Friday, November 28

40% savings + 2-for-1 offer = Ultimate Black Friday Nozbe offer

Last week, we introduced our new Nozbe PRO plan and lots of our free users converted to a PRO trial. This week, we're giving you two additional gifts!

Nozbe's craziest Thanksgiving / Black Friday deal ever! Save up to 80%!

This year, we really want to thank you and all the other Nozbe users - thanks to your support Nozbe 2.0 has been so successful this year! That's why we're giving you two things this time:

Try Nozbe 2-for-1 up to 80%

Gift no. 1 - everyone on a "single-user" Nozbe plan, gets additional Nozbe account for free!

That's right, whether you're on a "Personal" Nozbe plan, or even our oldest single-user plans, starting today you can create an additional Nozbe account for your spouse, colleague, partner... whoever you'd like. Share projects with them and communicate through tasks. For free.

Just go to "Team" section in your Nozbe 2.0 app and add a person to your new 2-person team. It's that easy!

Gift no. 2 - use coupon code "WOW2014" and save additional 40% by extending your Nozbe account for a year!

As always, our yearly plan already includes a 20% discount and now with the coupon code you get additional 20%... (that's already 40%) and with the additional Nozbe account the savings go up to a whopping 80%! This has never been done before in Nozbe!

Extend or upgrade your Nozbe account and save!

Yes, this is the best Thanksgiving offer ever:

You get 1 additional Nozbe account for free + you save 40% with coupon code WOW2014 = you enjoy up to 80% savings!

What about customers on Family, Team or Business plans?

As explained above, only the customers on single-user plans get an additional person free... but if you're on a 5-person Family plan and you always wanted to add an additional person to your team, now you can do it and save 40%!

You can add 1, 2, 3... or how many more users you'd like

Our customers have been asking for this for years! No need to upgrade your plan if you want to add an additional person to your team. Each new account costs just a good cup of coffee per person per month, check it out:

Add people to your team and save!

See for yourself. This is the best Thanksgiving/Black Friday Nozbe offer ever. Thank you for being a Nozbe user!

Thursday, November 6

Labels - organize your projects easily in Nozbe

We use labels in Nozbe to organize projects by tying together the ones that are similar or have something in common. This way projects can be grouped together. What's really useful, every project can be tagged with more than one Label.

Labels allow you not only to separate your private projects from business ones but also to tag the projects with customer names, the names of your family members, countries in which your company operates, etc.

How to add a label to a project

Let's suppose you have a project that you wish to label. Select it on your project list, go to its infobar (click the "i" icon) to see its properties and go to "Change labels" section.

labels

If you are new to labeling and haven't created any yet, use the "New" button to set up your first label:

labels

Once you've added a new label, select it and use the "Confirm" button to add it to the project. It's easy!

Grouping projects with labels

If you have at least one label set up, you can group projects by labels in your project list. Just click on the label icon and choose a label you need. What's the effect? Your project list will now only consist of the projects with that chosen label.

labels

You can go back to a general view anytime by clicking "x" on the yellow stripe you will see at the top of the filtered projects list.

Managing labels

To edit or remove labels, just go to the labels properties of a project in its infobar (click "i" icon). There, you'll see three dots "..." next to your labels. When you click/tap on the dots next to a particular label, you'll be able to edit or delete it.

labels

Assigning labels to several projects at a time

In Nozbe, you can easily add a label to several projects from your list. Just use the project multi-edit mode. Go to your project list and click the "Edit" button at the bottom. The edit mode is now on - there is a little box to tick next to each project and several other options are available. Tick the project you wish to label and click/tap the "Change" button at the bottom. Two new options will appear: "Labels" and "Colors". Click "Labels" and choose desired label or create a new one. Now you just need to "Confirm" your action and you're done.

labels

Keep getting things done with Nozbe!

How many projects do you have in Nozbe? How do you manage them? Let us know how you use labels!

Thursday, October 30

Nozbe 2.0.9 - better, faster... nozbe'er :)

You think we slowed down? Not at all! After announcing Nozbe 2.0 we keep up with the hard work. Our three main goals are: improving Nozbe's performance, fixing bugs that our users report and introducing new features to make the app even more practical for you. We take note of all your suggestions and complaints. We have a long list of the feature requests from you that we are going to analyze in depth during our company meeting that is going to take place really soon in Polish Jurassic Highland (we hope not to be disturbed by any dinosaurs).

Nozbe 2.0.9

What's new in Nozbe 2.0.9

  • Performance improvements - long task list now render much faster on iOS and Android devices
  • Remove people from sharing projects with list - used to share project with someone but do not want to see him on sugestions list? You can hide him from the list. To do so, go to "Team" section in your Nozbe app, select that person and go to their infobar.
  • Project templates fixes - if you create a template based on a shared project, newly created projects will be automatically shared with people who are in that original one.
  • Small and not so small bug fixes (the full list can be found on our test blog)

Tell us what you think

Your Nozbe, no matter what device you use it on, will update automatically from 2.0.8 to 2.0.9. If you wish to share your impressions or report any issues, do not hesitate to drop us a line. We will be happy to assist you (and even more happy to thank you for any kind words :))

To be continued

After releasing 2.0.9 we directly move on to preparing 2.0.10. Our plans regarding that version include:

  • Totally overhauled printing feature
  • Some candies for OSX/iOS users (especially Yosemite!)
  • Even more performance improvements
  • Keyboard shortcuts improvements

Friday, October 17

How to manage your team in Nozbe

When using Nozbe with other people, in a "team" environment, we can divide Nozbe users into 2 groups that we can conventionally name: "owners" and "cooperators". The "owners" are those who own the multi-user account in Nozbe and can add people to their own team. The number of team members depends on the plan the "owner" decided to pay for. The "cooperators" are people who have been invited to the team by an "owner" - they can have their own projects but have fewer prerogatives than "owners" when it comes to team management.

Now, imagine Edward who is a manager in a big company. He has decided to use Nozbe to work more efficiently with his team. He bought a multi-user plan in Nozbe (he became an "owner" :)) and invited his 14 subordinates to his Nozbe team.

What Edward did in order to create his team in Nozbe

Add people to team

  1. First he entered the "Team" section in Nozbe
  2. There, he chose a green silhouette icon to add a new team member
  3. He entered his subordinates' e-mail addresses to send them Nozbe invitations
  4. He clicked ADD button

And so, Edward as well as his teammates (who obviously accepted the invitations :)) can now create projects and share them with each other, their clients and friends.

New employee on-board

Edward's company has just hired a new marketing specialist, Rob. He will have to cooperate with many people to do his job well. His duties will involve communicating with the IT, finance and product guys as well as Edward and his assistant of course. Thus, Edward needs to add Rob to their team in Nozbe. As this is neither the first nor the last person to join his team, Ed has created a project template some time ago. That was a smart move - all he has to do now is make a project out of the existing template. There, he has some simple tasks that will help him introduce Rob to the team and provide the new employee with materials and information he might need to get started.

This is Edward's project:

Template - new teammate

Edward needs to:

  1. Update template with
  2. Invite to the team (he does the exactly same thing he did when adding his 14 subordinates before)
  3. Invite all the subordinates to this project
  4. Set a date/time for the invitation task "To All" (5.)

What did Edward ask his teammates for?

One of the tasks Edward had in his template-project wasn't delegated to him or to anyone else (there was a question mark not a photo/avatar next to it <6.>). He set a due date for today and so the task jumped to the Priority list of everyone in the project - this way everyone in Ed's team could see it. This is what Edward wrote in a comment to this task:

Hi guys, today we are welcoming a new member - - to our team. will take care of marketing and promotion of our product, so please invite him to all the projects this job requires him to be in.

If there is a lot, remember you can share multiple projects with your colleagues by going to the "Team" section in Nozbe, clicking on a person you want to share several projects with, then clicking on the "i" icon and choosing "Invite user to more projects" option.

Feel free to use this project as you require to install Rob in our team.

When you are done, don't check this task, just leave a comment.

Thanks!

What exactly Edward's teammates need to do now?

To add Rob to several projects at a time Ed's colleagues need to enter the Team section in Nozbe (1.). There, they need to choose a person they want to share their projects with (e.g. Rob)(2.) and click the "i" icon at the top-right corner (3.) to open the infobar with details of the user. In the infobar, they will need to find an "Invite user to more projects" button (4.), click on it and choose the projects they wish from the dropdown list that shows up. Then, a quick confirmation and Rob has access to the certain projects and all the materials and attachments related to them.

Sharing multiple projects

What if someone leaves the team?

It turns out that Rob joined Edward's team because Carl is leaving it - he is retiring. In situations like this, it is recommended to remove a person who will no longer work for the company - mostly for the data-security reasons. What Edward is going to do is ask his team members to remove Carl from all work-related projects they created and shared with the retiring colleague. This time, Edward will simply add a task with no responsibility assigned (question mark instead of the avatar again)(1.) to a common project they all share in Nozbe (2.). He will set a date and time so that the task will show up in the Priority list of all his subordinates.

Remove Carl Task

This is a comment that Edward should write (3.):

Dear All, as of today Carl is no longer on this team so please remove him from all work-related projects that you have created.

In order to remove someone from your project, enter this project, click on the "i" icon to open the infobar, then go to "People in project" section and click. A list of people will appear. Choose the person you wish to remove, click on "..." icon and the click on "remove from the project" button.

When you are done, don't check this task, just leave a comment.

Thanks!

To make sure everyone removes Carl from their projects he places a checklist (4.) with the names of all the people from his team and asks them to tick once their are done. Good idea - nice use of a checklist option :)

A quick guide to removing people from your projects

removing

  1. Go to a project you've created and which you share with a person you wish to remove
  2. Click on the "i" icon to open the infobar
  3. Go to "People in project section and click on one of the avatars
  4. Find the person you want to remove in the dropdown menu
  5. Click on the "..." icon
  6. Click on "Remove from project" button

Final goodbye to Carl

Once Carl leaves the company, Rob should remove him from the team and from the projects he shared with him. Nozbe makes it easy - whenever the "owner" removes someone from the team, our app asks whtether to remove him from the shared project too.

If you are an "owner", please take a look how to remove someone (eg. Carl) from your account.

Remove from team

Go to "Team" section and choose your "Carl" :) Then, click "i" at the top-right corner (1.) to see that user's details. Clikc the "Remove from team" button (2.). If you wish, tick the box (3.) to confirm removing Carl from all the projects you created and shared with your colleague. A final "Confirm" (4.) and you are done.

- post written by Magda, Nozbe's COO

Tuesday, October 14

Uses of Nozbe - Students

Nozbe users come from all professions and backgrounds: from teachers and students, house-wifes through managers and entrepreneurs. So far, we have presented you with solutions for doctors, real-estate agents and lawyers. This article is intended for students.

Students

The background

We all are or were students at some point in our lives. Life of a student can be exciting, demanding and challenging. Depending on area of study, the mixture of the three can vary. I wish I had Nozbe during my studies. I was a double major, with two part-time positions plus steady involvement in student council and theater... But those were the times of pen and paper and your own memory.

Basic focus areas

From the time perspective, I would divide students and therefore their use of Nozbe essentially by the year of study. Although I'm sure some high-school students are here, I would rather concentrate on the college students.

Possible application

For college students getting grasp of all of their studying, reading and writing can be quite challenging even without extracurricular activities such as the ones I had during my years at the university.

Projects and labels

If I were to use Nozbe now; as I wish I had back then and how I plan to use it again (as I've recently enrolled as undergrad at a university); I think I would start by thinking of my ultimate goal aka. associate, baccalaureate or master degree.

That would serve as my main label or category for projects. And I know for a fact that some projects can start as early as the 1st year and continue until you have actually received your degree.

Other labels would be my areas of studies, be it your major or just a group of subjects e.g. like 'Econ' would be my label for all the economics related course. Some might be eager to inquire "then what will serve as my projects?".

A simple answer is: your classes.

For instance, in my current schedule I have 6 subjects: History of Legal system in Poland, General history of legislature, Principles of the Roman Law, Economics, Legal Logic, Legalese English. Those are my projects right there. I want to finish each of them with positive outcome in form of a good grade, right?

Categories

Within each project I would of course have number of types of files and tasks. I would not hesitate to use categories to group those across all of them. For instance, though I might need to buy or borrow book for various classes and seminars, essentially my categories would be:

"book-store" and/or "library".

Books would be my tasks added to numerous project (= classes). When at book-store, I would simply click on the category and see all the names of books and authors I need to buy. Same thing goes for the library, although here the tasks would be cyclical depending on for how long I need to use the library copy of a given book so that I remember to return the books on time.

Syllabuses would be another group of materials/tasks that I would need to load and keep in mind for each of the subject. In today's world you simply go on-line and download them all from student portals. In the old times, it would mean scanning away like mad (Category: Syllabus).

Third bunch of tasks would simply be contacts for my professors for each class and the lecture room where the class usually takes place (Category: Logistics).

By far the largest group of tasks that are constantly changing are the assignments. It would be actually most healthy for you to simply write them down directly into Nozbe as they come in, instead of waiting to get out of class, but here much depends on your professors. Some do not allow tablets or smart-phones in their classrooms (Category: Assignements).

And the last aspect of it all... the research. There is virtually no class for which you would not need it. Sometimes all you need to do is run down to a library and get a book, but other times it is vast search over the Internet, libraries and other sources... here also this great little plugin made by Marcus Platt can come in very hand.

Summary

Those are of course just some basics of how a student may use Nozbe. Some food for thoughts. There are many possibilities, perhaps one of which you will be kind to share here for benefit of others.

Written by Delfina (Nozbe Support - CHO - Chief Happiness Officer)