Getting Things Done with Nozbe Productivity Blog

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Nozbe 2.0 Beta 5 with new Evernote and Dropbox integration

It's been now more than 2 weeks since we published last beta version of our upcoming Nozbe 2.0 app. Despite holiday season we have been working very hard to deliver the latest iteration of our apps to you - our amazing testers. Today we give you Nozbe 2.0 Beta 5 full with some cool new features and fixes:


What's new

This one is a big leap forward. Take a look:

  • Evernote integration - Quickly add Evernote notes to your projects and tasks. Nozbe will suggest you the most recent notes and the ones tagged with the name of the project. Another improvement here is that you will be able to search notes via Evernote API directly in Nozbe.

  • Dropbox integration - Now you can see all your Dropbox folders and file structure directly in Nozbe.

  • Nozbe notes with markdown support - Don't want use Evernote for notes? No problem! Add Nozbe notes to your project and create tasks with them.

  • Print (only desktop) - Want to print your tasks? Go to infobar and use Print option :)

  • Drag and Drop is fully back! (only desktop - web, Mac, Windows and Linux) - With first beta we introduced special edit mode where we also put drag and drop feature. It makes sense for touch interfaces to provide better experience. However, on classic desktop interface with mouse you should be able to drag and drop items just like in old Nozbe. With Nozbe 2.0 Beta 5 you can do it :)

  • much more improvements and fixes - For full release notes please go to our test blog.

Download Beta 5

Here you can find all the details, download Nozbe 2.0 Beta 5 for Windows, OS X and Linux and sign up for Android version.

As usual, we really count on your fantastic feedback! We are very grateful for every email, comment, tweet, etc. about Nozbe 2.0. It really helps us make the product better. So once again big THANK YOU for you - Nozbe 2.0 Beta Testers!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Don't stop sending us the super-powers - why we love what we do

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 fans

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't 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 :))

Miriam wrote:

"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

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 !!!!

And Rachel

"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 Organization Officer at Nozbe

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Nozbe 2.0 beta news from the road to... a great productivity tool ;-)

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!

beta4 update

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...)

Beta 4

We released Nozbe 2.0 beta 4 last week.

New features:

  • 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
  • Printing
  • Adding tasks in the Calendar View
  • Sidebar edit mode options
  • Notifications

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! :)

Stay tuned

To be first to know about OneNozbe beta v.5 release, follow us on Twitter or read our beta blog. You can also check out our Instagram.

Thanks so much for being with us and supporting our team in their hard development works!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Good news for Dropbox and Nozbe users

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 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:

  1. Choose either Dropbox or icon in the new comment window

    dropbox-Box icons in comment

  2. Click on "Add file from box" (in case you chose Dropbox it will be "...from Dropbox")

    Adding Box file

  3. A widget asking for your access will appear

    Adding Box file no 2

  4. Nozbe will show you a picker window with all your Box files - simply pick one and use "Select" button

  5. The link to selected file will appear in comment window and you will need to confirm it by clicking "Add comment"

    Chosing archive

  6. And here you have the result

    Archive included in comment

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, 2014

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, 2014

Nozbe 2.0 Beta 4 has landed

As we promised on Wednesday, today our amazing beta testers get a brand new Nozbe 2.0 Beta 4.


What's new

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!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Nozbe 2.0 Beta 4 almost there - update from our dev team

Our fantastic beta-testers are working really hard finding and reporting issues in Nozbe 2.0 Beta v.3 Believe it or not but hundreds of people send us regular feedback and comments every single day. At the same time, Nozbe programming ninjas debug all they can and as fast as it is only possible. Such a nice cooperation will let us deliver 4th beta version which will be ready on Friday, August, 8.

OneNozbe Beta 3 development

What's cooking, doc? :-)

Here is a list of improvements, functions and fixes in the upcoming Nozbe 2.0 beta:

  • Settings view where you will find some cool new features like changing the app language or managing 3rd party apps integration. All in one view!
  • Performance. We've optimized some animations of the app to make it even smoother
  • You won't be able to continue Chinese lessons which means that the famous Chinese bug has been fixed
  • 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 to have the tasks with read comments disappear from the view immediately or not

If the tech-guys minimize the amount of sleep even more and skip some lunches (none of them smokes so they can't skip cigarette breaks), we will be able to deliver also these:

  • Evernote and Dropbox integration. We're redesigning architecture of these integrations to make them work better with Nozbe 2.0
  • Calendar performance and bug fixes. Calendar is always hard topic in this kind of app. We are fixing the most annoying bugs in this view and improving performance.

These are quite complicated issues though, so it might be that you will see them in beta 5... we'll see.

Thank you!

The whole Nozbe team is really moved. We keep receiving new requests from people willing to join the beta-testing team and those who are already a part of it are working really hard and deliver in-depth feedback. We can't stop saying thank you for testing Nozbe 2.0 and helping us build the best suite of productivity apps in the world :)

Follow Nozbe 2.0 on Instagram

We're posting regular updates of our Nozbe 2.0 development on a dedicated Instagram channel - 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!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Nozbe 2.0 BETA 3 - it is time to also go mobile

Nozbe 2.0 Beta has been available for 3 weeks. We received great feedback from you, our fantastic users and today we're shipping Beta 3 not only for the Mac, Windows and Linux... but also for iPhone, iPad and Android!

Thanks everyone for signing up for our mobile beta! Wow!

We were totally blown away! Close to 1000 of our most passionate Nozbe users signed up for our Nozbe iOS/Android beta. We were totally overwhelmed by the response. Thank you!

Now here's how we're going to roll out Nozbe beta:

iOS beta. Testflight and a project in Nozbe

The amount of you who registered is so much higher than we expected and we are very grateful for this. Unfortunately Apple has its own limits as it comes to the number of beta testers so we had to draw users for iOS beta testing. We would love to be able to invite everyone!

All chosen users will receive email and an invitation to Nozbe project where they will be able to report bugs and provide feedback. This way we want to communicate with our beta testers.

Android. Google Groups and Play Store

As on the Android platform there are no limitations as far as the number of beta testers is concerned, we've sent an email to all the registered beta testers with an invitation to a google group. All the users registered in this group will have access to beta. It will also be our main communication channel for providing feedback.

Desktop. Mac, Windows and Linux - get them now

With the new beta 3 out, we have new versions of our desktop apps for you to, as always, get them from our beta web page.

What's new in Beta3?

Glad you asked. Check out full Release notes on our test blog

Not chosen for beta? You can still test on iOS and Android in your browser!

Just point your mobile browser to and you'll be able to test our new mobile experience on your mobile device. Our new Nozbe 2.0 app is completely responsive and should work perfectly on the desktop as well as on your mobile device. Check it out!

Thank you for great feedback and testimonials

Once again we want to emphasize how grateful we are for your feedback regarding Nozbe 2.0 BETA. And all the great testimonials you provided. Wow! We will try to use most of them on our new Nozbe page. Reading each and every one of them was so uplifting!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Again, thank you for testing our beta application and for helping us build the best suite of productivity apps in the world. Together with your amazing support we believe we can make it happen and get everyone in the world a little more organized.

New to our Nozbe beta program?

Check out Michael's video where he's introducing you to Nozbe 2.0, codenamed "One Nozbe" - at the end of the video he shows the iPhone and iPad experience, too:


Thank you!

- post written by Rafal, Nozbe Product Manager :-)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Priority tasks instead of Next Actions... and more changes in Nozbe 2.0 beta - why? how?... and why now?

Over 2000 most active Nozbe users have downloaded Nozbe 2.0 beta (for Mac, Windows and Linux) to date. Thank you!

If you got it, you might have noticed not only significant UI improvements but also some other, more subtle, but also very important changes in the way we're naming things in Nozbe.

Inspired by an amazing book and methodology...

Back in 2007, when I first launched Nozbe, it was a web app inspired heavily by David Allen's GTD® (Getting Things Done®) methodology. Well, in the beginning, I only implemented three aspects of it: Next Actions, Projects and Contexts... but I used David's wording as much as I could. Like you wouldn't add a task to your project but you would add an "action".

While it hadn't been such a big deal, still we had been getting many emails by confused customers: why we'd name a task an "action" while the word "task" is a lot more common one for calling well... a task. This is where we had started thinking about changing some of the naming in Nozbe:

Actions to Tasks

When three years after the launch we started translating Nozbe to different languages like Polish, Spanish, German and Japanese, we noticed that while in English the action vs task argument is not such a big deal... especially among GTD® enthusiasts... in all the other languages the word "action" has little to do with "task". In Japanese these words are written in totally different alphabets even: "Action" in Katakana (like all foreign words) and "Kodo" (task) in Kanji (native Chinese-Japanese alphabet).

That's why, back in 2010 when we redesigned Nozbe, we went with "task" instead of "action" to make our system more comprehensible to a wider audience. Now, that we're planning to launch more local language versions of Nozbe, we're very confident with our choice.

Next Actions vs Priority tasks

I love the concept of "Next Actions" in GTD® and I think it's one of the keys to success of this system. However, if we already don't have "actions" in Nozbe but "tasks", why do we call the high-priority tasks from each of your projects "next actions"? We're not consistent here.

They should be called "next tasks" or "what to do next"... so we decided to try "Priority tasks" as the word "priority" makes sense among wider audiences - if a task has a high priority it needs to be dealt with as soon as possible, i.e. it's in fact your next action, right?

Contexts vs Categories

While the word "context" makes total sense for what it is... people really get confused about using it in reference to a task. For the 7 years of running Nozbe, I've been often asked: what is a context? how do I define contexts? why should I use contexts? context of what...?

The word "category" has a wider meaning. People get it more easily. Especially when I tell them: "by applying contexts you're effectively categorizing your tasks..." - and again, it's hard to use this word in any other language than English. Category is universally understood... and makes more sense to more people.

Projects vs Lists

At some point I even thought about renaming "Projects" to "Lists". Why? For two reasons:

  • Projects don't need to be big... yet people think they are. Many Nozbe customers have a problem calling a series of 5 simple tasks a project... They think a project needs to be something really significant - a huge undertaking...
  • A project can be just a list of unrelated tasks. Again, I use Nozbe like this all of the time. I have a project called "private tasks" where I put all of the tasks that are not directly related to any of my active projects but belong in my private life. When I explain this to people, they say they're not comfortable calling such a list of tasks a "Project" and ask for a different solution.

Ultimately we didn't change the name.

Although we have the concerns listed above, I still believe the name "Project" is very active. And Nozbe is not a task manager, it's a task do-er. You're supposed to get things done with Nozbe and creating "projects" for this purpose makes more sense than just "lists".

No. We're not moving away from GTD®, we're brining it closer to the people... by not calling it GTD®

That's right. I believe our goal of teaching people great productivity habits through an amazing Nozbe user interface is still our top priority. This is what we stand for. This is why we're re-designing Nozbe right now. This is why we're adding more functionality while removing clutter.

Our job at Nozbe is to empower people to learn great productivity principles and helping teams work more effectively together by learning to communicate through tasks.

Actually not that many people know GTD®. Both inside and outside of the US. And while the David Allen Company is expanding its reach internationally, I'm sure we have a shot at doing it a lot faster by introducing our software to even more people all over the world. And we want everyone to learn great productivity habits fast. That's why I also recorded my 10-steps to Ultimate Productivity course in all the languages I know.

We want people to learn great productivity habits and techniques. Not just GTD®.

New names in Nozbe beta

To see if what I write above makes sense, we decided to change these names in Nozbe beta and leave them "as is" in Nozbe 1.9... and there was no outrage. Some folks asked about the change, but most didn't notice and others applauded us for this.

To me, it's a great indication that we're doing something right here. After all, Nozbe beta is being downloaded by our power users, people who presumably know GTD® and have been following Getting Things Done® for a while now. And apparently the great majority don't mind the new names :-)

Final thoughts

I also don't want to put up ® signs all over Nozbe site. Nozbe is actually a registered trademark but I never write Nozbe® although I could.

Both GTD® and Getting Things Done® are registered trademarks of the David Allen company. Nozbe is not affiliated in any way with them (other than by thanking them for brining this methodology to the world!). David Allen is still my top productivity guru and a great friend. We met several times and I hope we'll soon meet again.

Nozbe is an app that helps people get everything done and empowers teams to communicate effectively through tasks.

That's what we stand for. New names/old names... our mission stays the same. We want everyone in the world to get organized and more productive!

What do you think? Let me know in the comments!

- post written by Michael Sliwinski, CEO and founder of Nozbe

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Nozbe 2.0 BETA 2 ready for testing on Windows, Mac and Linux

2 weeks ago we introduced Nozbe 2.0 beta for desktop and we received great feedback from all of you - our fantastic Nozbe users! Thank you so much! Today we are asking for even more feedback by presenting you the newest version BETA 2 of Nozbe 2.0 for Mac, Windows and Linux platforms.

P.S. Remember that you can still sign up for iOS/Android beta which will start later this month.

Your feedback helps us shape Nozbe's future

We really enjoyed reading your comments about Nozbe 2.0 beta. What you liked, what not so much, what was missing in the app, etc. It was very important to us because very often only you can point out things we can improve. From what we've gotten so far we can see we are going in the right direction on the path to providing you with the greatest productivity app ever. This time around we will be more than happy to receive more feedback about beta 2.

What's new in Beta 2?

In this version we added some cool stuff and fixed many bugs reported by all of you.

  • Team view - Redesigned view where you can see all tasks delegated to people you collaborate with, manage your team and projects you share with others.
  • Edit mode for Projects and Categories - fixed :)
  • Search issues - resolved
  • Much more fixes - read full Release Notes

Enjoy Nozbe 2.0 beta 2 and please remember that this is still beta version so use it wisely at your own risk!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Marcus Platt's reference guide in English, Spanish, German, Japanese and Polish... and a Nozbe plugin for Chrome

A few weeks back we had the pleasure of passing down to you all link to quick reference guide by Marcus Platt. Now, with cooperation from our support team, the guide has been translated to all supported languages and Marcus was kind enough to release them. You can get the guide not only in English, but Spanish, German, Japanese and Polish as well.

Free Nozbe Reference Guide by Marcus Platt

Reference guide

We trust that this guide will benefit us all and help you all along the way to even more productive use of Nozbe. We are much obliged to Marcus for taking such pro-active and creative stance and making this possible. Working with him on the translation was also a very positive experience.

We believe and support such initiatives wholeheartedly, be they taken on by the idea-givers or passed to us as request.

To enhance the experience even more Marcus has also published his own Google Chrome plugin for Nozbe.

Visit Productive Wizard site to get the plugin and the reference guide in your language.

- Delfina (Chief Customer Happiness Officer, Nozbe)

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Get Nozbe 2.0 public beta today - welcome to the future of productivity

Wow, I'm so excited today! After more than a year of coding, brainstorming, working overtime, coding even more... we are ready to show you the future of Nozbe and the future of productivity: Nozbe 2.0 beta

Nozbe rewritten from scratch

After 7+ years of running Nozbe we decided to use everything we've learned so far about productivity and build new, mobile-friendly, super-fast, beautifully-designed apps that take advantage of both the desktop and mobile platforms.

Go to our Nozbe 2.0 beta site and watch me walk you through our new apps.


Here are some questions you might have about the Nozbe beta program and my best answers for you:

What's new in Nozbe 2.0?

  • brand new fresh, light and responsive design
  • much better app performance: speed, speed, speed
  • edit mode - you can edit/complete/delete multiple tasks at once - one of our most requested features!
  • 5th column (Info bar) - one place when you can see all details and options regarding active task list
  • filters and sorting - now you can filter your tasks list with many filters at once and sort the tasks as you like
  • ...and a lot more!

Where can I get Nozbe 2.0 beta for my device?

When will next "beta" versions be available?

We'll be rolling out a new beta version of Nozbe every 2 weeks throughout the whole Summer. Follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our blog.

When will the final Nozbe 2.0 be launched?

In September. We can't wait to roll it out to everyone. Up until then, Nozbe 1.9.x is the latest stable version of Nozbe.

Is the Nozbe beta stable and bug-free?

Nope. Not at all. Many things don't even work there correctly just yet. It's a beta product. It's mature enough so that we can test it with our bravest users, but it shouldn't be used in mission-critical environment. Use it at your own risk! :-)

Read the updated list of known issues on our "beta site"

What if I don't want to test Nozbe beta but still want to get something cool today?

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What are my "next actions" for today?

Just these two things:

That's it, both of these things will make you a lot more productive this summer :-)

Thank you!

- post written by Michael Sliwinski, proud Nozbe CEO and founder :-)

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Nozbe Sticker - make your Macbook Air/Pro more productive

Now this is a cool idea: Make your Macbook Air/Pro stand out and show you're a productive person by getting an official Nozbe sticker! We work with our partner: MakeItStick to bring you a high quality "productivity" sticker for your Macbook Air or Macbook Pro.

Here how the sticker looks like on a Macbook Air or Macbook Pro laptop:

Nozbe Sticker

Here's how to get one. Go to one of these links, order it directly from MakeItStick guys:

Limited time discount!

Use coupon code nozbe upon checkout and get 10% off everything you buy at the MakeItStick online shop. The discount is limited for the next 7 days!

How Michael, Nozbe founder applied his sticker on his Macbook Pro and his wife's Macbook Air:


Do you also produce gadgets that can be customized for Nozbe?

MakeItStick worked with us on this one. We're thrilled to have an official Nozbe sticker for our team members, customers and fans.

This year we're planning on launching a whole web site dedicated to Nozbe gadgets (cups, holders, badges, t-shirts, polo-shirts... and more!) - if you're in business of selling gadgets - partner with us! We love supporting independent shops like MakeItStick and we don't take any commision. All we care about is a great price for our customers and a high quality of the gadget and a high utility of course. If you want to partner with us, get in touch!

Question: Will you be getting one of these stickers for your Apple MacBook laptop? Let us know!

... and if you already got one, post your pics on Twitter or Facebook and link to them in the comments! Thanks!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Nozbe Evernote, Dropbox and other integrations & security

As you all know recently there were some changes and improvements made in our integrations with the external apps such as Evernote, Dropbox or Box which came with version 1.9.2.. Most of our customers loved the new features but some expressed concerns about security of our implementations. In this post I will try to address these and explain why we did what we did... and why everything is sweet and secure.

Secure Evernote, Dropbox or Box links in Nozbe

What happens when you add an Evernote note, a Dropbox or Box file... as comment to a task in Nozbe?

Through these services' API, Nozbe creates a special, secure link to the item you are attaching. While this link is a unique URL and may be considered as "public", we need to create it in order to let people you're sharing project with have access to the resource you're attaching.

Where is the information about this unique URL stored?

It's only stored in Nozbe. Nowhere else. Nobody can access the link to your Evernote note, Dropbox or Box file, unless they are sharing the same project with you, where the attached item is.

What if I don't share this project with anyone?

Then nobody will ever see this link. Nobody will access it. You can only see it and you can only access this resource. It's completely private for you.

What if somebody can discover the link?

This links is unique and is virtually impossible to be discovered by someone who has not received it from the owner. It only passes between your Nozbe and Evernote and is only visible to you and those you share given project with.


We take security seriously. It's all we think about. All the connection between you, Nozbe, Evernote, Dropbox, Box... is being done through SSL secure connection at a banking-level encryption, so nobody unauthorized can access your Nozbe or other cloud data. Please remember that your privacy and security is our first priority here at Nozbe.

If you still have any questions about it, please email me at and I'll be happy to chat about how we do everything we can to make sure your data is safe at all times here at Nozbe.

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

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Free Nozbe reference guide cheat sheet by our community member Marcus Platt

Our wonderful user community never ceases to amaze me. There are plenty of examples of feedback, ideas and features that come from our fantastic customers. Yet, I have not encountered such pro-active and creative approach in a long while. I'm referring to recent creation of Marcus Platt, one of our long-time users of Nozbe.

Free Nozbe Reference Guide by Marcus Platt

Reference guide

He has recently posted a quick reference guide to Nozbe. It is a short and concise compilation of guidelines that are fully described on our help pages and in numerous blog posts we wrote here. And that is what is so great about it. You can print it out and look at it for fast hints on e.g. how to format your actions. When you want a full description you surely will need to browse our help pages, but in all other cases his 'cheat sheet' provides you with at-glacé information and saves you time.

Moreover, Marcus has kindly given us his consent to translate the guide to all the languages we support and once we'll get it done, we'll post the guides on our Help Pages.

Once again I'm very thankful to Marcus for having this awesome idea and going thorough with it. It will benefit us all, and I hope there will be more users like him to contribute things like that over time. Thank you Marcus.

Visit Productive Wizard site to get the guide from Marcus

- Delfina (Chief Customer Happiness Officer, Nozbe)