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New Feature: Account Manager support in Firefox
April 28th, 2010 / 77 Comments

Mozilla Labs is always looking to make things easier for users, and new Account Manager add-on for Firefox does just that.

“The Account Manager makes it incredibly easy for users to create new accounts with optional randomly generated passwords, and log into and out of them with just a click.”

Right now they are only supporting sign-in/sign-out, but it does make it pretty convenient connect to Vitalist. Just follow these steps to get started:

  1. Download the demo add-on
  2. Sign-in to Vitalist and make sure to use the Firefox “Saved Password” feature
  3. Use the available “key” button to sign-in/sign-out of Vitalist

Let us know what you think of this new feature in the comments. As always, please direct any support requests through

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New Feature: Move actions using drag & drop
March 31st, 2010 / 23 Comments

Most of you have probably been anticipating this feature ever since we moved the drag & drop handle from the right side of actions to the left. Well without further ado, we are pleased to announce the ability to move actions from your lists directly into other lists using our integrated drag & drop functionality.

All that is required is you be in “Manual” sort mode so that the drag & drop handle appears. Then you just drag an action, hover over the desired list, and that action will be placed into the new list. That’s all it takes.

Let us know what you think of this new feature in the comments. As always, please direct any support requests through

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New Features: Add bar options and Convert to Project
March 21st, 2010 / 35 Comments

I am pleased to announce some long awaited features that have just released for Vitalist.

Add bar options

The focus of the add bar at the top of your lists has always been to quickly add actions, projects, etc. You will be able to continue to use the add bar like normal, but you now have the ability to add some more detailed information with the use of a “more” option. You will notice a new arrow button next to the current “Add” button. This will allow you to toggle the new additional options available.

Convert an action to a project

Many times you have actions in your lists that need to be converted to projects. Well you now have that capability using the “Move action” dropdown available when editing an action. At the bottom of the list you will see the option [Convert to Project]. Simply save your action and it will be removed from your current view and added to your Projects list. Also, any project set on that action will become the parent of the new project. The due date and any notes will also be transferred.

Let us know what you think of these new features in the comments. As always, please direct any support requests through

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New Feature: Email to Inbox parser update
March 19th, 2010 / 30 Comments

A new feature we are releasing in beta is the ability to add additional information to your Inbox actions sent via email. The basics will stay the same. The subject is where you will enter your action description, along with the new parse functions. And the body of the email will continue to be added as a note.

Let’s get into into the new parse functions. Just add the following to your subject and they will be applied to the new action.

  • @context – will apply the appropriate context to the action, or create a new one if not available
  • -p:ProjectName or -p: “Project Name” – will apply the appropriate project to the action, or create a new one if not available. Notice the ” option. Project’s with spaces will need to be wrapped in quotes.
  • -w:ContactName or -w: “Contact Name” – applied similar to projects.
  • -*:High – will apply the appropriate priority to the action. Options include High, Med or Medium, and Low.
  • -d:duedate – will apply the appropriate due date to the action.Options include natural language such as today, or general dates such as 3/19/2010.

So go ahead and try it out and let us know what you think. And remember to send any support related requests to

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Feature Preview: Estimated Time and Advanced Sorting
October 30th, 2009 / 19 Comments

Just wanted to give everyone a heads up on some new features that are in the pipeline. These features should be released in the upcoming weeks.

Estimated Time. Estimated time to complete an action is a feature we have gone back and forth on for some time with Vitalist. We now feel like we have found the best implementation for this feature, without adding any complexity to the user interface. The real benefit of this feature will be the additional sorting and searching capabilities, which will allow you to prioritize what to do based on time effort.

Advanced sorting. Currently the sorting of actions allows you to drag and drop your actions in any order you desire. If you want to sort by date or priority, those actions are available to re-sort your list. Let’s call this “Custom”. But I know sometimes you may always want your data sorted by Date or Priority, automatically. So now you will be able to choose from the following three options, Date, Priority, and Custom (current method of sorting). You will be able to quickly and easily toggle back and forth, giving you complete control of your data output.

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Feature Highlight: Filtering on multiple contexts
August 21st, 2009 / 29 Comments

Every once in a while I am going to be posting about some various features of Vitalist, most notably features that you may not be fully aware of. I am starting it off with one I personally use quite a bit.

I am a big fan of working with contexts and I like to take advantage of using multiple contexts per action. Though to make this really useful, you need to be able to filter on multiple contexts to truly narrow your focus on what you are doing. This can be accomplished by using the ‘ctrl’ key when selecting your filter. I will show you with an example:

I am at work and need to make a couple of phone calls. I can easily see what I need to do with multiple context filters. First I select ‘@work’ from the context filter list. Then I hold the ‘ctrl’ key and select the ‘@phone’ context. And voila, all the calls I need to make at work.

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SMS and IM Actions to your Inbox with Twitter and Vitalist
January 29th, 2008 / 248 Comments

twitter logoTwitter is a pretty cool short message communications service that has become very popular lately. It works really well across instant messaging services and mobile SMS gateways. We would like to announce that we have just finished an interface that allows you to send actions directly to your Vitalist inbox through Twitter.

    To get set up:

  1. Sign-up at vitalist-tools/twitter.
  2. You can now access the Twitter->Vitalist setup page directly from your Vitalist Settings/Services. Click ‘API on’ then Save. You should then see an ‘Add Twitter->Vitalist’ link.
  3. Enter you Twitter user name and Vitalist API key (found in Settings->Services) to link the accounts.
  4. Log into Twitter to search for the user: vitalist. Once you have found it, set your account to “follow” vitalist.

At this point, you should be ready to start sending tweets as actions to your Vitalist inbox. Send them as direct messages in the form:

‘d vitalist action’ (Example: d vitalist Pick up dry cleaning)

Your action should then appear in your Vitalist inbox in the next few minutes. If you run into any problems, please let us know at

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Happy New Years and News about Vitalist’s Upcoming Update
January 2nd, 2008 / 20 Comments

We here at Vitalist hope everyone had a happy holiday season and would like to wish everyone a prosperous and productive new year. We thought that as everyone starts to settle down now after holidays and breaks, it would be a great time to announce our newest update to Vitalist.

For the past couple of months we have been working on a new version of Vitalist that represents a major overhaul in both the front-end UI and back-end code. Since our last major release, many features have been added or changed that have made the interface and interaction with Vitalist more complex than we would like. So with this release we are concentrating on simplifying and streamlining the Vitalist user-interface.

Here are some of the improvements that will be included with the update:

  • Improved UI
  • Speed Enhancements
  • Easier Batch Editing of Actions
  • Edit screens will be consolidated into one (fully functional quick-edit)
  • Improved Sharing – There will no longer be a ‘My Shares’ section, all shared items will be available from the main lists
  • Saved Searches – The ability to create a specific search/view and save it for quick and easy access later
  • SSL ability on iPhone version

We will be beta testing this update as we finish it’s development. If you would like to help us test the new version before we release it, please send us an email at with the email you use for your Vitalist account. We are planning on starting the beta test on Monday of next week, and we will notify the testers when it is available.

Thanks and Have a Happy New Year!

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Vitalist Now has a Jott Link
December 4th, 2007 / 427 Comments

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A few months ago, we wrote on this blog about how to set up a account to send messages to your Vitalist inbox. It worked great but was a bit confusing to set up and get working right. Jott has since released a public API and we saw an opportunity to make the whole process easier.

You can now simply add Vitalist as a Jott Link to your Jott account. No more messing with creating a Vitalist contact and email address. Here is how to get started:

1. Login to your Jott account and click the Jott Links tab. (if you do not have an account, you can sign up free here)

2. Click Add next to the Vitalist logo in the Jott Links list.

3. Click Save or change the name of the link. (the default is Vitalist, if you already have another contact for Vitalist, you will need to change or delete it)

4. Enter your Vitalist login information and click Activate. (this is only required once)

Now you are ready to Jott to Vitalist.

When asked “Who do you want to Jott?” say “Vitalist”, speak your message, and it will be sent to your inbox!

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