Frank Niessink | 3 Oct 17:25 2010

Please help test upcoming release 1.2

Hi all,

I'm looking for some brave people that want to test the upcoming 1.2
release. You can download it from
http://www.fraca7.net/TaskCoach-packages/latest_bugfixes.py (under the
Release1_2_Branch heading). Please report issues as reply to this
mail.

Please note that task files saved with release 1.2 cannot be read by
release 1.1. So, please do make a backup copy of your task file before
loading in with release 1.2.

New feature:
- Tasks can have one or more prerequisite tasks. As long as a task has
one or more prerequisite tasks that are not completed, the dependent
task is inactive. The task tree viewer has two extra columns, one for
showing prerequisite tasks and one for showing dependent tasks.
Prerequisite tasks can be selected in the Prerequisites tab of the
task edit dialog. Dependent tasks cannot be selected explicitly but
are simply derived from the prerequisite tasks. For example, if task B
can be started only after task A has been completed, task A is called
a prerequisite for task B and task B is called a dependency of task A.

Features changed:
- To simplify the application and reduce the number of columns all
"total" and "overall" columns have been removed. For composite items
that have children, the tree viewers show the "total" or "overall"
value when the item is collapsed and the individual value when the
item is not collapsed. An example may help: suppose task A has a
budget of 20 hours and
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Hans Löffler | 4 Oct 20:54 2010
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Article on computer world

Hello

today I found this article on computerworld titled
"Free desktop tools that aren't OpenOffice"

TaskCoach is number 10

here the direct link

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9189278/Free_desktop_tools_that_aren_t_OpenOffice?taxonomyId=18&pageNumber=4

Hans

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Frank Niessink | 4 Oct 22:07 2010

Re: Article on computer world

Hi Hans,

2010/10/4 Hans Löffler <hloeffler3@...>:
> today I found this article on computerworld titled
> "Free desktop tools that aren't OpenOffice"
> TaskCoach is number 10

That's nice, I hadn't seen that. Thanks for letting us know.

Regards, Frank

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Frank Niessink | 9 Oct 22:40 2010

[ANN] Release 1.2.0 of Task Coach

Hi,

We're happy to announce release 1.2.0 of Task Coach. This release adds task
dependencies.

Bugs fixed:
- An exception would be thrown if search strings contained a '%' symbol.
- When printing, correctly align columns.
- Show sort indicator in attachment viewers.
- Task Coach would always change budget, hourly fee, and fixed fee to zero
  when mass editing tasks. (SF#3081666)
- Better contrast in the calendar view (SF#3072138)
- Tasks started at 00:00 would be displayed twice in the monthly vertical
  calendar view (SF#3062501)

Feature added:
- Tasks can have one or more prerequisite tasks. As long as a task has one or
  more prerequisite tasks that are not completed, the dependent task is
  inactive. The task tree viewer has two extra columns, one for showing
  prerequisite tasks and one for showing dependent tasks. Prerequisite tasks
  can be selected in the Prerequisites tab of the task edit dialog. Dependent
  tasks cannot be selected explicitly but are simply derived from the
  prerequisite tasks. For example, if task B can be started only after task A
  has been completed, task A is called a prerequisite for task B and task B
  is called a dependency of task A.

Features changed:
- To simplify the application and reduce the number of columns all "total"
  and "overall" columns have been removed. For composite items that have
  children, the tree viewers show the "total" or "overall" value when the
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joaoak | 11 Oct 02:10 2010
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Re: [ANN] Release 1.2.0 of Task Coach

Hello,

first of all, I would like to congratulate you for the amazing work with TaskCoach. I use it for some months
now, and it's exactly almost everything I wanted in a task manager software. 
I was very happy to know that the the newest version introduced task dependency which is something that I was needing.
Unfortunately now it seems I cannot add new Tasks. Every time I try to add a new Task, TaskCoach blocks for 2 or
3 minutes. I am using an old database from the previous version with hundreds of tasks. Am I supposed to
start a new database? Or is this a bug in this version?

I am using the Portable version in Windows 7 64 bit.

Thank you,

João Saleiro

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Frank Niessink | 11 Oct 20:16 2010

Re: Re: [ANN] Release 1.2.0 of Task Coach

Hi João,

2010/10/11 joaoak <joao.saleiro@...>:
> Hello,
>
> first of all, I would like to congratulate you for the amazing work with TaskCoach. I use it for some months
now, and it's exactly almost everything I wanted in a task manager software.

Thanks.

> I was very happy to know that the the newest version introduced task dependency which is something that I
was needing.
> Unfortunately now it seems I cannot add new Tasks. Every time I try to add a new Task, TaskCoach blocks for 2
or 3 minutes. I am using an old database from the previous version with hundreds of tasks. Am I supposed to
start a new database? Or is this a bug in this version?

I'm afraid it's a performance issue. The task edit dialog contains a
prerequisite tab in which you can indicate the tasks that are a
prerequisite for the edited task. Apparently, creating that tab is
very time consuming if you have more than 100 or so tasks (depending
on your computer of course). I'm looking into it. There's already a
bug report for this open on Sourceforge, so you don't need to open
one.

In the mean time, maybe it helps to filter completed tasks in the
prerequisite tab (click the green led in the prerequisite tab's
toolbar).

Thanks, Frank

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jknetaoins | 14 Oct 11:25 2010
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newcomers questions re. editing, moving and creating tasks

Hello there
    I have come across TaskCoach recently and am experimenting with using it to plan & monitor some aspects of
projects I run. I have develpment experience with Python, wxPython and open source cross-platform
applications, etc. so this pre-disposes me to like TaskCoach ;-).

I have a few comments and questions from working with Taskcoach, only for a short time so far. I thought I'd
fire this off just to see if I'm missing something in a few areas.

1) I am mainly using TC as an 'outline editor'; I'd like to be able to arbitarily move tasks and subtasks up and
down in the view, and also 'promote' and 'demote' them. I am unable to use drag & drop to 'disconnect' a
subtask from its parent, and can't find a keystroke to do this; am I missing something or does the
'interrelated tasks' aspect of TC prevent me from doing this?

[my description is probably unnecessarily complicated. here's a simple example.

- I create a task
- I want to move the task - I drag & drop it somewhere in the tree of tasks
- unfortunately, it has 'dropped' to become a subtask of another task
- how do I (say) 'promote' this (now) subtask to the higher level I want to to be?
]

I'd prefer to be able to do this with keystrokes, but I'll take what you have!

2) If I have a task 'open', start editing it, and then press 'ESCape', I lose any changes I might have made! Is
there a way of (optionally, maybe) having a 'OK to cancel changes' dialog box?

3) it would also be good to be able to save changes to a task I'm editing without having the task close - for
instance an 'Apply' button as well as the 'OK' & 'Cancel'

4) if I right-click on part of the main tree view which already has some tasks & subtasks present, I get a
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Frank Niessink | 14 Oct 20:47 2010

Re: newcomers questions re. editing, moving and creating tasks

Hi Jon,

2010/10/14 jknetaoins <jkn@...>:
> Hello there
>    I have come across TaskCoach recently and am experimenting with using it to plan & monitor some
aspects of projects I run. I have develpment experience with Python, wxPython and open source
cross-platform applications, etc. so this pre-disposes me to like TaskCoach ;-).

Good :-) We really could use help with the development of Task Coach,
so if you're interested see http://www.taskcoach.org/devinfo.html.

> 1) I am mainly using TC as an 'outline editor'; I'd like to be able to arbitarily move tasks and subtasks up
and down in the view, and also 'promote' and 'demote' them. I am unable to use drag & drop to 'disconnect' a
subtask from its parent, and can't find a keystroke to do this; am I missing something or does the
'interrelated tasks' aspect of TC prevent me from doing this?

You can drag and drop tasks to rearrange. Drop onto another task to
make the dragged task a subtask of the task you drop it on. Drop on
the white space below the last task to make it a top-level task.
Alternatively, you can use cut and paste/paste as subitem (Ctrl-X,
Ctrl-V, Shift-Ctrl-V).

> 2) If I have a task 'open', start editing it, and then press 'ESCape', I lose any changes I might have made! Is
there a way of (optionally, maybe) having a 'OK to cancel changes' dialog box?

Next release (1.3) will apply all changes immediately, so OK and
Cancel buttons won't be needed anymore.

> 3) it would also be good to be able to save changes to a task I'm editing without having the task close - for
instance an 'Apply' button as well as the 'OK' & 'Cancel'
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s4flukasz | 16 Oct 04:47 2010
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Recurring tasks and progress slider

The "Percentage Complete" does not reset on reoccurring tasks when task is marked complete.

I have a daily recurring task, on which throughout the day I make progress so I slide the "Percentage
Complete" slider to mark my daily progress.  At the end of the day, I mark the task complete.  The following
day, the task has the "Percentage Complete" slider set to its last position before I marked it complete.  I
would assume that when the task is reset, for the next day, it should reset the slide to 0 percent complete. 
Should I understand that the way it currently is, it is working as designed?

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s4flukasz | 16 Oct 06:46 2010
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Prerequisites (Task Dependencies)

Thank you for implementing the Task Dependency feature, Prerequisites, into Task Coach.  I love it.  It
really feels like another level of dynamics has just opened in Task Coach. 

I also really like how you essentially placed the TC GUI within the Prerequisite.  This search method is
better than MS Project's approach because in MS Project, one must know the Task ID number to use this
feature. However, MS's implementation allows for entering the dependencies within a column in the main
task list view, which is convenient, but I think TaskCoach's method works better for Task Coach.

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