Good news macOS Informant fans. We are getting closer to putting a 1.0 label on Informant for the macOS. Back in January, we released a beta for Milestone 9 and internally, we are continuing our work to complete Milestone 9. However, we are putting out an update for everyone living on the General (aka Stable) Releases. We consider this a stable release, and the primary reason that it is not yet a “1.0” release is that we are still some differences in the features between Informant 5 for iOS and Informant for macOS.
Released: April 7, 2017
Current Stable Build is : Milestone 8.5 – Version 0.99 (50298)
Users who choose to accept beta builds may have a different build number.
Release Notes for Milestone 8.5
New Features & Improvements:
- Updated to a new process for logging into Google and Toodledo Sync Accounts. Informant for macOS is now ready for upcoming authentication changes that Google is making in April. NOTE: While Informant should migrate your existing logins, there’s a chance that after updating, you might need to log back into your Google or Toodledo Sync Accounts.
- You can now re-order sections in the Focus view (this is done in Focus View Preferences)
- The Today/Focus menu is now a “tear off” menu. You can open it from the menu bar, then drag it to wherever you want. You can edit this Today tear off in the Preferences>>Focus.
- You can now drag/drop between the “Today/Focus Menu” and the main app
- You can now drag / drop notes (into a project, tag, mini-month, etc)
- Month and Stacked Week view now support multi-select drag and drop. (click Command to select multiple)
- You can now select a mix of items in a calendar view (events, tasks, notes) and delete them all at once
- You can now right-click on a backup (in Advanced Preferences) to show that backup in the Finder
- We have standardized on the term “Projects” for both notes and tasks. Before, we would inconsistently use the term “Notebooks” or “Projects” when you were on the Notes view.
- Projects can now be designated as allowing “Notes Only”, “Tasks Only” or both. Certain sync accounts only support specific data types, so in those cases, the editor locks you into a single choice. Likewise, Toodledo only supports mixed projects, so the editor restricts Toodledo projects to “both”. Informant Sync supports projects being in any of those 3 states. When a project is “Tasks Only”, it will not show at all in the Notes view (and vice-versa).
- Time zones now appear in the sidebar for calendars locked to a specific time zone
- Visual Improvements to the time zone picker when editing a calendar
- The event editor now supports specifying time zones when creating/editing an event
- Month and Stacked Week view now show the time zone on an event when that event is on a calendar locked to a specific time zone
- When grouping by project, the task view now sorts tasks in a sequential project according to the user-specified sequence
- Making a child task (via command-return) now sets the priority of the child to match the parent
- Completed checklist items always show regardless of your “show completed tasks” setting. This is consistent behavior with Informant on iOS.
- New & Improved logic for automatic “Next Action” handling on sequential projects:
- Parent / child tasks are treated more like “sub-projects” now. If you set a parent task to “Active”, then the first subtask will become the Next Action.
- This means you can now have multiple next actions within a given project (the first task in the project along with the first subtask of each “active” parent task)
- During automatic Next Action promotion, if the first task in a project is a parent task, it will now set that parent task to Active and the first subtask will become the Next Action
- Next Action promotion now stops if it hits a task that is in the Hold or Planning status
- Calendar filter for the Today sidebar would get lost when quitting Informant
- Fixed several issues that could occur when duplicating a project that contained tasks with subtasks
- Pasting a task into a new project, context or tag now works as expected
- Various fixes and improvements to Alarm notifications
- Stacked Week view might sometimes failed to load data (unless you swiped back and forth a few times)
- For now, our in-app support feature will pop open a new email in your email client. We are working with HelpShift to resolve issues with their SDK that would give a “network error” when attempting to submit support requests directly within the app.
- Several improvements to Note navigation & editing:
- We no longer immediately put the focus in the note body when you select a note – this allows you to use the arrow keys to move up/down in the notes list. You can use <Tab> to get into the selected note.
- We also fixed some situations where a note would randomly lose focus or situations where the note would appear to be de-selected in the notes list (even though it still appeared in the editor).
- If you drag a note to a different project such that it is removed from the current notes list, we now remove it from the editor as well.
- Fixed issue where the notes editor could get stuck in a “No Preview” state
- Fixed an issue where sometimes the notes editor would appear blank (the note would still exist, it would just fail to display)
- Fixed issue where the notes editor might randomly revert back to an earlier saved copy of the note (this wasn’t a very common situation, but it could happen)
- Fixed issue where changes to note properties might fail to save / sync changes if the note body was empty
- Several fixes to how we manage the on-demand loading of Evernote note content:
- This includes a situation where the current state of the note properties might be out of sync between Informant and Evernote.
- This also fixes situations where dragging an Evernote note to a project in a different sync account might not always move the note content.
- Also improved the error notification if you attempt to load an offline Evernote note while you are not connected to the Internet
- Fixed crash on Month view if you clicked on the “More” button and there was a note pinned to that date
- Fixes to the Time Zone picker in the event editor
- Fixed annoying “text wiggle” when you inline-edited the title of an event/task
- Sometimes the editor would not appear when double-clicking an item in Stacked Week view
- Fixed issue where the sidebar mini months would jump to a seemingly random month when you first launched the app
- Certain views didn’t update themselves properly if they were left open across midnight
- When you duplicate a parent task, it now also properly duplicates all subtasks (instead of just the parent)
- Don’t allow adding a subtask to a completed parent task
- Don’t allow command-return to make a subtask on a checklist item
- Sorting by title in Notes view was broken (you would get a blank screen)
- Sometimes when editing a task with a custom recurrence, the custom recurrence editor didn’t visually set itself up properly
- Worked around a macOS bug that would sometimes result in a crash if you tried to undo some typing
- Improvements to the handling of icons on Apple Calendar events
- The “dim future tasks” option now works properly in Focus View
- The titles for checklist items are now properly vertically centered within the task row
- Long titles weren’t always properly displayed in search result rows
- The tab title didn’t update if you renamed a project while that project was open
- Fixed crash that could occur when clicking in specific areas of a checklist item
- Certain contextual menu items were incorrectly enabled for checklist items
- Renaming a smart filter wouldn’t always properly update the focus view
- Numerous internal improvements and fixes to drag & drop
- Dragging a task from one project onto a task from another project would properly make it a subtask, but would not properly change the project of that subtask to match its parent
- Informant no longer prompts you for span when deleting an exception
- When switching from a calendar view to a non-calendar view (like the tasks view), the sidebar mini months wouldn’t clear the “Selected Range”
- Improvements and fixes to the management of backups (in the Advanced Preferences)
- Fixed issue with calendar contextual menu if you had multiple events selected
- Fixed some issues with the “Project” contextual menu item on notes
- Adding a voice note to an empty note would fail
- When the default due date was set to “Next Friday”, new tasks were being made for “Next Thursday”
- Creating a new Reminder “list” (aka Project) within Informant wasn’t getting saved in Apple Reminders
- Closing a tab and immediately clicking out of Informant could result in a crash
- Fixed crash when rapidly toggling the summary popover of an event on and off
- Fixed regression in latest M8 build where the default project wouldn’t be auto-selected when going into preferences
- Creating a new Evernote notebook in Informant wouldn’t sync to Evernote
- Fixed issues copying/pasting recurring events
- Quick Entry (NLP) in the Today menu wouldn’t respect the currently selected day if you specified a time in your “quick entry” string
- Fixed issue where if you dragged an image into a new note immediately after it was created, it would fail to save the image
- Improved reliability of syncing notes containing images to/from Informant 5 using Informant Sync
- Numerous internal improvements (we now have a fully shared codebase with Informant for iOS, updated to Swift 3, updated several 3rd party frameworks, prepared ourselves for planned future features, etc)
- Several stability, UI and performance improvements throughout the app
|Feature||Informant 5 for iOS||Informant for macOS (0.8.5)|
|Triggers||Uses new Triggers feature. Allows for individual updating of task/event attributes||Uses the prior version of Templates.|
|Live location search on Contacts||Available||Not Available|
|Apple Maps for live-location search||Available||Not Available|
|Certain editing options on location-based tasks||Available||Not Available|
|TravelAssist||Available||Travel schedule events will show up on on calendar, but are not editable|
|Tag Filtering||has tag filtering in both Event and Task||Tag filtering only for tasks|
|Saved Filters (for tasks)||Available||Not Available|
|Sign up for newsletter||Available||Not Available|
|Ability to manually sort projects in the sidebar||Available||Not Available|
|Free / Busy / Tentative coloring on events||Available||Not Available|
|Franklin Covey Priorities||Available||Not Available|
|Emailing invites to meeting attendees||Available for google calendars||Not Available|
|Image / Contact Attachments on Events/Tasks||Available||Not Available|
|Ability to turn off alarms on a per-calendar basis||Available||Not Available|
|Export calendar as ics file||Available||Not Available|