Friday, August 22
I've worked in several companies so far. Some of them were smaller, some of them bigger and more prestigious. Believe me, never did I get so excited to open the email inbox as I am at Nozbe. I am not sure how Michael does it, but he makes people really happy about their work and duties and they report this happiness back to him :) Nozbe users send Michael thankful and positive messages every single day. These are men and women, teenagers and elderly people, housewives, priests and high-class businessmen. Even if there is a problem they want to communicate, they always start and end their e-mails with optimism, gratefulness for such a nice tool and best wishes for the future.
Nozbe, as every other software, has its ups and downs. Even the best CTO in the world (Tomasz :)) can't prevent servers and other machines from slowing down or breaking and even the best tech-guys (our engineers) can be infallible. Fortunately the community Michael and his team have built around Nozbe consists of hundreds of thousands of kind, cultured and simply good people from all over the world. This motivates us to work harder in order to give them even better product, super-professional customer support and extra values and gifts :)
Let me show you some of the heart-warming and inspiring emails we got (and these are the testimonials we haven't asked for :))
"What I love about this product, is the calendar and how I can see day by day what I have due. I also love how it integrates with my iCal and Google Calendar and that when I have completed a task and view it in iCal or Google, it has a tick next to it showing I've done that. Very cool!
Actually, I was so happy with the result today, that I activated my plan and then wrote a review on Nozbe.
You can see it here theaccidentalceo.me
And feel free to share it around. I really have been more productive, and if you knew me well enough, you'd be able to see the difference :D
Cheers from Oz!"
Ron wrote to us with these words:
"Hello, I'm thrilled to announce that I'm going to be conducting a time management class for our worldwide team (~300 people), and the focus will be on using Nozbe to address the specific challenges of our team. (...)
I've been using Nozbe since October of last year, manage 68 projects with it, and absolutely love it. I couldn't run my $250M business without it !!!!
"Just wanted to say that Nozbe helps me so much every single day. It helps me clarify what I need to get done, and what I want to do over the course of my lifetime.
It’s worth it’s weight in gold.
Thank you for providing such a great product and service. Best."
To wrap up, let me introduce you to Josh :)
"Hey Michael, I LOVE NOZBE!!! I've already been using it daily and it has been great. I like the simplicity, the effectiveness, and the ways it integrates with Evernote and my email. I've also begun following your blog!
I watched the entire 10 step productivity video course you put on and I really enjoyed it and learned a lot. Thanks for keeping that video up for free, I'd happily pay $30 for it (I just bought the Evernote Essentials book and I think your video series is very valuable to really get more bang for my buck out of Nozbe). I've brought my email down to 0 which feels like a HUGE accomplishment and am creating new projects and next actions regularly. I'm a shameless fan boy and have already told a friend and he is starting to trial it! I look forward to telling more friends as well. I hope to upgrade to a team account if I can convince my colleagues to use it...but they're psychotherapists and typically aren't too into great apps like this to help them. Hopefully I can convince them because I know implementing Nozbe and the GTD methodology works! I'm also starting a blog (not public yet) where I'll be blogging about Nozbe. :)
Thanks again for following your passion and helping me and others be more productive!"
Can you feel it?
Can you feel that power and optimism coming from each of these messages? I do! Even if you feel down, haven't eaten your breakfast, your cat ruined your new shoes and some elegant woman stood on your feet with her stiletto heel in the elevator, after reading something like this you love the stiletto-lady, want to get another cat and you give your lunch to your voracious colleague.
I hope you will keep up sending these messages and empower us to develop even better software for you :)
Author: Magda, Chief Operations Officer at Nozbe
Thursday, August 14
You are all very excited about Nozbe 2.0 development. We are too! :) Sylwia, one of the fantastic Nozbe users, wrote:
You can't imagine how impatiently I wait for every new version! I just love this program!
What our development team has been working on?
These are things that are ready to go - just waiting for beta 5 :)
- New architecture of Evernote and Dropbox integration
- Adding notes in attachments view
Engineers are now working on:
- Bug fixes in the Calendar view
- Improving Calendar performance
- Printing option
- lots of other small fixes and bugs (fixing, fixing, fixing...)
We released Nozbe 2.0 beta 4 last week.
- Settings view
- Spanish, German, Japanese and Polish versions of the app
- Changing language in settings view
- Managing 3rd party apps from settings view
- Better performance of animations
- Small style changes
- New heart icon for pinned (favorites) attachments
- Link icon in task related attachments
- Mark all comments as read button in infobar
- Show/hide tasks with read comments button in unread comments infobar
- Style changes in unread comments view
- [fix] Moving task from Inbox and set delegation set star
- [fix] normal size field for new person in project sharing popover
Features that may not work:
- Dropbox and Box integration
- Quick entry on OS X
- Adding tasks in the Calendar View
- Sidebar edit mode options
Please, remember this is a "beta" product. Many things don't work correctly yet so you better not use it in the mission-critical environment. If you are brave enough to work with Nozbe 2.0 beta though, send us your feed back. It will be most appreciated! :)
Thanks so much for being with us and supporting our team in their hard development works!
Tuesday, August 12
A recent change in integration allows for more dynamic approach to your files.
One of the recent updates, as most of you have noticed, has introduced some changes to the integration offered with Dropbox and Box.net. Though the core has not changed and things work as before in the area of attaching files/archives to the project, a major shift has happened on the more frequently used end - the comments.
What's changed and how it works now
Before the amendments, this integration was quite static. If you wanted to make changes in a document and have its latest version available in Nozbe, you needed to replace the older version of this file with the new one. Many of you were unhappy with that, and there is neither secret nor surprise in that.
Changes in API on our end, as well as by the other apps, allowed us to make it more dynamic. Now, instead of downloading the file in question into Nozbe, as it was before, the integration in comments adds a direct link.
This in turn means that your Comments will not become outdated... As as soon as you update a file in your Dropbox or Box, the new material is instantly available via the link in your comment.
It changed - how is it now?
Once again, the integration on the project level remains unchanged. Amendments apply only to your comments area. It is a widget-based option.
Here is a step-by-step guide:
- Choose either Dropbox or Box.net icon in the new comment window
- Click on "Add file from box" (in case you chose Dropbox it will be "...from Dropbox")
- A widget asking for your access will appear
- Nozbe will show you a picker window with all your Box files - simply pick one and use "Select" button
- The link to selected file will appear in comment window and you will need to confirm it by clicking "Add comment"
- And here you have the result
To wrap things up
We trust this change will be to your benefit. Please, remember that the old way still applies, but only to your files attached directly to projects.
Written by Delfina Gerbert-Czarniecka - (Nozbe Support Team - CHO - Chief Happiness Officer)
Tuesday, August 12
History of productivity: from dinosaur ages to Nozbe - a story by a happy Nozbe customer - Juan Antonio Dominion
This is an amazing testimonial we have received from Mr. Juan Antonio Dominion - a fantastic Nozbe user. He wrote it to let us know he appreciates our work and support. Thanks to moments like these, we love what we do even more!
Here goes the story:
Dinosaurs and Franklin Planners
I have been around since the dinosaur ages of Project and Task Management, since before people "got things done" and muddled along with paper planners and things called "pens" and "pencils". These huge binders were called Franklin Planners, and the guy that sold the methodology to make them work was named Stephen Covey. Back then, there were only "7 Habits" that highly effective people had to adopt to be successful in their organization.
Needless to say, I have tried every computerized gizmo or gadget or software that has come along since then, from the abysmal Franklin Planner "software" - if you can call it that. Nozbe does so much more with an iPad app than the Franklin Planner's huge, clunky programs did, but they synced with Outlook - and what a joy Outlook was to work with. (Intended sarcasm there!)
Other productivity tools with strange names
Before Nozbe, there was also the Pocket Informant software, which migrated one from a Palm Pilot (yes they were really called that) to a "smart" phone, which was a Windows Mobile phone, and at that time, they really though they were "smart"! There was Remember The Milk, Toodledo, and variants such as the "Trog Bar" - yes that really is what they call it - and the Reqall, which purportedly made one more productive by having you call a voice memo service for everything.
A strong willed innovator
Well, yes, we certainly have come a long way, haven't we? And still, there comes along a bright, strong willed, and conscious innovator like Michael Sliwinski, who would turn the world on its head with an app that would also be strangely named: Nozbe.
But the thing about Nozbe is that it works. Yes, it does. If you just follow the informative videos, or if you cannot understand the content of the videos, you can always read the text on the Nozbe Website. It does help to have an understanding of the fact that there does exist an over arching methodology to the Nozbe system, called "Getting Things Done®", or affectionately, GTD®. Nonetheless, just the information that Mr. Sliwinski propounds in the content on the Nozbe Website is enough to get someone to maximum productivity with the Nozbe applications - and fast!
Keeping up with the Joneses
Like all software companies, I'm sure Nozbe is trying hard to keep up with the Joneses in that they must be constantly innovating to supply the appropriate software for the new operating systems that are almost constantly changing or being released as new. For example, I almost went with another GTD® app, called "Get it Done", just because they have a Windows 8 version, but I don't even like Windows 8, and that is another story.
The first day
So, today, I worked with the Nozbe system for my first real day of work. I was able to easily and quickly get all of my hundred or so Tasks out of my Nozbe Inbox and into the appropriate Contexts, Projects, and Next Actions. By the end of my day, I had not only accomplished about 20 of my tasks - phone calls and what not - but I was also able to ORGANIZE MY LIFE like a Ninja, as Mr. Sliwinski refers to the more competent Nozbe users.
The exponential potential
There are still many areas of Nozbe that I have not even learned yet, but the potential is exponential. Now that I have a trusted and well working system with which to process my Tasks, I will be able to accomplish so much more in my day-to-day routine than ever before.
At the end of my day today, I still had some apps for GTD® that I had downloaded to my iPad and not opened yet. After opening these 5 apps to check them out, I am further convicted in my support of the Nozbe apps, software, system and team. Thank you, Mr. Sliwinski, and Delfina, from your support department for guiding me through my first real world day of getting things done with Nozbe!
I am just so thankful that I gave Nozbe that second chance to be my trusted system. Now, there is no looking back.
Friday, August 8
Below you can find list of fresh improvements delivered in Beta 4.
- Spanish, German, Japanese and Polish versions of the app. Of course this is still "beta" so there can be some misspellings in translations. If you find one, please do report it. The option to change the language is (as always) available on the login page and in the...
- ...Settings view where you can find some more of the new cool features like managing 3rd party apps integration. All in one view!
- Performance. We've optimized some animations of the app to make it even smoother.
- New Comments view improvements. We've added button to mark all comment as read as well as some filters to let users determine if they want the tasks with read comments to disappear from the view immediately or not.
For full Release Notes please go to our test blog.
Download Beta 4
Here you can find all the details, download Nozbe 2.0 Beta 4 for Windows, OS X and Linux and sign up for Android version.
As usual, we really count on your fantastic feedback!