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I have downloaded a backup and took a look at the TXT files. It appears that deadlines are stored in natural language ie "tomorrow", not as absolute dates. So if I later wish to import this txt file, will the date information be relative to the date of import?

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David Trey  staff
Replied on Feb 05, 2014 - 22:00 UTC

Hello Thomas,

Yes. If you export a set of tasks with the date "tomorrow", they will import as "tomorrow" and work the same way as if you would create a new task with such date, the is - they will be due in one day counting from the time you import them.


Best regards,
David

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Thomas  premium
Replied on Feb 06, 2014 - 21:05 UTC

Thanks David. So If I restore a backup from X days ago, will my dates also be off by X days?

David Trey  staff
Replied on Feb 06, 2014 - 21:07 UTC

Thomas,

Absolute dates will be correct, relative dates will be relative to the day of import. In other words, a task with a date "16 May" will stay "16 May", but one with a date "in 3 days" will be due 3 days from now.


Best regards,
David

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Thomas  premium
Replied on Feb 09, 2014 - 16:11 UTC

David,

Are there any plans to change this? I'm sure tasks are stored with absolute dates in your databases, so it should not be very difficult.

David Trey  staff
Replied on Feb 09, 2014 - 20:35 UTC

Thomas,

You can set it up as you want. If you prefer to use absolute dates, type 9 Feb instead of "today" into the date field. We prefer to keep both options as many users would want relative dates (if the task list in the template requires certain steps to be done with a certain delay relative to each other).


Best regards,
David

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Thomas  premium
Replied on Feb 09, 2014 - 22:35 UTC

Ah yes, I see that this would be useful in a template - definitely a good idea.

But what about backups? Can't you make the backups use absolute dates only?

David Trey  staff
Replied on Feb 10, 2014 - 12:51 UTC

Thomas,

We'll look into this in the future.


Best regards,
David

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silvo  premium
Replied on Mar 19, 2015 - 13:38 UTC

Hello,

are there news regarding this issue?
I find that the use of relative dates is great when you import a list of tasks. But for something called 'backup' I think that absolute dates are an absolute must. Or, at least, let the user decide.

Personally, in fear of a catastrophic issue (ahem), I use only absolute dates. Which is a pity, considering that relative dates would be far easier to use...

Please...
Silvo

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silvo  premium
Replied on Mar 19, 2015 - 14:06 UTC

I was wrong! It now works the way it should, with relative dates converted to absolute ones!

This leads to 2 related questions:
- are there release notes documenting the changes that occur between releases?
- is it possible to have the notifications included in the backups? (they do not appear)

Thanks,
Silvo

David Trey  staff
Replied on Mar 19, 2015 - 14:24 UTC

Silvo,

We include a list of changes for our mobile apps and for the web and web-based platforms, we announce changes and new features on our blog and social media pages.

Right now, reminders are indeed not backed up, we'll consider including them there in the future :-)


Regards,
David

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silvo  premium
Replied on Mar 19, 2015 - 14:37 UTC

Well, the blog is about big changes, and the social media pages are messy...
Right now the only feasible way to master the features and quirks of Todoist is to follow the Support pages.
If there was a simple webpage with a list of changes -which I am sure you have somewhere-, it would make learn new things more todoist...
(and would lower the amount of useless support questions like my previous one)