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    AdminAaron Wolf (Admin, Task Coach) commented  · 

    Thanks, Laura. I edited your request to be more clear. Please add a new separate request for the visual skins idea.

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    AdminAaron Wolf (Admin, Task Coach) commented  · 

    Note: this is partly completed as a workaround. The latest version has a relative time option so that you can enter whatever as a start time and then you can just specify an amount of time to the end. So you can flag a quick 8 hours.

    You can also press S (shift-s) in a time field to make it start of work-day, and E (shift-E) for end of workday.

    So the new time system is very flexible and easier to use. Thus, you can effectively achieve the request here, even though efforts still require an absolute time. I.e. you can enter it in a more relative way.

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    AdminAaron Wolf (Admin, Task Coach) commented  · 

    Regarding the last part of the request:
    You can already track multiple tasks at once, just select each task and press cntrl-E (command on Mac) for each task. Unlike cntrl-T or clicking the track button, using cntrl-E will not stop the other tasks already being tracked.

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    Re-arranging the order of columns by drag and drop is one of the most requested features for Task Coach. As you may know, our small development team struggles with finding enough time to maintain Task Coach, support users (which we do for free) and develop new features.

    We attempted a fundraiser to hire an outside developer to program the feature for us, but the fundraiser was not successful. It was just a test and there are many reasons it could have gone better. We are aware of and are exploring alternative fundraising options in general.

    The reason this particular feature is expensive is that it needs change in the underlying wxWidgets framework that we use and needs an outside developer. But there is a lower-cost easy alternative to customizing column order and we will probably implement it soon: we could use the same interface we currently use for customizable toolbars.…

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    AdminAaron Wolf (Admin, Task Coach) commented  · 

    @Caitlin:

    Free is Freedom, that is what is important and what the GPL license is about. Free in price is not as important. We are happy to get paid support. However, a few donations here and there don't make enough of a difference. The fundraiser was a test, and there are various reasons it didn't work and lots to do. There are also other ways to achieve an effective column-rearranging.

    Anyway, thanks for your comment. The actual thing is: I came to the Task Coach project with similar ideas and have since dedicated my main time to creating a completely new funding system for Free Software and Free/Libre/Open culture and educational works and science etc. We are not in the public functioning stage, but are getting there.

    I am well aware of all of the various funding systems people are trying. My system is using the best of existing ideas but is doing some revolutionary things to change the whole way this works. If you're interested enough to learn more or get involved in the project, you can see the website at snowdrift.coop where you can send us a message expressing interest.

    Otherwise, there already exist 600 funding platforms and tons of ideas, none of which are truly adequate in my view. But the closest to this idea for funding specific features is freedomsponsors.org — you can already go there and offer to pledge something for anyone who will help Task Coach implement a feature you want. And you can ask others to chip in too. I'm not completely optimistic about that platform, but if it works, great.

    Note: the reason we can't get to everything isn't because we need a few extra dollars, although it is appreciated. We are all very busy and just doing this in our spare time. The funding needed to truly change the pace of development would need to be enough to hire a new part-time developer or for one of us to work less at our day jobs. This may eventually be achieved by the system I am inventing. We will see.

    Cheers,
    Aaron

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    AdminAaron Wolf (Admin, Task Coach) commented  · 

    I noticed this already is possible within the task editor window tabs, it just needs to be doable with the tabs within the main window and the columns within the task view

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    AdminAaron Wolf (Admin, Task Coach) commented  · 

    I don't understand how suse works, but I'm on Ubuntu 64-bit and I can run any 32-bit software. Is it really the case that you can't run 32-bit software in your 64-bit suse system?

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    AdminAaron Wolf (Admin, Task Coach) commented  · 

    Excellent thought Alexandr! I love it. Might not be top priority, but I support it and hope we get to it sometime soon.

    Incidentally, you can have recurring tasks with planned start at a certain time, and sometimes that will work, but it isn't like your request which is more flexible.

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    AdminAaron Wolf (Admin, Task Coach) commented  · 

    Could you describe more how this would work in your view?

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    AdminAaron Wolf (Admin, Task Coach) commented  · 

    I don't understand what you mean. Efforts are the way that Task Coach tracks time. There is no separate way to mark time spent, nor should there be.

    If you are just referring to ways to mark this, are you aware that you can use cntrl-E to automatically bring up the full effort dialog for a new effort? Also, you can use the system tray icon (or Dock icon on Mac) to choose a specific task to add an effort.

    Is what you want the ability to add a total amount of time without specifying when the time occurred? So you'd want efforts that are relative time only instead of absolute time? And related to this, note that the effort dialog now has a quick relative time pop-up menu button to quickly set an amount of time for the effort.

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    AdminAaron Wolf (Admin, Task Coach) commented  · 

    Just checking: are you aware that Task Coach already has a built-in calendar view? And there are requests for various ways to improve it, but it exists already to visualize the schedule of things.

    Cheers,
    Aaron

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    AdminAaron Wolf (Admin, Task Coach) commented  · 

    Thanks for the clarification. I agree some way of engaging the dialog as part of starting or stopping an effort while using the system tray is a reasonable idea.

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    AdminAaron Wolf (Admin, Task Coach) commented  · 

    You may already have what you want. You can start effort-tracking with cntrl-E and it automatically opens the editor, which can be left open to add notes before or after you stop the effort. NOTE: cntrl-E adds an effort but doesn't automatically stop previous efforts.

    Secondly, if you create an effort viewer (View>New Viewer), you can more easily access the efforts to quickly open them and add descriptions. I do this myself. The one missing feature is the ability to edit the description in line by showing the description column in the viewer. This is something we already considered but is not supported by the underlying framework as currently set up, so it will be a lot of work. But this is the way I want it to be eventually.

    Cheers,
    Aaron

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    AdminAaron Wolf (Admin, Task Coach) commented  · 

    I agree this request makes sense, but there's a functional workaround: stop the current task with shift-ctrl-T, start the new task with ctrl-E, and then this brings up the editor to easily access the start-from-last-stop function. A little clunky, but much easier than what you were doing otherwise.

    Cheers,
    Aaron

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    AdminAaron Wolf (Admin, Task Coach) commented  · 

    I assume you would want still some of the other print features, right? Like the changing of human-readable dates back to regular. You don't want your printout to say "today" for a task's date, right?

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    AdminAaron Wolf (Admin, Task Coach) commented  · 
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    AdminAaron Wolf (Admin, Task Coach) commented  · 

    Does this mean basically a button for the "clear all filters" command which effectively then becomes an UNDO of the filter clearing?

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    Do you mean for delegating to other people?

    This is already possible: use categories to indicate who you delegated a task to and use the reminder for, well, reminding yourself

    Otherwise, you might want these requests (particularly the first one):

    https://taskcoach.uservoice.com/forums/26465-desktop-version-windows-linux-mac-of-task-coach/suggestions/1269513-multiclient-multi-user-collaborative-version-perh

    https://taskcoach.uservoice.com/forums/26465-desktop-version-windows-linux-mac-of-task-coach/suggestions/313688-add-custom-fields

    https://taskcoach.uservoice.com/forums/26465-desktop-version-windows-linux-mac-of-task-coach/suggestions/1615061-make-it-possible-to-use-categorys-as-columns

    Please explain if you are requesting something different.

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    AdminAaron Wolf (Admin, Task Coach) commented  · 

    Keep in mind that this is full GPL Open Source software. Anyone who can program in Python is already welcome to adapt the program and add patches, and we are happy to accept input and have in the past.

    Anyway, we do not use votes strictly, but they do tell us something about user wishes.

    Yes, a plugin system could be a means to achieve other requests. Overall, we are just struggling to find time to handle lots of the things we're trying to do. Please feel free to recruit additional developers who might help us do things like implement a plugin system!

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    AdminAaron Wolf (Admin, Task Coach) commented  · 

    I agree nice idea. Basically you want to combine all the sub-items right? So all the efforts, notes, and attachments get moved into from one task to another and the original task would be deleted.

    What about other things? Subject, description, prereqs/dependents, categories from the first task would be lost, or should any of those also be merged?

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    AdminAaron Wolf (Admin, Task Coach) commented  · 

    I think what you're talking about for estimated hours is already there with "budget"

    The rest of this makes sense and seems like a good idea to me.

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    AdminAaron Wolf (Admin, Task Coach) commented  · 

    Excellent request. This is actually implied in many other requests. Doing this is a prerequisite to these:
    http://taskcoach.uservoice.com/forums/26465-desktop-version-windows-linux-mac-of-task-coach/suggestions/293262-task-notes-pane
    http://taskcoach.uservoice.com/forums/26465-desktop-version-windows-linux-mac-of-task-coach/suggestions/466618-adding-an-edit-viewer

    I'm leaving this open because it is independently valuable. Thanks for helping clarify this.

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    1 comment  ·  Other Task Coach requests  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

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    AdminAaron Wolf (Admin, Task Coach) commented  · 

    Sean, I really am too ignorant to form any opinion on this, but just checking: are you aware that SourceForge recently revised a lot of the system, and we recently migrated all the Task Coach stuff to the new system? I don't mean that this makes it any harder or more annoying to move to Github, but maybe the new SourceForge system offers promise to improve on the things where you are concerned?

    If you know the answer one way or the other as to whether these updates are relevant or can otherwise clarify about pros and cons of such a switch, that perspective may be useful. Thanks!

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    AdminAaron Wolf (Admin, Task Coach) commented  · 

    Note: this should also include a keyboard shortcut