Monthly Archives: March 2009

Week 1

It’s been a wild ride the last week. The reactions we got on Thymer have been absolutely great! We’re glad so many of you like it. Many of you came up with feature requests and suggestions on how to improve Thymer. We can’t fix or improve everything at once and obviously not every request can be built into Thymer. Some suggestions contradict each other while others are not a priority yet and maybe interesting for later versions. We will, however, consider all your suggestions, so let us know what you think – and we’ll see what we can do.

Our main focus will always be to remove any bugs, keep the User Interface clean, intuitive and overall responsive. As long as you and we are satisfied on these points, you can be sure many more feature ideas will be added.

Based on all your initial feedback so far, we’ve already resolved some of the most reported issues: editing tasks caused recurring user name tags; projects, dates and user names are now case insensitive on input, but your casing will be preserved; some issues with using unicode have been resolved. More improvements (fixes and features) are on the way, stay tuned.

We are also happy to announce that we will very soon send out many more invites, and we’ll have some more news next week.

Have a nice weekend everyone!

What are those flags ‘D’, ‘!’, ‘$’ and ‘w’ for?

We’ve received a tremendous amount of feedback in the last couple of days. Lots of questions, bug reports and feature requests. Thanks everybody! In the next couple of days we’re going to highlight a few features of Thymer that have raised some questions.

Today’s topic is about the buttons to the very right of every task that look like this Discuss Flag, Priority Flag, Billable Flag, and Waiting For Flag. This post explains what the buttons do and what they’re good for.

The first thing I should mention is that the flags don’t actually do anything. If you click on a flag it lights up, and it stays lit until you click it again. That’s pretty much it. We think this is a really simple way to quickly add some more details to tasks, without having to click around a lot or fill in additional forms.

The flag discuss Discuss Flag

The discuss flag can be used to indicate to other people in your team that the task should be discussed first. Suppose you see in the task list that Bob is going to design a web page, but you remember that you’ve built something similar a few months back, and you think some of the work can be reused. So you can add a comment to the task with a link to the previous work, and flag the Discuss Flag so Bob knows that there’s something to discuss. Bob can then decide whether to look into it, to ignore it, or to discuss it with you. The point is that by simply clicking on Discuss Flag the person responsible for the task knows there’s something to discuss and can react accordingly.

The flag important Important Flag

The important flag should be pretty self-explanatory. If something is important you don’t want to forget it, and a red box draws your attention to it. Especially if you make the schedule for your week every Sunday night (or Monday morning[1]) you won’t miss anything with a big Important Flag next to it.

The flag billable Billable Flag

The billable flag is to make it easy for people to keep track of their billable hours. You can create reports that only contain billable tasks, so you can be sure your grocery list won’t show up on the bill to your client.

The flag waiting for Waiting For Flag

The waiting-for flag is probably the most important flag: it tells you that you’re waiting for somebody else to take action. Because it’s really easy to lose track of what other people have (or should have) done the visual reminder is really helpful.

Perhaps you’re expecting a letter, an email or a phone call, or waiting for somebody else to finish another task. If you take a minute every week to make a schedule you’ll immediately notice when something is amiss. (The supplies still haven’t arrived? Better pick up the phone before we’re all out!)

Up next

In the next few days we’re going to highlight some more features of Thymer, talk about a few new features and more. So watch this space.


  1. Later, in another post…. how we use Thymer for the weekly review.

Thymer Updates

Thanks everybody who has already expressed their interest in the upcoming beta release Thymer. We’re happy to announce a lot of progress has been made. Based on some initial feedback, we added some new exciting features and polished the look & feel. We hope you’re going to like it, and we look forward to hearing from you during our private Beta, which will start really soon. If you’re interested, sign up at thymer.com.

Check out our new screencast and new screenshots:

New screenshots:

Todos & Planning
Todos & Planning
Changelog & Reports
Changelog & Reports
Time Tracking
Time Tracking

For more, check out www.thymer.com.

Next to preparing for the private Beta of Thymer, we have some more products in the pipeline. Stay tuned for some more announcements in the coming weeks.