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How do I upgrade to HTML5 version for offline access?

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I am a premium user, and cannot find a path to the HTML 5 version so that I can work offline. Help appreciated, thanks!

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David Trey staff
Replied on Sep 16, 2013 - 19:20 UTC

Hello Marina,

Our entire web-app at https://todoist.com is written in HTML5. If you lose your internet connection while having it opened, you can continue using it offline. This applies to the web-app, our plugins, add-ons and desktop apps. Only our mobile apps are fully offline accessible right-away.


Best regards,
David

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Marina
Replied on Sep 16, 2013 - 20:14 UTC

Hi David, thanks for the reply. Sorry, but I still don't get it. On a flight yesterday I had access to zero on my desktop app (mac) but everything on my iphone. I prefer to use the keyboard on my laptop. How do I get my laptop to act like my phone and what you describe above?

Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Sep 16, 2013 - 20:24 UTC

Marina,

The desktop apps require you to have Internet when you open the apps. If you start the app without Internet it will not work. Only after it being open with Internet can you then go offline and continue. This is a limitation with HTML5.

Thanks,
Brendon.

JDoan premium
Replied on Dec 01, 2013 - 23:57 UTC

Premium user here, when oh when oh when oh when will you have OFFLINE ACCESS??? (without having to start the desktop apps first online)?

Doesn't this defeat the purpose of offline access is you HAVE TO START ONLINE? We're not there where everywhere we go has internet access. That would be find if TODOIST was some kind of video game. BUT NOT FOR PRODUCTIVITY ESPECIALLY SOMETHING AS IMPORTANT AS YOUR "TO DO" LIST.
When do these Tasks management tools GET THIS??? So if we're on a train or airplane, some business center where there is no or limited wifi, we're just gonna be crap out of luck???

Do we now need to get ANOTHER PROGRAM that we transfer our TODOIST items as a "real" place or backup place to work until we get back online? Can you imagine working on a major project that is managed on TODOIST only to find out that there is no wifi??? how do we access out next steps???

Can someone out there tell us when this is going to happen???

David Trey staff
Replied on Dec 02, 2013 - 12:47 UTC

Hello,

You do not have to start online when using our mobile apps. Our latest Windows app is ready for offline startup too: https://d2dq6e731uoz0t.cloudfront.net/29465f3a4c6c7f36ed42d9a1c6b294d0/as/Todoist_for_Windows.exe and we hope that over time more browsers and frameworks will fully support HTML5 offline access to the point where you'll be able to access the web version when already offline (Chrome can do this now if you use the direct app URL and the cache will point to it).

We're sorry for the inconvenience, HTML5 is a relatively new technology, it's improving all the time and we do what we can to keep up-do-date and improve offline access.


Best regards,
David

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Stanford Griffith
Replied on Dec 03, 2013 - 11:36 UTC

Does the Mac version work in the same offline mode as the Windows version mentioned above?

I'm a little confused why HTML5 (or any other code platform) matters here since other software, such as Evernote, works fine by simply leaving the data on the device and then syncing that information back to the cloud.

Thank you for helping me understand what I'm missing about this sync process that works for other apps.

David Trey staff
Replied on Dec 03, 2013 - 12:53 UTC

Stanford,

HTML5 matters because most our apps (except for the iOS and Android mobile apps) connect to the Todoist site which is HTML5-compatible and uses offline storage. We will consider developing fully native, locally running apps in the future, but we can't specify when as this requires basically a full rewrite of Todoist into a language used by regular native apps.

That said, the HTML5 solution allows us to not only provide a similar experience across all platforms, but also better maintenance of these apps.

To answer your questions - the Mac app doesn't work the same way the Windows app, it's using Safari's engine and it will remember offline data as long as it runs and allow you to access it as long as you don't close it.


Best regards,
David

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Stanford Griffith
Replied on Dec 03, 2013 - 23:55 UTC

Thanks for the explanation, David. So, does that mean if I were to have my Mac laptop open in my office and running the Todoist app and then close the laptop's case and go to lunch in a place without wifi that I could still open the Todoist app on my Mac and use it since I didn't close the app itself? Or when the laptop sleeps is all lost?

Thanks again.

Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Dec 04, 2013 - 00:30 UTC

Stanford,

Yes, that is correct, unless your laptop is set to shut down the computer when you close the lid, if all it does is sleep then apps should still be running and it will be fine.

Regards,
Brendon.

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Robert Bendett
Replied on Dec 04, 2013 - 11:37 UTC

"(Chrome can do this now if you use the direct app URL and the cache will point to it)."

What is the URL?

David Trey staff
Replied on Dec 04, 2013 - 12:46 UTC

Hello Robert,

You could try to use https://todoist.com/app or https://todoist.com/app?v=189 and if Chrome saves offline data for this URL, it should work offline. The downside of it, especially the second URL, is that it can cause issues when we implement some updates and a new version number.


Best regards,
David

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Robert Bendett
Replied on Dec 04, 2013 - 20:19 UTC

Thanks, it looks like that is the link that the Todoist Chrome App which installs on the app tab opens.