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Changes made offline not synced

I used the Mac app on the train this morning to re-organise my projects and tasks.

First I connected to the internet via a 3g mobile device and opened the ToDoist app. I was then able to work throughout my journey, a mix of on-line and off-line work given that the 3g connection drops out several times along the route as the train passes through tunnels etc.

I shutdown the laptop on arrival and continued my journey to work. At work I opened the web app via Chrome and I see that some but not all the changes I made have sync'd, presumably because the last minutes of my train session were off-line.

i tried opening the app on the laptop again to see if my changes were cached there but of course the first thing that the app does is connect to the ToDoist server to download the current state of my projects, so no local caching of changes made offline if there is a shutdown before sync.

I know that the Android app on my tablet works as a true off-line app but for me it's not that great for bulk task entry and project organisation.

If there can be a true off-line standalone Mac app that would be so great.

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Steve Earley premium
Replied on Nov 15, 2013 - 09:32 UTC

Yep just looked in more detail and about 20mins of work is lost because of this sync model. Really frustrating!

David Trey staff
Replied on Nov 15, 2013 - 12:53 UTC

Hello Steve,

We're very sorry for the inconvenience. The Mac app indeed doesn't offer full offline caching, or rather - storage so if you completely close it before you sync, then the changes from the last sync won't be stored and sent to the server.

We will consider creating a different fully offline-running Mac app, but for now, as a workaround, we would advise using the web-app in this case. If you'll use it with Chrome, it will not only also work when you lose the connection, but thanks to HTML5, if will completely store all changes offline so that even if you close it while offline, all changes will be stored locally and synced next time it goes online.


Best regards,
David