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Keep project list visible in Mac App?



I had been experimenting with Todoist to replace another task manager, and made the decision to switch over. I just entered over 300 tasks using the old (v1.0) Todoist Mac app, and I loved the interface and simplicity of use. I noticed there was a new version available and downloaded 2.5. Now, when I switch to a particular project, the project list disappears, and I can't find a setting to leave it static. This makes it very difficult to organize tasks and to look at my overall workflow. Is there a way to keep the project pane visible now? If not, can reverting back to the old view be implemented in a subsequent version? I was about to upgrade to a premium account as I felt I found the best tool for me, but now I'm not so sure...


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David Trey  staff
Replied on Jan 02, 2013 - 20:25 UTC

Hello John,

Please note that the exact same view as in the old Mac app is available in the full web-app at http://todoist.com as the Mac app only connects to the web-app, but within its own windows.

If you prefer to use the Mac app instead, you can find the old version here: http://files.wedoist.com/dbb88e0cacd358c4bb31da36b438475a/as/TodoistApp.zip but it's no longer supported.

Best regards,

John Voloudakis  premium
Replied on Jan 02, 2013 - 20:35 UTC

Thanks for the quick reply David. I had been using the Mac app as I was hoping it would work for me offline (which I asked another question about). I'll try the web version and see how that works. I'd prefer not to use an unsupported older version.



Replied on Jan 03, 2013 - 09:59 UTC

Hi, I have the same problem with this bug in the Windows desktop app version (2.1) too - I click Show projects, click on something, and it hides the project list again! I assume it's a bug rather than a feature - it makes it very hard to navigate between projects and different views of my tasks. Do you have an update on when this will be sorted? I've been checking out various task managers these last few weeks and Todoist is a clear favourite, but this new version of the desktop app is a bit of a pain because of this!
Cheers, Martin

Replied on Jan 03, 2013 - 10:01 UTC

Should have added, the icon to move tasks up and down is also missing, and the option to print just opens the website! Windows 8 64-bit.

David Trey  staff
Replied on Jan 03, 2013 - 12:33 UTC

Hello Martin,

This is not a bug, we're using the Todoist mini version: http://todoist.com/?mini=1 across all our apps and plugins which allows a compact view within a smaller window. You're welcome to use the full Todoist web-app at http://todoist.com which displays projects permanently.

The print option should open a browser window with the printable view. Please make sure that you're logged into Todoist within the default browser you're using so the print view can be shown directly.

As for the icon to drag & drop tasks, please try to right-click on the Todoist icon in the system tray, choose "Logout" and then log back in and let me know if the issue persists.

Best regards,

Replied on Jan 08, 2013 - 20:17 UTC

Ok, thanks. But it does reduce the functionality of the app somewhat, as it makes it harder to move between projects and subprojects. An option to leave it always showing after click Show would be helpful as a future update. I'll stick with the earlier version or web app for now. It's a great service though, I upgraded to the pro version the other day, not long after I started using it.

Julie Stanford  premium
Replied on Jan 09, 2013 - 18:50 UTC

I agree completely that the project list disappearing as soon as you click on any task is frustrating and time wasting. I constantly find myself having to click to show the project list again (which, when you're working on a large screen as so have plenty of screen space available, is most annoying!).

Does anyone else find the task font size too small? I have to peer at the screen and can't see a way to increase it (other than increasing my browswer font size, which makes other site fonts look huge!)

I just upgraded as I love the app. These are annoyances rather than a reason to leave, for me.

ebaralaye  premium
Replied on Jan 12, 2013 - 03:07 UTC

The project list should always be visible unless the user decides otherwise. Having it disappear each time I click on a project dramatically cuts down on my efficiency and the functionality of this app. 99% of the time I have Todoist fully expanded so the benefits of a project dropdown in a "mini view" is of little to no benefit to me and I'd assume the same for the majority of those who use Todoist as a Mac/Windows app. Todoist could be great but I'm concerned about these UI disconnects that seem more like bugs rather than features.

David Trey  staff
Replied on Jan 12, 2013 - 12:11 UTC


If you're using the Todoist app window maximized, then you could also use the full web-app, You can create a shortcut to todoist.com on your desktop and the web-app will display all projects on the left side. The Mac app is optimized for use in a small windows to quickly access your tasks while having other applications opened and visible, we advise to use the web-app for maximized view.

Best regards,

Patrick Turner  premium
Replied on Sep 09, 2013 - 13:55 UTC

I'll add that I'd like the option to make the project list sticky and keep it visible at all times in the installed Mac app. I like having the app be stand-alone but prefer to see the projects all of the time.