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Featured app: YaR Desktop

Thursday, October 18, 2012 by Brendan Ganley

YaR desktop list screenshot

Have you ever wondered how much time you're really spending on each of your tasks? Sometimes tracking your time usage can bring some surprising and useful (and possibly disturbing!) facts to light. Konstantin Vorobyev's YaR Desktop app can help you collect this time-tracking information and put it to good use. Built on the Adobe AIR platform, it's a desktop application that runs on Windows and Mac, and uses our API to add and modify tasks in your Remember The Milk account.

When you're ready to start tracking your time for a task, simply double click on the task to open it and then un-pause the timer. If you move on to another task (or if you take a well-deserved lunch break), you can pause the timer and restart it when you return. When you finish the task, you'll have a record of the total amount of time you spent on it and YaR Desktop can optionally record this in the task's notes and/or in the time estimate field, depending on your settings. Normally, time will be tracked for only one task at a time. However, if you're the multi-tasking sort, you can mark a task as a "background task" which will keep the clock running even as you start the timer on another task.

And while it's important to keep focused on the task at hand, it's also important to maintain balance by giving yourself a break once in a while. YaR Desktop can help with that too. It can be configured for a particular "work/rest" cycle: a certain period of focused work followed by a rest period. You'll be reminded to take a break at regular intervals so that you don't get too caught up in your work.

YaR desktop task screenshot

In addition to the time-tracking functionality, tasks can be added quickly within the app using shortcuts that are similar to (but not exactly the same as) the Smart Add shortcuts, allowing you to define many of a task's properties at the time you create it. Existing tasks can be modified using either a drop-down menu or keyboard shortcuts. If you're looking for specific tasks, you can search within the app to locate them. Searches are performed by Remember The Milk server-side, which means all of your favorite advanced search operators are available for use.

It was quite an eye-opener for us to find out how much time Bob actually spends meticulously peeling bananas (we've set up a meeting to discuss) but once you have the cold, hard facts about how you're spending your time, there are limitless ways you can use the information to try to improve your work habits. YaR Desktop does a great job of helping with that first crucial step: gathering the data.

Searching for other apps to help you work with Remember The Milk? Take a look at our Apps page and see if something catches your interest!

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Featured app: RTM-CLI

Friday, October 5, 2012 by Brendan Ganley

We love seeing all the cool things that developers do with the Remember The Milk API, so we're starting a new featured apps series to share some of the awesome apps we've discovered that work with Remember The Milk. If you've built something cool with the API, let us know!

RTM-CLI screenshot

For some people, the command line is a scary place reserved only for the most dire emergencies. For others, it's the quickest and easiest way to do just about everything. If you fall into the second category, take a look at David Waring's RTM-CLI script. If you're a serious command line enthusiast looking to manage your Remember The Milk tasks, this script is a must-have.

RTM-CLI is a Python script that's well-documented, full-featured, and easy to use, being completely contained in a single file. RTM-CLI requires Python 2.5 or later, as well as pyrtm for communicating with the Remember The Milk API. The RTM-CLI page includes instructions for downloading and installing these components, as well as the script itself.

There are a lot of commands available, but to start with, you can use the rtm ls command to list your tasks. Optionally, this command can be followed by a filter which can include any of the advanced search operators. The output will be formatted and color-coded to indicate priority and due date. It will also assign a unique index number to each listed task which can be used by other commands (such as complete or postpone) when referring to the task.

One really unique and interesting feature of RTM-CLI is its ability to print a very cool text-based weekly planner showing all the tasks for the week. You specify the start date of the week and an optional filter (just like rtm ls) to show only the tasks you want. The command for this is rtm planner and you can see an example of the output on the RTM-CLI page.

The script offers many more commands and, as you probably expect from a command line application, you can use rtm --help to get a full listing of them.

Check out our Apps page for more tools to help you interact with your tasks!

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App for the milk brings your tasks to the desktop

Friday, October 2, 2009 by Emily Boyd

App for the milk

Looking to get your Remember The Milk fix on your desktop? App for the milk is a handy new desktop client developed by Christoph Peter.

The app allows you to manage your tasks in a stand-alone window, and works both online and offline (changes made when offline will be synchronized with RTM when you're back online). Thanks to Adobe AIR, the app is cross-platform and supports Windows, Mac, and Linux.

App for the milk is still a work-in-progress, with Christoph indicating that Smart List support is next on his to-do list. If you're looking for a way to quickly manage your tasks from your desktop, check it out!

App for the milk [via Lifehacker]

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Milk the Cow Dashboard Widget for OS X

Thursday, August 20, 2009 by Emily Boyd

If you're looking for a neat way to check out your tasks from your Dashboard, this widget might be for you. Rich Hong's recently updated Milk the Cow widget allows you to view (and filter!) your Remember The Milk tasks, and easily add and complete individual tasks.

Dashboard widget

For more useful tools for Remember The Milk, head on over to the Services page. Inspired by Rich and want to create a widget for your favourite platform too? Check out the API and get hacking!

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Windows Vista sidebar gadget for Remember The Milk

Monday, April 13, 2009 by Emily Boyd

Sidebar gadget

For Windows Vista users: check out the fantastic I Forgot The Milk gadget created by ilab. This customizable gadget gives quick access to your RTM tasks directly from the Vista sidebar, and makes it easy to add and edit your tasks and notes.

Looking for more ways to interact with Remember The Milk? Head on over to the Services page.

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Remember The Milk with GNOME Do

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 by Emily Boyd

Here’s one for users of GNOME (a desktop environment for Unix-like operating systems, for the uninitiated).

Peng Deng has created a cool Remember The Milk plugin for GNOME Do. The plugin allows you to filter your tasks (and use advanced search operators) as well as quickly create new tasks, and edit or delete existing tasks. Check out the video to see it in action:

Check out the plugin on the GNOME Do site or see Peng's blog for more details.

Feeling inspired by Peng's work and want to create your own tool or gadget for interacting with RTM? Read up on the API and start hacking. :)

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Command your tasks

Monday, September 29, 2008 by Emily Boyd

We're big fans of using commands to quickly add and interact with your tasks, so wanted to share these two cool new ways you can interact with RTM. (Both use the RTM API, so if you're feeling inspired, please feel free to hack on your own RTM command tool. :)

RTM Ubiquity

Mozilla Labs recently announced Ubiquity, a Firefox extension that allows you to interact with web services using natural language commands. Gary Hodgson has created a handy Ubiquity command that allows you to interact with RTM and add, view and complete your tasks. (If you have Ubiquity installed, just visit Gary's page and you'll be prompted to install the command.

RTM Ubiquity

FARR Remember The Milk Plugin (FarrRmilk)

Another cool tool, Philipp's FarrRmilk allows you to access your RTM tasks and lists using Find and Run Robot (FARR). Available for Windows, FARR is described as a "program for keyboard maniacs". FarrRmilk's features include filtering and sorting tasks, adding and editing tasks and notes, managing lists, viewing tags, and more.

FarrRmilk

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5 cool ways to interact with Remember The Milk

Tuesday, July 22, 2008 by Emily Boyd

1. Remember the Moof Dashboard Widget for OS X

Got a Mac? Malcolm McFarland has developed Remember the Moof, an awesome Dashboard widget that allows you to add and complete tasks, as well as filter by list and tags.

Remember the Moof

2. RTM Tool for Windows

Timo Pijnappel has developed RTM Tool for Windows, a very cool tool that allows you to quickly add tasks to Remember The Milk (complete with due date and tags). It's easily accessible from your Windows system tray or with a customizable hotkey.

RTM Tool for Windows

3. RTM Provider for Thunderbird

RTM Provider for Thunderbird

Do you use Thunderbird with Lightning? Check out RTM Provider for Thunderbird, a fantastic extension by Mike Wu that allows you to access your tasks through Thunderbird and Lightning. Daily Gyan provides a great write-up on getting started with the extension, which Mike currently describes as an alpha release.

4. Add tasks from your desktop with Launchy

We've previously mentioned that using Launchy with Twitter is a neat way of adding tasks to RTM from your desktop. But what if you don't use Twitter? Rahsheen Porter has a helpful guide to using Launchy to add tasks to RTM via email. While you're over at Rahsheen's blog, check out his "Super-Charging Remember The Milk" series for some fantastic tips on Smart Lists and tags and 6 ways to add a task.

RTM on your Windows desktop

5. RTM on your Windows desktop

Use Windows and want quick access to your tasks? Check out Third Error's handy guide to embedding Remember The Milk on your Windows desktop using the Active Desktop feature [via Lifehacker].

Want more?

If you're looking for more ways to interact with Remember The Milk, check out the Services section. Feeling inspired? Read up on the API and start hacking. :)

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Getting organized with Tasque

Tuesday, April 22, 2008 by Emily Boyd

If you're a GNOME user looking for a simple-yet-powerful task management tool that integrates with RTM, then check out the very cool Tasque by Boyd Timothy and Calvin Gaisford.

Tasque

Boyd and Calvin worked on Tasque as part of a Novell Hackweek project, and gave a demonstration of the application at the recent Novell BrainShare '08 conference. Check out the video to see Tasque in action:

In addition to working with RTM, Tasque also supports other backends such as Evolution and SQLite, and integrates with Tomboy, Giver, and GNOME Do (with a plugin created by Guillaume Béland) for even more awesomeness.

GNOME Do plugin

If you're keen to start playing with Tasque, get it here and check out the great write-up on Tasque over at Download Squad.

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Mooing away with Common Lisp

Tuesday, April 22, 2008 by Emily Boyd

Edgar Gonçalves has put together an awesome (and feature-rich!) Common Lisp API kit for RTM and has written about his experiences working with CL and the RTM API on his blog:

Enter Common Lisp. Perhaps the fastest way to do some scripting in my mind, but I've yet to make a library to use a Web-based API. Turned out it was quite clean, and in about 5 hours of work I had the whole API grokked, coded, tested and hosted in GoogleCode.

If you're a CL enthusiast (and I mean, who doesn't want to be?), check out the Remember The Milk API Kit for Common Lisp.

If Common Lisp isn't your thing, there are API kits available for a whole bunch of different languages, thanks to the wonderful developers who've worked with the RTM API. So if you've been putting off writing that command line utility to interact with your tasks in Python or Ruby, or maybe developing that desktop gadget you've always wanted, there are no more excuses. :)

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