Monday, October 6

Cheerful complaints by our fantastic customers :-)

When I can't decide which model/type of a product to buy in a store, I often list the specifications I want to a salesman and ask: "Which product matching these specs would you buy for yourself?"

When an electrician comes to fix something at my place, I ask him (or just pray silently if the guy doesn't look too friendly) that he does the job as if he was fixing the cables in his own child's room.

We follow that rule in Nozbe. Michael, the CEO, and the rest of our team work as if we were doing something for ourselves and our beloved :)

It doesn't mean we are striving to be perfectionists. Perfectionism rarely pays off. We get involved, we try to make the choices that will bring people more satisfaction and simply put our hearts and souls into work we do. Apparently, this approach has a positive impact on the users. For whatever reason they write to us they always express their appreciation and enthusiasm. See yourself:

Thank you for programming the beta! I'm sure you all know this already but the design really does look absolutely lovely, and the functionality is really smooth and intuitive, and very well suited to making batch changes, which is a wonderful change. I already found Nozbe to be very usable and super easy to integrate into my day-to-day, but it's even easier now with the smooth design.
Best,
Kathryn

What's really fantastic is that every time someone reports a problem or an issue that bothers them, they also express their positive thoughts and impressions.

Guys, really like the new interface and the speed is awesome. On the Android version, will the "boot up" logo become hi-res? Mike

Nozbe is cool! I am waiting for the release day! S. (one of the most active = critical :) betatesters)

By the way, I know we usually only report problems and bugs, but I am loving this new version of Nozbe. You guys have done incredible work here! Michael Hyatt

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Thursday, October 2

Uses of Nozbe - Law

Nozbe is used by a lot of people. They come from all professions, from teachers, house-wifes through managers and entrepreneurs. Some time ago we have presented you with solutions that might work really well for doctors and for real estate agents. This article is intended for the lawyers.

Legal

The background

I hope to, not pose, but provide you with ideas of how you can use Nozbe to serve you well in such extensive and demanding environment. I have been raised among lawyers and am currently studying law in Warsaw, Poland at Kozminski University. I know it requires high level of organization and, though rewarding, can be extremely stressful and repetitive. Organization is here of utter most importance along with psychological resilience. Unfortunately, I won't be able to aid you in that second area.

Basic areas of concern

Legal applications of Nozbe will vary depending on the group you belong to. A prosecutor will have different modus operandi to judge or solicitor. Thus there is a wide scope of possible interpretation. I will try to outline here some ideas in hope that they will come in handy and that they will serve you all as a spring board for own imagination.

Extensive use of labels and templates is much recommended as it was case of previous posts from this series. Depending on the legal "branch" you are in, you are pretty much bound to do some things certain way. There are procedures to be followed, documents to be filed or obtained.

Possible application

Defense lawyer, solicitor, legal adviser... Perhaps this is too broad a group to be put together, but I believe them to have much in common. They all have clients.... And a client can either be your label/tag or your project. Most often label... But if the matter is small you might be able to lock it up in just one project.

Should you wish the client to have access to the project, or have some other parties involved.... I would advise on labeling instead.

So, I would get projects A, B, C with label Mr. Smith (if that is our client). In project A I would create a list of things that I need the client to supply me with and share it with him. For instance:

  1. Scans of all the documents for given case that the client can provide you with
  2. Testimonies, names of witnesses and any evidence which the client knows of
  3. Your documents and information for the client on the matter, possible ways of approaching it and possible outcomes thereof

You can simply think of it as mutual references project.

Project B on the other hand would be my private, e.g. information that I would not wish to make the client privy to, but that are significant to getting the matter sorted out. In a sense, this would be a project where legal trade secrets would end up in.

Project C - great place to co-work with someone who does not need to be involved directly with Mr. Smith, but whose involvement I need to get all the documents/information and evidence collected.

Prosecutor's job is a bit different. You often do not deal with clients per se, but you do with whole much more of evidence, personnel that helps you collect it and get it prepared. In such case, I think using case number would be the best label you could have. I might be wrong here but essentially you would need two types of projects here: private-only for you - your thoughts and keeping track of your progress; group - shared with those whose help you need to get the guilt proven and the guilty one behind the bars.

Last, but not least is the Judge. Here again court case number is in my opinion the best label, though in simple matters it can be your project name. For most parts you work on case alone and it is related to much reading prior to hearings. I do admit to have had the least contact with representatives of this profession so I might be way off in my view of their work.

Each of the projects can also be saved as a template for later use with another client/case. Also extensive application of check-lists might be of aid, if you would rather have fewer projects.

Summary

This is just a proposal. Something to give you a hint and to get your mind working on. There are many possibilities, perhaps one of which you will be kind to share here for benefit of others.

I do trust this will all give you some ideas. In legal environment, privacy is extremely important, thus Nozbe's "obsession" with keeping your unshared projects accessible only to you is a great advantage.

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

Wednesday, October 1

Nozbe 2.0 tutorial - invest 15 minutes and learn to be productive with new Nozbe

One of the few things that we wanted to do before the public release of OneNozbe for all the platforms was this tutorial. We are aware that for some of you moving from Nozbe 1.9.3 to 2.0 might be a big (but fantastic! :)) step. With all the new functions and interface it can be hard to work as smoothly and "automatically" as before. That's why it is here - watch the tutorial and be on the ball!

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Private lesson with Michael Sliwinski, Nozbe founder and CEO :)

What we suggest is that you download a Nozbe 2.0 beta version for the platform you use, watch the tutorial and try out each operation according to Michael's guidelines. Stop and replay the parts with the new features. The tutorial lasts just 14 minutes and 30 seconds, but the whole lesson will perhaps take you 30 minutes or so but then - when new Nozbe finally hits the market - you are all set to get things done faster and more efficient than ever before.

What will you find out in the tutorial?

This short video covers the crucial aspects of Nozbe productivity system. Watch Michael:

  • Presenting the new navigation in Nozbe
  • Working with his Nozbe Inbox
  • Adding and editing projects and tasks
  • Outlining all the parameters you can use to facilitate your workflow
  • Explaining the "Priority Tasks" idea
  • Showing how to cooperate with your team in Nozbe
  • Using labels and categories to get organized
  • Explaining the usage of Nozbe Calendar

Michael also speaks of integration with other apps and new sorting and filtering options.

Spare some time and become Nozbe 2.0 pro-user :)

Other languages

We are now working hard to record the tutorial in all Nozbe languages: German, Japanese, Polish and Spanish. Next week not only the English-speaking Nozbe users will rock in Nozbe 2.0 :)

We are constantly improving the app

Although it might seem we are just procrastinating :) be sure, we are still working to enhance the way OneNozbe works. Our programming ninjas' current missions:

  • New keyboard shortcuts testing - we have implemented some new keyboard shortcuts. Now we are testing it and make necessary fixes and improvements
  • Drag&Drop improvements
  • More activities logs in the app - you will be able to see activities of your whole team as well as for each person individually
  • Printing mechanism - due to problems on Windows platform we had to re-engineer the whole feature and we hope to finish it within the next week
  • Adding new comment improvements - you won't lose your unsaved comments anymore :)
  • Performance improvements for iPad
  • Much more small bugfixes and upgrades

As usually we say a big thank you to betatesters who invest their time to help us build a super-effective productivity tool.

If you haven't, do check out our beta 8th version of Nozbe on our dedicated website

Thursday, September 25

Nozbe 2.0 Beta 8 and version 2.0.5 with more iOS 8 specific improvements and new gestures for iPad!

As we still struggle with some last issues on Windows and Android platforms, we want to show you our probably last Beta 8 of Nozbe 2.0 for Android, Windows and Linux. We have also updated our apps for iOS and OS X - you will receive it via autoupdate today!

Beta 8

What's new in Beta 8

There is no killer feature in Beta 8 of Nozbe 2.0. However, it consists a lot of important bug-fixes and some visual improvements. For example the bug when task comes back to Inbox after changing its project should be gone now :)

What’s new in 2.0.5 for iOS

  • Show project list with a gesture - During beta we were still experimenting with interface on iPad in portrait mode, and we finally cracked it. Swipe from left edge between left menu and task list gesture was missing. Now you can smoothly switch between project list and task list on iPad in portrait mode!

Attention lucky iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users - an update for your bigger screens is already waiting for review in the App Store. It also has some more cool features:

  • Background sync - Now Nozbe on iOS syncs in background so when you open the App you don’t have to wait every time for your task list to be updated.
  • Add to Inbox shortcut in Today widget - You can now open your Inbox with autofocus on adding new task from your Today view on iOS8

Download Beta 8

Here you can find all the details, download Nozbe 2.0 Beta 8 for Windows, OS X and Linux and sign up for Android version.

As usual, we really count on your thorough feedback! We are very grateful for every e-mail, comment or tweet about Nozbe 2.0. It helps us make new Nozbe better. We would like to thank our betatesters for all you have done for us so far! You are great!

What needs to be done before the final release

Our engineers are now going to put finishing touches to Nozbe 2.0. They are fighting with issues like printing on Windows and You Tube video previews. We are also testing some new cool keyboard shortcuts! We'll be also adding the iOS8 goodness like widgets and more to the Yosemite version of our Mac app, so stay tuned about that :-)

Wednesday, September 24

Uses of Nozbe - Real Estate

Nozbe is used by a lot of people. They come from all professions, from teachers, house-wifes through lawyers and entrepreneurs. Last week we presented some solutions that might work really well for doctors. This article is intended for the real estate agents.

The background

I hope to, not pose, but provide you with ideas of how you can use Nozbe to serve you well in such extensive and demanding environment. Before Micheal invited me to work with him on Nozbe, I also worked in this field.

I know it requires high level of organization and, though rewarding, can be extremely stressful and even repetitive.

Basic areas of concern

Real estate activities can be roughly divided into two areas: purchase and sale. Both of which are done by you, the agent, on request (at times behalf) of a client. Difference between one and the other, apart from obvious question of where the funds come from, are little.

Thus I would suggest extensive use of labels and templates. Whether you are selling house of Mr.G or looking to purchase a warehouse for Mrs.B. you still need to check the documentation of the properties, you still need your client to provide you with detailed information on what they are selling or looking for.

Possible application

You could ask now "so what do you suggest I do?" Well, here it comes.

I would start with deciding on either calling my project by name of a client (but that is only beneficial if you will be working on it alone) or using labels. If for any reason you wish the client to have access to the project, or have some other parties involved.... I would then go for labeling instead.

So, I would get projects A, B, C with label Mr. Smith (if that is my client). In project A I would create a list of things that I need the client to supply me with and share it with him. For instance:

  1. Requirements as to the property (in case of purchase) or copies of documents such as expert from land and mortgage register (in case of sale).
  2. Documentation on mortgage and description of current state along with photos (or description of expected state) and so on.

Project B on the other hand would be my private e.g. for collecting offers regarding given client, later to be passed to project A for instance.

Project C - great place to co-work with someone who does not need to be involved directly with Mr. Smith, but whose involvement I need to get all the documents verified.

Each of those projects can also be saved as a template for later use with another client. Also extensive application of check-lists might be of aid, if you would rather have fewer projects.

Summary

This is just a proposal. Something to give you a hint and to get your mind working on. There are many possibilities, perhaps one of you will be kind to share his interpretation for benefit of others.

Please do not shy away from posting your ideas under this post. What works for me... does not have to mean automatic success for you.

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