The Tasktop Team is very pleased to announce the release of Tasktop Summer 2008. Summer is a great time to offload your brain, so we’ve packed this release with features that will help you do just that. This release’s splash screen commemorates a summer hike in the mountains overlooking Vancouver.
The coolest thing in this release is the new time tracking and reporting feature, which gives you full transparency into your work activities with automatic to-the-minute tracking of time spent working both within and outside of Eclipse. As usual, we put all of the control at your finger tips, enabling you to do things like adjusting timings. You also get flexible reports so that you don’t have to stress the creative side of your brain when needing to report activity or fill out time sheets, and can save your creativity for more interesting activities like coding. As an example, take a look at my time report for the week after the Mylyn 3.0 release, from which I can immediately see that I spent most of my time on the Tasktop working set (blue part of pie chart on far right), a bunch of time went to managing (the gray bars in the graph) and thankfully a higher proportion to working on the tasks I had scheduled (colored bars in the graph). From this I can immediately see why I was itching to write code by the end of the week, since most of my week went into non-programming activities.
Eclipse Mylyn users will be pleased to learn that we are now providing a free version of Tasktop called Tasktop Starter. This allows us to deliver to you some valuable features that are out of the scope of Eclipse and Mylyn. Below you can see a snapshot of the welcome screen that will get you started exploring the features in Tasktop Starter, such as one-click install of partner connectors, automatic Mylyn updates to either release or weekly builds, and a time tracking dashboard for the current week. We’ve also included the Gmail connector for free, which lets you easily tag conversations in Gmail have them appear in Mylyn’s Task List and be accessible when working offline. You need Tasktop Pro for the main productivity features such as focused web browsing, desktop integration, customized time reporting and additional connectors such as Microsoft Outlook. But with Tasktop Starter you get both a useful day-to-day tool and a glimpse at what it’s like to have Mylyn’s task-focused interface keep you focused and productive for the non-coding parts of your workday.
I drive at least 90% of my workday from Tasktop/Mylyn/Eclipse, and one of my favorite new features is the one-click switching of working sets. It seems so rudimentary, but this makes switching your project/work/role contexts as easy as switching task contexts. In addition, you get to see how far behind you’re getting on any particular working set, thanks to an indication of the number of incomings. This is just one part of the additional streamlining that we’re providing with Tasktop as part of our mission to save you clicks. Less is more.
We hope that you enjoy this release of Tasktop and continue sending us your feedback and votes for future enhancements and integrations. For more info see:
|InfoQ interview about the release|
|Upated Tasktop site and product tours|
About Mik Kersten
Dr. Mik Kersten is the CEO of Tasktop Technologies, creator of the Eclipse Mylyn open source project and inventor of the task-focused interface. At Tasktop, Mik sets the strategic direction of the company as well as drives many of Tasktop's key partnerships and key customers accounts. He created Mylyn and the task-focused interface during his PhD in Computer Science at the University of British Columbia. Mik has been an Eclipse committer since 2002, is a 3-time elected member of the Eclipse Board of Directors and serves on the Eclipse Architecture Council. Mik's thought leadership on task-focused collaboration and improving the software economy makes him a popular speaker at software conferences, and he was voted a JavaOne Rock Star speaker in 2008 and 2009.