Drop 16 — October 26

Hello World 👋

After five updates over a week, we took our time to re-focus on an area that we felt had unfulfilled potential: the Planner. For those of you who didn’t quite understand the feature, and/or found it useful, we feel the work done over the last week should hopefully — at least begin to — address these points. There’s a lot more in this update too! All the details below.

Best,
Bardi


What’s new?

Planner

  • When we introduced the Planner last month, based on usability testing, as well as our own usage, a couple of things were clear: 1) its learning curve wasn’t trivial (both in terms of what it actually represented and how to operate it), and 2) it felt like a disconnected  experience. The changes needed to address 1) were straightforward and predictable, however 2) required a step back to re-focus. When we decided to integrate tasks into the app, what we set out to accomplish was exactly the opposite: tasks and events should seamlessly co-exist so it doesn’t feel like two different apps.  

    This update actually fulfills our original vision for the Planner that we shelved earlier in the cycle because there were too many pieces missing at the time to allow it to work as intended. A lot of work has happened since to facilitate its return. What previously felt like another screen in the app has now been replaced by what should feel like a new mode to help you effectively plan your days, weeks and months effectively. Expect more additions and improvements to supercharge your planning abilities, and more polish to make the experience feel fun.

Help

  • Even the most intuitive software can benefit from material to help you best understand it. And so we’ve added a first version of our brand new Help system that should guide newcomers on a fresh install. We plan to make these more interactive as well as extend its range so that more experienced users can benefit too.

Entry

  • You can decide what reminder list to add a task to.

Perspectives

  • Can now set the default calendar and list by starring your preference. These will be more accessible via a Settings screen in the works.

What’s improved?

Calendar

  • Pulling down the calendar should involve less stutter.
  • Swiping between months should feel crisp.
  • Dates with events will be highlighted through a slight animation.
  • Stream doesn’t auto-update as you swipe through the months.

Entry

  • Calendar/reminder list selector moved into title field for greater visibility/easier access.

Onboarding

  • Should be a more polished experience end-to-end.
  • More checks in place to gracefully handle permission rejections.
  • Transition into Stream should be more crisp.

Perspectives

  • Should be faster and more reliable to operate, as well as behave sensibly when turning off/on.

Planner

  • No longer constrained to today tasks, but all tasks planned today and into the future.
  • Scrubber displayed when viewing a full day, so you can quickly move between days.
  • More descriptive strings on the time keyboard, stating the day of week besides the date.
  • Keyboard doesn’t flip between day and month as you switch between categories of tasks. The day keyboard only defaulted to if you long-press directly into masterplanning.
  • “Uncurated” string changed to “Unfiltered” to be consistent with Perspectives when no lenses are selected.

Stream

  • To keep things compact, reminder list color now integrated into checkbox and not a separate row. This applies across the UI wherever a task card is displayed.
  • Event titles in medium weight.
  • New tasks not for today are added to the top of their day.

Tab Bar

  • Refreshed to put front and center the three interactive pillars: setting up a perspective, adding something new and planning. The new layout has enabled the [Viewfinder] to tuck in on the right, resulting in less UI on the screen.

Viewfinder

  • Bigger dial on a long press should make it easier to operate.

What’s fixed?

Calendar

  • All dates with events should be coloured.
  • Bottom padding on week calendar pulldown increased.
  • Fixed crash when you tap on the week number.
  • It should be impossible to get pulldown to extend to the bottom in an empty state.
  • When in split-screen and you’ve tapped on a date in calendar pulldown, tapping on it to expand to fullscreen should work again.

Entry

  • When changing the date for an event via an accelerator, time remains in tact.
  • Can remove date from task, which will move it to the unscheduled list.
  • Fixed crash when trying to change regular event to all day event.
  • Removing a date from an event should change it to a task with time slot de-activated on time keyboard.
  • All days of the month should always show on date keyboard.
  • Adding an event after changing its time via numpad time keyboard shouldn’t result in a crash.

Perspectives

  • Count totals for each lens should always be accurate.
  • Toggling calendars or lists on/off quickly shouldn’t result in a crash.
  • Tags or emoji assigned to all-day events will be considered in lens totals, and will also show in filtered results when applicable.
  • Emojis for tasks will work correctly as lenses.

Planner

  • Curation now ignores overdue items but that slipped before the specified time window. Similar with unscheduled tasks that were added before it.
  • New time groupings to cover the future (this weekend, next month etc.) and to also be more specific for the past too.
  • Fixed background clipping when hovering task over a drop zone target.
  • New tasks added should show immediately.
  • Can’t accidently swipe vertically over calendar to dismiss Masterplan.
  • Masterplanning a task to become an event copies its metadata across after the conversion.

Stream

  • Fix to issue occassionally stopping you from scrolling beyond the next 5 days.
  • Dates shouldn’t become duplicated ever or mixed up in ordering.
  • Empty event title not automatically set to blocked.
  • Top of mind should never have missing tasks.
  • Fix for app not updating dates after a session occurs on a new day (won’t think today is still yesterday).

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