AR\ Instapaper – *Expire* old articles

Having a lot of unread articles in your Home folder can present a strong mental hurdle against reading any, or even opening the app.

The new ‘expire old posts feature helps by automatically moving old articles out of sight – helping reduce the stress of encountering too many unread articles when you open Instapaper.

When using Instapaper on Chrome, the articles in expired folder do not count towards unread articles count. Nor is the count of unread articles in this folder displayed.

You may use the settings on options page to manage days before articles are expired.
(Default is 90 days – approx 3 months)

Other minor update

When moving an article to another folder on Instapaper.com, selecting a folder using keyboard (up/down keys) will also scroll the selected folder into view.

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Todo.txt for Chrome – Updates to the task editor, and more

version 2017.0703.4.22

Task editing updates

Changes made to task editor to add date selectors, support completed tasks, and more:

Edit dates using date selector

You may now edit task dates – due dates & completion dates – using a date selector, instead of typing them in. The original method of just typing them works too.

Add completed tasks

Add completed tasks by starting them with ‘x‘. E.g.:

x Added new filtering options to filter by dates, completion status, and (no) priority

If no date is specified after ‘x’, the completion date is set as today. You may also use the date selector to choose another completion date.

Edit completed tasks

You may now edit completed tasks, including completion dates, priority, projects, etc.

Also, the tag for priorities on completed tasks now uses a lowercase ‘pri:‘, instead of the earlier title case ‘Pri:‘.

Use cleaner, multiple task editor by default

If you like keeping your task editor clean, you can set up the multiple task editor as your default task adding screen. This setting is available under Options > Other Settings.

This setting only changes the behaviour of Add Task button. The keyboard shortcuts still open the single add task editor (a​), and multiple add task editor (m).

Task list changes

Confirm task delete

Deleting a task – from button or keyboard shortcut (#) – will now create a confirm prompt. This is a safety precaution to prevent data loss, since task deletion is irreversible.

Changed order of dates for task lists

The order in which dates are listed below a task in the list has been updated to:

  1. Task creation date, followed by
  2. Due date (if any), and
  3. Task completion date (if complete)

If you encounter any bugs/issues, or have suggestions for changes, please do let me know using the feedback form.


Get Todo.txt for Chrome on the Chrome Web Store.

Todo.txt for Chrome – new filtering options, and more

version 2017.0626.4.16

New filtering options

Added new filtering options to filter by dates, completion status, and (no) priority

Filtering by date

Filter your task lists by dates – task due date, creation date, and completion date.

    • For due date: ‘due:<date>
    • For creation date: ‘created:<date>‘, and
    • For completion date: ‘completed:<date>

<date> can be today, tomorrow, yesterday, or a specific date of the form yyyy-mm-dd (e.g. ‘completed:2017-06-21‘). There is no space before or after the colon.

Other new filtering options

  1. You may filter the lists for completed tasks using: ‘is:complete
  2. You may filter for tasks with no priority using: ‘(.)

All these new filters can also be used to exclude tasks by appending a ‘-‘ (e.g. ‘-is:complete‘ will show only incomplete tasks). They can also be, as usual, combined with other terms, including using ‘||‘.

Task list traversal using keyboard

There are a couple of small changes to list traversal:

  • Press ‘escape‘ key to clear highlighted/selected task
  • Pressing ‘<up>‘/’<down>‘ keys when on first/last task, now cycles back to the other end of the list

Other changes

  • When not signed in, clicking on the extension button will open the Sign-in page, instead of the extension popup.
  • Updated the minimum supported Chrome version to 49
    • I needed some functionality that isn’t available in versions prior to v.49,
    • Current Chrome version is 59, and v49 was released in March 2016 – so, hoping most users won’t be affected.

If you encounter any issues, specially due to changes to filtering tasks, or because you are using a version of Chrome that is older than 49, please do let me know using the feedback form.


Get Todo.txt for Chrome on the Chrome Web Store.

AcceleReader for Pocket – v. 2017.619.1.32

Minor updates

  1. Started saving history of total words for adding word history (and reading time) charts in future.
  2. Added article count to the My List link on the Pocket website.
  3. Updated Options:
    1. Reorganised options page into different sections,
    2. Keyboard shortcuts section now shows actual enabled shortcuts, not default ones,
    3. When logging-in, or out, a spinner shows the status of the action underway

Get AcceleReader for Pocket on the Chrome Web Store.


Clutter Free – v. 2017.615.4.15

A bug fix and a minor update:

  1. Bug fix: Duplicate tabs were not being closed if ‘don’t move original tab’ was selected in options. Fixed.
  2. Update: On installation, and on startup, Clutter Free checks for any duplicate tabs that were already open. Notification is displayed, with a button to close duplicates, if any are found.

Get Clutter Free on the Chrome Web Store.