Doris productivity app released to Seagull community

October 7th, 2008 by Demian Turner

I would like to invite you to check out an app Dmitri and I have been working on, we finally put it live last week.

The app is called Doris and it’s a productivity aid.  It started out life as simple Todo list manager I wrote over the holidays in Christmas 2006.  The idea is simple, you have a million things to do and it’s easy to forget and prioritise your tasks, so Doris takes a load of your mind and sorts it out for you.  Kind of like the personal assistant we all wish we had.

And she beats you up if you forget stuff too, but the severity can be set in your preferences of course 😉

The app uses Ajax and familiar web2.0 techniques to make adding and editing tasks easy to manage with as few clicks as possible. In fact you can do almost everything with just the keyboard.  Everything can be drag + dropped and easily grouped.

The suggested usage proposes just 2 kinds of groupings which differentiates it from other task management and GTD tools[1]: what you want to get done today, and everything else.  So you can create groups for the various tasks in your life, like what needs fixing around the house, what you want to blog about, what tasks need to get done for your various projects and so on.  Then each morning when you start the day’s work you drag the tasks from their relevant groups or “buckets” into Today and hopefully this helps you prioritise your goals.

Various friends and guys in our company have been using Doris for almost 2 years now and we’ve noticed that folks find it addictive. So give it a try and let us know what you think.

Dmitri recently rewrote the whole UI, interaction layer and most of the backend so now it’s nice to look at as well as fun to use. However with the new look and feel we still have to re-integrate “my account”, password changing and tz offsets, etc.  This will be coming soon. The app is fully localized though with english and russian versions, not surprisingly, being the first available 😉  If you want
to do a translation for your language let us know.

In the near future we’ll be adding some interesting new features based on user feedback and demand.  Some ideas we have are:

– highlight and right-click “add new task” – we found most of our workload starts off in emails
– iPhone version
– integration with Trac, Basecamp and possibly Outlook
– your suggestion here

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