Behold, An All-New ActionMethod!

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

PS: Haven’t heard of ActionMethod? Check it out.

52 comments

  1. — July 16, 2012 3:39 pm

    First off, the new interface looks amazing! Well done.

    One thing that we found nice about your last version was the ability to estimate time for a task. Will you be adding this soon?

    For us, we usually estimate the time for tasks, then organize them into bit sized chunks or work days. It’s almost a must have for any task management system but I’ve noticed very few (outside the gantt world) let you do this… and I hate gantt charts! Please tell me you’ll be adding this feature…

    All the best with your new launch!

  2. — July 16, 2012 4:57 pm

    Nooooooooo! I don’t like the new look at all! It’s much less visually organized at a glance. Now I just have a huge screen of boxes on a white screen. I need the visual delineation between days/dates in my projects lists! Is there any way to go back to the old design? I also miss the overall darker skin. It was much easier on the eyes. Sorry, I know you’ve been working hard. But the main reason I initially chose to pay for Action Method over Basecamp is that it was so much better designed.

    Thanks for listening!

  3. Jack Collins
    — July 16, 2012 6:19 pm

    Guys,

    Software updates are much appreciated. Throwing your BETA software in the middle of my PRODUCTION work, on a Monday morning, without my opting in to be a beta tester is NOT appreciated. I love the Action Methodology, your software management on the other hand, has been, well, lacking at best.

    P.S. Do I get to pay a reduced, “BETA” monthly fee?

  4. Mell
    — July 16, 2012 6:23 pm

    Hi Jack,
    I’m sorry to hear you’re frustrated–if you’re having any complications please let us know! We did reduce our monthly price by 25%.

  5. Mell
    — July 16, 2012 6:24 pm

    Hi Jennifer,
    Thanks for the feedback–we’ll definitely share your thoughts with our team.

  6. Anderson Ramos
    — July 16, 2012 6:24 pm

    I like the new look and feel (great improvement without major ruptures), I also agree that launching BETA on a Monday was unprofessional to say the least and I’m looking for a detailed change log, since there are some features which disappeared (time tracking, events) and there’s not a single document I could use for preparing a short training to my users.

  7. Mell
    — July 16, 2012 6:27 pm

    Hi Jonathan,
    Thanks for the feedback–we’ll definitely share your thoughts with our team. We’d recommend that you add info like time estimates to the text of the Action Step as a workaround!

  8. Mell
    — July 16, 2012 6:32 pm

    Hi Anderson,
    A Sunday changeover was necessary in order to have as little downtime during the workweek as possible.

    We’ll be adding a new tour in the near future, but in the meantime, we have a brand new FAQ to take you through the new features.

  9. Korie
    — July 16, 2012 6:38 pm

    While I like some of the changes, I am not happy about the loss of the event and grouping functions. I chose to use this as a project management tool because of its simplicity. With the loss of the events and groups, I’m not sure if this will suffice anymore.
    Also, please give notice of when you’re planning to drop in major changes like this, especially on a Monday.
    Thanks.

  10. — July 16, 2012 8:01 pm

    Love your work guys – it’s Tuesday in Australia and what you’ve added makes this a game changer.
    Will be making ActionMethod a requirement for ALL clients we work with

  11. Jack Collins
    — July 16, 2012 9:50 pm

    Action Method Team,

    If you received any indication from me that I would like to stop using the working version of your software and start testing a buggy beta version, I would like to apologize up front for any miscommunication on my part. It was not my intent to become a beta tester for Behance.

    This misunderstanding has caused me some grief today and I would greatly appreciate being moved back to the working, reliable, production version of Action Method Online. Your prompt attention to this matter would be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks! jack

  12. Mell
    — July 16, 2012 9:51 pm

    Hi Jack,
    Please get in touch with us at support@actionmethod.com and we can discuss this further.

    Best,

  13. Jack Collins
    — July 16, 2012 9:56 pm

    Mell, I opened a ticket, haven’t heard back. jack

  14. Jack Collins
    — July 16, 2012 10:58 pm

    Mell,

    Action Method support just informed me that I have to re-enter my dozens of action items to get them to sync again. Is there an option for (paying) customers to be moved from this involuntary Beta testing back to the Production version of Action Method? Thanks! jack

  15. Mell
    — July 16, 2012 11:07 pm

    Jack – to avoid confusion for other users, it would be best for us to help you via the email we have open. Users do not have to re-enter Action Steps, so we want to keep everything clear in this forum.

    Thanks so much!

  16. Anderson Ramos
    — July 16, 2012 11:40 pm

    I’ve opened so many support tickets today that I’ve lost track of them. This migration was unprofessional to say at least (it was the closest thing I’ve ever seen to recklessness in a cloud based software), I’m utterly disappointed.

  17. David Madison
    — July 17, 2012 3:18 am

    I think I agree that the darker background was more pleasing. I don’t find the new layout to be as visually attractive as the previous view.

    Thanks for your hard work!

  18. Pat Thomas
    — July 17, 2012 11:41 am

    People,
    Take your whining to email with support@ and stop blogging your complaints. I’d like to read constructive feedback on behance and try to learn from those that are using the new software. Go read your SW license agreements and get over it.

    Pat

  19. jill jackson
    — July 17, 2012 1:05 pm

    I was on the road yesterday (Monday) and logged in today (Tues 7/17) to find my online data out of synch with my iphone app data, which thankfully is current and not overwritten with out-of-date data in the cloud. I too wished you had rolled out beta on a small group of (all different types of) users as opposed to complete cut-over for everybody. It appears that you tested the new functionality and let some of the basic functionality get very buggy. I love this app, I hope you get it fixed soon.

  20. Deanna
    — July 17, 2012 3:35 pm

    I’m really missing the darker skin (I agree with @JenniferGreen that it was easier on the eyes) and design, the time estimates (it was helpful to see how much time it would take to complete *all* of my action items), and the events feature. The ability to tie an action item to an event was really helpful. I also miss being able to view discussions, events, etc. across projects using the tabs that used to be along the top of the screen.

    I’m a brand new user, and was relieved to have a simple, easy-to-use option other than Basecamp for my personal projects. I’m a bit disappointed, but I’ll feel better once I get the hang of the new layout.

  21. Timothy Ryan
    — July 17, 2012 11:37 pm

    Everything worked FLAWLESSLY for me, and I love the new version with such needed (and perhaps overdue, ahem!) changes. I especially like the ability to “share projects” and the speed.

    And to those folks suggesting that they would want Action Method to be down during the week, I completely disagree! Not sure how I would function without it. Am grateful that the team made this change on a weekend, like every other web company in the world! :-)

  22. Eric
    — July 18, 2012 2:51 pm

    I appreciate the fact that a lot of people put in a lot of time on this, but there are just too many things about this “Beta test”, that we have all been forced into, that are making life with our Marketing team very difficult. As mentioned before, I don’t like the loss of delineation between days/dates. As a team we don’t like the changes with projects that we haven’t even figured out yet. But more than anything, the changes to the discussions make this almost unusable. The floating window it comes up in, the fact that it reads newest entry last, and most importantly, losing the ability to attach files to a discussion is inexcusable. We might as well go back to using email. We have lost so much time with this, and stand to lose so much more if this is left this way. Please switch us back.

  23. — July 18, 2012 5:55 pm

    While some people sound downright pissed, I’d like you to know that I have been looking forward to this update for about a year now.

    And I’m happy. I like it.

    Even if I’m the only one.

  24. Mell
    — July 18, 2012 6:03 pm

    Hi Everyone,

    Just wanted to let you know that we’re actively collecting all the feedback that’s been posted here to share with the team. However, if you have a question or comment that you’d like us to respond to, please email us at support@actionmethod.com instead of posting here. Thanks!

  25. Ken
    — July 18, 2012 10:30 pm

    Have to agree with Kurt.. we’ve waited for quite a long time for AMO web app to include focus. That and the ability to synchronize notes with the iPad app is a plus. Would love it if we could sync notes with iPhone app; hopefully that’s in the works.

    As for UI theme, I kinda like the clean, lighter look to AMO. The horizontal alternative to tasks layout is quite nice and maximizes screen space over the traditional task box approach.

    I’m sure some of the kinks in beta will eventually be worked out and everyone will find a better groove with which to incorporate AMO in to their workflow.

  26. tobiaskrotz
    — July 19, 2012 4:51 pm

    Hi there,

    I do understand that an update was needed – the imperfect share-functionality being the main reason AMO1.0 didn’t catch on among my co-workers – but all of a sudden, some of the really good things about AMO (that were part of my working life for the last couple of years) are just gone.
    If you appreciate my feedback, I’d like you to know that the project view/Event feature helped me big time in ›getting things done‹. Personally I miss the oportunity to give my reference-items/notes a headline and therefore be able to build my own structure.
    And I always liked the minimalist (and dark!) UI.
    I don’t think that the Actionsteps need to look like giant buttons, they would be a lot better without the 3d-ish outline.

    what I do like about the update is the sliding notes/files/discussions sidebar and the ability to sort actionsteps by color.

    farewell

  27. Isao
    — July 20, 2012 1:21 am

    Due to your new beta version, I cannot login to Action Method for the 3rd day now. I have sent you mail, but have not recieved any response. So I am commenting here. I have tried accessing from 4 different computers to no success.

  28. Mell
    — July 20, 2012 1:30 am

    Hello Isao,
    One of our team members followed up with you about this earlier today, but if you’re having trouble receiving our messages, please let us know a better way to get in touch via support@actionmethod.com!

  29. — July 20, 2012 12:20 pm

    I really love this program- it is making a huge difference in my productivity!

    One feature that would be awesome, would be integration into iCal and Google Calendar. That way I can schedule my tasks in and around blocked times on my calendar.

  30. Mell
    — July 20, 2012 3:09 pm

    Hey everyone,
    Just wanted to alert you of a new article by Scott that will help get you up to speed on the best way to use all the new features. It’s a must read! :

    8 Tips For DIY Task Management With The NEW ActionMethod: http://on.be.net/O0qD27

  31. — July 20, 2012 7:38 pm

    @Timothy Ryan. Timothy, perhaps you are aware of something that my team is not. How are you associating discussions and files with the actionSteps delegated to your team? I would love to know because right now we’re spending a lot of time sorting through the discussions and files area. Any insight would be most helpful.

    Sincerely.

  32. Federico Alegria
    — July 24, 2012 6:05 pm

    I am trying to create a new action step and the “upgrade to premium” box appears telling me that action steps are a premium feature. I have only 16 action steps in total, and I remember that the free account was capable of letting you manage up to 50 action steps.

  33. — July 25, 2012 10:42 pm

    WOW. What a shock to find that I left the country with an organizational system in place and came home to a disrupted business model. I had to hunt through your site and the notes to even know what happened. I am pretty sure you have my e-mail address that you use when you need payment. I’m pretty upset that I’m having to dedicate time and effort to this post your changes without notification. I will be pulling our information off and most likely canceling our subscription, since we can’t rely on the fact that you notify your customers and that you value and protect their information.

    Sincerely someone who adored your product but is worried about trusting you.

  34. Jack Collins
    — July 26, 2012 4:38 am

    So for all my discontent about how this new version was launched, I have to be honest: I’ve spent the past week and a half trying different solutions and Action Method is still the best thing going in project tasks management. I’m re-opening my account and moving ahead . Mell, you’ve been very gracious about all my crankiness, thanks! jack

  35. — July 26, 2012 4:49 am

    Hello guys,

    thanks for this new version. I just regret the dissapearing of the events.

    A “voiceover” feedback button will be useful. I just read all the comment to find the support@ mail adress :-)

    Thanks for the new UI, more simpler, with a larger grid. I do not miss the black background.

    Thanks a lot to the team

  36. — July 26, 2012 9:21 am

    I like the new version but the way Action Method forces you to move from the free version to the Premium version is bad. Suddenly you can’t create any more actions and your account is locked on hold.

    New users need to be aware this broken ‘freemium model’.

    Time to find another task manager I think.

  37. — July 26, 2012 9:28 am

    A better explanation of the FREE versus paid accounts would be good on the Action Method website. Check out http://www.nozbe.com/ who do this really well.

  38. — July 26, 2012 2:02 pm

    The launch of AMO 2.0 reminds me of the NetFlix and Susan Komen disasters. I love the original version and the support the Behance Manifesto. But I’ve got to ask, who is in charge, the visionaries or the programmers?
    This roll out focused on the software, not the user base.

    It’s as if someone came into my office over the weekend and changed my beautiful desk from Black to White, then moved all the tools over to the right because “only 3% of users” are left handed. It’s as if you arbitrarily decided a right handed version would be “More productive”.

    I paid for a year so I will reset to zero and learn the new version to attempt to regain my lost productivity. But understand this, Behance has lost my trust.

    People really don’t have a problem with change, but they don’t like to BE changed. The value of your company is not in the software you’ve developed, it in the commitment of your loyal user base.

  39. Mell
    — July 26, 2012 2:44 pm

    Hi Everyone,

    Just wanted to say we’re checking in here daily and collecting all the feedback that’s been posted here to share with the team. However, if you have a question or comment that you’d like us to respond to, please email us at support@actionmethod.com instead of posting here. Thanks!

    I also wanted to note that we call the no-cost version the Introductory or Trial version because it’s a way to try Action Method at no cost, not a sustainable way to use it full time for free. For a free or lower cost option, we recommend the mobile/iPad apps. Hope this helps clarify!

  40. — July 28, 2012 1:17 am

    I too am an extremely disappointed and pissed off customer. What a disaster. I see that all my references a GONE — okay sorry they’re in a folder in one big long list. Am I really expected to rebuild this all myself?

    I am also unable to find ANY of the files I have uploaded. What a migration mess. This is NOT what I needed today (or any day).

    And before you dismiss me, like you have to to so many others to the send an email — the first thing I want is a BIG apology.

    James

    PS – I am a paid customer.

  41. Alyson
    — July 28, 2012 10:50 pm

    I LOVE LOVE new ActionMethod. I want something that is focused on TASKS, and can’t find anything that manages tasks better or more beautifully than ActionMethod. I commend the team on making the system simpler and more focused.

  42. Julio Weiss
    — July 31, 2012 2:47 pm

    Hello Behance Team,

    I wanted to thank you for your hard work, I think the changes you made are very accurate. I read the comments of many people being annoyed by the changes, I understand the frustration but, people can´t you see it´s for the better? this is a great management platform that is being created, it´s difficult to get it ALL right the first time, the fact that BEHANCE has the “balls” to make such on upgrade at this point is because it is putting into priority what they promise, an efficient ACTION management tool. Keep it up Behance. SHARED PROJECTS is the best change I was waiting for and I think it is worth the hassle of having to re-enter some data manually again for this time.

    As for constructive critcism, I really feel the dark screen version was better for the eyes, and would ask fto hav it back if possible. And some prior notice for next time should be done, but I do trust that your decision was probably made that way because there was no other turnaround for the particular changes you made in this version. Thanks and I really look forward to a spanish version so I can start working with this methodology with many people I work with who can’t access it because of the Language.

  43. Iwan
    — August 4, 2012 9:42 am

    Hi Behance Team,

    Thx for the update! I really like it.

    I don’t see any words on why time management was dropped as a feature? I did use it because it really helped me to see ho much time there was spend on projects and actions. I do not understand why that small handy feature was not included?

    Looking forward to some explanation :)

  44. Guymar
    — August 9, 2012 2:58 pm

    I have been reading these comments and I am just glad I stopped Action Method over a year ago….
    The way this migration is managed goes against all best practices in software development project management. The fact that there are still users out there who are positive makes me wonder about all kinds of things, mainly about the fact that I am getting old (and coming from a world where beauty was optional and came way after function), and that several users just want a beautiful screen, they hardly care about what the app actually does and how it helps in managing their business process. The fact they need to do rework or that the collaboration environment they might have set up with colleagues, suppliers or even clients changes and stops meeting their (or their clients’) needs overnight seem to be irrelevant (happy to see there are exceptions, although they get insulted and are treated as “whiners”). Very odd, even more so as this mess is coming from a company advocating “no to procrastination”, action, effectiveness and “99%”, building their business around helping people manage projects. Awkward, this make me think of a chapter from a Kim Stanley Robinson novel…now where is that eyedropper….

  45. Ermolay Romanoff
    — August 9, 2012 3:08 pm

    I wan’t a more radical approach and some UX improvements to the iPhone application. It is too complicated. On the go you need simplicity, fast action step input. When you get to a PC, you open up the web version, quickly access everything you posted while mobile, color code it, edit, delegate if needed. App needs these things too, but they should be hidden same way connection info is hidden in the menulet (you press a keyboard shortcut and see more data, otherwise, you have an overview and set of actions). Deeper integration with iOS itself will also help, but at least – make it retina aware everywhere, not just on the surface. Thank you, I love ActionMethod, it’s just easier to buy outfitter products and carry them around then to use what you made online.

  46. Mehran
    — August 22, 2012 2:10 am

    I might be a little late to the game here, but will there ever be a desktop version for Action Method that syncs with our online accounts?

  47. George
    — August 24, 2012 11:22 am

    Disappointed on the manner this was changed. In the middle of work had to follow directions for removal of old and install of new. However, installation fails directly on my Mac computer….with message of configuration error. So now I can only access via internet link? This is not what I signed up for with my subscription. (PS. I found and used the latest link which stated bugs were fixed) Are other having problem with this on a Mac

  48. mell
    — August 24, 2012 2:59 pm

    This error usually occurs when the app wasn’t completely or correctly uninstalled first. Could you try doing the following?

    1) Uninstall your current version of the Action Method AIR app on your computer–make sure this is completely uninstalled. The method will be different for different operating systems. If you’re placing the application in the trash, make sure you’re trashing the App itself (not just the shortcut on your desktop or doc) and empty your trash.

    2) Go to the Adobe AIR website and install the latest version of AIR : http://get.adobe.com/air/

    3) Re-install the AIR app at https://www.actionmethod.com/desktop

  49. Mark
    — August 30, 2012 8:58 pm

    @mell

    This is a terrible implementation of AIR. When opening the AM app the link asks to download a file – it should not do this. It should show an AIR install window.

    Secondly AIR apps are not uninstalled in the same manner as other apps. There is no ‘uninstall’ option.

    The error occurs on both MAC and Windows systems that I have had not other errors with AIR. This is a problem with Action Method and it needs sorting immediately by the devs.

  50. — September 6, 2012 4:12 pm

    I’m really loving the new redesigned Actionmethod – but I have a few suggestions too now that I’ve been using it for 3 months now and really use it everyday.

    1. Needs a Calendar overall view (maybe syncs with Google Cal?) so you can see your entire week or month overview.

    2. I LOVE the list view (vs. the default “tabs”), much better designed but would like to be able to drag/re-organize them in the “all projects” view so I can organize to the highest priority.

    3. The iPhone app needs a buzzer/notification alarm to remind you when to do things (similar to the “Reminders” default app).

    4. Copy/paste into notes stuff you find on the web would be nice. Maybe a gallery view too/Pinterest moodboard integration.

    Thanks, really loving the product.

  51. Ben
    — March 16, 2013 8:53 pm

    Hey,

    I have been looking around for a PM solution, I think Action Method is great.

    Something that I’d find very useful, would be the ability to organise by client > group > projects > action steps.. any chance?

    Really would help to keep things neater and organised better.

    Thanks,

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