropTask

iMM send to DTIf you only wish to pursue a few ideas, select them in iMindMap to bring up the Branch Editor. By clicking the DropTask tab you can send the branch straight to DropTask where it will appear as a new task.

Send a whole Map to DropTask

If you’re ready for a real challenge, transform your entire map into a fully-fledged project by exporting it to DropTask. Main branches will be converted into groups and the descendent branches will become tasks.DT

Once your ideas are exported from iMindMap and converted into tasks, you can start getting things done. The visual and flexible design of DropTask makes keeping on top of things simple. Prioritize tasks and share the workload by assigning responsibilities to colleagues, and track progress as your project develops by viewing file attachments, adding comments and requesting updates, plus much more

From DropTask to iMindMap

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After the export, your project will appear as a Mind Map where groups become key branches and tasks become subsequent child branches. And for continuity, the colors that are applied in DropTask will correspond with the branches in iMindMap.

With these two brilliant visual tools integrating effortlessly with one another, you have double the opportunity to be creative, organized and productive – whether it be at work, college or home.

Seamlessly integrate your DropTask PRO projects with iMindMap 7 Ultimate today.

Coming Soon…

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With iMindMap 8 just around the corner, creative stimulation will be taken to another level with an all-new Brainstorming Mode, introducing a quick fire way to input ideas and images using sticky notes and pin boards.  Click here to find out more.

The Perfect Pairing – Part 1: Explore your Mind

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It’s the start of a new day and you’re looking for a burst of inspiration to solve those problems that have been playing on your mind. The first challenge to conquer is knowing where to begin. You need something to stimulate your mind so that you can not only generate ideas, but organize them too.

DropTask PRO’s integration with iMindMap 7 Ultimate enables you to apply a visual approach to thinking, mapping out your thoughts as you brainstorm, plan and organize – before using the ‘export to DropTask’ feature where you can put your ideas into action using DropTask.

Together, they provide the perfect visual solution so managing and organizing information has never been easier.

Back to the drawing board

With an incredible tool available at your fingertips, it’s time to start using it to encourage creative thinking and manage your ideas. Below are 5 simple steps to follow when using iMindMap so you can visualize your way to creative conceptions:

central idea1. Start with a central idea

This is the starting point of your Mind Map and represents the topic you are going to explore. It should be central to the page and you should use an image to represent the idea.

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To get creative juices flowing you need to start adding branches from your central idea; these branches represent key themes. With a free flowing design, branches can be added and extended to accommodate new ideas and associations, meaning you are never restricted in your thoughts.

3. Add keywords

For each branch of your Mind Map include just one keyword. The use of a single keyword encourages you to explore the word and generate more associations. Keywords trigger connections in your brain and allow you to remember a larger quantity of information.

4. Colour code your branches

By using colour codes you can categorise, highlight and analyse information, identifying more connections which would not have previously been discovered.

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Pictures are a very powerful aspect of creating a Mind Map – they say far more than words. Images are processed by the brain instantly and act as a visual stimuli to recall information. Images also act as a universal language to overcome any language barriers.

Now you’ve followed these five simple steps, generated a creative Mind Map and explored all corners of your mind, your ideas will be bursting at the seams.  Those problems you started out with are a thing of the past, there’s no stopping you now – the only way is forward! All you need to do is put those ideas into action so you can complete your goals.

With iMindMap 7 Ultimate you can convert your Mind Maps into projects and tasks by using the ‘export to DropTask’ feature. This way you can manage and organize your ideas from conception right through to completion.

Stay tuned for The Perfect Pairing – Part 2, to find out more about using DropTask PRO’s integration with iMindMap 7 Ultimate.

If you can’t wait for our next blog on DropTask’s integration with iMindMap 7 Ultimate, then click here to find out more!

COMING SOON…

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With iMindMap 8 just around the corner, creative stimulation will be taken to another level with an all-new Brainstorming Mode, introducing a quick fire way to input ideas and images using sticky notes and pin boards.  Click here to find out more.

Are you already using DropTask’s integration feature? Let us know your thoughts below.

Turn up the heat on your creativity & productivity

The nights are drawing in, the temperature’s dropping and everyone’s delving to the bottom of the cupboard to dig out last year’s winter warmers… Sounds gloomy, right?

Wrong! It’s almost time for bonfires to be lit, skies to come alive and Guy Fawkes effigies to be burnt…

Remember, Remember the 5th November!

Known as the ‘Gunpowder Plot’, it was on 5th November 1605 that Guy Fawkes was found in the cellar of the Houses of Parliament in London with 36 barrels of gunpowder. Had the cellar not have been stormed by authorities and Guy Fawkes caught, the plot may have succeeded and the King of England ruling at the time would have been set alight along with Parliament.

Since this day a tradition has been set and each year on November 5th, families and friends across Britain celebrate the King’s survival with a day of thanksgiving for the plot’s failure. Celebrations include burning bonfires and fireworks being set off into the night…

4 Steps to ensure your project isn’t a failure

Although some failures, like the one above, are definitely worth celebrating, most of the time we want to be celebrating our project’s success. Unfortunately, things don’t always go to plan and what may have worked well in the past no longer fits the bill. We need new ideas and solutions to succeed; two of the ways we can achieve this are through continued creativity and productivity in our work.

Below are 4 simple steps to follow if you would like to see your creativity and productivity sparkle:

1. Problem solving for your projects

Bonfire night may only come round once a year, but those problems that need solving and the decisions that need making are far more frequent than that when working on your projects.

 

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To be successful and enhance your business’ potential you need to be able to find creative solutions to your challenges.  Investing time to define your problem is crucial because how you define your problem will influence the direction of your solution finding efforts.

Instead of condensing your problem into one plain statement, you need to define it on a much wider scale. By using the questions Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How to define your problems, you will gain a much broader picture. You will have taken any recurring themes, weaknesses and strengths into consideration and your problems will have been looked at from every angle meaning you get a complete view of them.

2. Idea Generation

first_IdeasOnce you have your problems clearly defined, you need to consider creative ideas as solutions to your problems. Let sparks fly and release the bundle of ideas you may have built up inside by brainstorming.

When brainstorming it’s a good idea to collaborate with your team. By gathering a group of people together you are drawing on a wealth of knowledge, diverse experiences and perspectives of a range of individuals to develop new ideas and solutions to problems.

3. Evaluation

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Now you’ve spent time brainstorming with your team, you’re likely to be sat on an array of ideas and possible solutions to your problem. The question is, which one do you choose? The ‘3S Analysis system’ for evaluation allows you to direct your attention positively for constructive analysis of your ideas:

Sort – Your ideas need to be shortlisted to between 3 and 6 ideas. If you have too many you may find yourself rocketing out of control with endless possibilities.

Screen – The shortlisted ideas need to be evaluated. Using a scale of 1-10 rate each idea based on what your heart (emotions) and your head (logic) are saying. Similarly draw up a list of pros and cons for each idea.

Select – After evaluating your shortlisted ideas, you’ll notice that one or two of them shine brighter than the rest. You need to pick the idea that you believe is going to be the ‘best’ creative solution and you need to verify that it will help you achieve your goals.

4. Implementation

Now you’ve defined your problems, generated ideas and evaluated possibilities, it’s time to put your selected idea into action and bring it to life!

To get the most from your idea and implement it successfully you need to come up with a suitable action plan. This plan is a schedule of all the tasks you need to complete to reach your goal. It will act as a framework and will be useful for you to consider what needs to be done, where, when and by whom.

By developing an action plan you will have a guide and set of instructions which will help prevent you getting lost or confused and will help you progress with the work. If you do not follow a plan, then things are likely to take much longer and you may find yourself going back and reworking different sections.

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 Using DropTask and iMindMap for your planning will help you to maximize on productivity and make efficient running of your life and work. You’ll be able to get a good grasp on what your priorities are, so you don’t waste time on trivial ‘to-dos’ or get stressed out by the sheer number of tasks ahead. DropTask will let you communicate your plan by sharing it with others and allows you to assign members to particular tasks so they know exactly what they’re doing…Along with a whole range of other productivity-boosting features that can be found here.

Now it’s time to explore your teams’ creativity and bring your ideas to life! By following these 4 simple steps in your work, your day-to-day actions will be in line with your goals and productivity can soar

See your plans come alight by signing up to DropTask today!

Arrange an awesome last-minute Halloween using DropTask

Only a couple of days remain until the spookiest day of the year – Halloween, is upon us. A day when fear is the aim of the game and a fright or two is on the cards for most of us.

Even more terrifying than the holiday itself is the realization that it is only two days away and you’ve yet to make any plans or are still lacking a costume. To avoid the turmoil of sitting in with the lights off to deter trick or treaters from your treat-less house, we’ve got some advice on how to get organized at the last-minute this Halloween.

There’s no party like a collaborative DropTask party.

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With so little time to prepare you may think that all hopes of arranging that Halloween party you promised to your pals last year are dashed. However, with a bit of help from DropTask there’s still oodles of time to arrange a get-together. Create a project (perhaps called something imaginative like ‘Halloween Party’) and create task circles for everything that needs to be done. Categorize them in groups to make life easier, not forgetting the basics like food, music, and entertainment. Next, invite all your friends to the project. Hopefully they’ll accept the invite if they’re free) or perhaps they just prefer you to the host of the previous party they’d agreed to attend). Once you know who’s coming you can begin to delegate tasks, making the late organization a whole lot simpler. Start completing your individual responsibilities and chase that flaky friend by sending them update requests to find out if they’ve purchased those all-important pumpkins yet. Discuss any final details in the comments and voila – you have yourself a party!

We’ve even done the hard work for you and created a Halloween party project for you to use – click here to take a look! Remember, as this project is public, you’ll be able to view but not edit.

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We’ve all seen it, the epic fail of a costume that is the bed sheet ghost. The last resort for those poor souls that didn’t get to the shops in time. Banish the bed-sheet by using DropTask to come up with a killer last-minute outfit. Make a project for your costume mission in order to get started. Add a group for websites and fill it with tasks that contain links to costume sites that provide express delivery. Check them all out and complete them when you’re done. Make another group with tasks for contact details of costume shops in your area and get in touch with them to find out what stock they have remaining. No luck with any of these? Dig out that dressing up box from wherever it’s lurking and go through everything. Note down the contents using tasks for each item you find and reflect on your options once you’re done. Go one step further and take a photo for each item, setting it as the cover image for the relevant task. You never know what outfit you may create when you look at everything you have within one simple visual.

More of the treat, less of the trick.

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If you’ve got children, the annual trick or treating outing can be a stressful affair. Knowing where to go and what (or who!) to avoid are crucial elements of making the night a success. Hurrying a crying child home early because Mrs Smith from number 54 slammed the door in his face is no fun for anyone. Create a trick or treat project, mapping out where you want to go in advance by creating tasks for the neighbors you definitely want to call on. Link these using dependencies so you know which order to visit them in. You’ll be able to tick these off as you go on the night using our iPhone app (and Android in the very near future!). Got older kids that you aren’t accompanying? Keep the process the same and share the project with them so they’ll be able to guide themselves. Super-savvy children could complete where they’ve been on route by using their smartphones, meaning you’ll be able to keep track of them in real-time, lessening the natural worrying parents inevitably do.

Turn baking fright into baking delight.

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Any holiday comes hand in hand with baking and Halloween is no different. Whether you need to rustle up some treats because all the stores around you have sold out of candy corn, or you promised Halloween cupcakes to the office, DropTask can help. Find your desired recipes then turn them into projects, making each step of the process a task. If you’re unsure of any measurements, convert them to ones you recognize in advance so that you won’t be confused when it comes to the baking itself. If you make sure to list everything you need in the project, you’ll be able to access this on the go and use it as your shopping list, avoiding a last minute dash to the shops for an extra bag of sugar. Once you’ve baked your Halloween delicacies, why not share a public project with those who asked for your recipe so they can recreate your tasty treats themselves?

I now hope the only things scaring you on the day are ghosts and ghouls, and not the prospect of last-minute organization. By using some of these tips you can be well on your way to a frightfully good Halloween (pun completely and utterly intended).

A happy Halloween to you all from the DropTask team!

Behind the scenes with Cover Images

As we’re sure you know by now, last month we updated the DropTask interface by giving it a beautiful makeover and added some exciting new features in the process. One of those was cover images, a refreshed way of differentiating and personalizing your tasks. A few months were spent developing and perfecting the feature, and today we thought we would give you a little preview of what takes place behind the scenes at DropTask HQ when we produce any new functionality, from planning through to release! Before we begin however, can we all just take a moment to appreciate how good food looks within tasks? Those sandwiches…

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Now we’ve taken that moment to drool over 2D food, let me take you back to the start of cover images. As with any new creation, the first step came from an initial idea. Not all of the ideas we have come to fruition however, as we first need to determine whether or not the additional feature will benefit yourselves as users. It is only after this process that we can move forward with planning. We thought that cover images would make tasks easier to locate, whilst adding an element of personalization. Using images to distinguish tasks would also enhance visualization and the ability to glean a project overview with one glance. With this in mind, we were sure the feature would add real value to your experience of DropTask and we got to work with the planning process.

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From the marketing team’s perspective, we thought it would be as simple as placing images into the background of the default task shape. As you can see above, the devs soon proved us wrong and highlighted a number of issues with this process. It became apparent that images would obscure the text, and although we tried to work around this, it was clear something had to change. With most images being rectangular by nature, the circles just weren’t cutting it and we needed a larger surface area in order for the images and task attributes to render correctly. We started to dabble with straight edges and longer lines, and although the images certainly looked better and the information was clear – the tasks were no longer recognizable as part of DropTask!

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It was then time to go back to the drawing board, quite literally, in order to think of something better.

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It was at this point that the task began to take shape and we created the first version of the rounded square you’ll be familiar with today. With approval from Darren – our Head of Development, the devs began working on the functionality of cover images within DropTask itself. While our software developer Ben, handled the visual side of things, Mike, another one of our software developers, got started on the ‘cropper’ that would be used to fit the images into tasks. Once this development stage was complete, it was time for the fun part – testing! Not so fun for poor Ben and Mike however, who both spent this period fuelled by above-average coffee consumption in order to implement all the changes necessary based on the team’s feedback (sorry guys!). Once all of us were finally happy, we released cover images to a set of PRO users for further testing.

With all final edits complete and any glitches ironed out (cue a large sigh of relief from Ben and Mike), cover images were ready to go!
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Now we’ve been using cover images for a few weeks, we can’t imagine DropTask without them! We hope you’re all having fun with this new feature and, most importantly, that they’ve enhanced your user experience by making your tasks easier to locate thus saving you both time and effort.

If you haven’t already, head to DropTask and check out cover images right now. Even if you have, why not go and admire them again in all their glory. And if you like them, let us know – your lovely feedback is what keeps the devs going during those dark, caffeine driven times just before a new update is released…

Project Challenge Expo 2014

This week DropTask had its first public outing, with myself, Yogi, and Darren packing our bags and travelling from Cardiff to London to attend the Project Challenge Expo 2014. The event was held over two days at the Olympia, playing host to a variety of project management related solutions.

The event was a huge success, and we took part in many great conversations with some of the industry’s finest. Although there are some tired eyes in the office today, a fantastic time was had by all and we can’t wait to take DropTask out on the road again! Here’s an idea of what we got up to along the way…

 Day One: Packing, Travelling and Build Up

After final preparations in the office, the three of us squeezed into our jam-packed 7 seater car and set off for London. Three hours later we arrived at the Olympia, ready to unload and build our stand. It took some impressive lifting skills on Darren and Yogi’s part, along with multiple trips in the lift, but we eventually managed to get all our equipment to stand 120 ready to start building! During this process we learnt that escapee helium balloons can pose major problems, and that I’m really rather terrible at DIY.

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Finally at 7.30pm the stand was looking lovely and all set for the next day. We then jumped into a black cab to check in at the hotel that would be our home for the next couple of days. After a quick pit stop to unpack, we ventured out to a nearby Italian restaurant. Luckily, we all managed to refrain from falling asleep in our pasta after a long day travelling and setting up. With that it was time to head back to the hotel for some much needed rest – ready for our early start the following day.

Day Two: The Exhibition Opening

The snooze button was strictly prohibited the next morning, as we were all up and ready to leave by 7.00am. Once we arrived at the Olympia the quest for breakfast began, with each of us doing our best to eat yogurts with forks whilst simultaneously experiencing bottled cereal for the first time. Don’t ask. Somewhat satisfied by our makeshift breakfast, we began blowing up balloons and setting up our equipment. Once finished, we took a brief moment to pose for a team photo.

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At 9.30am the show was officially opened and we awaited our first delegates. DropTask soon began to attract attention and we started discussing all things visual task management – introducing DropTask for the first time to many of the people we spoke to. It was exciting to hear such great feedback about DropTask, with many welcoming a fresh and engaging way to manage projects and people. We were rushed off our feet as the crowds gathered for live demos and it was fantastic to chat to each and every person.

The bright colours and unfamiliar look were what first attracted delegates to our stand, but once they saw DropTask in action most people fell in love with the intuitive design and ease of use. Many were pleasantly surprised by the amount of powerful features packed into something so simple and pleasurable to use.

As the exhibition drew to a close at 5pm, we packed away and headed to the official networking event where we met some of our fellow exhibitors. With a short rest before dinner, we prepared for day 3.

Day Three: Exhibiting, Stand Breakdown and Going Home!

Learning from our breakfast experience the day before, we got up a little earlier than necessary in order to go further afield in search of sustenance. Cups of tea and eggs were a welcome relief after the yogurt and fork incident of the previous day. We then jumped in a cab and made our way to the Olympia for the final time, having to maneuver some lively protests taking place next door to the exhibition centre in the process!

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The day was once again packed full of great conversations and delegates excited about getting their teams started with DropTask PRO. The unique look of DropTask was really popular, and delegates were delighted to have found a tool that their teams would not only understand, but enjoy using. The ability to have everything within a project stored in one place, such as discussions, file attachments and progress was also a welcome feature. The day flew by, and before we knew it the exhibition had come to a close and it was time for the hard bit – stand break down!

Surrounded by boxes, bags and tools we got to work dismantling our stand and boxing up equipment. With a kind helping hand from the exhibition staff, we loaded our belongings into the car, ready for the return back to Cardiff, Wales.

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We had a truly wonderful time at the event and thoroughly enjoyed every second. It was great to demo DropTask face to face and hear people’s thoughts on what we’re doing. The response was overwhelmingly positive and all feedback extremely thought provoking. As well as having a great time we also learnt a lot along the way – like after a whole day exhibiting, deciding not to get a chair probably wasn’t a great idea…

A big thank you to everyone who came to see us at Project Challenge – we hope you enjoyed the event!

 

Introducing The New & Improved DropTask!

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This week has been one of the most exciting in the DropTask calendar so far, with one of our biggest launches to date taking place TODAY! We introduce you to our new user interface for the web app– which we hope you agree looks beautiful – but we have also brought in some massive new functionality for you to start using right away.

As we are forever seeking to improve DropTask, a constant stream of new features often find their way into development as a result of the wonderful feedback you give us. However, the features we bring to you today are nothing short of monumental, giving you the power to use DropTask in more ways than ever before.

The New Look DropTask On The Web

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We’re big on visuals here, you know that. Improving the look and feel of DropTask is something close to our hearts, and we hope the updated interface reflects that. The overall refreshed look is cleaner and much smoother overall, making your experience within the app more fluid. The colours are richer and the graphics are clearer, with the various project views looking and feeling nicer than ever before. Better yet, the new interface doesn’t just look great, but performs even more intuitively than its predecessor. Your projects are not only easier on the eye, but now easier to manage too.

User Permissions & Visibility Settings

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If there is one thing we’ve learnt at DropTask, it’s that being able to control who can view and edit things within your projects is a deal breaker when it comes to your project management needs. Hundreds of you have told us that. That’s why we’re delighted that it’s now possible for you to edit User Permissions and Visibility Settings. These settings give you an abundance of ways to control your projects, as well as the activities of project members. You’re now able to publicly share a project with everyoneeven non users – so anyone can see what you’re working on if you so wish. On the other hand, you can set a project as private for members-only access.

If you’re using DropTask PRO not only can you control what other members see, you can also control what they do. You have the option to choose who has permission to invite new members to a project or delete tasks. Go a step further and restrict a member so they can view their assigned tasks only, with no ability to create new tasks or groups. For those of you sharing your projects with clients, it’s possible to give them exclusive read-only access to your chosen projects, which they can view but not edit. With this new function you can rest assured that your projects cannot be compromised in any way.

Eisenhower Style Urgency and Importance Prioritization

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We’ve spoken in detail about this one already in a previous blog post so we won’t say too much, but it is now possible to prioritize your tasks using the Urgency and Importance attributes. These should make deciding the order in which to complete your tasks a breeze, increasing your output whilst reducing time spent making decisions. Visual indicators of these attributes will be consistent throughout the project, making a glance all that is necessary in order to see what needs to be done and when.

Cover Images

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Images. We like them. So does your brain. It’s why DropTask is a visual task management tool. It’s also why we’ve introduced the cover images feature to make your projects more visual than they’ve ever been. If you’re a DropTask PRO user you now have the option to add cover images to tasks, utilizing your brains natural ability to process visuals better than text. This allows you to differentiate between tasks just by looking at them, which should make searching through projects much easier – especially for those users with a lot of tasks that need to be sifted through quickly and efficiently. Cover images also greatly improve the personalization of your projects, giving you extended control over what your project looks like. Whether you use cover images for pretty or practical purposes, we think you’ll enjoy them.

So there you have it, a brief overview of our huge new updates. They’re things you’ve wanted for a while, therefore we’ve wanted them too, so we’re really excited that they are now ready for you to use.

Those of you familiar with DropTask should take to the new features with ease, but if you’re unsure how to use any of the new additions we have updated our range of support articles in order to give you a helping hand should you need it.

How are you all enjoying DropTask’s fancy new look and latest features?

DropTask on Android: Beta Now Open!

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We’re on a quest to make DropTask accessible to you at all times, and this is why we can’t wait to officially release our Android app which is currently being Beta tested by some of our PRO users.

For complete optimization, the new app has been redesigned from the ground up to suit all of your touch screen Android devices – and it even supports offline access to all of your projects as well as native push notifications for instant updates.

So while the app gets polished ready for its wider release, we thought we’d give you a sneak peek to see what everyone’s talking about…

Comfortable with the browser based DropTask, I was looking forward to the Android application…DropTask didn’t let me down and pulled through with an amazing application that was well worth the wait.
Brendan Gardner, Android Beta Tester 

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Unless you’re already using our fantastic iPhone app, you’ll notice that we’re introducing a fresh new interface to make the app as intuitive and user friendly as possible. This means that navigating your way in and around the app will be a breeze.

To the right, is the new Home screen you’ll see each time you log in. From here, you’ll be able to access your ‘All Tasks’ categories as well as every project you’ve created. A smooth swipe to the left will also allow you to delete a project in-case you’re looking for a quick way to remove some unnecessary items.

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Each time you select a project, you’ll be presented with the screen to the left. You’ll notice here that each group is colour co-ordinated so you’ll be able to easily make that visual connection as soon as you step into the Visual View.

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It’s been said in the past that DropTask is truly at its best on a touch device – and we think you may agree.

There’s nothing quite as intuitive as dragging and dropping task circles from group to group to really highlight how instinctive it is to categorize ‘to dos’ within their spacial surroundings.

 

 

 

Having DropTask on my phone really increased my productivity when I was away from my desk. It also proved to be a great communication method for various functions and projects…The ability to do this while ‘in the field’ and away from my desk was both awesome and powerful.
- Stuart Long, Android Beta Tester

What are your thoughts on the upcoming release? Share your comments below and join the discussion!