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Exciting new updates to DropTask’s desktop apps – available now!

Here at DropTask HQ, we’ve been working hard to bring everyone up to speed with the latest DropTask features. We’ve released a new update for our Mac and Windows desktop apps to give you an instant productivity power-up. Here’s what’s new:

Refreshed user interface and improved usability. Updates to the look and feel of your Canvas bring you a fluid and engaging workspace that’s simple to navigate.

Better offline sync, plus an online/offline indicator. Update your projects on the go, even without Wi-Fi, and trust that your work will be in sync next time you’re back online.

Project Browser menu showing key stats. Gain an instant high-level overview of your current projects that highlights key stats, such as how many tasks are currently in Progress or have been completed.

Copy task links to share. Copy direct links to tasks to share with others so they can instantly hone in on a particular to-do.

Category dropdown in Canvas View. Quickly focus on a particular category in your project by using the easy-to-navigate dropdown categories menu in Canvas View.

List of all recent projects. A list of your latest projects will show you what you’ve been working on most recently, so you can easily navigate between your most active and current projects.

Desktop Notifications. Keep up to date with any changes to your project as they happen, and always stay in the loop.

 

Windows specific updates

As well as the updates above, Windows users will also benefit from:

More layout options. For your convenience, Auto Layout will perform an automatic centralization of your projects and tasks into one, neatly compact area.

Sort your Calendar by Due Date. Prioritize your workload and organize your Calendar so that impending deadlines are your main focus.

Convert tasks to categories. If a task begins to grow, easily turn it into a category to break it down into smaller, more manageable tasks.

 

Mac specific updates

Combined with the features at the top of the page, Mac users can enjoy:

Mac Dock integration. Add DropTask to your Mac Dock and access the app hassle-free with one click.

We’re excited for you to explore our latest DropTask desktop apps features. You can find out more over on our Help Hub.

OpenGenius, creators of DropTask, join London Stock Exchange’s Elite UK

Open Genius ELITE

We at OpenGenius (the creators of DropTask), achieved a Welsh first this week, by being selected to join the London Stock Exchange’s Elite UK. The Elite UK community includes over 520 businesses, from across 26 countries and 36 sectors, so we’re thrilled to be the first Welsh firm on this special accelerator programme. OpenGenius has already seen excellent growth globally, and we can’t wait to drive that forward with ELITE. We’re so excited to see what the future holds for us – watch this space!

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Introducing the all-new Project Browser

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We recently unveiled our all-new Project Browser, providing effortless navigation to each of your projects, as well as high-level insight into progress, status and who’s involved. Intrigued? Here’s what’s new:

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A high-level overview

The Project Browser can be accessed via our redesigned Menu, which has been simplified and improved to give you quick access to various information and functionality such as your in-built Calendar, our powerful integrations with other apps, and resourceful help and support guides.

When you first open the Project Browser, you’ll be presented with a library of all of the projects that you’re involved in. (We’ve also separated them into useful sections such as ‘Active’, ‘Archived’ and ‘Template’ projects, to make it that little bit easier.) We understand that having a view of all projects could easily get out of hand, which is why our new Project Browser gives you snapshots of information at a high-level, with indicators for the number of tasks that are not started, on hold, in progress, completed and overdue – give them some attention!
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All of the information displayed to you in the Project Browser is presented in a visual way – ideal if you’ve only got time for a quick glance but need a clear and accurate idea of where things are at. And what’s particularly useful is not only the ability to see how who’s involved in the project, but the scale of their involvement. A discreet number will be displayed on the project member’s avatar, indicating to you and to others, the number of tasks that have been allocated to them.

(Top Tip: Combine this information with the Team Calendar, so you can gain insight into everyone’s upcoming schedule in relation to workload and availability.)


Instantly sort, search and locate

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If you’re an avid project creator, we know how difficult it can be to locate specific projects. But don’t worry, because the new Project Browser comes with the additional convenience of functions like the Sorting option, allowing you to effortlessly and efficiently tidy your project library. With options such as ‘Alphabetical’, ‘Last Opened by Me’ and ‘Last Created’’, locating projects is now just as easy as creating them.

Better yet, strengthen your ability to track down projects with the Search function. If you need to promptly access a project, the in-built search will offer you a fast track way to get to what you’re looking for. This makes edits and last-minute adjustments to projects a breeze, as they can be found within an instant.

To check out the new Project Browser, login to your account or create a new one for free at www.droptask.com.

Introducing DropTask 2, with an exclusive limited-time offer

 

DropTask 2 features

Watch our video above to see what’s new

 

We’re so excited to introduce you to DropTask 2! Fully charged with a bundle of powerful new features and a stunning redesign, our latest update has been developed to help you plan, manage and achieve anything beautifully. And today, we’ll be unveiling what we’ve been working on and why it’s our most powerful update yet.

DropTask 2 is a big step ahead – visual smart and friendly. 

– Stefan Fedor

We’ve come a long way since DropTask 1, and over the past year we’ve worked on evolving the app’s original capabilities with the vision to transform it into the ultimate productivity solution that’s visual, powerful, and friendly enough for the entire team.  One of our biggest focuses for the new version was to open the path for a clearer way of working, so when you log in the first thing you’ll notice will be our brand new user interface. Designed with simplicity in mind, our improved navigation creates an intuitive user experience for a DropTask pro as well as a beginner, and gives you easy access to all of your projects – including multiple ways to view them.

Filter

With this in mind, it was important that we enhanced the filtering abilities with the addition of extra options, as well as a clear and simple way to access them from all of your main views.

Filtered Tasks

You’re now able to filter your tasks by anything from Keywords and Status (Not Started, In Progress, On Hold), to tasks that hold attachments. This will enhance your ability to find information quickly, so you can concentrate on particular areas of a project at times when less focus is needed on the bigger picture.

Auto-layout

As a further power-up to this ability, we’ve also introduced Auto-Layout, which when activated, pulls all of your tasks to the center of the Canvas with a smooth, synchronized visualization to help you see everything with ease.

Eliminating information overload

Collapse and Expand

When it comes to data management, ‘information overload’ refers to the challenges that one may face with problem solving and decision making when presented with too much information. For example, top-down lists can be overwhelming, and with limited structure, don’t quite allow you to accurately map out what your project might entail in the same way that a visual representation can.

Our brains have a limited means to process and absorb information, which is why we’ve introduced Collapsible Categories.

Expand Tasks

By collapsing individual categories you can eliminate overload to easily digest the information that’s important to you at that time. Your tasks will be discretely hidden, and can be quickly retrieved at any time.

Creating a workflow

Workflow View

One of the most exciting additions to DropTask is our brand new Workflow View, offering a Kanban-style workspace that will add simplicity to even the most complex project cycles.

Once you’ve unloaded your to-dos into the Canvas, switch to the visual Workflow for more of an agile approach, where categories will form into ‘lanes’ that represent various stages within the project.

Workflow

Categories can represent anything from status and progress, to something more custom to fit your project cycle. If you’re looking to prioritize work to ensure that you maximize your resources, then working with Kanban can help you limit the amount of work that’s in progress and identify where the bottlenecks are within a delivery pipeline. The focus is all on getting things in a ‘done’ and ready-state. You can see an example of this in the image above.

Scheduling and team management

Time management enables us to work smarter, so we can achieve more in less time. In DropTask 2 you can remain one step ahead at all times with the brand new Calendar feature. Plan forward for deadlines, important appointments and must-do errands by simply adding Start Dates and Due Dates to each of your tasks. They’ll be instantly scheduled within your Calendar, where you have the flexibility to toggle between Start and Due so you can easily view your priorities and track what’s next in your journey.

Calendar

This exciting addition also comes with the ability to view other peoples’ calendars, so you can check on the availability of your entire team and gain an overview of what’s on their plate.  You’ll be able to view another person’s calendar as long as you’re collaborating on a project together.

Get started today with our exclusive launch offer

To celebrate our new release we’re giving away an entire year of DropTask for Business free when you upgrade to any of our 2 year plans.

Save big and go long, with team plans from as little as $1.42/month.*

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*Offer valid when you purchase any two year Business plan. Monthly price based on 36 months, when paid upfront. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.  Offer ends 23rd September 2016. 

Coming soon, in DropTask 2

DropTask Collaboration

Over the past year we’ve been working behind the scenes to bring you a brand new version of DropTask – and we’re so excited to share what’s on the horizon.

Complete with a beautiful redesign and a whole host of powerful new features and abilities, DropTask 2 takes things to the next level so you and your team can come together and achieve anything. The visual nature of our brand new Workflow Boards are perfect for agile working methods such as Kanban, and the vertical swimlanes make transitioning through stages within a project a total breeze.

DropTask on iPad

If you’re already a user of DropTask, you’ll know that we love the simplicity that visuals can offer, over a long (and often uninspiring) list of to-dos. So, in DropTask 2 we’ve made way for a cleaner (and clearer) way of working with all-new eye catching icons and a palette bursting with color. In fact, we’ve applied the same concept to our UI, our new Notification Centre, and even the workspace Canvas – so you only see the things that you want and need to see. And as if that wasn’t enough, we’re also excited to introduce the brand new DropTask Calendar.

DropTask Scheduling

Strengthening your ability to plan and organize – which is key for producing those all-important deliverables on time, the new built-in calendar let’s you focus on what you should be working on today, and what’s due in the future. We know the nature of unexpected interruptions and the impact they can have on your day too, so we’re making sure that you can easily reschedule if your priorities need to change.

DropTask 2 is shaping up to be really special and this is just a teaser of what’s to come. To learn more, we’d like to invite you to participate in our beta program where you can contribute towards development testing and get early access before the official release. To take part, simply drop us an email at support@droptask.com and we’ll see what we can do.

New to DropTask? Learn more about the benefits by signing up for a free account today.

Avoid information overload with our new-look notification center

Information overload on the computer In today’s digital world, the internet has made it possible to source and deliver information in an instant and connect with others from all around the world. However, as soon as you turn on your device and log online you’re bombarded with emails, messages, news, social networks and reminders which can actually have an adverse effect on your productivity.

Too much information – or ‘information overload’ as it’s commonly known – can lead to interruptions, become unmanageable, create confusion and if nothing else, can drive us mad!

That’s why in the new version of DropTask, we’re transforming our notification center so you can effortlessly manage all task-related information and updates – without getting bogged down! Let’s take a closer look…

See what matters most

New-look notification center in DropTaskTo ensure no important information is lost amongst the abundance of activity that takes place within DropTask, you’ll only be alerted of key changes or updates to your tasks – such as reminders and comments. By reducing the number of notifications received, you’ll find it easy to take necessary action and respond to changes.

Limit interruptions

DropTask hidden notifications for smaller updatesThough some notifications are required and determine next action steps, in many cases you probably don’t need them. So in the new release, notifications for smaller task updates (such as the addition of a subtask or importance flag to a task), will be hidden – reducing distraction and giving you the ability to focus.

 Never miss a thing

dismissed notIn our new release, notifications will wait for as long as you need them to – they’ll only disappear once you’ve seen and actioned them. Even after a notification is cleared, it can still be viewed in the ‘Dismissed‘ section of the app at a later time.


Interested in contributing to the ongoing development before the official release? Simply subscribe to DropTask PRO today and get in touch at contact@droptask.com where we’ll send you an exclusive invite to join our DropTask Tester Program!

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ for the latest updates and information about our upcoming release.

A look back at our most memorable moments of 2015…

Looking Back on 2015 at DropTaskWith the holiday season in full swing, many of us will be taking time out to rest up and recharge our batteries after a busy year. So as 2015 draws to a close, it’s the perfect opportunity to reflect on everything that has been accomplished – before looking forward to the year ahead. Here’s a look back at just some of our most memorable moments at DropTask this year…

The DropTask Community

The DropTask Yammer CommunityAs we looked to find the right tool to engage with our users, we set up the DropTask Yammer Community – providing an engaging and collaborative environment for users and the DropTask team to connect with one another. By strengthening our connection to you – our incredible supporters, we’ve been able to gain valuable insight into your needs as well as deliver the support that you require – resulting in a product that brings great value in managing people’s tasks and lives, as well an invaluable user experience.

Brand-new integrationsDropTask for Outlook plugin

2015 saw the release of our plugin for Outlook – making the way emails are managed even easier. The ability to instantly transform emails into actionable tasks ensures that incoming to-dos don’t get lost or forgotten in an ever-increasing inbox.

DropTask PRO and Evernote IntegrationHot off the back of this release was the launch of our integration with popular note-taking tool, Evernote. A two-way sync makes it possible to bring notes to life by putting them into action in DropTask, or sending to-dos straight into Evernote to generate ideas and watch work take shape.

Native desktop apps

DropTask for Windows and Mac DesktopWith DropTask available on the Web, as well as on iOS and Android devices, we were thoroughly excited for the much anticipated launch of our native desktop apps for Mac & Windows. Boasting lightening speed performance and offline capability, the apps give you the complete flexibility to be able to leverage DropTask from your chosen device at any time.

Powerful product enhancementsProject Archiving

As part of our mission to continuously deliver value and improve user experience, we also made some small yet powerful enhancements to the app. From the ability to Transfer and Archive Projects, to improved Searching and Filtering functionalities, these small enhancements give even more freedom and flexibility – helping to reduce distractions and bring focus to the areas that need it the most.

How others are using DropTask

Hudson Architects using DropTaskFrom large organizations and schools, to family-run businesses and sole traders, DropTask has been helping users from around the world to manage their to-dos. Amongst the stories we’ve shared, we’ve learnt how sales at Corporate Recognition have increased, working in remote teams has been made easy at HP, and how efficiency and transparency has been inspired at Hudson Architects – all as a result of implementing DropTask into the day-to-day running of the organizations.

Plus, a beautiful evolution…

The DropTask team at TechCrunch Disrupt 2015Throughout the year we’ve been listening to what our users have been saying and as a result, we’ve been making some big changes to the app – including a beautiful new design and strengthened organization and management capabilities. The team were extremely excited to hit the road and head to London for TechCrunch Disrupt (one of the most anticipated tech events of the year), to unveil the upcoming release for the first time.  Now, with the beta already under way, we’re pleased to announce that we’ll be lifting the lid on our new release early next year. But in the meantime here’s a glimpse at some of the feedback we’ve received….

First minute’s impression: WOW, both Schedule and Completed Tasks view are functional enhancements.”
Jan Dvorak

Great work guys. I wasn’t sure what you could do to tweak it and make it better. This is more than just a tweak!!! This is a whole new program.
Brian Vroomen

Love it!! …Love the fact that one can view it in so many different ways.
Tarjinder Gill

So there you have it, some of our favorite picks from 2015 – and what an amazing year it’s been. A big thank you to all our users for supporting us on our journey. Now, with the doors to 2016 to soon open, we’re excited about what’s in-store, so be sure to check in here and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ for the latest news, tips and stories.

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Unveiling our new release at TechCrunch Disrupt…

DropTask at TechCrunch Disrupt Startup AlleyEarlier this week, we hit the road and headed to London for one of the most anticipated tech events of the year, TechCrunch Disrupt, to showcase our new release for the first time. Least to say, we were all extremely excited to unveil the beautiful new design and demo the enhanced functionality of the app. In fact, we were so eager to get set up and show off our brand new app, we were the first to arrive!DropTask team first to set up

Before long, the doors opened and there was a real buzz about the place as exhibitors, members of the press, and the general public began to flood into the arena to check out some of this year’s hottest game-changing technologies.

Located amongst approximately two hundred other companies in the Startup Alley, we were there to shine the light on the new DropTask. With a complete redesign of the interface, the new app brings a fresh, clean look and boasts a range of modern and vibrant colors – which sure did the job of catching the attention of passers-by. You couldn’t help but be drawn in to the uniquely colorful and shapely design of DropTask, as intrigue spread about the functionality of the app.

DropTask's stand at TechCrunch Disrupt

This was our first opportunity to show off the new release, and we couldn’t wait to demo the strengthened organization and management capabilities which the team have been busy developing over the past year.  A brand-new way of managing your project in stages (as opposed to focusing on time), makes way for a more agile way of working, and can be implemented when using methodologies such as Kanban and GTD. In addition to this, enhanced scheduling across each project will give you a clear overview of your work so you know exactly what needs to be done and when.DropTask demo with visitors at the event

With this (plus a whole host of extra features), visitors were able to get stuck in and try the app first-hand for themselves. The feedback we received was immensely positive and users found it easy to relate to the new ways of working – envisioning how they would use the app for organizing both their personal and professional projects and to-dos.

During the exhibition, a whole line-up of events were taking place on the centre stage – including the main event of the afternoon, Startup Battlefield.TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Battlefield Competition

Battlefield is all about bringing the latest innovations and technologies together on one stage to compete for the coveted Disrupt Cup, and despite losing out on the top spot, we made it through to the final 10 through a public vote – and for that we can’t thank you enough.

The DropTask team at the DropTask stand

We’re pleased to announce that our official beta will open this Monday (14th December), exclusively to members of DropTask PRO as part of our Tester Program. The beta is an opportunity for you to get a first-look at our brand new app where you’ll be able to try out and test all of the new and improved features for yourself. You’ll also be encouraged to share your thoughts and contribute towards its overall enhancement ready for the official release. To get involved, simply subscribe to DropTask PRO today here, then drop us a message at contact@droptask.com to gain access to the beta!

Join us at TechCrunch Disrupt this Monday – unveiling new features & more!

DropTask at TechCrunch

On Monday, the DropTask team (including CEO & Founder, Chris Griffiths), will be heading to London where we’ll be exclusively unveiling the new DropTask at the digital flagship event of the year, TechCrunch Disrupt.  Gathering the biggest and brightest entrepreneurs on one stage and shining the spotlight on some of the start-ups tipped to be the next big thing, Disrupt is shaping up to be an unmissable event that we can’t wait to be a part of. But don’t worry if you can’t drop by to say hello… Here’s a little taster of what’s coming soon…

DropTask beautiful by design

Beautiful by Design.

Prepare to be blown away with the vibrancy of our new design which is sure to make heads turn and pens drop.

Small but Mighty

Small but MightyAmongst all of the big updates such as improved scheduling and enhanced filtering, we’re also making it possible for you to set due time as well as date, apply multiple reminders on the same task, and add individual notes to accompany each reminder.

Adaptable, Flexible and Fluid

Adaptable, Flexible and Fluid

Whether you’re a GTD enthusiast or prefer more of a Kanban approach to your day to day management, our newest release will be more flexible than ever before with various views to compliment the way that you work.

 

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ where we’ll be bringing you live updates directly from TechCrunch Disrupt, including details on our upcoming beta.

Integrate with iMindMap 9 for the complete creative experience…

iMindMap 9 - out nowBursting with new features and powerful functionality – this week we’re celebrating the latest version of Mind Mapping software, iMindMap.  Guiding you through each stage of the creative process, iMindMap 9 equips you with the power to fire your ideas in at lightening speed, so you can seamlessly think, plan and develop before getting to action in DropTask.

If you love what we’re doing here at DropTask, we highly recommend checking out iMindMap’s visual workspace – designed to inspire you while you work. Delivering nothing short of outstanding performance, functionality, and the flexibility to work in a way that suits you, the latest version offers the perfect creative package to make sure those great ideas don’t slip away.

Get started by downloading your free trial today, and take a tour of the highlights while you wait…Take a tour of iMindMap 9