Lots of new stuff today! Let’s just dive into it.
Due Date Notifications
We have a saying around the Fog Creek office. It’s this:
“State not date.”
Actually I just made that up, but it’s catchy don’t you think? What I mean is that delivery dates are hard to estimate because there are a lot of unpredictable factors that affect it. You might say something is due in two days then hit a snag that takes a week to fix. The state, or progress, is often easier to determine and perhaps more useful. It’s easier to say something is being tested (i.e. in the “Testing” list) than it is to say exactly when it will be released.
While this works for us, others work in a more date-dependent fashion. Publishing, consulting, shipping, marketing… there are many fields that rely on timely deliveries. So we wondered if we could make dates more valuable to them.
Today we’re announcing the release of due date notifications. When a card you are subscribed to is 24 hours away from being due, you’ll get a notification in the app and via email. We think this makes due dates even more useful for those folks that rely on them. Hope you love it! If you have some feedback, leave a comment on the Due Date Notifications card on the Trello development board.
Move Lists Between Boards and List Copy
The ability to move cards between boards opened up a lot of flexibility for people. You can separate your brain dump board from your “actively doing” board, and just move a card over when the idea becomes fully formed. Check out this UserVoice blog post for some complex workflows allowed by card move.
Today, we are introducing the ability to move lists between boards. We think it’s going to open up even more flexibility in your workflow. How do you do it? Just click the menu button in the top right corner of the list and select “Move List…”. You’ll now be able to select a different board. Neat.
But that’s not all! You can also copy lists. Just click the menu button, select “Copy List…” and give it a new title if you wish. Now you can set up template lists. For example, you could have a template list for weekly chores, and copy it at the beginning of the week. Go check it out! Actually, read the rest of this post first.
Organizations are groupings of people and boards. It keeps boards organized among a group of housemates, a group of coworkers, a wedding party and wedding planners, or a group of open source hackers. To make you orgs more personal, we’ve added organization logos. To add a logo, click the “Overview” link next to the org on your boards page, click the grey default picture in the sidebar, and select “Upload a new photo”.
You could use your company logo. You could use a family portrait. You could use a cute cartoon dog. You could use a bedazzled octopus. You could use a french fry with googly eyes wearing a top hat. It’s up to you.
iPad and Windows 8 apps
We’re also happy to announce that we’re working on both an iPad app and a Windows 8 app. They are both in active development, but we don’t have a release date to announce at the moment. (State not date, remember?)
We’re far along enough on our Windows 8 app that we’re looking for beta testers. If you have a Windows 8 device (particularly a tablet) and are interested, please email email@example.com. We’re not quite ready for iPad beta testers, but we’ll let you know as soon as we are.
Want some proof that we’re working on it? Here are some pictures.
Summer 2013 Internship
Love Trello and love writing code? Looking for an internship next summer? Fog Creek is now accepting applications for our Summer 2013 internship. We treat our interns like gold. We pay them ($5,000/month) and provide excellent housing. We take interns to all kinds of events: Broadway plays, karaoke, a Mets game, movies, bowling, dinner, a pizza tour and more.
Summer 2012 Intern Doug Patti had this to say about his experience:
“Applying for an internship at Fog Creek was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. On top of the genuinely fascinating challenges we worked with on a daily basis and the uncountable adventures we had in the city, the most memorable part of the entire experience was how incredible every person who works there was. From day one, everyone simply went out of their way to make sure you never felt like “just an intern.” The friendships that I’ve built have truly made this a remarkable summer.”