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TickTick 3.0 – Top 3 new features

If you read my TickTick review you will see that TickTick is a competent multi-platform todo list app.  Recently it has seen an upgrade to TickTick 3.0 and in this article I will cover the three main new features that come with this release.

Improvement #1  :  Custom Smart Lists

The first and probably the most important feature is the creation of custom smart lists.  These enable one to filter by task attributes such as List, Tags, Dates and Priority.  Selecting any of these options brings up the available Tags, Lists etc. to define the filter.  This approach is not as powerful as the filtering capabilities of Todoist but the advantage of the TickTick 3.0 approach is that it is intuitive and requires no learning.  For Todoist filters, one needs to get acquainted with the Todoist filter commands.

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Custom Smart List Options

After defining the criteria for the smart list filter, these can then be saved and are then available on the main overview screen for quick and easy access as shown in the screenshot below.

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Custom Smart list on home screen

 

Improvement #2  :  Calendar Grid View

With many calendar apps it is quite normal to have a daily, weekly and even monthly view of upcoming appointments.  This is less common in Todo list apps, and in TickTick the monthly view has also been absent…..until now.  TickTick 3.0 brings a grid view Calendar to the mix which enables the users to have some visibility of the tasks coming up over the next month.  Given the size of the screen, don’t expect a fully fledged task description in the day cells of the grid. Nevertheless, a few words are possible for each task so that from one glance at the month grid you can see what the task entails.  This is quite a nice feature to have for monthly reviews.

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Grid Calendar View

 

Improvement?? #3  :  Task Progress Indicator

When you click on a Task in TickTick it is possible to enter a number of subtasks.  However, there is no top level indication at the parent level as to the progress in completing those tasks.  In order to address that TickTick has added a progress indicator for subtasks.  This can be found at the top of the subtask screen and is activated by holding down on the data and swiping right to indicate the progress.  I have to say I am not really a fan of this feature and I can’t see how it adds to the TickTick feature set.  Manually incrementing progress like this is not an elegant solution and there are better, and more automated ways this could be done.  For example, simply setting the percentage as a function of the completed subtasks divided by the total number of subtasks or even indicating the number of completed and total tasks.  Not precise as subtask effort can vary but it requires no additional effort on the user side and given it is automated is more likely to be used.

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Subtask Completion Indicator

Brendan Toner

Let me welcome you to this alcove of the internet. In this little productivity blog, I detail the trials and tribulations of trying to use my time more effectively utilising the latest productivity tools and techniques. I hope you enjoy the articles, cheers! Brendan Toner, author of Done Before Brekky

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