To a great 2013! More team members, new version, and California love

Hi everyone,

Even though we’ve been a bit quiet on our blog since we’ve announced our acquisition by Jive a little over a month ago, we’ve been really hard at work.

Just thought I would update you guys on what’s going on.

BRAND NEW VERSION

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Well, we’ve rolled up our sleeves and accelerated development on V4, which is our upcoming (KILLER) product update coming up Q1 of 2013.

V4 in a nushell is : way faster, brand new design, brand new apps, more collaborative features (we’re taking this to a whole new level), and lots of surprises.

We believe that this is going to be - by far - the best product we’ve ever shipped. We’re really proud of this one, and is the fruit of so many years learning from our users and customers.

CALIFORNIA

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We’ve started relocating our team to Palo Alto, CA, and can’t be happier with the team of Jivers we’re joining. Exceptional team of passionate individuals working on some very ambitious projects for the next couple of years. What’s even more exciting, is how commited they all are about making Producteev, and the Jive+Producteev integration a success. Trust me, you will love what’s coming out of this.

NEW HIRES

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To be able to achieve all of those projects, we’re looking to grow our team, especially on two fronts : Front End Engineer, and Back End Engineer. If you got what it takes and want to change the Productivity landscape, Hit us up, or simply share those two offers with your network, this will definitely be a fun ride. As far as the location of those two jobs: either Paris, France (to start, then relocation to California), or Palo Alto, CA.

That’s it for now folks, so let me take this opportunity to wish you all a fantastic 2013 filled with love, joy and dreams.

Thanks for the continuous support, and stay producteev!

Ilan and Team

Mac App update: Notification Center + custom Badge!

Hi everyone!

Jerome here, it’s been a crazy week here but we’re more motivated than ever to continue improving Producteev! That’s why I’m really happy to tell you that we just updated the mac app.

Notification Center: OS X Mountain Lion offers a nice interface to display notifications and keep track of them. If you’re running ML, you will now receive your notifications in the notification center. If you’re still on Snow Leopard or Lion, don’t worry we kept growl support to display them.

Custom Badge: As we did on our iPhone app, you now have the choice between 3 settings for the badge of the app (late tasks, tasks that are due today or the Producteev Notifications). I’m pretty sure one of these will suit your needs!

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Subtasks order: Last added subtask is now the first of the list. All of our apps have now the same order for subtasks.

And as always, this update includes some under the hood improvements and bugs fixing.

If you want to give us your feedback or if you need assistance, contact us on the support!

Jerome.

Producteev is now part of Jive Software! And why everyone wins.

We’re very excited to share some big news with you: Producteev has been acquired by Jive*, the leader in Social Enterprise Software.When we started Producteev four years ago, the vision was to improve the way people were tracking tasks by creating an open platform with lots of entry points for your personal or team to-dos. After many product iterations, we finally found our sweet spot in 2010, and started improving our service month after month. Slowly but surely, we became available on different platforms such as iOS, Android, Mac desktop, as well as e-mail and IM.

In a couple of years, with a little less than $1.8M in venture funding, Producteev has become one of the heavyweights in the Task Management space, with over 2,000 paying corporate accounts today and growing.We wanted to go way further, and start offering a lot more to our current customers. We’ve been working on a brand new version for a couple of months already, and believe me, it’s like nothing we’ve ever done before. Stay tuned on this.

We had a couple of options for the future, like raising a bigger round, but Jive approached us with a highly seducing one: “We love what you do, we love the product, join us, and we’ll give you more resources to build a real software leader”.After spending a lot of time with multiple teams at Jive, our conclusion was that they were the kind of smart and nice people we really wanted to work with, who understand where we’re going with Producteev.


NOTHING IS CHANGING, PRODUCTEEV WILL ONLY GET BETTER, FASTER.The good news: Producteev will be even stronger in the coming years, with more resources, with lots of amazing updates to the product, news apps (!!), and obviously, smart integration points to Jive, so you can collaborate with your team on more than tasks (think discussions, blogs, ideas, files…). Check out Jive’s cloud product here.


THANKSI want to take that opportunity to thank all of you, our users, friends, supporters, who have followed the journey. You were the ones giving us the strength to keep trying during the tough times, so thank you.
A big THANK YOU to our investors and advisors (Doug, Oleg, Pascal, Dan, Florian, Jeremie, Christian and Christophe, Arthur…), who supported me no matter what. We owe you a lot. To Aric, my co-founder and CTO (and brother-in-law): you’re the man. To my team (Arico, Je, Ju, Ish, Bruno) : I am so proud of all you guys, you brought us here, that’s what make me excited to continue this journey all together.


As for our team’s next step, we’re all going to Jive, and the majority of us (including myself), will be moving to Jive’s headquarters in Palo Alto, California.We’re now back full speed working on V4 preparing some big surprises for you.

Onward!Ilan.

Here’s Jive’s press release : https://community.jivesoftware.com/community/newsroom/blog/2012/11/05/welcome…


*Jive is the pioneer and world’s leading provider of social business solutions. Our products apply powerful technology that helps people connect, communicate and collaborate to get more work done and solve their biggest business challenges. Millions of users and many of the world’s most successful companies rely on Jive day in and day out to get work done, serve their customers and stay ahead of their competitors.

Producteev is iPhone5 ready + custom badges, and more!

Hi everyone,

You may probably have noticed, but we released two weeks ago a new version of the iPhone app.

iPhone 5 & iOS6:

Of course this version is 100% compatible with the new iPhone 5, you can see more tasks, more subtasks and more details at a glance. The app remains fully compatible with the other iPhones.

Custom Badge Setting:

You can now choose the behavior of the app’s badge: Go to the settings of the app to choose between your late tasks, tasks that are due today or the Producteev Notifications. Did you know that you can change your Producteev avatar just by tapping on it?

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The Producteev Notifications remains the default behavior. We would like to thanks all the users who suggested us this idea, and hope you’ll all like it.

Subtasks order:

As you may have noticed, now the last subtask added becomes the first in the list. We introduced this change first on the web, then on the Android app and we’re now rolling it out on the iPhone and (very soon - Please Apple review it) on the Mac App.

Improved Collaboration:

We’ve turned the “team tasks” on by default, no extra step necessary to see your colleagues tasks. Of course you can still turn this feature off if you want to see only your task!

And of course this app includes a few bug fixes and under the hood improvements. If you have feedbacks or want to report a bug, contact us at support.producteev.com

Enjoy!

Jerome

Android Update! Lots of UX and design improvements

 Hi mates.

Ismael here. I am very excited today, we just rolled out a new update for the Android application:
Release v1.1.8 UI/UX Improvements.
1. New workspaces screen.
Your workspaces list has been redesigned. First of all, the input field has been taken away from the list and is available when you click on “Add”. Also, this is now where you will find the link to your Account screen (yes, here at the highest hierarchy of the app).
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The workspaces are now bigger, clearer, more reactive, and display new info such as the admin, the number of colleagues and the number of active tasks in it. If you click on the right bottom triangle, you will access the 4 options of the workspace: rename, invite, make it default and delete/leave.
2. New input for the task, dashboard, label, note and subtask creation/edition
The input is now more Androidish since it is a simple dynamic popin.
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3. New popins design
All the popins of the app are now uniformed with a more user friendly design that displays user selections.
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4. New filter per user
We introduce a new kind of filter, the user filter, that has been in the web application for a while now. When you select a user via this filter, you will only see the tasks the user is responsible or creator. If you select Team’s tasks, you will see all the tasks in the workspace.
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5. Filters saved per workspace
The filter, label and user you select to customize your task list are now saved per workspace. Once again, we try to make the experience close to the web application.
6. New deadline screen
A picture is worth a description. I hope you will like it.
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7. Stability and Sync improvements
We received some complaints from Android 4.0 and above users. We identified the issue and everything should be running smoothly. Hopefully no more crashes and the sync engine is now automatic when you open the app. For the widget, a “Refresh” button has been added. You have the control of the widget update and consumption now.
That’s all folks! I am not talking about the mini-tweaks you will discover throughout the use of the app. If you want to say something, comments, encouragements, critics, bugs, improvements… Please we are for you:
I would like to thank our beta testers that have been very helpful and always come out with pertinent feedback, especially Jamie, Michal and Kevin.
The Producteev Team.

 

[Mac app] New update with a bunch of new things and fixes

Hi everyone,

Jerome here, we’re still very busy at Producteev. We’ve just released an updated version of our Mac App (after staying 2 months under review at Apple!).


See below what’s new:

+ Because security matters, our app is now sandboxed! The Producteev app runs in its private and safe environment.
All your previous files and datas will be moved to the secured location during the first launch.

+ See your cross-workspaces notifications in the new “Overview” section of the Notification Window.

+ Keyboard shortcuts are real time savers: You can now use cmd+W or Esc key to close “Add a new Task” and “Notifications” windows

+ We slightly redesigned the collaborators windows, we hope you’ll like it.

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+ Better “Reset Data” feature: No need to be logged in anymore and allows you to delete all the Producteev’s files on your Mac (Prefs, Databases, Caches).

+ Even if you don’t have Growl installed on your computer, you’ll be able to see local notifications.

We also fixed a few things, here is a non-exhaustive list :

- Main Window invisible (off the screen) after launch

- It was impossible to click on/select the scrollbar in some areas of the Task panel.

- “Create a Subtask” text field is no longer reset after a sync.

- Keyboard shortcut for 4* is now working.

- Freeze on Snow Leopard if trying to delete the last subtask.

- Font misaligned while editing a Label

- Color of workspace title in Task List for selected row in the Overview.

Hope you’ll like that update, download it here : http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/producteev/id450283360?mt=12

iOS app update: upload files in your notes, preview files, new icon and more!

 Hi everyone,

Jerome here, I’m happy to tell you that we just released an updated version of our iPhone app

This release does sport more than a new icon (we hope you’ll like it) and improved performances, we added a couple of important features and fixes:

- Files in Notes:
You can now add a picture or a short video (10 sec) to a note. And you’re now able to preview almost any kind of files right inside the app (Images, Videos, PDF, Office Documents, iWork Docs…)

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 - Timezone issue:
All dates in the app are now using your Producteev Timezone, this will prevent confusion for users who don’t have the same timezone in their web preferences and on their devices. Remember that you can change your Producteev Timezone in the Preferences of the app.

- Copy a task title:
Sometimes you need to copy/paste the title of a task in a text or an email. In your task list, just long press on a task!

But also:
- You can now add Labels and Subtasks in your native alphabet! 
- We created a short tutorial to help you use the app, you’ll see it after your first login into the app. 
- Completed Tasks are now at the bottom of your Task List for a few seconds then can be found in the “Completed” filters.

We hope you are going to like this one. If you want to share your thoughts about these news features or are experiencing bugs, please feel free to contact us.

The Producteev Team.

 

Android Push Notifications are LIVE!

Hi everyone,

Ismael here, I am very excited about a big announcement on the Producteev Android app:

- Push Notifications -

We know you all have been waiting for this feature and we proudly bring it to you today.

First of all, this feature is activated by default when you first sign-up or login into the app. You can check the status of the feature in the Account screen (open the Menu to access it).

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An then, it is pretty seamless. The notifications you’ll receive are the same as the one you receive through emails:

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Clicking on the notification will lead you to the task details screen up to date.

We hope you are going to like this one. If you want to share your thoughts about the feature or are experiencing bugs, please feel free to contact us.

The Producteev Team.

 

 

Getting serious about Task Management and Producteev and need some help?

You might want to check out this Producteev Training from VM Associates.

They organize a webinar every Thursday at 11am EDT to get the most out of Producteev, learn the basics but also how to manage workspaces, delegate tasks and “get  things done”.

For 45minutes they will go over Producteev navigation, use cases and best practises and will finish with 15minutes of Q&A. 

You can signup for the Producteev 101 webinar here for $49 USD/webinar/person. 

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Summer Productivity Survival Kit

Summer is a challenging time for productivity in the office and in general!

You can’t deny that during summer the atmosphere at work is different: colleagues or clients go away on vacations, it’s warmer, and the office doesn’t seem to be the dream destination, but summer can be restorative and PRODUCTIVE following these few easy rules:

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Plan in advance – Build a clear calendar as it will be important to organize yourself with a clear vision of when people go on vacations and make sure everyone in the teams also knows when others will be away.

Change priorities – Take advantage of this time with less people in the office to focus on projects that have been left behind and don’t require that many people. For example, business being slow might be a great opportunity to prioritize non-usual tasks: innovate, organize some brainstorming or team building sessions and get employees out of their comfort zones to do things that they wouldn’t do during the year.

Get ahead for September - Take advantage of the slower weeks to get ahead on tasks that will be difficult to schedule in the fall, for example, get the plans and schedules ready to have a clear vision of the strategy when fall starts.

Change the Schedule - Be realistic, summer is the key time to focus more on results that time spent in the office and generally it’s a good time to focus on high-energy time slots.  For some people it typically is better to get earlier to work during summer as they have more energy than later in the day when it gets warmer when the idea of getting out of work becomes overwhelming. 

Summer Hours & “Summer Fridays” 

To eradicate the long Friday afternoons when employees can’t focus and just can’t wait to get out of the office, some companies especially here in the US choose to shorten Fridays and find out that not only it increases employees’ satisfaction but it also increases productivity. Unless their workload is too heavy, employees can then manage their time during the week to be out early on Friday or finish their week on Thursday nights. Of course to be successful summer hours need to meet company’s goals and not distract teams from main task.

Avoid Distractions – It will be hard especially during this big Summer of Sports with events as Euro 2012 and the Olympics which might affect productivity on the workplace. The important part is to define time to focus and time for entertainment whether is to take some special breaks as a team or for individuals.

Take time off – It can be few days or a week but taking time to chill out and disconnect from work will make a difference when the workload is back to normal in September.