Freitag, 19. Oktober 2018

Google Tasks, Level Restriction


In August 2018 Google sent a mail to all developers using the Google Tasks API in their Apps. 

Google announced to restrict Tasks to only 2 levels starting in August 2019.


Google already restricted the number of levels in their Android Tasks App and in Gmail. They will add the restriction to the interface to Tasks, which other Apps can use.

This will affect Outliner's Google Tasks synchronization. Local Outlines or Outlines synced via Dropbox can use multiple levels also in future. However, in an upcoming update in spring 2019, Outliner will ask you (only for Google Tasks synced Outlines) if you want to flatten your Google Tasks Outline or if you want to make it a local Outline and keep multiple levels.

If you are fine with only two levels, Outliner's Google Tasks synchronization will also work in future. If you need more levels, you should change to Dropbox synchronization.

I know, that's bad news - so, is there anything we can do?

There already is an issue posted in Google's Bug Tracking system. If you think that Google should keep multilevel support, you should post a comment where you tell Google why you think that they should keep supporting multilevel tasks also in future.

Go to the issue tracker, log in with your Google account, vote for the topic by clicking the little star left of the topic name and add a comment:

https://issuetracker.google.com/issues/113611082



This is Google's original mail:

Hello,

With the recent update to Google Tasks, we limited the number of nested tasks a user could create to one level i.e. a sub-task. Sub-tasks are supported, but any nested tasks beyond these (e.g. sub-sub-tasks and so on) are no longer available in the product.

Starting August 30, 2019, we will introduce the same structure in the Tasks API. This means that, as of that date, tasks that are nested beyond more than one level will no longer be supported. For example, if a user has double nested tasks (sub-sub tasks), the revised method of the Tasks API will convert it to a sub-task and return it as such. Please check and update your applications accordingly if they include multiple levels of subtasks.

Sincerely,
The Google Developers Team

Sonntag, 26. März 2017

Outliner V2.0.0 Google Tasks Sync, Notification

Google Tasks Sync

Your Google account already homes a simple online Outliner called "Google Tasks".
Outliner (PRO only) is able to sync with Google Tasks.

The quickest way to reach the online version of Google Tasks with your browser is via:
https://mail.google.com/tasks/canvas?pli=1
Within Google calendar (the browser version) you can also show your tasks if you check "Tasks" in the list of your calendars.
You can create several task lists (like "Outlines" in Outliner) with tasks (like "Activities" in Outliner).


Google Tasks
   
Setting up synchronization

In Outliner's "Settings, Synchronization" check "Sync With Google Tasks". Outliner asks for your Google account and for the permission to access your Google Tasks. After leaving the Settings, you will see your Google Tasks lists in the list of Outlines. The synced Outlines have a small indication icon at the right.

Detailed information how to add new synced Outlines and how to change local Outlines to synced ones is found in the Tutorial.

Recently Google launched it's own Tasks App for Android. It's great, but it restricts the number of levels to 2. Opening an Outline with more than 2 levels flattens the Outline. Every activity in deeper levels goes to level 2. So the structure of a complex Outline is destroyed.
Google warns you before the flattening process. If you are fine with only two levels, you can use Google's App together with Outliner.
Update:
In August 2018, Google announced to restrict the levels also for third party Apps like Outliner, beginning with August 2019. More information here:
https://android-outliner.blogspot.com/2018/10/google-tasks-level-restriction.html


Notifications For Due Activities

You may want to get notified, if the due date of an activity which is not yet finished is reached.
Via "Settings, Notification Policy" you can choose, if you want to get notified about activities due today or also about activities due in the past or if you don't want any notification at all. Notifications only work with Outliner's PRO version.

More information in the Tutorial.

Changes 2.0.0

  • New icon
  • Two additional colored levels
  • List of Outlines, save last position (Settings)
  • Indentation distance (Settings)
  • Improved Drag&Drop scroll speed
  • PRO: Sync Google Tasks (Settings, Synchronization)
  • New permissions for Google Tasks Sync
  • PRO: list of Outlines, icon for synced Outlines
  • PRO: notifications for due activities (Settings)
  • Fix: stability improvements
  • Fix: date format respects language on newer devices
  • Fix: Search, open synced Outlines

Tip:
Use Outliner as your inbox for things you want to remember or things you just found while surfing.
First configure one of your Outlines as inbox in the settings.
Then for instance share a website and choose Outliner as sharing target. The link is added in Outliners inbox as a new activity.

General Info here.
Version History here. 

Google Play Store Browser Link here.

Feel free to donate via PayPal to support further development.



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Sonntag, 5. April 2015

Outliner V1.8.0, BoxCryptor, ownCloud

Open Outlines with file mangers or cloud Apps

Outliner now opens any of it's supported file formats directly from a file manager (like ES Explorer, EDS) or from Cloud Apps (like Dropbox, BoxCryptor, ownCloud,...).

You may need this in the following situations:
  • your Outlines are in other cloud folders than the ones Outliner needs (e.g. with fargo.io)
  • you use a cloud service other then Dropbox (e.g. OwnCloud)
  • you want to be sure that you Outlines are encrypted in the cloud (e.g. BoxCryptor)
  • you want your Outlines to be encrypted in a Truecrypt container (EDS Encrypted Data Store)
  • you use some third party sync tool (like FolderSync) and want to organize your Outlines with a file manager
In the Tutorial you will find more information at:
http://android-outliner.blogspot.co.at/p/tutorial.html#542836942
In particular you can consider the possibility to keep Outlines with sensible personal data encrypted in the cloud by using BoxCryptor or EDS.


Changes 1.8.0

  • PRO: Open Outlines directly from File-Managers, DropBox, BoxCryptor, OwnCloud
  • PRO: sync with Fargo (Web Outliner)
  • Drop Support for Android 1.6
  • Update to latest Dropbox API
  • Settings, Number Of Note Lines: more choices
  • Fix: occasional force close after coming back to unsaved activityEdit

Tip:
Use Outliner as your inbox for things you want to remember or things you just found while surfing.
First configure one of your Outlines as inbox in the settings.
Then for instance share a website and choose Outliner as sharing target. The link is added in Outliners inbox as a new activity.

General Info here.
Version History here. 

Google Play Store Browser Link here.

Feel free to donate via PayPal to support further development.

Samstag, 10. Januar 2015

Outliner V1.7.0, Level Colors

For easier distinguishing the levels of the list of activities you can now configure the Outline to show Level Colors (PRO only).


In "Config Outline, Color" you enable this feature.

"Level Colors" gives the first four levels of the Outline a certain color.

Outliner suggests sensible default colors depending on your chosen theme (Light/Dark) if you enable Level Colors. However, you can choose your own colors by pressing the small button right to the color-listbox. For each level you can choose a color with a color wheel. The big middle circle is the general color and the half-round slider at the right side is the lightness. The half-round area at the left shows the chosen color.
"Default" switches back to the default colors for this Outline.

If you don't want to use any colors at all, change the configuration to "No Outline Colors".


Changes 1.7.0

  • PRO: Level Colors (Config Outline, Color)
  • Remember last position (disable in Settings)
  • Fix: OK+Next, too many Dropbox sync tries
  • Fix: OK+Next, occasional lost of last change if Dropbox sync

Tip:
Use Outliner as your inbox for things you want to remember or things you just found while surfing.
First configure one of your Outlines as inbox in the settings.
Then for instance share a website and choose Outliner as sharing target. The link is added in Outliners inbox as a new activity.

General Info here.
Version History here. 

Google Play Store Link here.
Google Play Store Browser Link here.
Feel free to donate via PayPal to support further development. 

Sonntag, 14. September 2014

Outliner V1.6.0, Drag & Drop

Eventually it is possible to move nodes via Drag & Drop. After so many user requests I could not longer resist. Thank you for your feedback!

The small buttons at the right side of the list let you drag an activity or a subtree and move it to another postition within the list.
You can disable the new feature in the Settings "Drag & Drop In All Views". However, in move mode the buttons always stay visible.

Outliner, Drag & Drop
 
Changes 1.6.0

  • Drag & Drop (globally disable/enable in Settings)
  • PRO: automatic backup now completely in background
  • Fix: occasional force close after editing an activity

Tip:
A long click on the '+' button at the bottom adds a new activity at the beginning of the list instead of the end.
You can configure this behaviour in the Settings.

General Info here.
Version History here. 

Google Play Store Link here.
Google Play Store Browser Link here.
Feel free to donate via PayPal to support further development. 

Sonntag, 29. Juni 2014

Outliner V1.5.0, Sharing

Outliner's PRO version learned sharing.

Outliner can act as a target for sharing texts

First you have to define a favorite outline via "Settings, Set Inbox". If you afterwards share any text (e.g. a web url from within your browser) and you choose Outliner as sharing target, Outliner opens your inbox outline and adds the text as a new activity at the end. You can edit the information before saving it. The back button brings you straight back to your web site within the browser.

Browser, long tap url, share

Outliner now also shares a whole outline

In the list of activities "Action, Share Outline" creates a simple HTML file which you can send to your mail client, to Dropbox or your file manager for saving. This is very similar to exporting to HTML and sending via a file manager, but much quicker.

Menu, Action, Share Outline

Changes 1.5.0

  • PRO: Outliner as sharing target for text (choose "Settings, Set Inbox" before first use)
  • PRO: share Outlines (Action, Share Outline)
  • PRO: sync, use notification instead of toast messages
  • better icon resolution
  • Fix: no write permission on external card on Android 4.4.x
  • Fix: sync opml, typo in title tag
  • Fix: QuickEdit, <return> sometimes clears other changes on Android 4.4.x
  • Fix: QuickEdit, keyboard obstructs activities
  • Fix: search target, no selection after sync -> show popup info
  • Fix: disable cut subtree if paste subtree is disabled

Tip:
Use a double tap to toggle move mode.
Do not use the tutorial for production data. Updating Outliner overwrites the tutorial.

General Info here.
Version History here. 

Google Play Store Link here.
Google Play Store Browser Link here.
Feel free to donate via PayPal to support further development. 

Sonntag, 5. Januar 2014

Outliner V1.4.0, sync OPML (e.g. OmniOutliner for Mac)

Android Outliner now syncs with desktop applications which store their Outlines in OPML format.

This works with OmniOutliner for instance, which is THE Outliner for Mac with a really big user base.

If you store your Desktop Outlines in OPML format in your Dropbox, Outliner can sync them to your Android device.
If OmniOutliner uses OPML-format (instead of the native format), all formatting and attachments are lost. You get a simple text-based Outline. But this one you can synchronize with Android Outliner now.
OmniOutliner opens OPML-files which Android Outliner stores in Dropbox.

Screenshot from OmniOutliner's Tutorial
 
Please check the Tutorial for detailed information about OPML sync.

Changes 1.4.0

  • PRO: automatically finish branch (Config Outline)
  • PRO: sync OPML (e.g. OmniOutliner)
  • Send log file via mail (new permission required) (Settings)
  • Always ask before deleting an Outline
  • Finetune swipe gestures for newer devices
  • Fix: occasional force close on random swiping and tapping in quickEdit mode
  • Fix: occasional loosing first activity addition after coming back from background

Tip:
User a swipe gesture to move an activity right or left.

General Info here.
Version History here. 

Google Play Store Link here.
Google Play Store Browser Link here.
Feel free to donate via PayPal to support further development.