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Featured app: MilkMaid

Friday, November 30, 2012 by Brendan Ganley

MilkMaid screenshot

Are you a Mac user trying to find a desktop app for Remember The Milk to help keep you organized? Try MilkMaid, a full-featured desktop app with a simple yet sleek interface from developer Greg Allen.

MilkMaid consists of an always-on-top window which displays tasks from a single list or tag, and allows you to complete tasks with a single click. This window is resizable and can be placed anywhere on your desktop. A status icon located on the right side of the menu bar can be used to hide or show the window, making it easy to show your tasks when you need them and keep them out of sight when you don't.

All the other functions of the app are available from the menu bar, and have keyboard shortcuts for quick access. When adding tasks, you can use Smart Add syntax to specify task properties. You can also search for tasks using advanced search operators, and your searches will be saved during your session so you can refer back to them until you quit the app.

One very unique and useful feature of MilkMaid is the "Add Multiple Tasks" function which lets you enter a list of tasks to be added. You can specify "global attributes" which are task properties, given in Smart Add syntax, that are applied to all the tasks in the list. This can be very useful in situations where you need to copy and paste a list of tasks from another source and then set the task properties for all of them at once. (Like when your boss emails you a list of things to do and they're all high priority!)

Has MilkMaid given you an idea for your own app that connects to Remember The Milk? Check out our API and get hacking!

Posted in: Featured Apps

Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Saving new music for later

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 by Andrew Conkling

As you may expect, the Remember The Milk team is quite keen on simple, automatic ways to add and to manage our tasks. This week's tip, shared by arunaugustine is just one of those; you can use Remember The Milk to remember the… music!

Do you hear some wonderful music and wish you could get the Album/Artist/Music name in your RTM list to remember to buy it or listen to it more often? Here is how:

SoundHound screenshot

  1. Install SoundHound app on your smartphone. It can recognize music by listening to it! Plus live lyrics too.
  2. Enable Twitter sharing in the app by going to settings and enabling Twitter sharing.
  3. In the option called: Default share text type: d rtm #MusicILove (or any other tag).

If you have connected Twitter to your RTM account, bingo you get the name of the music and a link to it directly into your RTM setup.

Thanks for sharing this tip, arunaugustine! You're our Tips & Tricks Tuesday winner this week.

Do you have a suggestion for our weekly Tips & Tricks post? Got an interesting set-up or idea? Head over to the Tips & Tricks forum, add a new topic, and let us know how you use Remember The Milk. Each week we'll give away a 1 year Pro account to the user whose idea inspires the Tips & Tricks Tuesday blog post for that week.

Posted in: Tips & Tricks

Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Job searching with Remember The Milk

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 by Andrew Conkling

Finding a new job can be difficult: lots of legwork, deadlines, and wading through search results. ("Which website did I find that on?") Well, Remember The Milk is good at helping you make lists, and this week's tip comes from tardis88 to help you prioritize a list of potential jobs (or schools!) you can apply for.

As I'm nearing the end of my undergrad career, I've been making a list in RTM of possible places I'd love to work for. I tag them according to industry (or the kind of job I see myself doing there) then I prioritize them according to the following:

  1. LOVE the job / might be a reach
  2. Like the job / possible to get in
  3. Good enough / safety (when all else fails!)

When I'm ready to apply, I'll add "due dates" of application deadlines to all of these companies and then check them off as I send each application.

I can also see this system working for those applying to schools. You can tag schools according to location and whatever else you thought was unique to that school. The priorities would also work in terms of predicting which places you have a good chance of being accepted in and which are "reaches".

Thanks for sharing this tip, tardis88! You're our Tips & Tricks Tuesday winner this week.

Do you have a suggestion for our weekly Tips & Tricks post? Got an interesting set-up or idea? Head over to the Tips & Tricks forum, add a new topic, and let us know how you use Remember The Milk. Each week we'll give away a 1 year Pro account to the user whose idea inspires the Tips & Tricks Tuesday blog post for that week.

Posted in: Tips & Tricks

Featured app: Gmilk

Friday, November 16, 2012 by Brendan Ganley

Gmilk screenshot

If you're a Linux user who's passionate about customizing your desktop experience and would be comfortable running a Python script, take a look at Gmilk from developer Eustáquio Rangel. This simple script places an icon in your desktop's notification area and lets you see the status of your upcoming tasks at a glance. Periodically, it will check for updates and notify you if there have been any relevant changes.

Gmilk is concerned largely with your immediate future: it will locate tasks that are due today or tomorrow, as well as overdue tasks. You can also configure it to look for tasks that have no due date but have been assigned to certain tags. When Gmilk finds these tasks, a desktop notification will be displayed. You can then click on the icon in the notification area to see the tasks in a dropdown list and click a specific task to complete it.

The Gmilk icon itself also gives you a quick overview of the status of your tasks. It shows a milk bottle which ranges from full to empty depending on what type of tasks were found during the last check. The less urgent the tasks are, the emptier the bottle will be. Think of it like a game where you try to keep the bottle as empty as possible at all times!

Gmilk has a few dependencies apart from the Python standard library including PyGTK and dbus-python so you'll need to install these before Gmilk will run.

If you have an idea for a helpful tool like Gmilk, take a look at our API page and get started!

Posted in: Featured Apps

Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Staying motivated with completed tasks

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 by Andrew Conkling

It can be easy to look at a long list of tasks for the day and to get discouraged. However, to help watch as the proverbial scales tip in your favor, this week's tip, shared by tvjames, recommends keeping an eye on how much you've already done today.

I track everything I need to do around my house from the mundane — "load washing machine" (daily) to the more obscure "change furnace filter" (after 90 days).

But that's such a large list. When I start tackling it on a Saturday, it's easy to get burnt out.

But thanks to the automatically updating nature of the desktop app, it helps me to stay motivated by having RTM open in two browser windows. One, about 2/3 of the screen, shows me the tasks to do. (I have lists and rooms and other ways of segmenting those.)

The other, in a smaller window (about 1/3 of the screen) shows me a Smart List called "Completed" (search for completed:today). Each time I complete a task, not only does it disappear from my list, but just as satisfying, it blinks onto the top of the other list, complete with the time I completed it.

Thanks for sharing this tip, tvjames! You're our Tips & Tricks Tuesday winner this week.

Do you have a suggestion for our weekly Tips & Tricks post? Got an interesting set-up or idea? Head over to the Tips & Tricks forum, add a new topic, and let us know how you use Remember The Milk. Each week we'll give away a 1 year Pro account to the user whose idea inspires the Tips & Tricks Tuesday blog post for that week.

Posted in: Tips & Tricks

Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Nightly follow-up reminders

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 by Andrew Conkling

We've talked before about multitasking while relaxing, but perhaps you've found (like I have) that sometimes you need a more concrete reminder to get some things done before the day is over?

This week's tip, shared by mbmccormick, suggests using your daily reminder to let you know what you have left for the day.

I have a problem where I get home for work or class and I get too comfortable watching TV or something and I start to ignore the tasks that I had due today. I setup my reminder settings so that Remember The Milk will email on the day a task is due at 8:00pm (as opposed to sometime in the morning, like most people probably do).

Daily Reminder settings screenshot

This way when I am sitting around being unproductive, Remember The Milk will send me an email at 8:00pm letting me know if I have any tasks leftover for the day.

You can change your reminder time in the web app; see our Reminders Guide for all the details.

Thanks for sharing this tip, mbmccormick! You're our Tips & Tricks Tuesday winner this week.

Do you have a suggestion for our weekly Tips & Tricks post? Got an interesting set-up or idea? Head over to the Tips & Tricks forum, add a new topic, and let us know how you use Remember The Milk. Each week we'll give away a 1 year Pro account to the user whose idea inspires the Tips & Tricks Tuesday blog post for that week.

Posted in: Tips & Tricks

Featured integration: SimpleRTM Interactive Emacs Mode

Friday, November 2, 2012 by Brendan Ganley

SimpleRTM screenshot

So you're a card-carrying member of the Church of Emacs and the list of things you do with Emacs seems to grow on a daily basis, right? It's time to add task management to that list. SimpleRTM is an interactive Emacs mode by Moritz Bunkus which is based on earlier work by Seth Mason and Friedrich Delgado Friedrichs. It allows you to manipulate your tasks from within Emacs using keyboard commands. Many of the commands mirror the keyboard shortcuts used in the Remember The Milk web app, so if you're familiar with those you'll be right at home.

The SimpleRTM project page gives instructions on how to install the mode. Once it's installed, switching to simple-rtm-mode will display your task lists from Remember The Milk. Navigate the cursor to a list and use the TAB key to expand or collapse it to view its contents. Tasks are color-coded to indicate various properties including priority, tags, due dates and time estimates.

To operate on an existing task, you can either navigate the cursor to the task and use keyboard shortcuts, or you can press ENTER to view the task's details in the bottom window. This allows you to edit individual properties of the task by placing the cursor on them and pressing ENTER. You can also select multiple tasks and act on all of them at once, similar to the web app.

A full listing of the keyboard shortcuts can be found by examining the simple-rtm.el file, but here are a few helpful ones available from the task list view to get you started:

  • %: Refresh all tasks and lists
  • <SPACE>: Select or de-select the current task
  • a: Select all tasks in the current list
  • c: Complete all selected tasks or (if no tasks are selected) the current task
  • t: Add a new task using Smart Add syntax

Looking for more ways to integrate Remember The Milk into the apps you use every day? Take a look at our Apps page!

Posted in: Featured Apps