Tasktop Autumn 2008: Linux and Firefox

by Mik Kersten, November 12th, 2008

The Tasktop Team is very pleased to announce the Autumn 2008 release of Tasktop (v1.3). In addition to the new features that our users are accustomed to getting once per season, we are very pleased to announce a Linux version. The other big news is that Firefox users now get automatic session restore for each task, bug and issue that they work on.

Before I started building developer tools, I used Linux. Then I realized that I needed to feel the pain of as many users as possible, so I moved to Windows. Since that time, Tasktop has become a task-focused layer over the operating system. This means that a Tasktop users’ day-to-day productivity is influenced more by the availability of Tasktop and Mylyn integrations than it is by the choice of OS. We have had well over 100 requests for Linux support in the past few months and are thrilled to deliver it today. And yes, Mac is next, so let us know if you’re interested in early access.

I used to swear by Firefox. But at this point I would rather go back to using Mosaic than browse without focus, since I had a chance to measure how much time is wasted on constant web searches and session restores. The good news is that Firefox users no longer need to choose between Tasktop’s embedded browsing and Firefox, since both modes of working now support focus.

Whether you’re a programmer or project manager, check out the latest release of Tasktop. There’s never been a better time to multiply your productivity.

Tasktop Pro for Eclipse: Commercial and supported version of Eclipse Mylyn with all the Tasktop value adds such as browsing, time tracking, email, calendars and partner connectors. Free Starter version available.
Tasktop Pro (Windows, Linux): All the benefits of Tasktop in a standalone desktop application for project managers and developers not using Eclipse.

14 Responses to “Tasktop Autumn 2008: Linux and Firefox”

  1. Milan Says:

    Download for linux doesn’t work.

  2. Shawn Minto Says:

    Hi Milan,

    Thanks for pointing this problem out. We have fixed the download so please try to download Tasktop for Linux again.

  3. Alexander Deliyannis Says:

    Tasktop for Linux is brilliant! I downloaded and installed it in my Linux PC running Mint, an Ubuntu derivative. The PC is quite old spec, but Tasktop simply swooshes through what in Windows seems to take ages. What is the secret? Is it the programming that was done from scratch or is it simply Linux?

    Second question: what about the licensing concept? If I want to use both the Linux and Windows versions, do I have to buy an additional license?


  4. José Says:

    Hello Mik,

    I saw part of your Tasktop presentation last night, I was impressed. I live with the daily problem of finding multiple resources in my growing hard disk for my daily work.

    Unfortunately I am tired of testing Organizers, PIMs, PMs, CRMs, ERP, and all type of fancy programs, these represents more junk, complexity and overhead to my laptop and tired brain :) I need something effective, intuitive, easy, fast and powerful without being bloated.

    Mik, I would like to use one single organization/administrative/productivity tool, and I think I am not the only one. Probably you have the resources to create that magic/master mind tool.

    1.- I usually establish a Goal or target,
    2.- Then I need to envision what I want and make a rough concept of that, usually, I use an easy/fast to use graphic design tool to present what is in my mind, it is not perfect but it works.
    3.- Then I state an Strategic Plan, so I need a planner at high level,
    4.- Then I try to set a Tactic Plan with all the steps, tasks and roles I or the group need to follow to reach the Goal, with estimated times.
    4.1 If the Tactic Plan is very complex I need to break it down in Programs and if they are very complex each Program into
    4.2 Projects and each Project finally into
    4.3 a set of very well established Tasks.
    5.- I need to keep records, statistics and graphs of all the time and resources spent and invested for each step or task.
    6.- I need to keep all these in a single application that allow easy follow up, create, edit of all steps in time back and forth.
    7.- An intuitive Search Engine that allow me to search anything inside these planning steps.
    8.- Control Points/Alarms to show if planning is in a successful road towards the Goal or it has been deviated from the targets.
    9.- The magic: effective, intuitive, easy, fast and powerful without being bloated.

    My questions:
    a. Of all this sequence, what can be accomplished with Tasktop?
    b. How Tasktop can be compared with Concepts tools like: Concept Draw or Compendium?
    c. If no tools exist to do this, is possible to achieve this with a minimum and compatible set of tools?, which ones?

    Thanks a lot
    Best regards

  5. Robert Elves Says:


    Glad to hear you’re seeing excellent performance from Tasktop on Linux. In theory there should be no significant performance difference between Tasktop on Windows, Linux, or Mac. However, performance can be affected by number of tasks, number of folders linked into the Tasktop Navigator etc. Of course, it could just be that your Linux distro is fast!

    To answer your question regarding licensing, if you’ve purchased one version of Tasktop, you’ve purchased them all. After purchasing, simply revisit http://tasktop.com/support/download/ and download whichever version you desire.


  6. Robert Elves Says:


    Thanks for your questions and thorough break down of your work process. Mik is traveling at the moment so I’ll just give a quick overview of the Tasktop features (present and planned) that support aspects of your work flow.

    Tasktop already supports many of the steps throughout your process and features are in development that will improve this support. In some respects we work similarly here at Tasktop Technologies. Much of the containment facilities already in the Task List (queries, categories, subtasks) work great for organizing both top level and finer grain tasks. Tasks can then be easily prioritized, scheduled, and assigned to those responsible. Since all activities are tasks, they can be found immediately through the Task List find box or more advanced repository search.

    Tasktop tracks the time spent per task and developers can review their activity in tabular and graph form (short video http://www.tasktop.com/videos/1.2/introduction/reporting/). In future releases, developers will have the option to submit time to the central task repository. Estimates and times will then be aggregated and summarized for managers to easily monitor project health.

    Tasktop does not currently include graphic design tool support but feel free to submit an enhancement request:


    Mik, will follow up with further discussion once online.


  7. download Says:

    download of trial version does not work.

  8. Robert Elves Says:

    Our service provider is experiencing technical difficulties. We will post back here once the problem is resolved. Thanks for your patience.

  9. Robert Elves Says:

    Once again, thank you for your patience. Service has now been restored. You are welcome to retry downloading the Tasktop trial.

  10. Mik Kersten Says:

    José, to add to Rob’s answers:

    > a. Of all this sequence, what can be accomplished with Tasktop?

    Interestingly, almost all of it. You will need a compatible task repository to set up things like goals and plans, and once that’s done the other things become a very natural part of the Tasktop workflow.

    > b. How Tasktop can be compared with Concepts tools like: Concept Draw or Compendium?

    Tools like Concept Draw have taken a more visual approach, while we turn your desktop into a task management system. The visual approach is quite compatible, and Tasktop users such as myself will still use mind mapping tools for brainstorming sessions. It’s easy to link items in any tool that supports URLs to tasks within Tasktop.

    The main difference with Tasktop is how far we’ve taken the idea of tasks. While many other tools are oriented around files and other artifacts, in Tasktop tasks drive all of your work, which makes many of the requirements that you listed fall out naturally with our automation of things like task context and time tracking.

    > c. If no tools exist to do this, is possible to achieve this with a minimum and compatible set of tools?, which ones?

    We rely on integrations with existing tools, such as email clients and calendars, to ensure that you whole workday can be focused. If any integration is missing, just let us know. Also, we are very interested to hear more about how Tasktop supports the process that you have outlined, so please keep us posted either on this blog on by mailing info@tasktop.com.

  11. Wesley Coelho Says:


    Thanks again for sharing your work process. If you would like to further discuss how Tasktop can support your process, it would be great to hear from you. My email is wesley.coelho@tasktop.com.



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