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:
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.
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
Our team is making a lot of progress on the next version of ActionMethod. It’s been a long time coming, but we plan to kick-off real testing by the end of May and hope for a full release by the end of June (to be confirmed, based on testing outcome!). The product is coming along nicely, but we have had to rework a number of areas to ensure speed, security, and improved usability. Enclosed are a few action shots, just captured over Alex’s shoulder. Our team is super excited for the new version, and we will keep you posted as testing commences and the release date is confirmed.
For those of you that don’t know about ActionMethod, this is the tool we use internally to manage tasks. What started as a paper product to keep our team organized in the early days of Behance became an online and mobile ecosystem to manage tasks. The methodology incorporates clean design and a bias-towards-action to promote a sense of accountability for creative minds. ActionMethod has become an important side business for us, and we’re anxious to get the new version up and running!
Did you know that Behance actually began with paper products? Back in 2006, when our small team was imagining ways to help organize the creative world, we knew that we needed to start with ourselves. So, before launching the Behance Network, Action Method or The 99%, we created a series of action-focused paper products – and, now we can’t imagine life without them! Here are a few snapshots from our design team’s idea-filled Action Books:
‘What is your next big idea?’ Matias Corea, Behance’s Chief of Design, brainstorms cards for Action Method cards in his Action Book.
Clement, Behance’s Senior Designer, sketches interface designs in his Action Book before they make it to the screen.
As you may know, we’re currently hard at work developing the next version of Action Method Online. As promised, here is a sneak peek at the new design.
Behance team members Scott Belsky and Bryan Latten share some insights about the next version of ActionMethod Online, currently under development.
A major update for ActionMethod Online is long overdue. We have just completed the concepting process and are already underway in developing the next generation of ActionMethod Online. We wanted to share some background for the project as well as guidance for some of the changes and improvements you will see.
Our team created ActionMethod to help us live and work with a bias towards action. As a company with a mission to organize and empower creative professionals, we wanted to help people DO stuff. Before “the cloud” was a common term, we envisioned multiple devices and online apps keeping our tasks in sync at all times. What started as a simple paper product line and an online application for task management has become an entire task management ecosystem with a value for design and simplicity.
Over the past year we have brought ActionMethod Online to the Android, iPhone, and iPad platforms. The mobile versions of task management have been extremely well received. We have also introduced new features on the mobile versions, including: (1) “Focus” – a subset of tasks that you wish to focus on, (2) “Advisor” – data on your productivity within ActionMethod, (3) “Project Notes” – a way to capture small notations within a particular project.
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It has been about one week since the publication of Making Ideas Happen by Behance founder/ceo Scott Belsky. The book became an immediate bestseller upon launch, debuting at #15 on Amazon and leading every business and creative category. The book was also included in the Wall Street Journal as a national bestseller in business. Design and business blogs around the web have since had a chance to read the book and weigh in with reviews. Read more →
Based on our promotion with AcceptPay over at the 99%, we wanted to use the system ourselves. So, we rolled out AcceptPay as an option for Teams on AMO. A new service from American Express, this is a great alternative for those of you unable to pay via our traditional credit card system. Upon request, we can invoice you for payment via eCheck or ACH.
Many thanks to the team at 40Tech for the very (extremely) thorough review of Action Method Online. Readers are welcome to check out the review at 40 Tech’s website.
“All in all, Action Method Online is a feature-rich, fully functional and visually pleasing project management (or even life management) program that is constantly growing. The methodology is sound and the app is slick. You can use it on pretty much any computer and from anywhere there is online access, and if you are a power user, it is actually pretty darn cheap.” -40 Tech
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Apple has approved and posted version 2.0 of the iPhone application for Action Method Online. The new version is, in fact, an entirely redesigned application, resulting from over seven months of design and development.
As Scott Belsky, CEO of Behance, explained, “Our goal was simple: To make Action Method the absolute BEST collaborative task management application available for the iPhone. We wanted it to seamlessly sync (and back-up) with the online version of the application, enable the user to organize their Action Steps by Project, Due Date, Color, Who Delegated It, Priority, or any other keyword.”