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Vitalist Update Release Notes
March 7th, 2010 / 25 Comments

Hopefully everyone is enjoying the latest Vitalist update. Some features are coming out of beta, some are brand new, and some are just a few small tweaks here and there to better the user experience. Here is a quick rundown of the major updates included in the latest release:

  1. Speed – We are always working to improve the responsiveness when interacting with Vitalist.
  2. Advanced sorting – Previously, actions were mainly sorted manually by dragging and dropping actions into the desired location. Now you will have the option to keep the manual sort, or use a persistent sort by either due date, priority, or estimated time. You will see the new advanced ‘Sort’ option in the top right corner of your lists, next to the ‘Print’ option. (*Note: the “drag handle” has now moved from the right to the left side)
  3. Estimated time – You can now entered an “estimated time” option for actions. You will be able to filter, group by, and search on this new field. Currently the time values are limited to a defined list, but we are working on allowing custom entry similar to how the due date works.
  4. Offline access – Offline is now available to all paid subscribers, both Premium and Basic. You will be required to install Google Gears in order for this feature to work.
  5. Daily digest enhancement – Multiple daily digests are now supported, with the option to include all notes, only the latest notes, or no notes at all.
  6. Keyboard shortcuts – When viewing your list, use ctrl + a to select/deselect all the currently visible items. When editing an item, use ctrl + j to toggle between the available edit tabs.
  7. Mobile update – The next actions filter is now available on the mobile version, making processing actions much more efficient on the go.

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  • From Victor on March 8th, 2010

    Great work! Thanks!

  • From rog on March 8th, 2010

    Nice work, I greatly appreciate it? Is this affecting the iphone app – because….

    I wonder if this relates to the March 7 Upgrades to the Vitalist online stuff. Since yesterday, I cannot sync at all with my iphone – the entire app crashes (not just the sync crashes). When I push sync – whether a regular sync, or a new credentials sync – the App crashes and sends me back to the iPhone Home Page…. Any ideas? I worked fine on Saturday, March 6. Last night on the 7th was the first time I tried to sync again – and it crashed and this morning it continues….

  • From Robert on March 8th, 2010

    Yes, unfortunately our latest update will cause some issues with users of our iPhone beta. We hope to have an update ready soon.

  • From Rohan Jayasekera on March 8th, 2010

    I suggest updating the blog post to say how to activate persistent sort. Because it didn’t say anything, I assumed that the existing “sort” links in the column headers would now become persistent, but when I tried that it didn’t work. Including the note about the drag handle in the item about sorting also made me think that the columns were somehow involved; I suggest moving that note into its own item. Eventually I did spot the new Sort button at the top right, but it would be nice to spare other people from having to go through this process. Thanks for a great product, which I trust to run much of my life.

  • From Matt on March 8th, 2010

    Thanks Rohan. I updated the post.

  • From Jay on March 8th, 2010

    Love the update, especially the ability to add time needed for the task. However, the little clock icon only tells me that I’ve imposed a time. It would be better if the icon could show me the time that I’ve specified. A little 30 would be so much more helpful as I’m scanning the list for how to fill my open 30 minutes.

  • From Ned Baker on March 8th, 2010

    Not sure about the new position for the Feeds drop down, it seems rather lost in the list footer

  • From Matt on March 8th, 2010

    Ned, the reasoning behind putting the Feeds in the footer is because in most cases once feeds are setup there is no need for further action.

  • From Don Forsberg on March 8th, 2010

    I installed google gears and went offline. Now I cannot get back online (sync. error). I am using a windows vista operating system. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

  • From Matt on March 8th, 2010

    Don, please send any support requests to

  • From Nigel on March 8th, 2010

    Ive been using this and i find it great.

    one change i noticed since this recent update. the “open notes in new window” does not work anymore in Chrome. (it does in IE though)

  • From Ned Baker on March 9th, 2010

    loving the speed bump

    @jay: at the risk of stating the obvious, just apply the 30 minute filter from the drop down on the list, then you’ll have all your 30 minute actions in the blink of an eye

  • From Judy on March 9th, 2010

    Great update – massive speed improvement for me with long lists.
    Re task duration though – I agree with @jay – it would be useful to be have a column showing time instead of the little icon. eg so I can scan tasks manually by eye to just get a feel for what kind of tasks I have eg manually small ones or large ones.

  • From apsh on March 9th, 2010

    I’m getting reminders at odd times after this update. Opened a support ticket.

  • From Brendan on March 10th, 2010

    Ummm…..isn’t google gears being canned?

  • From Bob on March 12th, 2010

    They’re not going to continue developing it, but they’re going to continue supporting it. From that blog post it says “Support for Gears in Firefox (including 3.6, which will be supported shortly) and Internet Explorer will continue.”

  • From Ned Baker on March 16th, 2010

    just back at work after two weeks off and the speed increase on my office LAN is fantastic

    now, can we have the iPhone beta back?

  • From Robin on May 27th, 2010

    If you could make it sort in alphabetical order by action, that would be a huge help. I have one list that I keep for reference (with notes with pertinent info) and the list is getting so long that it’s hard to find things.

  • From rog on September 14th, 2010

    what happened to the forums? All there is now is the single “Help” forum and no more of the rest….

  • From rog on November 15th, 2010

    would love to talk with any current vitalist users. I still think this was the best app out there, but their shutting down the forums, lack of communication…. The only way I’ve even kept up is with other use support and discussion. Am thinking of making a jump away – someone speak to me and help!!!

  • From ls on January 24th, 2011

    Did you find a place to jump to?

  • From Linda on July 11th, 2011

    I’m considering a paid subscription but am not seeing much in the way of updates for sometime. Is this site still active?

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