Wednesday, April 23

Mobility, Collaboration and Inspiration - the new focus for upcoming Nozbe 2.0 app that we call "One Nozbe"

- written by Michael Sliwinski, Nozbe CEO

A recent trip to Japan gave me a great opportunity to participate in an event with Nozbe customers in one of the coolest venues in town and one of the biggest Apple Stores in the world; the Apple Store Ginza in Tokyo. The event was a success and I had the pleasure of hosting a demo of the upcoming "Nozbe 2.0" to a full auditorium of Nozbe customers and to explain the three pillars that guide our future for Nozbe and productivity.

Mobility, Collaboration and Inspiration

My focus at the Japan event was to leave the audience with three key things to remember:

  • Mobility - productive people are mobile and use lots of different devices - the key is for Nozbe to be on all of them and we're already doing great with our current lineup of apps. Now we're going to take it to a completely new level with upcoming Nozbe 2.0 including bringing it to even more platforms!
  • Collaboration - we've always stressed the importance of collaboration. Especially peer support when you're trying to learn and stick to "(GTD) Getting Things Done(R)" or other productivity techniques. We've been offering project sharing and comments on tasks for years and this year we took it to a whole new level with Nozbe 1.9 where we introduced project sharing with anyone, even if they didn’t have a Nozbe account. Well, with Nozbe 2.0 we'll bring you even more improvements and new tools. Are you ready to break your reliance on using email for collaboration? This can be a big leap in productivity perception – and Nozbe 2.0 can chart the course!
  • Inspiration - we gave you Productive! Magazine, we gave you "10 Steps to Ultimate Productivity Course" and we're now bringing local Productive! Magazines to Japanese-, Polish- and Spanish- speaking folks and a lot more down the line. We continue to bring the best ideas in productivity to inspire you to get even more things done.

That's it, three things: Mobility, Collaboration and Inspiration. This is what we're all about.

Mobility, collaboration, inspiration

Nozbe 2.0 is actually a 4th version of Nozbe, but it's a radical shift

Quick view on Nozbe history:

  • 2007 - I personally wrote (as in: "wrote the code for") the first version of Nozbe that was publicly available.
  • 2009 - led by me, and Tomasz - Nozbe CTO together with an external design firm led by Maciek and Mike, wrote and designed what you still know as "Classic Nozbe". A much faster and modern version of Nozbe.
  • 2010 - thanks to a collaboration effort with ["Macoscope"][mac] company, we introduced 3rd party iPhone and iPad apps as our official mobile apps
  • 2011 - Tomasz, our CTO, with a bigger development team started shipping the newest version of Nozbe with Nozbe for Mac and Windows.
  • 2012 - we developed our own iPad, iPhone and Android apps as well as the newest web app. Again, faster than ever.
  • 2013 - we kept polishing our apps and started working on our biggest re-write ever.
  • 2014 - we're going to introduce the fourth version of Nozbe to you, which we call "Nozbe 2.0" because it will be a "mobile-first app" bringing you our new philosophy about mobility - collaboration and inspiration. It's a radical shift - we're building the all-new mobile app that thanks to responsiveness will morph to a desktop sized app depending on the screen real estate available. You'll love it!

Nozbe 2.0 is code-named "One Nozbe" to reflect the similar user experience on all of the devices

We call Nozbe 2.0 "OneNozbe" because it's going to be the same Nozbe on all devices especially referring to:

  • speed,
  • navigation,
  • and user experience.

All of the above will bring totally new meaning to the Nozbe user experience. The app will be of course different in the sense of taking advantage of the screen real estate.

To make a long story short: Nozbe on the iPhone or Android phone will be as powerful as Nozbe on the Mac or Windows PC. The mobile Nozbe will not be a "lesser" version of Nozbe. All of these apps will be designed to take advantage of screen size as well as pointing device (touch vs mouse) but to the user, they'll feel as the same app. That's important! The buttons will be in the same place. You'll have all the power you'll need (even on the small iPhone screen) to have the same experience with using Nozbe and achieving your goals. Moreover, thanks to a much simpler and more focused design, you'll never feel overwhelmed with options and features, even though you'll have so much power at your fingertips.

And boy it'll be fast! A lot faster than now. One of my close friends who's been testing the alpha version of Nozbe 2.0 said it's currently the fastest app on his iPhone. Sweet, right?

One Nozbe to rule them all - we're building all the Nozbe versions at the same time so we'll have Nozbe 2.0 available for you as a web app as well as on the Mac, Windows PC, iPhone, iPad and Android phones and tablets. Soon afterwards we'll develop Windows Phone 8 version and Windows "metro/new UI" version, so brace yourselves :-)

Nozbe 2.0 provides the groundwork for future productivity-boosting ideas

Nozbe 2.0 is just the beginning. o It'll already include some of the most requested features you've been asking for like multi-edit of tasks, more powerful filtering and sorting, etc. However, we've got several new productivity-boosting enhancements planned for you that we cannot introduce without having Nozbe 2.0 on your devices. We've got a great roadmap for 2015 and beyond based on the work we'll deliver to you this year. Stay tuned, it's going to be a great ride!

Nozbe 2.0 is the future - and we can't wait to show it to you

"When?" is the question you're asking yourself, right? Well, very soon. I have Nozbe 2.0 on my iPhone as my main Nozbe app right now. Our plan is to extend the beta-testing phase of the app in May and launch a public beta this June.

We'll have a long beta phase of the app to make sure it really works great for all of you... as we'll replace the current range of apps with Nozbe 2.0 - and we'll deliver it later this summer.

With "OneNozbe" 2.0 we're going to re-invent personal and business productivity and we think you'll love it - stay tuned!

Follow OneNozbe 2.0 on Instagram

We're posting regular updates of our Nozbe 2.0 development on our new Instagram chanel - if you're curious and want to be up-to-date with all the updates, tune in to follow "@nozbe" on Instagram and let us know what you think!

Tuesday, April 22

Integrating your Nozbe Calendar with iCal. A step-by-step guide.

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

One of the most frequent questions I come across in my professional life as Nozbe’s CHO is:

“Does Nozbe integrate with iCal, and how?”

Well, it does not. At least not directly. We do pal on it in the future. However…

Nozbe iCal integration

Linking to iCal... through gCal :-)

There is a known and well-working solution that helps you make the most of calendar integration and this is what I would like to suggest. It certainly won't work for all, because not everyone either uses or likes Google Calendars but those who do should be quite happy with it.

Start with Google Calendar

Most of our Google Calendar users have their Calendars linked to Nozbe what helps them be more organized and integrated with things they do. For those not familiar with it, here is a link to our Help Page on how to do it easily. In short, you need to go to your Nozbe Calendar, use the link/button found there and authorize your Nozbe access to your Google Calendar, keeping in mind to have the newly formed sub-calendar marked as active.

Instructions for your Mac

Having done that you are on your way to have the Google Calendar working with your iCal in Nozbe. As per default, Google only synchronizes the main Calendar into iCal, but you can change the settings in your Google Calendar to also include sub-calendars improving the experience. That is your key to success. Here is how Googles describes the integration on their site.

In short, you need to:

  1. Enter your system preferences on your Mac

  2. Go into “Mail, Contact & Calendars” and select "other"

  3. Choose to “Add a CalDAV account.”

  4. Type your entire email address as the “User Name.” provide your Gmail password and in the server address www.google.com. Then click “Create.”

  5. Once the calendar is created, open iCal and select “iCal” and then “Preferences” from the bar at the top left of the screen.

  6. From the Preferences window, select “Accounts” and then “Delegation.” Check the boxes next to the calendars you wish view.

Note: the last step allows you to see the sub-calendars. Please do not forget to make it happen.

Instructions for iPhone or iPad

For those using iOS devices, the matter is a bit more complex, but also doable. Please take a look at this instruction provided by Google. The steps are essentially the same, except for that part of making the sub-calendars synced you will need to do the following as well:

  1. if you are just regular Gmail user go to Google Sync Select web site on your mobile browser and select which calendars you wish to include and save the change.

  2. if you are Google Apps user you will need to go to Google Mobile Sync Settings instead, and also select calendars to be displayed and save the changes.

Trust me, I know it works because I have this up and running both on my iPhone and iPad and integrated with Nozbe. It works very well.

Thursday, April 17

Nozbe 1.9.2 release with Box integration and Dropbox improvements

Written by Piotr (Nozbe Chief Marketing Officer)

Today we are very happy to introduce you to our newest update: Nozbe 1.9.2.

With lots of improvements, bug-fixes and some great additions for all your devices. The latest release takes your Nozbe experience one step further to help you get even more done with your favorite apps like Dropbox and Box.

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Let's take a quick sneak peak into the most important additions to Nozbe in this update.

Attach files from Box in our desktop Nozbe apps

Now you can simply choose a file in your Box and attach it as comment to any task you'd like. Easy. That's available for Nozbe desktop and app.nozbe.com version for now. Enjoy!

Attach files directly from the native Dropbox app

We are adding widget support so that adding files from Dropbox to your projects in Nozbe has never been easier. For your comfort and better experience files are being linked directly to Nozbe from your Dropbox native app on your mobile device. How cool is that?

Automatic updates now also on Windows platform

Downloading the new release every time has now finished! From now on, your latest Windows app will update automatically to the newest Nozbe versions much like the rest of our platforms. All releases will be updated over the air for everyone, so just update Windows client to 1.9.2 and enjoy productivity even larger!

Lots of fixes and small, but important improvements

Nozbe 1.9.2 is not an automatic update, unless you have automatic updates from your App Store, you'll need to get your latest Nozbe for your platform here.

All fixes and improvements brought to you with the latest release are listed in the complete change log that you can find on our test blog.

Don't wait! Be more productive and download the newest version 1.9.2 for your platform.

Enjoy the newest 1.9.2 release and let us know how it works for you. Feel free to post comments below! Thanks for being the most amazing Nozbe users ever!

Monday, April 14

Heartbleed security bug didn't affect Nozbe users

- by Michael Sliwinski, CEO and founder

You have probably heard by now - "Heartbleed" is currently top of the list. It is the name of a bug in security software installed on most of Internet's servers - and it caused a big problem for all of us - it could enable an intruder to sniff your secure connections to your favorite services and even possibly discover your login credentials. It was really a spooky thing when it was uncovered but hopefully we have some good news to share with you.

The Good News for Nozbe users

Nozbe servers were NEVER vulnerable to "Heartbleed" bug

Yes, your login credentials to Nozbe have been safe at all times. Our servers were never vulnerable to this bug.

What it means: while we encourage you to change your password to Nozbe every now and then, you don't have to do it. You are safe. Your data is completely safe with us.

Technical details: Our current Nozbe servers are running a conservative version of OpenSSL (0.9.8) which is automatically patched and was never vulnerable to "Heartbleed" bug, which on the contrary affected OpenSSL installations of 1.x branch.

The future for Nozbe users

New server infrastructure

We're preparing to migrate to a newer, faster and more powerful server infrastructure in the upcoming weeks. The newer servers are running OpenSSL 1.X so we've made sure they're patched, safe and bullet-proof secure. Moreover, our newer servers will have additional layers of security to make sure you're safer with Nozbe than with your online bank, seriously :-)

Two-step verification coming soon

To take security in Nozbe to even a higher level, we'll be introducing two-step verification option for all Nozbe users later this year. We're planning to introduce it together or soon after we've released the upcoming Nozbe 2.0, to make your Nozbe experience even more comfortable as a whole.

Security of your Nozbe data is our lifeblood

We're a small software company running a piece of productivity software that helps more than 200.000 people worldwide to organize their life every single day. We've been running our service for more than 7 years now (which is ages long in the Internet years) and we're planning to keep running it for many years to come (hopefully forever?).

Although we are small, thanks to the fact that many of you are paying customers, we are highly profitable and we keep reinvesting the profits in improving our server infrastructure, highest data security available and many layers of backups to make sure you won't loose your data.

In the meantime...

While you are safe with us and you don't have to change your Nozbe password because of the "Heartbleed" bug, we do encourage you to change the passwords to the other services you use like Gmail, Evernote, iCloud and others - just to make sure.

What is also important, if you're running a service that provides SSL connection which was affected by this bug, make sure to check if your server is patched and re-issue a new private key for your SSL server and based on that, install the SSL certificate again. You will be 100% sure that everything is fine then.

We are very glad that you are a Nozbe user and we want to thank you for trusting us to help you manage your life. Have a great, productive and safe week!

Tuesday, April 8

Our new Nozbe Help Page

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

We have just released the newest version of our Help Page. It is our final proposal to the community and we hope to hear your feedback. Its entirety has been composed and designed by our Support Team with assistance from the Tech Team.

Check out our Nozbe Help Page

We really appreciate your opinion, constructive criticism and overall feedback as we want to make sure that the Help Page is efficient and that it delivers the best user experience available. It's not art, it's science - it needs to be practical and clear for you.

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That's why, I would really ask you to give it a moment and browse/read through Nozbe Help Page and let us know if you agree with the direction it is going to make the most of it and get full experience guaranteed.

As Rafał has written here this is very important to us, as well as to you, and without your feedback it will be hard for us to meet your expectations, to make it truly GREAT.

Please go to www.nozbe.com/help

What do you think?