In this comprehensive update, we focus on providing a more polished app, as well as tightening things up for a consistent and productive product experience.
Animations & Dark Mode
A focus in this update was to improve the aesthetic for major interactions within the app, providing motion and animations in the UI where it matters. Paginating the next and previous calendar views are now animated with a sliding transition, as are expanding and collapsing projects in the sidebar that have plans nested under them. Toast messages also animate in and out to indicate information about undo and redo actions, and loading icons are faded in and out to indicate a sync in progress.
In a related frontend improvement, the app now also has a effortfully designed dark mode. On non-mobile platforms, it also comes with a setting that can be used to set if the app should be in dark, light or system-determined appearances. On mobile, it always adopts the system appearance. Care has been taken in ensuring that every last corner of the app is styled appropriately for dark mode, and all elements continue to look and work as intended across all platforms, without dark mode getting in the way.
In this update, we're also updating our pricing model. The base Planrow app remains free to use locally on your device, but now for all use cases, whether for personal or commercial use. We've together with that now also added an in-app tipping option.
This "Tip Jar" is available across all platform the app is available on, including the upcoming Android and iOS platforms, and you may use this to contribute to further support development, if you wish (thank you in advance!).
The pricing of our paid service, Planrow Pro, which offers encrypted, secure sync and more, is now a flat $5 per month, and it's billed annually. The previously instituted licensing feature whereby app licenses were differentiated by personal/non-profit/commercial use will also now be discontinued, and has been removed from the app.
In addition to a ton of bug fixes and improvements, this updates adds a search feature to the app, which is indispensable for quickly locating and accessing what you're looking for.
The search function is accesssible via the search bar in the UI, which is located in the app's header toolbar, or using its keyboard shortcut. The app will retrieve any exact matches with the search query you've entered, and show you the results in the search view. Clicking on any shown result in the search view will then navigate to it in the app.
This update bolsters the infrastructure behind our Planrow Pro service, providing additional server locations so that sync is quicker and more reliable for our Pro users.
Better Sync Infrastructure
This new multi-server setup will be complete transparent and seamless to our users, no additional settings or considerations need to be made in creating or using your Planrow Pro account, and everything is entirely taken care of by the app. This also, to a degree, future-proofs our sync setup as it'll be easier to add more servers as required by demand down the road.
In this update, we're adding and fixing a few things in anticipation of the launch of our mobile apps down the road.
To help potentially save time and prevent unnecessary loss of work, we've added a backup feature in this version of Planrow.
Snapshots is a backup feature intended to prevent you from accidentally losing work. Planrow can now periodically archive your work into backups, with each plan of your formatted into a Markdown file. The frequency of snapshots taken as well as number of them to keep is also adjustable from within the Settings view.
The backups are saved locally on your device by the app, and to retrieve and view the contents of each backup, you can download them from the Snapshots interface in the Settings view. The snapshot downloaded will come as a zip file, and you can simply unzip it to view your contents, which are organized into individual Markdown files.
Do note that for privacy reasons, these local snapshots are also deleted when you log out, so be sure to first download any backups you might want to separately keep before that.
A simple and easy-to-use undo/redo function is a must-have in any worthwhile productivity app, and we added it in this update!
Undo & Redo
The focus in this update was to add full, app-wide undo and redo capability. While working in Planrow, your actions are now saved to an in-memory history stack which is only available and kept during your active session with the app, from which undo and redo can reference to work.
The undo/redo stack has a maximum size of up to one hundred items. The undo and redo actions are available from the UI, as well as using keyboard shortcuts. Confirmation dialogs also no longer get shown when deleting an item, because you can always trivially undo your deletion if you want.
This update mainly adds two new capabilities to Planrow, namely that the app is now offline-capable, and the sync feature for Planrow Pro users now has live replication.
The Planrow app is now offline-capable, which means that it is able to fully operate even if your device doesn't have an internet connection, from starting the app to using it to write your notes and complete tasks.
For Planrow Pro users, the sync feature is paused if you don't have a connection, and later seamlessly resumes if the app detects your internet status has recovered in its periodic checks. Any changes made on your device or elsewhere will then get securely synced to the server upon resumption of your internet connection, so you don't have to worry about missing out on local changes in the event that you're offline.
Also to note that, of course, authenticating your account with your email and password will still require an internet connection, which also applies if you have "Authenticate At Startup" turned on in Settings. You also need to be online in order to change your password from within the app.
Another improvement to do with the multi-device sync feature available only for Planrow Pro users, live replication propagates your changes made onto all your devices in real-time.
This means that changes made elsewhere are no longer only retrieved during the app's initial start, but continously throughout your usage, and you're always working with the latest and most updated version of your notes and tasks.
This update is more of a continuation update from the previous one, shoring up and rounding off the improvements needed to be made.
This is a massive update that took a lot of work, containing several fundamental and important changes. This took a lot of time to develop and test, but will greatly improve how the app works for Planrow users.
Editing and Selection Modes
In this update, we overhauled the user experience of how you interact with your notes and tasks. There are now two distinct, separate modes in which you use the app.
Selection mode is where each line is treated an individual task, and you can drag them around, complete them, etcetera.
In editing mode, all of the lines in the current view combine into an individual note, which you can edit like you would in a regular text editor.
You could think of selection mode being equivalent to a tasks mode, and editing mode could also be called notes mode, and each seamlessly transitions into the other while you're using the app.
How the calendar views work was also overhauled, firstly with improved backend code for retrieving the contents of each calendar view.
The number of calendar views displayed was also updated, as well as how the contents of each view is presented. Each view now contains a date picker, where you can indicate the time period you'd like to view within the current calendar view.
Also, weeks have also now been updated to start on Monday instead of Sunday.
Changes and Improvements
Fixed a file path issue affecting the app loading on macOS and Windows desktop versions.
This update also paves the way for a future mobile release for iOS and Android devices, laying the groundwork for Planrow to be available on your phone as an app.
Added ability to add new headings relative to the current selection, instead of always to the end of a plan.
Fixed a bug that occurred when trying to clean up a non-existent copy to clipboard instance.
Changes and Improvements
The app is now free for personal use locally without sync on a single device, and you can get Planrow Pro to sync across multiple devices and for commercial use.
We've revamped the website's pricing page to reflect this, and you can learn more about the basics of the new licensing model in our EULA Overview.
Changes and Improvements:
Fixed a bug causing the order of tasks to not be presented correctly in certain scenarios.
You may download the desktop apps for Planrow at the download page of our website.
The macOS version requires macOS 10.11 El Capitan or newer, and is a universal build which supports both Intel and ARM processor architectures. The Windows version requires Windows 7 or newer, and is for 64-bit machines.
This release is labelled version 1.2.0, which also updates the web version of Planrow, contains the following improvements and bug fixes:
We've improved the task calendaring system, with the following modifications:
This update also contains the following changes and fixes:
After almost two years of work, we're excited to finally release Planrow! It's a task planning and management app designed and built for self-directed, independent work.
We hope it will help you towards completing your big plans by formulating and organising the smaller steps you need to take to get there.
Here's a quick 1-2-3 on how Planrow is designed to help you achieve just that.
1. Note Ideas & Complete Tasks
Note-taking and task management tools have traditionally been separate entities in the personal workflow of most people. Continual use of the former unfortunately tends to lead towards a buildup of notes and documents, which are hard to organise and take action on.
With the latter, the individual granularity of to-do task items means that they aren't particularly suited to anything more complex than a long grocery list.
Planrow was built to help you plan your day in detail, while at the same time keeping your broader future on track towards your larger goals.
The app allows you to craft plans as you would in a traditional note-taking app, then pull them in to a calendar-based view once you're ready to decide when you'd like to act on them.
With Planrow, you're also able to refine your plans with an increasing degree of granularity as it approaches the next quarter, month, or week.
2. Privacy Protections 🔒
When we set out to create a task planning tool, we knew that privacy was certainly going to be one of the more important concerns for our potential customers. Nobody wants others to be able to snoop around in their extremely detailed future plans.
And so, we've made it a point to bake privacy-focused features into the app right from the very start.
All text contents of your tasks and plans are securely encrypted with your password, before it ever leaves your device to sync with our servers. This way, other parties (us included) do not and cannot read your data — it's simply impossible without your password, which only you know.
That's how we ensure that your data is private and strictly for your eyes only.
3. Sustainable & No-nonsense
And for the last point in this overview: Planrow is built to sustainable and no-nonsense — we stay sustainable by charging a subscription, which is the only way we make money.
By paying for Planrow, you also support its continued operation and development.
We do this so we don’t have to rely on showing you ads, selling your data to third parties, collecting private data about you with trackers, or sending you annoying emails so that we can continue running the service.
This allows us to develop the product in direct service of our customers and users.
Create your own plan! 🎉
Those were just the main points we thought we should cover in this post — you can discover what the app has to offer for yourself by creating your own plans directly in the app.
Planrow version 1.0.10 is now available as a web app via your web browser, and you can get started with a fully-featured 14-day free trial here.
We'll also be looking to continually improve the app with updates as well as bring it to other platforms and devices in the future, so watch out for new posts here.
Meanwhile, we hope you'll enjoy using Planrow! 😁