We have just launched the new version 3 of the FacileThings mobile app. It is an application that you must look for in the Apple Store (iOS) or in the Play Store (Android) and download again since, being a completely new app, your device will not notify you that there has been a change of version.
It will temporarily have a different icon, to differentiate it from FacileThings 2 while both apps are available.
The app has been rebuilt to work directly with the facilethings.com API, thus eliminating the synchronization process that caused so many problems for some users. By reconstructing it, we have been able to update all the internal software and have also taken the opportunity to modify many details that will help make the interface more efficient.
So, apart from the absence of synchronization, you will see some differences with the previous version. The most interesting are described below.
To make the Capture stage easier, we have added the most used people tag list to the context tags. The capture button is at the top so that the keyboard does not hinder the task.
Capturing off-line: If at the time of capturing something your mobile had no network, the captured stuff will be stored in local memory so you can send it later to the server — when the network is available again. In this case, you will see below a panel indicating that you have pending captured items. Use the Send button when you have network to actually capture them. The other button allows you to view the list of pending captured stuff.
The Clarify stage is now simpler. In the first instance you can see the description of the stuff to be clarified and the six possible actions.
If you need to edit the captured stuff, tap on its description and you will be able to edit the text, date, notes, checklist, perspective values, etc. Be sure to tap the top icon to actually update the data if you make any changes.
Now the lists are more similar to those of the web application. You have the main operation on the right side of each item. To access the rest of the available operations you need to swipe left on a list item.
If you tap on the description of an item you will be able edit the action, in the same way as in the Clarify stage. If the description of the action has a web link and you tap on it, your phone’s browser will be open and redirected to that URL.
In the Next Actions list, if you swipe right on an item in the list, you will be able to mark it directly as “focused” — or to remove the mark.
Now all the lists (not only the Next Actions one) can be filtered by tags. Tap on the icon in the bottom bar of the list to filter its items. The bottom bar will inform you of the tags that make up the active filter.
The Someday/Maybe list has been added to the Organize menu. It did not appear in the previous version.
You can focus/unfocus a project In the Project List, by tapping the star-shaped icon that appears on the left of each in-progress project. By swiping left on a project, you can also change its status.
Sequential projects show their Next Actions list. You can sort the tasks with the icon on the bottom left and edit the basic data of the project with the one on the bottom right. To reorder the tasks, simply drag them with your finger to the desired position.
Kanban-type projects show two lists, the one for the to-do actions and the one for the doing actions. To move an action from one list to another, swipe left and you will see the available options.
The Engage stage is quite similar to the previous one, but now it always saves the last visited list so you don’t have to change from the Calendar to Next Actions every time you use it. The filter What to do now? is now at the bottom.
Originally published at https://facilethings.com on February 21, 2020.