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Posted by SheetPlanner
Jul 24, 2020 at 01:29 PM

 

Amontillado,
Thank you for your feedback on beta 1.

I had not seen the issue you describe with 1.x as it relates to smart filters. Is there any way you could send us a video of what you experience in 1.x?

If so, please send it to support@sheetplanner.com.

We are eager to fix bugs but had not come across this one before. Good to hear that your experience with this feature is improved in 2.0

Not sure if you are saying these are OO only features ‘With OO, you can add extra columns, export to CSV, and import directly into Aeon. ’ or not but for readers unfamiliar with SheetPlanner, we offer custom columns of many different types plus import and export of csv and opml files.

There is actually a setting to turn off the task completion checkboxes. Click on any topic cell and open the inspector and under the ‘Column’ heading, look for ‘Completed’ and you will see 3 options; ‘checkbox’, ‘pie’ and ‘hidden’.

Beta testers will have had a chance to see the Tutorial vides as I attached links to them in the beta test email. They go a long way to unlocking the power of SheetPlanner 2.0.

We have uncovered a few bugs already in SP 2.0 b1 and expect b2 too be much improved.

Our roadmap for SP is terrific. We see the Outliner with Columns as the foundation to view data in many, many different ways. Timeline and Calendar views are just the beginning.

Thanks for your support. If you have any more specific feedback, please provide it at support@sheetplanner.com.
Regards
Peter

Amontillado wrote:
I think you can skip the step where I created the bootable USB device,
>although that’s probably not a bad “in case of emergency” thing to have,
>anyway.
> >The Catalina download left an installer in my Applications folder,
>visible in the Launchpad. If you run it, you will see - oh, horrors! -
>there is no quit or cancel button, but don’t panic. “Install Catalina”
>on the menu bar, just to the right of the Apple logo, has a “quit”
>command.
> >I trust my multiple Time Machine volumes and the bootable mirror I
>refresh weekly with Chronosync. I think it’s safe to run the installer
>and tell it to use an external USB destination for the install, and have
>done it a couple of times. If your mileage varies, be brave. Be willing
>to command your Mac to arise from its ashes.
> >Seriously, a bottle-to-throttle rule might be good, but other than that
>it all seems safe. It’s just exercising the same utility that put your
>OS on your Mac to begin with. I would far rather restore my Mac (or my
>Linux boxes) from a factory-fresh wipe than a Windows box.
> >It’s probably a good idea to not let the new install sign into your
>Apple account, in case your testing crashed your Contacts and deleted
>everything, or anything like that.
> >The new Sheetplanner looks much the same as the old one, but one test
>that the current release doesn’t like on my Mac works fine on the Beta -
>improvement, in other words. After brief testing, I’d say the new
>version is going to be a stronger tool. It is rightfully a Beta version
>at this point, but it appears to be well on its way to a good release.
> >In the original Sheetplanner, saving smart filters was a matter of
>holding your mouth just right. The beta works in that regard exactly as
>expected.
> >Using Sheetplanner as an outliner, you can type nearly the same stream
>of keystrokes that you would type into OmniOutliner and get the same
>outline. In OO, the keys to indent/undent are command-] and command=[.
>Sheetplanner uses tab/shift-tab. Both use command=’ to enter a note on a
>topic. Based on a close your eyes and type test, Sheetplanner really
>will do what OO does, at least for my outlining purposes.
> >Sheetplanner puts horizontal lines between outline topics. I had to get
>used to that, but it makes column navigation easier, and that is a
>little of a weak point in OO. If an OO column out of view is multiline,
>the vertical outline layout can get lumpy.
> >In OO, you can turn off the task completion “status” checkboxes. In
>Sheetplanner, they are always there.
> >Sheetplanner and OO are different tools. The idea of a outline that
>automatically maintains a timeline is pretty darn neat. With OO, you can
>add extra columns, export to CSV, and import directly into Aeon.
>Sheetplanner has toolbar buttons to select which views you see, and
>whether they are arranged side by side or vertically.
> >I haven’t tested it yet, but I’m pretty sure a Sheetplanner CSV export
>would also feed Aeon without trouble.
> >As an enthusiastic OO user, Sheetplanner looked, er, unflattering at
>first. Opening the cover and looking at the book, though, shows much
>better utility than I first thought. The Beta is already very nice, and
>I have high hopes for the production release, which appears to be in the
>near future.
> >It’s also nice to see active development at work. You don’t quite have
>that feeling with OO these days.
> >My next mission is to replace OmniFocus and OmniGroup’s proprietary sync
>servers. They work fine, I just don’t like the idea and I can do without
>a watch app. TaskPaper and its integration with Reminders might be what
>I can live with. My needs are pretty simple. Huge task lists, some days,
>but operationally, just simple stuff.
> >
> >MadaboutDana wrote:
>Hm, actually, that’s really interesting. I’m going to try it
>>your way! I happen to have a ridiculously fast SanDisk USB3 drive I
>>could use for that…
>>
>>Cheers!
>>Bill

 


Posted by Amontillado
Jul 24, 2020 at 02:29 PM

 

The smart filter issue was a user issue, I believe. When you click the ‘save’ button, the action to complete the save operation is to hit the enter key on the name. I was clicking the ‘save’ button a second time. Smart filters work fine on the current release. Just hit ‘enter’ to save with the desired name.

For some reason, I took the right course on the beta where I didn’t on the production version.

You’re right about adding custom columns in SheetPlanner, of course, and that’s how I would export to Aeon Timeline. I’d add columns for Participant, Observer, etc.

I missed the checkbox options - thanks for the tip. That’s nice.

Great work on the beta - thanks for your efforts.

SheetPlanner wrote:
Amontillado,
>Thank you for your feedback on beta 1.
> >I had not seen the issue you describe with 1.x as it relates to smart
>filters. Is there any way you could send us a video of what you
>experience in 1.x?

 


Posted by SheetPlanner
Jul 25, 2020 at 07:06 PM

 

Amontillado,

Just FYI, we took your feedback on the Smart Filters and how the process of saving them via the return key after you have named the filter is not always obvious.
In the next beta, in addition to hitting the return key, there will also be a green checkmark to accept and a red x to exit without saving the filter. If you look at how Numbers handles in cell formula editing it will be almost identical.
Thanks for the feedback. I often wondered was this an unintuitive feature.
Regards,
Peter

Amontillado wrote:
The smart filter issue was a user issue, I believe. When you click the
>‘save’ button, the action to complete the save operation is to hit the
>enter key on the name. I was clicking the ‘save’ button a second time.
>Smart filters work fine on the current release. Just hit ‘enter’ to save
>with the desired name.
> >For some reason, I took the right course on the beta where I didn’t on
>the production version.
> >You’re right about adding custom columns in SheetPlanner, of course, and
>that’s how I would export to Aeon Timeline. I’d add columns for
>Participant, Observer, etc.
> >I missed the checkbox options - thanks for the tip. That’s nice.
> >Great work on the beta - thanks for your efforts.
> >SheetPlanner wrote:
>Amontillado,
>>Thank you for your feedback on beta 1.
>>
>>I had not seen the issue you describe with 1.x as it relates to smart
>>filters. Is there any way you could send us a video of what you
>>experience in 1.x?
>

 


Posted by Amontillado
Jul 26, 2020 at 02:05 AM

 

Wow - thanks, Peter!

 


Posted by SheetPlanner
Jul 31, 2020 at 11:13 PM

 

All,
SheetPlanner beta 2 will go out on August 7th.
We don’t expect to have too many betas as we had a very long alpha cycle.
Looking forward to the release candidate stage.
Peter

 


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