Todo.txt for Chrome – UI tweaks & code upgrade

Third big update in a row. This means, as usual, things might break. So, please share any issues you discover.

Most of the changes in this update are in the background code – not directly visible in the interface.

The few interface tweaks are:

  1. New keyboard shortcut: Edit selected filter from the sidebar by pressing ‘e‘.
  2. Only new/changed tasks are updated in the task list.
  3. Introduced some motion:
    • Side bar slides in and out, instead of just appearing and disappearing
    • The updated/filtered tasks in task list slide in and out.
    • While navigating the task list, the higlight fades in and out.
  4. Bug fix: When filter list was collapsed in the sidebar, bottom buttons in the sidebar became inaccessible using keyboard. Fixed.

That’s all for now.

As usual, please share any bugs, or new feature suggestions that you come across.

Cheers!

ver. 2018.1003.8.2

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Todo.txt for Chrome – Keyboard shortcuts to switch theme & highlight colour

Changing task priority: p + a..z
Changing task priority: p + a..z

New: More keyboard shortcuts

Continuing with yesterday’s updates, here are the promised keyboard shortcuts:

  • Switch theme: ‘v‘ followed by ‘d‘ark or ‘l‘ight
  • Switching highlight colours: ‘h‘ followed by
    • g‘ for grey,
    • b‘ for Rebecca purple,
    • v‘ for green,
    • y‘ for yellow, or
    • o‘ for orange

A list of these, and all other keyboard shortcuts is available here.

Helper for multi-key keyboard shortcuts

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Added helper modals to assist with multi-key keyboard shortcuts – changing task priority (‘p‘ + ‘a..z‘), switching theme (‘v‘ + ‘d/l‘), and switching highlight colours (‘h‘ + ‘g/b/v/y/o‘).

When the the first key is pressed, a small window appears in the bottom right with hints about next key options available.

This also helps prevent unknowingly changing priority by indicating priority changing mode is on.

As usual, please share any bugs, or new feature suggestions that you come across.

Cheers!

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Todo.txt for Chrome – New dark theme

Todo.txt for Chrome - dark theme with green highlight
Todo.txt for Chrome – dark theme with green highlight

New: A dark theme (trial)

A theme for the coming dark winter months (except for the lucky ones down under). It works with all the in-built highlight colours, and on all app screens. Switch between the themes from the options page. I will soon also provide a keyboard shortcut for switching themes.

(A few more screen shots are shared near the bottom of this post)

Note: The dark theme is available to everyone at the moment. However, I plan to turn the dark theme, and some new planned features, into paid upgrades.
All the functionality already in the app will stay free, including any core updates added in the future.

Other updates

  • Tweaked the appearance of side drawer, including sliding it in and out
  • Removed extra highlighting from the checkboxes and edit & delete links
  • Small bug fixes

There are again a lot of changes in this version. This may mean that a few bugs may have escaped my testing. Please do share any bugs, or feature glitches that you come across.

Cheers!

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Todo.txt for Chrome – ‘Undo’ task actions, and more…

undoActions.png

New: Undo quick task actions

Undo‘ actions on tasks in the list. Undo functionality is available for quick task actions – delete (‘#‘), change priority(‘p + a-z‘), change due date(‘d‘), and mark task complete (‘x‘).

Undo action is available in the notification toast at the bottom for 5 secs. Undo is also available using the keyboard shortcut ‘z‘ while the notification toast is visible.

If there’s a need, a future version may provide the option to pick alternate undo delays.

Other updates

Sort by date

A new option to sort by date is now available. Sorting by date treats completed and pending tasks differently.

Completed tasks are sorted, in order, by completion date, then due date, then creation date. Pending tasks are sorted by due date, then creation date.

The default sort order is

  1. Pending tasks before completed tasks
  2. Higher priorities before lower priorities
  3. Then sorted by date

Sorting by creation date and due date are still available as options.

Optimised syncing

The extension now optimises network requests by batching together syncing for some of actions.

This means that when a number of actions are performed in a quick sequence – say, marking multiple tasks complete – there’s only one sync with Dropbox. This does lead to a small delay in the syncing 5-15 secs, however, does reduce impact on network and battery.

Active refreshes – by pressing ‘r‘ or when the extension window is opened – are still performed immediately.

Interface tweaks

  • Added a link to keyboard shortcuts in the bottom bar,
  • Removed Twitter link in the bottom bar, and converted other links to text to reduce distraction,
  • Updated ‘syncing’ icon
  • Reduced font size, added San Francisco font on MacOS
  • Reordered task dates order in list
    • For pending tasks: Only due date is shown
    • For completed tasks: First completed date, then due date is shown
    • Created dates have been moved to the right in a muted colour
  • Edit and delete action icons have been muted

Bug fixes

  • Fixed issue with the options page sometimes loading without any options enabled
  • Corrected relative dates for dates in task list

There are a lot of updates and changes in this version. This may mean that a few bugs may have escaped my testing. Please do share any bugs, or feature glitches that you come across.

Cheers!

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Todo.txt for Chrome – Filter tasks with priorities higher or lower than…

ver. 2018.918.7.8

New in this version: Filtered tasks with priorities higher or lower than given priority

Use filter operator ‘(>C)‘ to filter for tasks with higher priorities (e.g. tasks with priorities ‘A’ or ‘B’, in this case).

Similarly use operator ‘(<C)‘ to filter for tasks with lower priorities (tasks with priorities ‘D’, ‘E’… in this case).

Other updates

  1. Only the highest, non-negative priority from filter string is inserted into the default new task text.
  2. Filter operators (like ‘is:pending‘) are not inserted into new task text

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Todo.txt for Chrome – v. 2018.0816.7.7

New in this version: Filtered task count in badge

By default, the extension button shows the number of pending tasks. It can now be configured to show just the number of filtered tasks. The count automatically updates when you change the filter in the extension window.

To enable filtered task count, open extension options[^1] and select ‘Count tasks filtered in extension‘, instead of the default ‘Count all pending tasks‘.

Do share your feedback on this update here.

Minor updates & bug fixes

  1. Cleaned up appearance for task due date and completion date when no creation date is present
  2. Dimmed edit & delete icons in list when not focused

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Todo.txt for Chrome – v. 2018.0806.7.4

New in this version

Quickly change due dates in task list

Press ‘d‘ while a task is selected to bring up due date selector. Select from one of the frequent options, or pick a custom date.

Filter for due tasks

Use filter ‘is:due‘ to show due tasks – incomplete tasks with a due date of today or in the past. As usual, you can combine this with other filters, e.g. ‘is:due @work‘ would list due tasks @work.

Minor updates & bug fixes

  1. Correctly parse project & context names – non-text characters were incorrectly parsed.
  2. Add support for page up/down while scrolling task list.
  3. Correctly parse completed tasks that do not have a completion date.

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