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Inconsistency between apps (ios/web) - how can I create a trusted workflow this way?


I thought I'll give Todoist another shot after the new launch/branding but as much as the web service is great, so many functions there don't behave the same on the mobile app (can't comment on android, only on ios).

For example, since on the web app you can click on a "parent" project and see all the tasks in all "child" projects I've built a system of projects and tasks based on that logic.
Now I see that on the iphone it doesn't show tasks from child projects when clicking on the parent, but just the top level tasks.
The service should be consistent throughout all platforms.

I remember being extremely frustrated when I had premium membership and created a fantastic label system that allowed me to link easily between tasks & projects, only to found out after a lot of effort that Labels also behave differently on ios, making all that work on the label system useless.

More inconsistency can be found with hyper-links - Todoist is promoting its gmail integration, but then links don't work when using the ios app. frustration again.

More? Sure! On ios all the projects are expanded, without anyway to collapse/expand them altogether or individually. That creates a terrible mess, especially on the small screen, when a lot of projects are present.
Again if I knew that, perhaps I would go with a different system of ordering stuff, like using "parent" tasks as "projects" (by gtd definition) and then todoist "projects" would be more like "area of focus" or "goals". (and that's a good opportunity to mention that you should consider renaming "projects" into areas/folders/goals, as it appear the main use for them is not in the spirit of GTD - creating projects for anything that takes more then one step/action - it seems that top-level tasks are the one to follow that logic more in todoist (subtasks being the steps).

*** Please make it all work the same cross-platform, or at least declare loud and clear where the services differ from each other, as obviously there are big differences ***

Lastly, since I don't have premium anymore and can't check it myself - are labels still only sorted by count/amount and not abc/manually?...

* David was kind enough to reply a year ago or so (http://todoist.com/Support/show/19923/), but though there were updates, all the things I wrote here are true to the very last version.

* seems like in the past year my list of suggestions got nearly +100 votes, still no change on most stuff (http://todoist.com/Vote/show/5965/)

Looking forward for the reply and do keep up the good work (+1)

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David Trey  staff
Replied on Mar 16, 2014 - 22:42 UTC

Hello Tomer,

Sometimes we have a choice between adding a feature to our web-app and all web-based plugins, but know that it will be added later on iOS, and withholding this feature from everyone until it's also developed on mobile.

We always go for the first option which apart from the addition being useful, allows us to improve it as we go and perfect it before the mobile release.

Every single day, our developers work on our mobile apps, we never stop and consider any of our apps "done" so everything you've mentioned will be added eventually.

There are significant differences between a web-UI and a mobile touch-controlled UI. We want to maintain the simplistic and easy-to-use approach everywhere so if a feature originated on the web, it will take some adjustments to make it work on mobile. Some of these solutions are already implemented on Android so iOS will follow.

Reg. labels - it's not possible to manually resort them yet.

Best regards,

Replied on Apr 07, 2014 - 16:45 UTC

Thank you for the reply David. I'll keep on following the Todoist development from time to time then. All the best (+1)

Kakaxa  premium
Replied on Apr 11, 2014 - 10:14 UTC

Please, give collapsing of subtask a priority, it is a shame!

James Irving  premium
Replied on Mar 14, 2015 - 22:05 UTC

+1! Its been a year since this was posted and this is still a VITAL feature
that ruins the ios experience for me. I LOVE todoist on the web, but it is
not very helpful on ios