Syncing with Google Tasks

Sync with Google Tasks
Question:
Why syncing with Google Tasks is a good idea?

Answer:
There are several reasons for that.

  1. If you have more than one device running Android (and Memability), you can synchronise your notes between them, so that you have the same content on all of them. For example, you started working on some article or a blog post or your shopping list on your tablet at home, then you went out and after a few minutes got a brilliant idea which you want to add to your article. No problem, you probably have your phone with you any way. Just open Memability and continue working. This way you can use literally every free minute to make your goal a little bit closer. This way you can capture your every idea and nothing will get lost or forgotten.
  2. You can access, create and modify your notes on any computer (using GMail or Google Calendar). Sometimes you need to create a note that is longer than normal 10-20 words. No problem – just open your GMail account in the browser and type it in Google Tasks. Sync works both ways, so everything created or modified in Google Tasks will magically appear in Memability. Good chance is that you will create that note 10 times faster than you would on your phone. Take the best from your computer (that allows faster typing) and your phone (which you carry with you all the time).
  3. You automatically get all your notes backed up as they created or modified. Forget about backups. If you enabled syncing to GT your notes are already backed up (I recommend enabling Instant Sync option – keep reading for more details on that).

Question:
Ok, it sounds like a great feature. What do I need to do and how it works?

Answer:
To start syncing, first make sure that you have reliable Internet connection (Wi-Fi is preferable), then open side menu and choose “Sync” action (1). In Google Tasks Setup dialog confirm (2) that you want to start syncing.

Sync steps 1 and 2

At this point you may be asked to select which Google Account to use for syncing (3) (only if you have more than one account configured on your Android device). Then you will be asked to allow Memability to manage your tasks. Tap Allow access button if you want to proceed (4).

Sync steps 3 and 4

When initial sync completes, all your notes are stored as tasks in Google Tasks service. Please, note that Memability creates tasklist Memability (5) and only syncs with this tasklist. All notes (tasks) located in other tasklists will not affect or be affected by Memability.

Tasklist Memability in Google Tasks

After initial sync completed, you may use Memability like you normally do and when you want your notes to be synced to GT just use Sync action on the side menu (1).

006-enHowever, a proper way would be to enable Instant sync option (6) on Settings page. When enabled, it will make Memability to sync automatically after every change you make. This way you can always be sure that all your changes are saved and propagated to all your devices.

Please note, that Instant sync is a Premium feature that is only available to users who purchased Premium status.

A bit more details: When syncing, Memability checks all recently changed notes one by one and compares them to the corresponding notes in Google Tasks. If local note was changed after last change in Google Tasks, your local changes will be saved to Google Tasks, otherwise, changes from GT will be applied to your local note. This algorithm is quite complex because notes are connected to each other, therefore it’s always safer to sync in small batches (more often). Ideally, after every change.

In the future, Google Tasks will be replaced with our own dedicated cloud service which will provide better user experience for both Memability and web-based interface.

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Moving a note

Question:
How to move a note in Memability?

Answer:
There are two ways to move a note.

Move note - simple

Moving a note within the same hierarchy


1. Move a note within the same hierarchy
Moving a note within the same hierarchy is basically changing its position. It’s normally used to prioritise tasks. The higher the task – the more important or urgent it is. This way, working on tasks you are moving from top to bottom of the list. Position in the list is the most natural and convenient way to define task priority. Unlike using gradation like “low, medium, high” or “1-5 stars”, you don’t end up with bunch of tasks with the same priority when you don’t know what to do next. Every single task/note should have its place and its unique priority.

To start moving, long press a note that you want to move (1). Then drag it (2) to the desired location. If you want to drag your note far up or down to the position which is not currently visible, just move it in the that direction, once it’s close to the edge of the list, it will start scrolling automatically. Keep holding your note until it reaches desired location and then just release it to complete the action.

2. Move a note to another place in hierarchy
Second way is to move a note to some other place in hierarchy. It’s normally used when you want to organize your notes, tasks or ideas, give them proper structure. For example, you are planning your holiday. First you created a note “Summer holiday” and put under that note bunch of other notes describing what you would like to do in those 2 weeks. Then you realised that 14 days may be not enough to visit all those places (if you don’t plan your activities for every day separate). What you can do, is create notes “Day 1” to “Day 14” under your “Summer holiday” note and move activities from under “Summer holiday” to separate day-based notes. This way you can plan your activities more effectively and have more fun at the end :).
Another example. You have a number of tasks under “To-do” note. As you complete a task from the list, you can just delete it, so your “To-do” list will always contain only pending tasks. However, a better alternative would be to create a special note “Done” under “To-do” and just move task-related notes under “Done” as you complete them. This way you would still have only pending tasks under “To-do” (except “Done” of course) but additionally, you would have your entire history saved under “Done” note. Not only you would have all completed notes saved, but also you would save the order in which those tasks were completed (when a note is moved to another hierarchy it appears at the top, so you have your notes sorted from newest to oldest). In the future, if you have to do similar set of tasks, this information could be very useful. May be you would even reuse those notes. Just move them back from under “Done” to “To-do” and you will have the entire list restored. Simple and elegant.

Moving a note to another place in hierarchy

Moving a note to another place in hierarchy

To move notes to another place in hierarchy you need to select them first. To start selecting notes, long press on the note you want to select and then release it without moving. This will enable selection mode. In this mode you can select as many notes as you want (1). While in selection mode, you can still navigate the normal way, which means, you can select notes in different places in hierarchy. Once you selected the notes you want to move, navigate to the place in hierarchy you want to place your notes to (2) and press “Selected notes” button (3). Then from popup menu select “Paste 3 notes” (4). All done! The notes you moved will appear at the top of the list.

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Editing a note

Question:
How note editing works in Memability 1.1.0?

Answer:
First, tap on a note to select it. If note has no sub-notes, note details panel will slide out showing note title and description.
If the note has sub-notes, the panel will not slide out automatically, but you can do it manually.
If you are using a tablet (that has enough space on the screen to accommodate details panel), note details will be shown at all times
(no sliding in or out required).

Now, press “edit” button (3) in top-right corner of the screen to enable “edit” mode.
In this mode note “title” and “description” are combined into a single field to simplify editing.
Once you done editing, first paragraph will become a “title” (text in green rectangle) and the rest of the text will become a note “description” (text in blue rectangle).
Be careful as “title” length is limited to 64 characters. All extra text will be truncated. Description has a limit in 4000 characters.

There are several ways to finish editing. The simplest is to slide details panel out (left to right) (1).
Also, you can tap on some note on the left (2). You can press “edit” button once again (3) or you can open side menu by tapping on logo (4).
And finally, you can use “back” button of your phone (not shown on the screenshot).
Any of those actions will finish “edit” mode and save current note (5).

Editing a note

Editing a note

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Creating a sub-note

Question:
how to create a sub-note in Memability 1.1.0?

Answer:
Select a note you want to create a sub-note for (1). Then tap button “+” in the top-right corner (2). Finally, enter some text for your note (3).

Adding a sub-note

Adding a sub-note

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Memability v1.1.0 is released

What’s new:

  • Redesigned and improved note view/edit interface
  • Simplified navigation
  • Implemented full tablets support
  • Added “sort by title” option

Get in on Google Play Store

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Memability: Easy Tree Notes 0.9.5.1 is Released !!!

Memability: Easy Tree Notes 0.9.5.1 is now available on Google Play Store for Android.

What’s new:

  1. Graphical design and styling improved throughout the application – just look at those golden shiny buttons and titles!
  2. Added note Import and Export – it’s now a lot easier to get data into or out of Memability. You can send and receive notes using email apps, Dropbox or using any other apps that provides sharing functionality – nice and easy

 

Yours,DataSymphony Team

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Memability: Easy Tree Notes 0.9.4 is Released !!!

Memability: Easy Tree Notes 0.9.4 is now available on Google Play Store for Android.

What’s new:

  1. NaviBar redesigned for better user experience – now it displays multiple items at the same time, which simplifies the navigation. Its appearance has also changed to be more obvious for users
  2. PouchBar redesigned for better user experience – now it also displays multiple items, which should simplify its usage.
  3. Major performance improvement – especially for Drag and Drop operations
  4. Minor issues fixed.

From now on, we are going to release a new version every 3-4 weeks. We commit to give our users more value with every version we release.

 

Yours,DataSymphony Team

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Memability: Easy Tree Notes 0.9.3 is Released !!!

Memability: Easy Tree Notes 0.9.3 is now available on Google Play Store for Android.

What’s new:

  1. Added Backup/Restore functionality – we want to make sure that your notes are safe.
  2. Added Korean and Russian translations – we appreciate our users and want to deliver the best experience for everyone.
  3. Various interface improvements – enjoy Memability’s beautiful interface on any device supported.
  4. Initial structure creation for the new users – start with the basic notes structure created for you.

If you find any issues with translation to your language or any issues at all, please let us know, and we will fix it in the next release.

 

Yours,DataSymphony Team

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Ideas behind Memability

Traditional approach for structuring notes leads to messHave you ever struggled trying to organize your notes, give them proper structure using conventional mobile notes application?
Well, we had. It probably doesn’t matter, whether your app supports hierarchies or not, if all what you have is a bunch of recipies or a simple to-do list.
But what if you want to keep notes related to the dozen of projects you are currently working on?
What if you want to keep ideas related to those projects in different buckets (like “Must-haves”, “Maybes” etc).
What if you want to keep your personal to-do list and your shopping list and a hundred of other “lists”, “tasks” and “notes” in a single application?
Will you be able to organize all this data properly using only two level structure (“Notepad”, “Notes”) plus “tags” offered in most of the traditional mobile productivity tools?
Well, we couldn’t, so we started working on our own notes application – Memability.

The essense of Memability is the unlimited hierarchy support. Note inside note inside note that is. Just like files and folders on your PC or Mac. Only better.
When you create a file or a folder on the computer, you have to know whether you want to create a file or a folder. With Memability you don’t have to choose. Just create a note.
When you have some additional information, simply create a sub-note of that note and so on. Nice and easy. When you see that you need to change the structure of your notes or extend it for any reason, fear not! Memability has got you covered.

With hierarchy support in mind, Memability is built for the ultimate user experience. We worked really hard to optimize location and appearence of every button and even had to invent new ways and principles that simplify and enhance user experince.

Here is our main focus points while building Memability:

  • Best possible user experience through DnD support and other close-to-native ways of interaction
  • Unlimited notes hierarchy support
  • Easy and fast hierarchy managing (take note form here and place it over there)
  • Easy navigation through the hierarchies
  • “Enter notes fast, structure them later” approach
  • To be implemented: Easy data discovery (once the note is in, you should be able to find it easily no matter, whether you have 7 notes or 70000 notes in your app)
  • To be implemented: Fast background sync between the devices + web access to your notes
  • To be implemented: Import / export + integration with other apps

 

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Memability: Easy Tree Notes 0.9.2 is Released !!!

Memability - Notes and Tasks app for Android

We are proud to announce the first public release of Memability: Notes and Tasks – a FREE productivity app for Android.

It’s available for download on Google Play Store.
For more details visit Memability page in Products section of our site.

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