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New HP Quality Center, Microsoft and IBM Rational Integrations

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Tasktop Enterprise 1.8 has just been released with connectors for HP ALM and Quality Center, Microsoft Team Foundation Server, and Rational Team Concert. We’re also excited to bring Tasktop’s IDE integration and ALM interoperability to the .NET community with the new Tasktop for Visual Studio!

Read on for more details, events, and news, including a new collaboration with VMware to deliver Code2Cloud, an open source turnkey suite of cloud-based development, deployment and collaboration tools that simplify the entire application development process.

 

Tasktop Connector for HP ALM and Quality Center

This new connector will integrate Tasktop and Mylyn’s task-focused interface technology with HP ALM and Quality Center, resulting in improved developer productivity from requirements through defects by providing Eclipse IDE integration and interoperability with integrations with leading commercial and open source ALM platforms.
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Tasktop Connector for Microsoft Team Foundation Server

This connector makes TFS a first-class citizen of the Eclipse Mylyn ALM ecosystem, enabling developers to access TFS from the Mylyn task list within Eclipse and providing interoperability with more than 50 ALM solutions. The TFS Connector also fully supports Mylyn’s task-focused interface technology that tracks and displays only the source code, documents and web pages that are relevant for a given TFS work item.
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Tasktop Connector for Rational Team Concert 3.0

Tasktop’s Ready for Rational validated Rational Team Concert (RTC) Connector provides seamless integration for Rational ClearQuest, ClearCase and other ALM systems such as the HP Quality Center. The Connector augments RTC’s existing IDE integration with task-focused interface technology that tracks and displays only the information relevant to each developer task. Support for the new RTC 3.0 will be available in December, 2010.
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VMware Announces Code2Cloud in collaboration with Tasktop

VMware Code2Cloud provides a turnkey suite of cloud-based development, deployment and collaboration tools that simplify the entire application development process. Code2Cloud builds on leading open source development projects to deliver a completely unified experience seamlessly integrated with the SpringSource Tool Suite and other Eclipse-based IDEs.
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Meet us at upcoming events around the world. Contact us if you’d like to schedule a time to meet with a member of the Tasktop team.

 

DreamForce and Cloudstock, December 6-9th
San Francisco, USA

Meet the Tasktop team and check out a demo of Code2Cloud at the VMware booth at DreamForce.

TheServerSide Java Symposium 2011, March 16-18
Las Vegas, USA

Tasktop CEO Mik Kersten will be presenting at TheServerSide Java Symposium. Contact us to schedule a time to meet with Mik or another member of the team during this event.


 

JAX 2011, May 2-6
Mainz, Germany

Tasktop CEO Mik Kersten has been invited to deliver a keynote talk at JAX 2011. Meet us at the Tasktop booth.

Get the Tasktop for Visual Studio Beta

Tasktop for Visual Studio brings Eclipse Mylyn’s task list and connectors into the Microsoft Visual Studio IDE. The initial version supports cross-platform interoperability through connectors for HP Quality Center and Bugzilla with general support for any Mylyn connector on the way. The personal task list and rich task editors are embedded in the Visual Studio IDE as they are in Eclipse. The Tasktop for Visual Studio application runs alongside the Visual Studio IDE to provide access to the Mylyn infrastructure and its connectors.

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Two Tasks in Ten Minutes: Task-Focused Development with C/C++

Fortunately for C++ developers Tasktop automatically tracks which files are relevant for a given task. Tasktop uses this information, called task context, to focus developers’ views on only the relevant files, to repopulate views when they resume a task, and to populate their co-workers views when they pass off a task. In this blog entry we’ll show how Tasktop’s ability to focus enables Dave the Developer to work on a task, fix a bug, and then finish his original task all within a span of 10 minutes.

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You can also submit bugs or feature requests directly from your Tasktop software via the “Help > Report Bug or Enhancement” menu item.

Tasktop for Visual Studio Beta now available!

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Tasktop for Visual Studio is now available for evaluation as part of an initial private beta. Tasktop for Visual Studio integrates the Mylyn framework into the Visual Studio, allowing developers to view, organize, and modify tasks from within their IDE. Using Tasktop for Visual Studio Beta, developers can connect to task repositories such as HP ALM and Quality Center and Bugzilla. For many developers, this beta release represents a long-awaited opportunity to bring the productivity of Mylyn into their Visual Studio environment.

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See the IBM Rational Team Concert Connector in action

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Tasktop’s Ready for Rational validated Rational Team Concert (RTC) Connector provides seamless integration for Rational ClearQuest, ClearCase and other ALM systems such as the HP Quality Center.

The Connector augments RTC’s existing IDE integration with task-focused interface technology that tracks and displays only the information relevant to each developer task, which provides measurable productivity gains by reducing the need to repeatedly search for information. Watch the video below to see the Tasktop RTC connector in action.

Watch the Tasktop for Rational Team Concert Demo (3 min)

IBM Rational is featuring Tasktop’s RTC connector in a live webcast on November 30th. During the webcast Rational Lead Technical Enablement Manager, Andrew Berner, will demonstrate how Tasktop adds value to the Jazz platform.

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RTC version 3.0 has just been released and we’re aiming to provide full support for this new version in the coming weeks. Stay tuned to the Tasktop blog and sign up to be notified when new versions of the RTC Connector are released.

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Introducing the Microsoft Team Foundation Server Mylyn Connector

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Microsoft partner logoTeam Foundation Server (TFS) is about to become a first-class citizen of the Eclipse Mylyn ALM ecosystem, enabling developers to access TFS from the Mylyn task list within Eclipse and providing interoperability with more than 50 ALM solutions. We’re pleased to deliver this via Tasktop’s new TFS Connector, which will also fully support Mylyn’s task-focused interface technology that tracks and displays only the source code, documents and web pages that are relevant for a given TFS work item.

With the Connector and Tasktop for the Visual Studio IDE, development teams using Microsoft’s ALM tools in heterogeneous environments now have access to Mylyn’s integration and task-focused productivity benefits.

Microsoft addresses the need for TFS integration in Eclipse with Team Explorer Everywhere (TEE), a companion product for the Visual Studio suite that provides Eclipse-based access to both the TFS source code repository and work items. Tasktop’s TFS Connector can be installed alongside TEE and augments it with Mylyn task list integration, the task-focused interface productivity technology, and interoperability with Mylyn’s ALM ecosystem. Tasktop also provides a standalone desktop application option for those who don’t use Eclipse but need to access TFS work items on Mac or Linux platforms.

The screenshot above shows the rich TFS work item editor in Eclipse. Eclipse developers can easily view what has changed since they last opened the editor and make any further edits before submitting changes to TFS. Thanks to change notifications in the integrated task list, there’s no need to leave the IDE to stay in the loop on project status.

The TFS Connector fully supports task-focused programming and captures the context of relevant source code, documents and web pages for each TFS work item. Clicking the “Attach Context” button as shown in the screenshot stores the context on the TFS server. A colleague at the next desk or around the world can download the context and focus their IDE on only the relevant code, making it dramatically easier to provide assistance or resume a development task.

The personal task list provides access to work items from TFS as well as those from Mylyn’s community of interoperable ALM systems.

In this example, tasks from TFS are displayed alongside defects and requirements from HP Quality Center.

Tasktop also provides facilities to create and navigate relationships across multiple ALM systems without disrupting existing server infrastructure.

The TFS Connector will be bundled with Tasktop Enterprise and is set for release on November 30th, 2010. Contact us now to schedule an on-site evaluation in your ALM environment.

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Tasktop brings Eclipse Mylyn to Microsoft Visual Studio

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Following best practices for software development requires an ever more sophisticated set of ALM tools to manage code, builds, distributed collaboration, and project planning. For efficient development, it’s critical that these tools are integrated with the developer’s IDE. Microsoft and IBM recognize this and provide full IDE integration for those teams who can use a pure Visual Studio or Rational Team Concert stack.

For the Eclipse IDE community, this need for IDE integration is evident from the community that has developed around Mylyn, the de facto ALM integration framework for Eclipse. Mylyn is now a top-level Eclipse project with an ecosystem of more than 50 commercial and open source ALM integrations. Nearly all of the leading ALM vendors have embraced Mylyn with a connector now available for 80-90% of vendors in the Forrester Wave for Agile Development Management tools and Gartner Marketscope for ALM rated “positive” or above.

Up until now, teams with a heterogeneous tool set wanting to take advantage of this thriving integration ecosystem with the Visual Studio IDE have simply been out of luck. With the upcoming Tasktop for Visual Studio, the massive R&D investment in the Mylyn framework as well as the network of interoperable integrations and community of contributors becomes available to Visual Studio developers.

For example, a development team may be using Visual Studio for development with product features managed in TFS and defects tracked in both HP Quality Center and a legacy Bugzilla. In this scenario developers can take advantage of Tasktop for Visual Studio to provide integrated access to Quality Center and Bugzilla defects from within a unified personal task list in Visual Studio. Developers can then easily create and navigate links between dependent or related artifacts in any system with a Mylyn connector, all from within the Visual Studio IDE.


The task list provides access to stories, defects and tasks from ALM systems with a Mylyn connector from within the Visual Studio IDE.

How does it work?

The personal task list and rich task editors are embedded in the Visual Studio IDE as they are in Eclipse. The Tasktop for Visual Studio application runs alongside the Visual Studio IDE to provide access to the Mylyn infrastructure and its connectors. Installing a Mylyn connector into Tasktop for Visual Studio will enable access to tasks from the corresponding ALM system from within the task list in Visual Studio. While it isn’t necessary for developers to use or even see the Tasktop application, it provides additional functionality such as the ability to track and report the time spent on each task, integrate Outlook email with the task list, and track the web pages and documents associated with each task. The task list in the Tasktop application is kept in sync with the task list embedded in Visual Studio.


The rich editor allows developers to view and update tasks from a diverse
set of ALM solutions from with Visual Studio

What about task context and focus?

ALM interoperability and IDE integration is only part of what Mylyn provides. Once work items (tasks) are integrated with the IDE, Mylyn automatically tracks the context of source code that is relevant for each task. This context is used to filter or focus the UI to show only what’s relevant for the task at hand, which measurably reduces time spent repeatedly looking for code while enabling one-click multitasking and interruption recovery. Contexts are also helpful for traceability, knowledge transfer and code reviews, among other things.

The first version of Tasktop for Visual Studio won’t yet support context and focus for source code in the IDE, but the Tasktop instance running alongside Visual Studio provides context tracking for web pages and documents.

Availability and Roadmap

While dates are not yet finalized, Tasktop for Visual Studio will be rolled out as follows:

• Beta release with support for HP ALM and Quality Center and Bugzilla
• Support for plugging in any Mylyn connector for use with Visual Studio out of the box
• GA release of Tasktop for Visual Studio
• Support for context capture and focus in the Visual Studio IDE

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HP brings developers into the loop with Quality Center Mylyn Connector

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

We’re pleased to announce a collaboration with HP to deliver the Tasktop HP Quality Center Mylyn Connector.

The new connector will dramatically improve developers’ interaction with HP’s ALM solution by providing IDE integration that makes it effortless for developers to keep Quality Center up to date and stay in the loop as requirements and defects are updated.

Furthermore, developers will now be able to take full advantage of Mylyn’s task-focused interface technology that provides one-click multitasking and interruption recovery.

The connector is bundled with the fully supported Tasktop Enterprise product, which provides advanced productivity features and integrations with commercial ALM solutions. Tasktop Enterprise with the HP Quality Center Connector will be available November 30, 2010, along with a free version of the basic Eclipse IDE integration. The connector provides support for both HP Quality Center 10 and HP ALM 11.

As developers work on HP Quality Center requirements, defects and tasks, a “context” of relevant resources is automatically captured. In the example below, only Java classes and methods relevant to a given defect are displayed in the Package Explorer view on the left. While this provides an immediate benefit to the developer by drastically reducing the need for repeated searching and scrolling, the context can also be attached to the associated defect or other artifact for future use by others. For example, in a distributed team a remote colleague can view the context to gain instant awareness of the relevant resources and resume coding where the previous developer left off.

Another key benefit of HP Connector’s task-focused interface technology is that it provides traceability from specific lines of code to the relevant HP Quality Center artifact such as a requirement or defect fix that was in progress at the time the code was changed. This code-to-task traceability is supported for multiple SCM systems such as CVS, Subversion, ClearCase, and Perforce, with Git support to be available soon.

On-site evaluations of Tasktop Enterprise with the HP Quality Center Mylyn connector will begin soon. Contact us to evaluate it in your development environment.

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Code2Cloud News Roundup

Monday, November 1st, 2010

At the recent SpringOne2GX conference the SpringSource division of VMware made a big splash by showcasing Code2Cloud, an open source suite of tightly integrated development, collaboration, and deployment tools hosted in the cloud. Code2Cloud is being delivered by VMware’s SpringSource division in collaboration with Tasktop. Check out the twitter feed and see below for the the highlights of Code2Cloud news to date.

Code2Cloud Press Release
Read the official VMware press release on Code2Cloud.
SpringOne2GX 2010: Driving Java Innovation into the Cloud
by Rod Johnson
Rod Johnson, founder of the Spring Framework and General Manager of VMware’s SpringSource division, blogs on the SpringOne2GX conference and the significance of the Code2Cloud announcement.
Code2Cloud FAQ
Read the SpringSource FAQ on Code2Cloud.
Tasktop helps VMware bring Code2Cloud
by Mik Kersten
Mik Kersten, creator and lead of the Eclipse Mylyn project and Tasktop CEO, blogs on the story and architecture behind Code2Cloud.
Code2Cloud Screencast
by David Green
David Green, VP Engineering at Tasktop Technologies, demonstrates Code2Cloud (7 minutes).
Why SpringSource Brews Best Enterprise Java
by Darryl Taft, eWeek
“SpringSource shows its swagger in the enterprise Java space with a new Code2Cloud offering that puts necessary lifecycle tools in a cloud environment for developers to use.”
Code2Cloud: Bridging The Gap Between the Developer’s Workbench and the Deployment Destination
by Cameron McKenzie, TheServerSide.com
“The problem that’s being tackled here is the time, expense and frustration associated with setting up a collaborative development environment, especially one that leverages the cloud.”
VMWare Teams Up With Google and Tasktop For Simpler Cloud Computing
by James Sugrue, DZone
“the concept is that everything from application creation to release can be done without any configuration, and all from the comfort of your IDE.”
VMware will Lücke zwischen Cloud-Entwicklung und ALM-Welt schließen
Heise Online
German language article on Code2Cloud with several reader comment threads.
Code2Cloud: Tool Suite To Smooth Cloud Path for Java Devs
by John K. Waters, Application Development Trends
“[Code2Cloud] is being built on a number of open source projects, including the Eclipse Mylyn task management tool, the SpringSource Tool Suite (STS) IDE, the Hudson continuous integration tool and the Git source control tool.”

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Newsletter: Agile Planner, Mylyn promoted to top-level Eclipse project, Accept360 connector

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Tasktop recently announced a new Agile Planner for Eclipse and a partnership with Accept Corporation to develop a Mylyn connector for Accept360. The open source Mylyn framework has now become a top level project, which recognizes its role as the de facto standard ALM integration framework for Eclipse. Read on for more details, news, events, and tips.

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Introducing the Tasktop Agile Planner

The Tasktop Agile Planner leverages Tasktop’s Mylyn connectors to offer Agile teams the ability to manage existing defect and project management systems with planning support that spans across multiple ALM systems. The planner provides an Eclipse-based native user interface and key features include release and iteration planning, a task board, burn down charts, and integrated time reporting.
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Mylyn promoted to top level Eclipse project

We’re excited to announce that Mylyn has become one of the 13 top-level Eclipse projects among more than 250 individual projects. A top level project is defined as “an open source, robust, full-featured, commercial-quality, industry platform for the development of highly integrated tools and rich client applications”. Newly created subprojects have been established under the Mylyn umbrella such as “Tasks”, “SCM”, “Build”, and “Review”.
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Tasktop partners with Accept to deliver Accept360 connector

The new connector will be bundled with Tasktop Pro and provide direct access to Accept360 Agile from within the Eclipse IDE. This will provide the first seamless integration between day-to-day development activity and product portfolio and innovation management. With the connector, Accept360 teams will benefit from an unprecedented level of visibility from the developer’s desktop up to R&D decision-makers via a single, integrated solution that spans the entire product innovation management process.
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Tasktop will be participating in several events over the coming weeks. Contact us to schedule a time to meet with a member of the team.

JAX London, September 27-29th London, England

Join us at JAX London where Tasktop’s VP Engineering David Green will present a talk titled Mylyn 3.4: from Stack Trace to Scrum.

SpringOne, October 19-22 Chicago, USA

Meet us at the Tasktop booth at SpringOne or contact us to schedule a time to meet with a specific member of the Tasktop team.

Eclipse Summit Europe, November 2-4 Ludwigsburg, Germany

We’ll be at Eclipse Summit Europe where Tasktop Software Developer and Mylyn committer Steffen Pingel will present a talk titled Simplifying update and extension install for RCP applications.

W-JAX, November 15-19th Munich, Germany

Meet us at the Tasktop booth at W-JAX or contact us to schedule a time to meet with a specific member of the Tasktop team.

Neelan Choksi named Tasktop President and COO

Neelan Choksi brings extensive experience from his track record of successful leadership roles at technology companies. He most recently served as the CEO for Lexcycle, the company that developed Stanza, which became the most popular ebook reader for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch. Prior to Lexcycle, Neelan served as the COO for SpringSource, the venture-backed open source infrastructure software company behind the Spring Framework. This unique breadth of expertise provides Tasktop the experience needed to continue scaling its Agile and ALM offerings.
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Create tasks from Outlook or Gmail messages

Email messages can be sent to Tasktop so that they appear in the integrated task list. This enables the message to be prioritized, scheduled, and activated so that task context can be captured. To configure an email connector, click new task > add task repository > select either Outlook or Gmail. You can then create queries that display Outlook messages in a given folder or Gmail messages with a given tag.

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User Forum:
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You can also submit bugs or feature requests directly from your Tasktop software via the “Help > Report Bug or Enhancement” menu item.

Polarion Mylyn Connector, Tasktop Pro + Track & Wiki bundle on the way

Monday, September 20th, 2010

We’re pleased to announce a new partnership with Polarion Software to deliver a Mylyn Connector for Polarion Track & Wiki and Polarion ALM. What’s exciting about this partnership is that Tasktop Pro, the Polarion Connector, and and Polarion Track & Wiki will be offered as a single product bundle. This provides development teams with one stop shopping for a full-featured issue tracking and wiki solution with Eclipse IDE integration as well as a rich desktop client interface with offline access to Polarion work items.

Polarion

The Polarion Mylyn Connector will be Tasktop Certified and included with Tasktop Pro. This provides Polarion teams with full support for task-focused programming as well as advanced productivity features including task-focused web browsing, email integration, embedded tutorials and time tracking. This connector supports both Track & Wiki as well as Polarion’s flagship Polarion ALM solution.

Availability

Early access to the Polarion Connector is set for late November 2010. Contact us to join the program and evaluate the connector in your environment. The Polarion Connector will be distributed via the Mylyn Connector Discovery, making it effortless to download and install from within the Eclipse IDE. When released, the complete bundle including Track & Wiki and Tasktop Pro will be available from polarion.com.

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Newsletter: Rational Team Concert, Gartner Cool Vendor, SD Times 100

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

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The Tasktop and Mylyn community has continued growing at a staggering pace and we’re pleased to announce new integrations for IBM Rational Team Concert and Perforce. Tasktop’s innovations and leadership have also been recently recognized with several accolades including the Gartner “Cool Vendor”, SD Times 100, and Eclipse Community awards.

Read on for more details, news, events, and tips.

Introducing the Rational Team Concert Mylyn Connector

Tasktop’s new Rational Team Concert (RTC) Mylyn Connector brings the benefits of task management to the growing number of developers using RTC. This enables developers to instantly resume their coding session when switching RTC work items, automatically track and update time estimates on user stories, and link between RTC and more than 50 ALM integrations provided by the Mylyn ecosystem. This “Ready for IBM Rational Software” validated connector complements Team Concert’s Eclipse integration by re-organizing the development environment around RTC tasks, such as work items.

The RTC connector will be available for early access on June 7th. Contact us to evaluate the RTC Connector in your environment.

Tasktop named a Cool Vendor by Gartner

Tasktop has been named a “Cool Vendor” in Gartner’s “Cool Vendors in Application Development, 2010″ report. Gartner’s “Cool Vendor” reports are designed to highlight companies that offer technologies or solutions that are innovative, have business impact, and enable users to do things they couldn’t do before. Learn More.

Tasktop wins SD Times 100 award

Each year the SD Times 100 recognizes organizations for their innovation and leadership. This year SD Times named Tasktop a winner in the “Tools & Frameworks” category. We’re honored to join VMware/SpringSource and the Eclipse Foundation in receiving this prestigious recognition.
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IBM Innovate Conference – June 6-10th

Meet us at Innovate 2010 – the Rational Software Conference in Orlando, Florida. Mik Kersten, creator and lead of the Eclipse Mylyn project and CEO of Tasktop Technologies, will deliver a talk titled “Eclipse Mylyn: Redefining the “I” of the IDE.”

Be sure to check out the Tasktop booth or contact us to schedule a time to meet with a member of the Tasktop team.

P4Mylyn: Perforce Mylyn Connector

P4Mylyn automatically tracks the context of Perforce-managed assets related to each Perforce Job or task in any defect or project management system with a Mylyn connector. This makes it easy to commit to Perforce only the relevant changes when working on multiple tasks. Automatically generated commit comments link to the active task, creating seamless code-to-task navigation and traceability. P4Mylyn also supports ‘Jobs’, Perforce’s built-in defect tracking system, making it a first class part of the IDE. P4Mylyn is available now and will be installable with one click in the next release of Tasktop Pro. Learn more.

ThoughtWorks Studios Cruise and Twist Connectors

Check out this post on connectors for ThoughtWorks Studios’ Cruise release managment and Twist test automation products. The Cruise Connector allows developers to access and manage their Cruise continuous integration servers from within the Eclipse IDE. The Twist Connector bridges ThoughtWorks Studios’ Twist test automation tool with the Eclipse IDE and the Mingle and Cruise components of the Adaptive ALM product suite. This allows developers to manage Twist scenarios, Cruise builds and Mingle cards without leaving the development environment.
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User Forum: https://tasktop.com/forum/

You can also submit bugs or feature requests directly from your Tasktop software via the “Help > Report Bug or Enhancement” menu item.