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I would like to be notified when you support Mac Mail integration. I will at that time switch to Todoist

Thank you,

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Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Jun 05, 2014 - 16:30 UTC

Lewis,

You can vote on suggestions for this, and those will be updated if we create one :) https://todoist.com/Vote/show/7712/ If replied to those threads, you will get an email when we do :)

Regards,
Brendon.

Andrew
Replied on Jun 05, 2014 - 19:06 UTC

Wow. OK, so I misunderstood what Todoist was for...

Not sure how it would be possible to remove email from my project / task management routine. I and my colleagues receive information, tasks and opportunities primarily through email, so lack of Mail integration is a deal breaker.

Never mind. Will check back in 12 months to see if the Todoist use model has matured.

Best of luck, A.

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Tom Lehman
Replied on Jun 17, 2014 - 15:01 UTC

I see the voting has now closed but I totally agree. I'd love to get everyone here at the office using it but without Mac Mail integration it's a non-starter.

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Anne Ward premium
Replied on Jul 01, 2014 - 18:03 UTC

I posted a question on how to forward email as tasks. Any links to videos so I can still use macmail with todoist using this workaround?

Bruce Saltzman premium
Replied on Jul 01, 2014 - 18:36 UTC

Count me in please.

Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Jul 01, 2014 - 20:02 UTC

Anne,

https://todoist.com/blog/2013/01/zero-inbox-policy-with-todoist/ is our detailed instructions for emailing to a project, but Mac Mail is not supported any other way at this time.

Regards,
Brendon.

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Anne Ward premium
Replied on Jul 02, 2014 - 01:45 UTC

Thanks for the instructions. I read some where that someone was able to copy and paste the link to the e-mail message that was forwarded. How did he do that?

For example, I was able to successfully send an e-mail from macmail to ToDoist and it created a task ( I did this after buying Premium). But the original e-mail is not accessible from the task, it is just the subject line. I read some where that if you copied a link into the subject line - then you can click that in Todoist and it would take you to the e-mail? I really hope this is true - please advise the work around. Thanks.

Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Jul 02, 2014 - 02:29 UTC

Anne,

There is no way to do this based on what Todoist gets sent. Though I suppose this user copied the actual URL of the email opened within his Gmail (I assume Gmail) and pasted that within the task title.

Regards,
Brendon.

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Oscar premium
Replied on Aug 15, 2014 - 14:33 UTC

It would be really useful to link to emails in mac mail with Todoist. Please notify me when that gets done.
Appreciated

Thanks
Oscar

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Jim premium
Replied on Aug 29, 2014 - 09:08 UTC

I totally agree. This is a must have if you are serious about productivity today. The feature is what makes Omnifocus a killer productive app. No matter where you are, in mail, in browser, on an iPhone - You can send it to the app as a todoitem and keep the link back to, for say, the mail... Now if Todoist could implement this it would own. After all Omnifocus is not for collaboration, where Todoist already rocks!

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David Vitek premium
Replied on Aug 30, 2014 - 23:00 UTC

adding a vote for integration with mac mail and a punch comment to get attention.
seriously, how could they forget mac mail integration I've been using todosit for a while now and was about to integrate it into my company but about 15 people use macs and mail now (including me) so tododist won't work for us anymore,

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Stewart Cook premium
Replied on Sep 03, 2014 - 15:31 UTC

Please add my name to the list of requests for integration with Mac Mail. Surely it's a no-brainer?

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Damir Kosutic premium
Replied on Sep 04, 2014 - 11:16 UTC

Adding my vote for the integration of Todoist with Mac Mail!

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Russ premium
Replied on Sep 04, 2014 - 20:22 UTC

Adding my vote. Surely this is worth investing in...

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simon premium
Replied on Sep 06, 2014 - 17:34 UTC

+1

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martinjholland premium
Replied on Sep 06, 2014 - 18:21 UTC

Add me to the list as well...

Brien Barnett premium
Replied on Sep 10, 2014 - 12:41 UTC

+1 ... my primary PC died, so moved over to Mac, now missing this key feature. Disrupting my workflow, quite substantially to the point I've picked up pen and paper to get by.

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Edwin Willems premium
Replied on Sep 11, 2014 - 14:10 UTC

add me as well pls for mac mail integration. Until that happens I won't switch to premium (and would even consider switching to another productivity tool that DOES have that integration...). thx.

Eduardo Inal premium
Replied on Sep 14, 2014 - 10:51 UTC

+1

Robert Turner premium
Replied on Sep 15, 2014 - 00:18 UTC

mac mail integration please

Fritz premium
Replied on Sep 15, 2014 - 21:33 UTC

Count me in please

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kory livingstone premium
Replied on Sep 16, 2014 - 14:26 UTC

mac mail please

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Dr. Marco Becker
Replied on Sep 17, 2014 - 07:55 UTC

me too

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Matthew Reineck
Replied on Sep 18, 2014 - 03:49 UTC

ditto mac mail please

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Peter Segner premium
Replied on Sep 18, 2014 - 09:04 UTC

Outlook Mac pls.
+1

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Kim premium
Replied on Sep 25, 2014 - 02:22 UTC

Really would like this feature. The program is not as useful without it! Thanks.

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Tom Pijls premium
Replied on Sep 27, 2014 - 07:15 UTC

Just signed up for premium features ply to find out mac mail is not supported. Guess I'll have to check if the refund process really works. Let me know when you do support mac mail.

Thanks

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leechunong premium
Replied on Sep 29, 2014 - 13:31 UTC

Count mre in

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AM premium
Replied on Sep 30, 2014 - 15:12 UTC

YES MAC MAIL INTEGRATION PLEASE!

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leechunong premium
Replied on Sep 30, 2014 - 15:15 UTC

I need it

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PEAnderson premium
Replied on Oct 01, 2014 - 16:31 UTC

Crap. No Siri reminder functionality and now I find no email integration. I'm out. Glad it was only a free trial.

Colin McFarland premium
Replied on Oct 03, 2014 - 12:06 UTC

Me 2 pls?

(+1)

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PEAnderson premium
Replied on Oct 03, 2014 - 13:45 UTC

Okay. I've calmed down, but I am still VERY DISAPPOINTED that we don't have Mac Mail integration. Omni Focus 2 has it and SIRI reminders. Todoist is much easier to learn to use. I can't learn OmniFocus during the 14 day trial, but I will keep it in mind. Come On Todist, you can't just have the prettiest format, the best ease of use and not have core features like SIRI and MacMail integration. If you do not support Mac, Mac users can not support you.

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Edgar Nadal
Replied on Oct 08, 2014 - 19:05 UTC

Mac mail please!

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Pierre Tremblay
Replied on Oct 09, 2014 - 20:12 UTC

Mac mail please!

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talyn premium
Replied on Oct 13, 2014 - 03:05 UTC

Another vote for Mac Mail please!

Neddo Siebum premium
Replied on Oct 13, 2014 - 15:20 UTC

Dear Todoist Support Center,

As a Mac-user, I have to join the comments above. It is really a missing feature. I hope Todoist can give some prospect when it could be launched / what kind of priority it has. Or at least what the reasons are Todoist didn't (couldn't?) make one yet.

It's a mismatch, comparing to all the other options, to miss the standard Mac Mail integration.

Thanks in advance!
Kind regards

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Robert Oake premium
Replied on Oct 13, 2014 - 23:22 UTC

Mac mail please!

Robert Allred premium
Replied on Oct 15, 2014 - 02:40 UTC

Mac Mail and MailTags, please.

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Markus Blaser premium
Replied on Oct 16, 2014 - 13:50 UTC

+1 for Mac Mail plugin also from me!

I switched to Postbox only for having this feature. After some months I am getting aware that Postbox is using much more system resources than Mac Mail, and also TimeMachine Backups seem to inflate. So if I could, I would go back to Mac Mail asap. Thanks for considering this feature!

Christoph Schaefers premium
Replied on Oct 16, 2014 - 14:14 UTC

+1

Anderson Miranda premium
Replied on Oct 16, 2014 - 18:40 UTC

one more!!!!

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Matteo Stefanel
Replied on Oct 18, 2014 - 20:19 UTC

+1
Actually, +10: I am trying to select which productivity tool I should roll out across my company (10 users, for now), and the lack of proper integration on Mac (whether Mac Mail or Outlook for Mac) is tipping Todoist over into the "no" zone.

It's a shame: I really like Todoist, but this is such an essential feature for the entire mac community that I honestly can't understand why you are not developing this relatively basic add-on....
Please listen to your user base: on the base of the above feedback, and the fact that usually only 5%-10% (max) of users bother leaving a review, you are missing out on approximately 500-1,000 paying users. at least. This means around $20,000-$30,000 per year. Even assuming it will take you six months of coding, it would seem to me like a pretty logical decision........ Good luck, M

Kirill
Replied on Oct 18, 2014 - 20:25 UTC

+1

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Richard premium
Replied on Oct 22, 2014 - 07:14 UTC

and another one ! +1

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Simon Schwarz premium
Replied on Oct 23, 2014 - 21:31 UTC

+1
mac mail integration, please!

Ton Wassenburg premium
Replied on Oct 24, 2014 - 17:50 UTC

+1
can't wait!

Paul Becquelin premium
Replied on Oct 27, 2014 - 08:59 UTC

+1 for the Mac Mail plugin !

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Dan Goldman
Replied on Oct 27, 2014 - 21:52 UTC

+1

Rafael Guimarães
Replied on Oct 30, 2014 - 00:24 UTC

I have much interest in the resource. Is forecast for development?

Paul Usher premium
Replied on Oct 30, 2014 - 20:39 UTC

If it is a resource issue for development, I am that keep to see the feature we would offer our development services to help see it happen!

Paul Usher premium
Replied on Oct 31, 2014 - 03:13 UTC

Decided to take a different approach... (Mail.app was becoming a pain anyway), we switch company wide to Unibox, which at this stage is performing well (multiple IMAP's and even connected to an Exchange Server)

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PEAnderson premium
Replied on Nov 03, 2014 - 18:46 UTC

I am so frustrated with Todoist I could scream. So is this new IFTTT thing supposed to help us overcome our desire for the Todoist Integration with MAC mail?

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Sven
Replied on Nov 04, 2014 - 19:47 UTC

Mac Mail please

Karin Rosner
Replied on Nov 17, 2014 - 10:13 UTC

+1
i installed Postbox wich is better integrated with todoist. but i miss so many things i had in mail...

Tarık Gandur premium
Replied on Nov 17, 2014 - 11:17 UTC

+1 for the Mac Mail plugin !

Paul Usher premium
Replied on Nov 17, 2014 - 11:25 UTC

I have to say (especially since I was sceptical), that after using Unibox for a couple of weeks now I would have trouble switching back to Mail.app, I have had no delays in picking up mail from any of my corporate Gmail accounts or my exchange server account, and I'm yet to find a feature that Mail.app had that I cannot achieve inside Unibox. Of course this does not mean I would not like to see more support for Todoist for these products, but just wanted to share my experience having found a solution to handling my gmail problem.

Paul Usher premium
Replied on Nov 17, 2014 - 11:25 UTC

I have to say (especially since I was sceptical), that after using Unibox for a couple of weeks now I would have trouble switching back to Mail.app, I have had no delays in picking up mail from any of my corporate Gmail accounts or my exchange server account, and I'm yet to find a feature that Mail.app had that I cannot achieve inside Unibox. Of course this does not mean I would not like to see more support for Todoist for these products, but just wanted to share my experience having found a solution to handling my gmail problem.

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PEAnderson premium
Replied on Nov 19, 2014 - 00:58 UTC

Marcus thanks for telling us that PostBox is a system hog and Karin what things did you miss?

Fritz premium
Replied on Nov 19, 2014 - 09:36 UTC

any news at this project??? :-S

Karin Rosner
Replied on Nov 19, 2014 - 10:53 UTC

in mail i can export folders an archivate them for years and import them when i need. in postbox to archive mails mean they all move to one folder. i think that was the biggest thing i missed, but so important that i cant use it. the other things i think i could live with.

sorry for my bad english, i am from austria ;-)

Karin Rosner
Replied on Nov 19, 2014 - 11:01 UTC

And all i need for a integration of todoist in mail is, do it like "Things" make it, only a shortcut to open a mail-id in todoist in a new task. for me i do not need so much as there is in Postbox....
this nearly makes the extra program useless.

Patrick Lewis premium
Replied on Nov 26, 2014 - 13:26 UTC

+1 for a Mac Mail plugin.

Feels pretty weird that I can use CloudMagic on Android or Dispatch on iOS to turn email into actionable Todoist items, yet I have no way of doing the same on my laptop.

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Christophe Nebout premium
Replied on Nov 29, 2014 - 17:34 UTC

+1000!

Marc Wilson premium
Replied on Nov 30, 2014 - 21:42 UTC

Try the attached. It is a relatively simple applescript that will add the currently selected Mail message to the Inbox.

If that message is part of a conversation, it will add all the messages that make up the conversation, which may be a problem if you make heavy usage of that feature.

It will add the message: URL of the Mail message as the first note.

I didn't write it, I just hacked it up from someone else's Outlook 2011 script.

Since it uses curl to post the message to the API, rather than JSON Helper, it's kinda limited in what it can add... can't add the message content as a note.

Andrew
Replied on Nov 30, 2014 - 21:43 UTC

So just checking back to see if anything has improved since my original post (third from the top).
And sadly it seems not. Somewhat typically for your modern tech company, the focus appears to be more on increasing the bells and whistles factor than on addressing core functionality. This is a mistake.
Still, it's up to the developer whether they wish to design for themselves or their users, I guess.
Best of luck,
A.

Marc Wilson premium
Replied on Nov 30, 2014 - 21:48 UTC

Did you even try it? It does about what the Outlook AddIn on Windows does.

Should have added, create a text file named ".todoist-token" in your home folder (the leading period makes it hidden) that contains your API token.

David premium
Replied on Dec 01, 2014 - 02:47 UTC

Marc:

I created the .todoist-token file using TextEdit -- it was an rtf file. I placed it into my home folder.

Its only content was my API token which I obtained from the Todoist settings just now.

I placed the script in the same folder as my DevonThink email scripts (system script folder) and it appears on the script menu. But when I select it when a message is selected in Mail it doesn't do anything.

Any suggestions? Do I need to edit the script as well?

Thanks for the script!

David premium
Replied on Dec 01, 2014 - 03:03 UTC

Marc: I removed the file extension and all is well. Thanks! It really works! Not fancy, but there's the link to the message in my inbox.

Thank you!

Marc Wilson premium
Replied on Dec 01, 2014 - 04:52 UTC

If the one above is working for you , there's no reason to try this new one, but now:

1) If the token file doesn't exist, it will prompt for it and save it for you
2) Displays notification of how many tasks it added

Need to figure out how to get the text of the email in as a note now.

I *think* the notifications mean it now requires OS X 10.8. I disremember when AppleScript got notifications support.

I use Fastscripts, so I have it attached to ⌃⇧T.

Marc Wilson premium
Replied on Dec 01, 2014 - 05:08 UTC

Would it be useful if it prompted for a due date? Not every time, but a default one that it would save, rather than always making the task due today. Having it ask each time would be easy, but annoying.

Thought of a way to deal with the conversations issue too, I think. Create a task, then have the emails be sub-tasks under it. The script would have to be significantly smarter than it is now, though.

David premium
Replied on Dec 02, 2014 - 01:26 UTC

I'm not sure about the due date, but some might like that. I'd like to be able to highlight a portion of the email message and have it pick that up and add it as a note to the task...

Thanks again!

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PEAnderson premium
Replied on Dec 06, 2014 - 16:25 UTC

Mac user that I am, I think I am done with Todoist. I was encouraged when I saw that the new version includes push notifications, but I can't seem to receive any. I'm tired of trying to make this program work for me. It's a waste of time after a poor investment. Reminders does all that I can get from Todoist and it's free with my Mac devices. Check out this article below. Essentially, when I put items in Reminders, it reminds me continuously, is easy to set up, and syncs across all my Mac devices. Not as attractive a display as Todoist, but it's FREE and it works. The push notifications work. I can't establish tasks via email, but can't do that with Todoist either. Reminders can remind me by time or place. So far, Reminders is doing the job better. Of course, I've already paid the Todoist premium price for this year. I should have trusted Apple to give me what I needed. I'll check in occasionally to see if anything has changed. Otherwise, I'm out. As I've said before, the BEST thing about Todoist is this forum. Thank you all.
http://www.macworld.com/article/2020716/reminders-how-to-quickly-schedule-tasks-on-your-mac.html

Marc Wilson premium
Replied on Dec 06, 2014 - 16:47 UTC

I've seen that MacWorld article, it's typical half-done junk to get clicks. It doesn't really help you do anything.

Maybe this one will help more, it's a real-world account of going the other way, from Reminders to Todoist.

http://www.macstories.net/stories/why-i-left-icloud-reminders-for-todoist/

I tried to make using Reminders work for me, but it's not cross-platform and it doesn't scale.

Push notifications work. I can't speak to why yours don't, but they do for me.

As for creating tasks from email, everyone has a different idea of what that means. You can always forward an email to your Inbox or to a specific project, and it gets created as a task. I wanted something different, so I hacked up a script for it.

Todoist can do location-based reminders. Not something I use, but the feature is there.

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PEAnderson premium
Replied on Dec 06, 2014 - 16:58 UTC

Thanks Marc. I appreciate the added information. I will definitely read that article. Not sure what you mean by 'not cross platform" and "doesn't scale." I find that Reminders syncs across all my Mac devices, but you may have meant something else by that. Scaling? I'm not familiar with that term in this context. Sorry.

I will take another look at the push notifications to uncover what I may be doing wrong.

Reminders can do location-based reminders, too, but like you not a feature I use. I envy you your ability to personalize script to meet your needs. Very cool, indeed.

Again, thanks!

Marc Wilson premium
Replied on Dec 06, 2014 - 17:42 UTC

Reminders isn't cross-platform, it's Mac-only. That may work for some people, but I work in a Windows/Mac world. I think Todoist is up to 13 separate platforms?

I tried to make Things work for a long time, but I couldn't use it to manage work, personal, and volunteer tasks.

As far as scale, Reminders is fine for some people's personal lives, and I wouldn't tell them not to use it.

But it doesn't support projects.Using multiple lists does NOT do the same thing.

It has no support for sub-tasks at all.

It has no support for dependencies. To be fair, Todoist doesn't enforce dependencies, but you can show the structure.

Notes support is limited to textual content, you can't attach a PDF, or a picture, or anything else.

Its support for repeating tasks is so bad it'd be better if it didn't claim to have it at all.

No tags support.

You can't assign tasks to other people in a group.

Like I said, scale.

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PEAnderson premium
Replied on Dec 06, 2014 - 18:08 UTC

Duh! Cross-platfom! Of course. I have been a Mac user for a couple of decades and am completely insulated, absorbed---and held captive by Apple. The term was out of my working vocabulary.

You've been very patient, I'm sure. Thanks again for the additional information.

Marc Wilson premium
Replied on Dec 08, 2014 - 01:28 UTC

Ok, new version of the script.

The changelog:

Version history:

0.1 - initial creation (msw 113014)
0.2 - create token file if not found (msw 113014)
0.3 - display notification (msw 113014)
0.4 - save result of API call (msw 120714)
add message URL to task title (msw 120714)
add message content as a note (msw 120714)
0.5 - much re-factoring to make easier to understand (msw 120714)
added weak dependency on JSON Helper (annoying!) (msw 120714)
writes a log file (msw 120714)
better error checking (msw 120714)

Important thing to note is that the script is putting the API token in the log file (~/.todoist-log. This is NOT secure, I know it's not secure, I'm just lazy and outputting the shell script line that will be executed to the log. I'll fix it eventually.

Comments requested.

Marc Wilson premium
Replied on Dec 08, 2014 - 20:01 UTC

Ok, v5 has a really stupid bug, and I never posted v6, because it had an even more stupid bug.

But here's v7.

Version history:

0.1 - initial creation (msw 113014)
0.2 - create token file if not found (msw 113014)
0.3 - display notification (msw 113014)
0.4 - save result of API call (msw 120714)
add message URL to task title (msw 120714)
add message content as a note (msw 120714)
0.5 - much re-factoring to make easier to understand (msw 120714)
added weak dependency on JSON Helper (annoying!) (msw 120714)
writes a log file (msw 120714)
better error checking (msw 120714)
0.6 - offer to create a project for email(s) if multiple selected (msw 120714)
still more error checking (msw 120714)
friendlier dialogs (msw 120714)
0.7 - Retrieve list of projects to choose from (msw 120814)
fix really stupid bug that broke single add in v6 (msw 120814)
fix more really stupid logic errors (msw 120814)

Basically, it works like this:

Select one email, it gets added to the Inbox as a task.
Select more than one email, you get asked if you want to create a new Project, and what you want to name it. The selected email(s) are then added to that new Project.
If you choose not to create a new Project, a list of existing Projects is displayed and you can choose one to add the selected email(s) to, or none to add the selected email(s) to the Inbox.

In all cases, the URL of the message is added to each task title, and the first note is the content of the email.

Clear as mud?

JSON helper isn't really a soft dependency any more, you should go ahead and install it from the MAS. As soon as I figure out why it mangles the addItem calls to the API, I'll stop using curl for that.

David premium
Replied on Dec 08, 2014 - 23:58 UTC

Holy cow! Much better than emailing it to Todoist.

Have you thought about having just a selection of the original email sent as a note?

Thanks!

Marc Wilson premium
Replied on Dec 09, 2014 - 00:16 UTC

You like? ^_^

Yeah, I thought some about just including the highlighted section of an email, if there was one, rather than including the whole email. I had a problem with Mail.app claiming there was no selected email, though, so no way to get the subject line and the message URL for the task title. I suppose I could make it ask for the task title.

I really want to always have the message URL, if it can be got. One of the really ANNOYING things about the Outlook extension on Windows is that it puts none of the content into the actual task, so unless you're on the Outlook machine where the clickable link to the email works, you can't see ANYTHING. I also think it's REALLY broken that if you move the email, the Outlook extension loses track of it. Mail.app can open the message URL no matter what folder you move it to, as long as it's still actually IN the mail store.

I thought about attaching a PDF of the email. It would deal with the unreasonableness of trying to deal with RTF text, but I can't figure out a background way to create the PDF. If you're willing to interact with the print dialog it's easy enough, but that requires it to be visible so you can GUI-script it. Any other way to do that I've figured out so far it requires tools that you can't guarantee are there from version to version of OS X.

While I was at lunch today, I was thinking about email(s) that have attachments, and whether there was value in trying to do anything with the attachments. Should they be note attachments, should they get uploaded to the cloud service of your choice and a URL inserted? Of course note attachments in Todoist are natively uploaded to Amazon.

Braesch Christian premium
Replied on Dec 14, 2014 - 20:53 UTC

+1 for the Mac Mail plugin !

Marc Wilson premium
Replied on Dec 14, 2014 - 21:30 UTC

Are you saying you want one, or you like this one? ^_^

Zayne Upton premium
Replied on Dec 17, 2014 - 09:25 UTC

+1 for the mac mail plugin.