October 05, 2006

tedium Hits Version 1.0!

Screenshot of my tedium session for tag 'rc1'

On the left is a screenshot of all the tasks in my tedium account which are tagged with the "rc1" tag.

What's interesting about that is that they're all crossed out, which means that I've finished them all.

And the interesting thing about that is that "rc1" stands for Release Candidate 1, which basically means version 1.0 of tedium. And I've completed everything that needed to be done for it. Which must mean that tedium is now at version 1.0 and is no longer in beta testing! Woohoo!!!

I don't think I've written too much here about the ongoing improvements that have been made to my web-based to-do list application during the beta testing; I've tended to do that more on the MCQN Ltd. blog.

So, a brief roundup of all things tedium...

What is it? It's a website where you can keep track of all the things you need to do, and which helps you get more of them done. It does that in a couple of ways: firstly by getting out of your way - at its simplest you only need to fill in one box to add a new task to the system, and at its most complicated there are still only three things to fill in (what the task is, some keywords or tags, and a due date). Secondly, being able to tag your tasks lets you view your tasks in a number of ways - by project; by who you need present to do it; by location... whatever suits you best. So you can tailor what tasks you see to all the different situations when you're trying to get things done. Less distractions mean you can focus on what needs to be done now.

What's been added since it was launched? There have been all sorts of little things done here and there, but the big, most noticeable changes are:

  • Timezone support. So it works properly regardless of where you are in the world.
  • Filtering on multiple tags. Lets you narrow in on a set of tasks even more by showing just the ones which are tagged with one tag AND another tag (AND another AND another AND....)
  • Multiple lists displayed at once. Choose up to four different lists (either by tag, or due date, or a mixture) to show on screen at the same time. Then you can drag and drop tasks between the lists to manipulate their tags and/or due dates.
  • Tailor the tedium interface to suit you. You can choose which lists are available from the linkbar across the top of each page, so you can quickly switch between those views that you use the most.
  • The help system. From each page you can get help about how to use what's on that page; and there's a beginner's guide to get you started and the first of a number of tutorials.

How much does it cost? Everyone gets the first thirty days absolutely FREE, and then being able to stay on top of everything should easily be worth the less-than-$2-per-month cost. To save us billing you lots of tiny amounts each month, we've just made it $19.95/year.

How do I try it out? The easiest way to have a play with it is to jump straight in with a temporary account. You can always convert the temporary account into a proper one later, which will keep any tasks and tags you've entered.

Feel free to let me know what you think of it, or things we could add, etc. either by email or in the comments.

Posted by Adrian at October 5, 2006 08:11 PM | TrackBack

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Congrats Adrian. It looks absolutely fantastic, and I'm really impressed with the AJAX stuff (not the bathroom cleaner, btw). Sure I'll get a chance to have a detailed conversation about it with you sometime.

And I shall definitely be using it to keep track of my web design tasks ...! :)

Posted by: Andrew at October 6, 2006 11:42 AM
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