Bootstrapped tech company Doist, the company behind popular task management Todoist, is releasing a major update called Todoist Foundations – the update should be rolled out over the next 24 hours. As the name suggests, it lays down foundations for many new features down the road.
But there are already some interesting improvements. Task lists in Todoist will continue to be an endless list of checkboxes anymore. You can now create sections in your projects. You can then move tasks from one section to another, collapse sections when you need to see them.
Down the road, those sections could play bigger rolls. For instance, a project could have sections representing multiple steps to achieve a task. You could imagine other views that let you move a task from one step to another.
When it comes to labels, they are now sorted into two categories – your personal labels and shared labels with other coworkers.
Todoist also has added a new task view on desktop and mobile that centralizes everything you can do related to a task. You can modify the due date, the priority level, see comments, add labels and more. Even better, you can see all the subtasks associated with a specific task in this new view.
When it comes to mobile-specific improvements, the quick add bar has been overhauled . Quick add has always been one of my favorite features in Todoist. For instance, you can type "Send contract tomorrow at 9am @bestclient #work" to create a "Send contract" task in the "work" project, with due date and the label "bestclient".
Todoist first added buttons on mobile to surface those features and make them more intuitive. The company is simplifying the bar as it got really busy. It now displays existing due dates, projects and assignees in buttons directly.
Todoist also borrowed a feature from Things 3 with the plus button. You can now drag and drop the plus button anywhere in the list to add a new task to the middle of the list. That feature is incredibly useful.
Behind the scenes, everything should be faster as well. Finally, Todoist updated icons and its color palette.