8.26.2006

Share your lists with others so they can track your progress

Now you can share your iPrioritize list with others so they can track your progress! In the upper right corner of every list you will now see a Share option below Mobile. By clicking on it, you will generate two URL's (one for your list with notes, one without) that you can give to anyone you want to track your list.



This is useful if you are working on a project with someone who doesn't have a business account and you want them to be able to track your progress, but not necessarily edit your list. You can give them the URL and they can bookmark it and check back regularly.

This can also be accomplished using RSS (by subscribing to the feed). The primary reason for the share feature is to accommodate those who aren't yet comfortable with RSS. Anyone familiar with browsing the web can now track your list.

It should be noted that these pages are not public and will not be indexed by Google or any search engine. The only way that people will find them is if you give them the URL.

8.21.2006

iPrioritize in Microsoft Outlook 2003

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If you're a Microsoft Outlook user and an iPrioritize user, it's no longer necessary to keep a browser window open all day long in addition to having Outlook open. Without installing any additional software, you can now fully utilize your iPrioritize account from within Microsoft Outlook.



Follow these three steps and you'll be using your iPrioritize account in Outlook within minutes:


  1. In Outlook, create a new mail folder (File -> New -> Folder, or right click on an existing folder and select New Folder). Make sure that the folder is for Mail and Post Items and name it iPrioritize Lists or whatever you want.

  2. Right click on the new folder and select Properties. In the Homepage tab, enter http://www.iprioritize.com/outlook.php as the address and check the Show home page by default for this folder tab and click OK.



  3. Select your iPrioritize Lists folder and log in to your iPrioritize account.





That's it! You will only have to log in once per session of Outlook. So if you open Outlook in the morning when you arrive and close it when you leave, you will only have to enter your email and password once a day (not true anymore!).

There are a few small caveats however.

It works well if you have Internet Explorer 6 or Mozilla Firefox as your default browser. I haven't yet been able to test it with alternative browsers, although it should work if iPrioritize works in the browser.

Each time you move away from your folder (say to view your email) and come back, you will be taken back to the last list you worked on. So if you were on the My Account page when you left you will still be taken back to your most recently edited list as opposed to the My Account page.

To log out, you must close Outlook (the log out button within iPrioritize will appear to work, but the next time you click on the folder you will be brought back to the last list you were working on).

Those last two are caused by the fact that Outlook actually logs you out every time you switch away. So to prevent you from having to log back in every time, iPrioritize creates a temporary cookie that logs you back in and directs you to your most recently visited list. The only way to delete said cookie (that I'm aware of) is to log out of Outlook.

I think that this is a great feature that many of our users will be able to take advantage of. Feel free to drop me an email at adam.mcfarland@iprioritize.com if you have any feedback. Enjoy!

Yet another reason to use iPrioritize

If you don't believe us, you should believe the experts. In the September 2006 issue of Entrepreneur Magazine, the following study (courtesy of Swingline) appeared:



Would you look at that. The number one time-waster at the workplace is shifting priorities. Number three is a lack of direction/objectives. I think iPrioritize can help with those!

8.08.2006

Sessions no longer expire after 30 minutes; testimonials page live

After a considerable number of complaints from frequent users, I've changed the application so that you no longer are automatically logged out after 30 minutes of inactivity. It is somewhat standard for a session cookie to expire after said 30 minutes, and I know of other applications that do the same thing so I didn't think much about it when developing iPrioritize.

However, I failed to realize just how many users would keep iPrioritize open all day long. They leave their desk for a little while, come back and begin entering tasks, only to be kicked out. Now every page automatically refreshes every 20 minutes when logged in to prevent you from ever reaching 30 minutes of inactivity.

Also, after a really cool email from Donyell Nelson, I decided to start a testimonials page. Check out Donyell's great iPrioritize story and a few more on our new testimonials page.

Oh, and if you've got something good to say, email me a testimonial at adam.mcfarland@iprioritize.com and I'll post it and include a link back to your site :)

i-Guy on MySpace

In an effort to get more students and young professionals using iPrioritize, we launched a MySpace page for the i-Guy this week.

To keep the page fresh, there will be a weekly video from YouTube and an "Ask the i-Guy" blog where you can ask the i-Guy questions about anything. The YouTube video for the first week is a hilarious Will Ferrell parody of the Mac switch commercials where he compares a Mac to a yogurt parfait.

Check it out and send i-Guy a friend invitation if you've got a MySpace account!

8.03.2006

Mobile mark items complete

In an effort to continuously expand the functionality of mobile.iprioritize.com, you can now mark items complete. Before when you would click on an item in your list you would see whether it was complete or not, but not have the option to change it. Now you will see something similar to the image below (depending on your phone):



So now, in addition to viewing your lists on your mobile phone, you can add items and mark them complete. You still can't edit task title's or notes (probably coming soon) or re-order your lists (probably not coming until I figure out a way to do this that satisfies me).

While I'm on the topic, I personally think there are several great uses for Mobile iPrioritize (and I'm not sure if everyone realizes how cool it can be):

  • For the business person who's always on the go, it's a great way to take a look at and edit your to-do list while you're away from the office.

  • Grocery & shopping lists - make your list at home on the computer and check it from the store.

  • Make lists for other people. Lets say your on your way to work and your wife doesn't have the grocery list ready for what to pick up after work. During the day she can make the list on the computer whenever she gets a chance and all you do is log in from your phone at the end of the day and pick up what she put on the list.

  • Communicating with workers. I know of one apartment complex that is planning on testing it out for their maintenance workers (they came up with the idea, not me, but I think it's awesome). No need for them to call in, just check their list on their phone that their manager is constantly updating from the office.


I'm sure there are more, but it's late and I'm tired so that'll do for now.

8.02.2006

A little speed added among other things

I've received quite a few suggestions to speed up the application because people like to work "fast". They liked the overall setup but didn't like having to wait a few seconds to wait for the drop down to enter or edit a task. Being a "fast" worker myself, I completely understand the need to want to work as fast as possible, especially once you are familiar with software. Nothing sucks more than having to wait for something to load/process.

Within the next year, I hope to make the application 100% AJAX (i.e. no page loads at all), but for the meantime I sped up the drop downs considerably. I also added toggle functionality to any buttons that cause a drop down (one of my best friends had been in my ear about this). I think a lot of first time users just assume that buttons like the "edit" button toggle - it just seems intuitive that they would - so now they do.

I also completed a few other minor upgrades like cleaning up some little differences between browsers (it's amazing, 60% of our users use Firefox) and also improved a few security things on the back end to make sure your data is as safe as possible. Oh, and the homepage now loads with the cursor in the "email" field so you don't need to click there.

That's all for now.