As you may have noticed, last night our team launched the Beta version of the new ActionMethod. With this major upgrade, our beloved task management application is faster and more powerful than ever before. We re-designed and re-built the application from the ground up, based on all of your feedback and our vision for the future of task management.
The new version includes some entirely new and long-requested features:
- Shared Projects: Users will be able to easily share any project with another user, and gain visibility of all Action Steps – as well as access all discussions and file uploads associated with the shared project.
- Focus Area: Important Action Steps from any project can be added to the “Focus” area, from across all devices that you use to manage Action Steps (iPhone, iPad, Android).
- More Flexible Drag-n-Drop: You will be able to drag Action Steps around within and between dates – and projects – with great flexibility.
- Alternative View For Action Steps: Users will have the option of viewing and managing their Action Steps as a simple horizontal checklist, in addition to the standard box format.
- Speed Speed Speed: ActionMethod is now faster and more agile than ever before.
Of course, there are many other enhancements to ActionMethod that will help make it the most powerful and well-designed cloud-based task management application available! Our team is extremely excited about this release.
With the new version, we carefully considered feedback and the evolving market of online applications. It became very clear that ActionMethod is most helpful as a cloud-based task management application for creative people and teams that work with a bias-towards-action. Perhaps the biggest change is “Shared Projects.” We believe that the ability to share any project with other users will provide more transparency for Action Steps, and will simplify the sharing of notes, files, and discussions.
However, to make this change, we needed to completely restructure the architecture of the previous version.
- References & Backburners: The new “References” section in projects is entirely new. Your past “references” will be downloadable (via a spreadsheet in Resources). While less than 3% of users leveraged this functionality in previous versions, we recognize that this will be an inconvenience for some users. We made this decision for two reasons: (1) references made within specific projects needed to be handled differently in order to fully sync between the iPad and online version, and (2) the new “shared project” feature allows users to share a new type of project notes without having to accept them. As such, we were forced to redesign and structure the notes in a way that makes previous notes and formatting not compatible with the new system. We have also combined Backburners and References, given user feedback. Most users were simply creating Action Steps without due dates for “backburner items” that they hope to get to at some point, but no time soon. We thought this was much better than the previous approach. Do not worry, for the few of you that have them, your old references/backburner data are still accessible until January 1, 2013 as an organized spreadsheet, available for download. We are confident that the new system will be more conducive for managing and sharing project-specific notations with other users, across all devices. And, for those users that require robust formatting and editing functionality for note-taking, we suggest other applications like Google Docs and Evernote that specialize in such services.
- File Management: In order to support the sharing of files in ActionMethod, we’ve redesigned and restructured the way files are managed. Going forward, files in “shared projects” will be accessible by all those that have access to that particular project (using the new “Share Project” feature). In the new ActionMethod, there will no longer be a need accept a file into a project, etc… Less than 3% of users leveraged the file management functionality in previous versions. We hope that this new, more streamlined approach to managing files will make file management in ActionMethod much more useful for teams. Unfortunately, to facilitate this update in structure, the past organization of files in projects will not be supported. Your old files will be available for download until January 1, 2013 in Resources- and can always be uploaded again, if need be, to projects in the new system.
As a result of these changes the old references, and files you added in the previous version are not organized project-by-project in the new version of ActionMethod. To access this data so you can re-incorporate it into the new system, just go to Resources → Data Download.
As we have explained in past blog posts about the new version of ActionMethod, our team focused on the task management aspects of the application and worked to simplify and reduce the emphasis on notes and file management.
The new version of ActionMethod is vastly more productive and works well when used in conjunction with other external tools that specialize in note-taking across devices (like Evernote and Google Docs) and robust file storage services (like DropBox). More than ever before, ActionMethod will specialize in managing ACTION and revolutionizing task management between people and across devices. Action Method is still free to try, but we’ve also reduced the price of a monthly Premium account by 25% to make it available to more teams.
This version of ActionMethod is currently in Beta, so if you notice any problems or bugs, please let us know by clicking “Report a Bug.” Our team is here to answer your questions and do everything we can do to help with this transition.
We are very excited for the next era of ActionMethod and deeply appreciate your feedback and suggestions that have made this new version possible. We can’t wait for you to experience it yourself!
Bryan, Mell, Scott & Behance Team