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Location based reminders

Thanks for the new location based reminders! I have a few questions on this.

1) In the blog post it says:
"Adding locations to your tasks is really simple. Thanks to integrations with Google Maps and Apple Maps, a list of your favorite places will automatically appear with options ready to select. "
In the web app I am not seeing any list of my favorite places, although when I add a location it is being saved. Is it supposed to have a list of locations predefined? Or does the blog post just mean when I enter a location I can use it again by picking it from the list?

2) Is it possible to name a location? For example I want it to remind me of something when I walk in to a particular store (Lowes). I can add the store by the address but then in the location pick list it is always named by the address rather than the store name, so I can't easily tell what it is.

3) What is your distance/range of considered being at a location? If I move 10 meters from a location does it trigger, or 100m or what? Is this something you configure or is that just using Android/iOS APIs and you have no control over that? I guess I am wondering if you could give us the ability to change that distance in our settings.

4) I already entered a location (just a test) that keeps coming up in my locations dropdown. Is there a way to delete locations from that dropdown.

Thanks!
Nick :-)

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Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Jul 02, 2014 - 20:36 UTC

Hi,

1. Once you start adding locations, these previous locations will be saved. If you click on the map icon beside where you type in the location, it should list previous locations.

2.No its not possible right now, it takes the name of what ever was typed into the search box, so say "ottawa, ontario" it will probably show as Ottawa.

3.Its not able to be changed, and is using the Android/iOS tools and APIs.

4. This may not be possible, I suppose an oversight on our part. I will pass this along and see if its possible.

Regards,
Brendon.

Barry McAlister premium
Replied on Jul 07, 2014 - 01:47 UTC

Nice concept video. waste of time.. I wish you would have put as much effort into an "how to use" video and the in's and out's of the feature. I really like this addition to the product, I have need for this, it also replaces and couple of other applications (less is always better)
But I think there is a lot more to this than a blog post can explain. Also, why not interface with a user existing contact list where the address list is already available?

I hope you plan your next feature role out a little better, less arty stuff and more instructional stuff.

Clyde Romo staff
Replied on Jul 07, 2014 - 04:25 UTC

Hi Barry,

We'll look into making additional "how to" videos in the future.

As for your question, "why not interface with a user existing contact list where the address list is already available?". Where exactly do you see this fitting in the app? Is it to invite users for sharing projects?

Regards,

Clyde

Barry McAlister premium
Replied on Jul 07, 2014 - 20:35 UTC

WOW, there are a lot of uses for a contact list interface. I need to call someone, linking the the contact to a task would be great. Now, I have to included their phone number in the task, when the task is completed its gone. The next time I schedule a call, I have to look up the phone number up again and enter it.

If I'm going to make a sales call on a client, who is already in my contact list, linking the contact to the task which includes the address, see where i'm going.

Right now to get around this missing piece I'm building a full CRM system into Todoist. Using the the notes section I can include URL, address, phone numbers, and contact history. I can also set up contact profiles that include their email, social links, pictures, etc., I can also store proposals, contracts, and other sales documents With tags, I can schedule appointments, calls, and emails. I'm in the testing mode now and it works well.

Linking a task to an email or URL has been a great feature, why not link a contact to Todoist in the same way, the possible uses are endless. We are all not teams, there a lots of solo users out there. (star)

Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Jul 07, 2014 - 20:51 UTC

Barry,

I don't think Clyde was asking the use cases, but how it would be implemented within our app. Now the URLs we support are supported because they are easy and are designed as links. How does one contact become a link? We would need heavy integration with one or more contact applications for this to work.

Though we understand the need, and will consider such in future updates.

Regards,
Brendon.

Barry McAlister premium
Replied on Jul 07, 2014 - 21:03 UTC

Since I'm not a programmer but a user, how something is interfaced I haven't a clue. As a user, I'm going to squeeze your application for everything I can get out it and then push you to make it do more. Todoist is one of the few apps that I have run across that actually has potential to be at app that everyone will want to interface with, similar to what Evernote enjoys now. For me, you have replaced Evernote. Please add some editing features to Notes. :-)

SC
Steffan Corley premium
Replied on Sep 19, 2014 - 13:18 UTC

+1 for naming locations (and deleting them). At the moment, locations are difficult for me to use because any locations that are accurate enough to actually trigger the reminder have meaningless names.

Fritz premium
Replied on Sep 23, 2014 - 20:26 UTC

Hi,

do Location based reminders only work in the US?
What about Germany? :-(

Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Sep 23, 2014 - 20:38 UTC

Hi,

Yes they work anywhere. Tell me exactly how you went about setting one up, what platform, and what happened or didn't happen?


Regards,
Brendon

Fritz premium
Replied on Sep 24, 2014 - 20:38 UTC

hi Brendon,

i've tryed this in the office (Windows 7, Firefox add-on - nothing.
at home with iPhone or Firefox add-on - Works like a charm!

best regards
Fritz

David Trey staff
Replied on Sep 24, 2014 - 21:27 UTC

Hello Fritz,

Please clarify, are you saying that you can't set or receive these reminders at work? Also, is it possible that your internet connection at work is protected or is using proxies or blocks certain types of incoming push notifications?


Regards,
David

Fritz premium
Replied on Sep 25, 2014 - 09:07 UTC

thanx for the clue - i`ll check it!

best regards
Fritz

cyril trebuchet premium
Replied on Sep 25, 2014 - 20:47 UTC

I agree that I was very excited by this new feature when it came out. I'm now very disappointed with it and I don't use it at all which is a shame.

I've said it in the past but for it to be perfect, it should work like this :

- possibility to add a location in todoist
- possibility to give it a name
- possibility to add gps coordinates
- possibility to set up distance from gps coordinates (although I understand it depends on the api). What is the distance on iPhone actually ?

Please do a how to video !!! It's really not clear how to use this feature on your website

Regarding the other feature discussed above by Barry, I think being able to add a contact would be a great feature. I understand dealing with different address books doesn't seem that easy

Writing a phone number in a task while it's already in my address book is a bit silly.
Please consider that Mac OS Yosemite will allow you to call someone from your mac through your iPhone. This feature makes even more sense !

Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Sep 25, 2014 - 21:54 UTC

Cyril,

We will look into adding more useful help information as we go forward.


Regards,
Brendon

Alberto Mendoza premium
Replied on Sep 28, 2014 - 23:14 UTC

Replying to Barry McAlister and Todoist support team, let me say it looks so bizarre the use of the 'notes' field to add customer information, but i'm glad if it works for you ;-)

Todoist is for me the perfect app, but would be great implementing a customer record style with typical fields such as name, phone, mail, etc.., and letting the user choose if adding into a project a note or a crm contact.

Alberto Mendoza premium
Replied on Sep 28, 2014 - 23:14 UTC

And yes, please make an ETC for an Spanish translation, i could help you guys with that. :-)

Clyde Romo staff
Replied on Sep 29, 2014 - 00:26 UTC

Hi Alberto,

Thank you for your suggestion. We'll consider adding it in the future though we make sure first that every feature added not only adds functionality but doesn't complicate the overall experience as well. ;-)


Regards,
Clyde

Barry McAlister premium
Replied on Sep 29, 2014 - 02:30 UTC

I +1 Alberto's suggestion. I would like to push that suggestion to having pre-determined templates to choose from or self designed templates for personal customization or use a blank slate. (+1)

Fritz premium
Replied on Sep 29, 2014 - 13:36 UTC

... "pre-determined templates to choose from or self designed templates"
i'd like that too.
count me in! (+1) (+1) (+1)