DorisDesktop 1.10 – Lion Fixes

July 29th, 2011 by Demian Turner

Doris Desktop 1.10 is now ready to download.  There were a number of things that changes in Lion broke, in particular old data was being cached, all fixed in this latest version.

DorisDesktop 1.9 – Lion Compatible

July 20th, 2011 by Demian Turner

NewImageDoris Desktop 1.9 is now ready to download.  A small fix was required to make it Lion compatible.

DorisDesktop 1.8 – iCal integration

July 4th, 2011 by Demian Turner

Doris Desktop 1.8 is now ready to download from the new, dedicated website.

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New in this release:

  • Link detection added in task description, as well as spell checker and auto-correction
  • Data detectors enabled, effectively this means we have iCal integration!
  • Added links in Help section for online help and feature requests sites
  • Restricted to Snow Leopard and added warning for other users
  • some minor UI tweaks, like now you can use the Return key to submit new tasks

DorisDesktop 1.7 – multiviews with graphs

June 16th, 2011 by Demian Turner

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DorisDesktop is still in beta but will be released in the Mac AppStore in July.  The new release, which is currently for Snow Leopard users only, has the following features:

  • multiviews: view your current tasks, task history and graphs
  • 2 report graphs: productivity by task and tasks completed by date
  • UI improvements and better indication of loading data
  • improved installer as you can see from the pic
  • feedback button: please use it to let me know what you think of the app so far, and which features/improvements you’d like to see
  • remember to make sure you have 1 group called Inbox and another called Today, you’ll get custom icons

My apologies to Leopard users, there is currently a glitch which will cause the app to crash for you, I’m on the case and it should be fixed shortly I’m afraid the app will be Snow Leopard only from now on, OS X 10.6 and above are required.


DorisDesktop 1.6

May 19th, 2011 by Demian Turner

Dear Mac users,  please upgrade to the latest version of DorisDesktop:

Download the latest version of DorisDesktop

This latest version fixes a lot of usability bugs and is recommended for all users.  This will be the last update before I introduce the new multiple view layout that will make a History view possible and some other nice surprises.

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Here’s what’s updated:

  • Fixed ability to tab through fields when adding new task
  • Disabled multiple selection of tasks
  • Added command r to refresh tasks and sync
  • Badge added to icon in doc for current number of open tasks in Today
  • Fixed wrong task and group selection bugs
  • Total task count added to window title
  • Group folder icon based on type: group, today or inbox

For this last item, if you have a folder called Today (it’s not mandatory) you’ll get a nice checkmark icon for it.  And if you name one of your groups Inbox you’ll get the appropriate icon.


DorisDesktop 1.5 – Drag and Drop

May 6th, 2011 by Demian Turner

Mac users please upgrade to the latest version of DorisDesktop

Download the latest version of DorisDesktop

This release includes many improvements and bugfixes.


  • You can now reassign tasks to new groups with drag and drop
  • Groups can be reordered with drag and drop


  • Fixed bug where currently selected task could scroll out of view
  • Fixed group deletion
  • Fixed wrong task and group selection after actions
  • Fixed drag and drop for reordering tasks

See the CHANGELOG for the list of changes.


DorisDesktop 1.4 – Leopard compatible

March 17th, 2011 by Demian Turner

Thanks to a patch issued earlier today by @Perspx whose library I use to get the nice group counts, DorisDesktop is now working fine for Snow Leopard and Leopard!

Download the latest version of DorisDesktop

Also fixed a bug where the wrong group would be selected after you added/deleted tasks.

DorisDesktop 1.3 – Complete UI Overhaul

March 14th, 2011 by Demian Turner

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Check out the latest version of DorisDesktop – I’ve done a complete UI overhaul and it’s much more pleasant to use.  UI improvements include:

  • Apple Mail like interface with task counts per group
  • date creation and update times in collapsible panel
  • better keyboard controls:
    • use <command> N for new Task
    • use <command> G for new Group
    • <spacebar> to toggle completed Task (Full Keyboard Access must be enabled in system prefs)
    • <del> key to delete any selected Group or Task
    • <esc> to dismiss any panel
  • much better speed/performance than all other versions
  • see the CHANGELOG for the list of changes

The last vital features that’s missing is the ability to drag tasks between groups, this will be implemented in the next release.

NB: There is a problem with one of the new components so this release only works on Snow Leopard, this should be fixed by next release.

Give this early beta a try while it’s still free and please send any comments, all feedback appreciated!

DorisDesktop 1.2 Released

February 28th, 2011 by Demian Turner

This is a minor update to the app, however all users are recommended to upgrade.

Download the latest version here.

This update includes

  • the ability to mark tasks as completed (hit the refresh button to clear)
  • some updates to keyboard controls:
    • use <command N> to create a new task
    • use <spacebar> to toggle its completed state (Full Keyboard Access must be enabled in system prefs)
  • minor UI tweaks
  • see the CHANGELOG for the list of changes


DorisDesktop 1.1 Released

February 8th, 2011 by Demian Turner


After quite a bit of work a new version of DorisDesktop is ready, you can download it here.  While in beta the app will be free.  My plan is to make the desktop version of Doris the most full-featured of all the ways of accessing Doris, it’s where all the new ideas and feature requests will be tested out.

In general I’ve become a bit fed up with web apps, mainly because you have to learn substantially different interfaces with each one.  Desktop apps, especially on the Mac, not only get around this shortcoming, they also allow you to link in directly to some rich resources you use every day:

  • your Calendar
  • the Address Book
  • your Email
  • photos and docs

Managing these items on the web is possible, but it’s always more painful.  A desktop app provides the best experience and can sync with the cloud and be just a single click away.

What is DorisDesktop?

It’s just a desktop app that provides an additional, hopefully easier way to get to all the tasks stored in your online Doris account.  It’s main advantages are:

  • it launches fast
  • it runs in the background and is only one click away
  • being on the desktop, you’ll be able to better integrate task management into your existing workflow

What’s new in this version of DorisDesktop

  • drag and drop to re-order tasks now works properly (same for groups coming soon)
  • you can easily add notes to your tasks
  • you can drag URLs from your browser into DorisDesktop and they becomes tasks
  • security is improved with passwords now saved to the Keychain
  • the login workflow is improved
  • the app is globally available from its icon in the menu bar
  • interface improvements for adding and deleting tasks
  • see the CHANGELOG for the full list of changes, and note the API has been updated

What’s not working yet

  • currently you can’t drag & drop to re-order groups
  • nor can you drag tasks into different groups, this is planned for the next release
  • one-click access to bring DorisDesktop to the foreground no matter what you’re doing – to get this working I need to do some more work to be able to record keyboard shortcuts


One bug I’ve discovered is if you drag to re-order, and in the process drag your task outside the task list, eg, into the groups list, the app thinks it’s a URL, I’ll fix this for the next release.  Also, in some cases the task list and note description doesn’t update properly, this will be fixed.

Keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts are supported for all the basic features:

  • <spacebar> to add a new task to the current group
  • <enter> to edit the current task
  • <backspace> to delete the current task
  • <cmd> , to launch Doris’ prefs, currently where your can login


As always I’d love to hear your feedback, either here in the comments, at Uservoice, or just shoot me an email to  I’ve updated the Doris Uservoice account with the tasks that have been completed.  According to their overview my feedback isn’t looking too bad.

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