In recent days, we released the new version of our app, Nozbe 3.8. We focused mainly on mobile apps to enrich native user experience in Nozbe. In this blogpost, I will focus on the new features in the iOS app. If you use Android please see this post.
We have been providing basic nozbe:// url schemes for almost a year. With Nozbe 3.8, we are bringing it to the next level. It is a special type of link that starts with “nozbe://“ and works just like normal
https:// links you use every day. Instead of opening a webpage, it opens a specific view in the Nozbe app on iOS or macOS. Here is an example: nozbe://inbox - it opens Nozbe in the Inbox view.
Of course, your Inbox is not the only place to which you can create a link. You can open your Priority list, a specific project, a category, the calendar, the Project lists, the settings view, a task, etc. To get the nozbe:// url to a specific place in Nozbe, just shake your iPhone. The menu will popup and select the
Copy URL option.
Here are some examples:
- Show my Priority list – nozbe://priority
- Show my Projects list – nozbe://projects
- Show my Waiting-for category – nozbe://category?name=Waiting-for – this link will only work if you have a category with that name
- Show my Goals 2018 project – nozbe://project?name=Goals%202018 – again, you need to have a project with this name in your Nozbe
You can use these links in other apps to quickly open your task lists from there, or you can easily use it inside Nozbe comments. It will be parsed automatically, even in a checklist. My favorite example is a checklist for my weekly review.
To get the
nozbe:// url to a specific place in Nozbe, just shake your iPhone. The menu will popup and select the
Copy URL option.
Perform actions in Nozbe with URLs
nozbe:// URLs, you can do even more than a simple navigation. There are links to perform actions in Nozbe, such as adding a new task, creating a new project, filtering the Priority list, performing a search, etc. Here are a few examples:
- nozbe://x-callback-url/add_task?name=Check%20new%20Nozbe%203.8 – Creates a new task –
Check new Nozbe 3.8
- nozbe://x-callback-url/add_project?name=Trip%20to%20Barcelona&template=PackingList&labels=Travel,Personal&color=orange – Creates a project –
Trip to Barcelona– from a project template –
PackingList– with labels –
Personal– and an orange color
- nozbe://x-callback-url/projects?label=Work – Filters the Project list by label –
- nozbe://x-callback-url/priority?labels=Work&categories=Frog,Deep – Filters the Priority list by label –
Work– and categories –
Automate with x-success parameter
Url schemes on iOS and macOS can have an
x-callback mechanism. It allows you to define what should happen after performing an action via link. You can define another url to be opened after the success of running the original one. Here is the generic example:
nozbe://x-callback-url/add_project?name=Automation&x-success=custom_url – creates a project named
Automation and runs
custom_url. As a custom URL, you can put a link to a webpage or another
nozbe:// action or URL to another app.
With apps like Workflow (and soon Shortcuts on iOS 12), you can perform multiple actions in Nozbe with just a one tap. Here is my “Work can wait” workflow that I run every weekday at the end of work. It filters my Priority lists and Projects list by the label
Personal and opens my Priorities. That way, I can see if I have anything to do after work regarding my personal projects and I will not be bothered by work stuff.
Adding tasks via Siri on Apple Watch
With Nozbe 3.8, we incorporated adding tasks via Siri to our Apple Watch app. It works the same as on iPhone and iPad. You can learn more on how to use it on our Help Page.
Better keyboard support on iPad
We managed to bring almost every one of our powerful keyboard shortcuts from macOS to iOS.
Here some useful shortcuts that are new in Nozbe 3.8:
CMD + Enter– to save comments and confirm categories
CMD + .– works like ESC
CMD + [,
CMD + ]– back and forward
Moreover, you can now trigger Quick Add in Nozbe directly from a spotlight search. Just type “quick add” or “new task” in spotlight and tap on the Quick Add shortcut. Please note that this will only work if you have used Quick Add in the app at least once before.
You can find the full release notes with all the new features, enhancements and fixes on our test blog.