Whats new in Pytask 0.3

About a week ago I released a new version of Pytask, this was a great achievement for me since I have been working on the 0.3 branch for nearly 9 months. This is just a little follow-up to tell you what’s new and what is in the works for Pytask 0.4.

Some of the new features in 0.3 are:

The use of desktop-couch

Its mostly a back-end non-user-visible change, but basically it allows the tasks you create and manage with Pytask to be synced over multiple computers. The good news is that this is all done by Pytask so you dont have to worry about a thing.

Quickly Widgets and Quickly

This is also a fairly back-end change, although some of you may notice that Pytask now has a really powerful filter and search widget above the task list. You can apply a whole bunch of different filters to just show the tasks that you think are relevant, it’s also possible to apply multiple filters at once.

Quickly Widgets is a great little project started and maintained by the awesome Rick Spencer and is great if you just want your app to work with minimal fuss and very little code.

Usability Improvements

One of the things I really wanted to do was to get rid of the Add/Edit Task dialog, I did this using a great little feature of CouchGrid (which you can also use if you use gtk.TreeViews) which makes the rows in the grid editable so there is not need for any dialog boxes. CouchGrid is part of Quickly Widgets and is what Pytask uses to display your tasks.

I have also added (with the help of Rick Spencer) two new column types to Pytask, one is a little calendar widget that allows you to select any date easily instead of typing it in manually. The other is a priority rating, which allows you to set a priority number for each task, however this setup is not ideal and one of the features i want in 0.4 is to have a drop-down list of values that you can choose from.

As an added bonus from all this hard work, these two new column types are now in the trunk code for Quickly Widgets and will soon be available for you to use from the official repositories.

Also keep an eye out during the next week or two, i will be creating some getting started documentation for Pytask and chucking it up here on my blog.

Be sure to go grab Pytask from my PPA and have fun using it!


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