As we head into the second half of 2016, we want to provide an update on what is going on with all things GTDNext.
Over the past couple of years, our focus has been on adding basic features that most people expect in a GTD solutions. Right out of the gate GTDNext offered several features not normally seen in productivity solutions with the ability to have unlimited depth of outlines and inline editing of tasks. We then focused on adding many of the basic features one would expect in a task management app.
Over this last year, we spent a lot of time working on a native mobile solution to GTDNext. While we made some good progress on that solution, we often got pulled away to either put our fires or add small improvements that customers were asking us to add. Now, based on resources and priorities we’ve made the difficult decision to place that effort temporarily on hold. We do want to start working on it again and soon. In fact, we are actively looking to add a great mobile developer to our team to help make things go faster. If you know of such a person, please contact us to discuss possible arrangements.
In the last two years, we have worked to add tons of features to GTDNext, but we have purposefully not spent a lot of time improving the user interface (UI). Today the GTDNext look is a bit “old school”. With our current team size, we prioritized features over making the UI look super slick. However, the longer we keep the old-school looks, the more apparent, it is becoming that to take GTDNext to the next level we need to give our users a slick modern-day look and feel. We knew we need to get this done and soon. But when?
As we worked through creating our mobile app, we realized that finishing that mobile app would mean we were stuck with that old UI look and feel for quite a bit longer. Then as soon as we finished the new UI, we would need to update the mobile app again. That would be a lot of wasted work, and the priority should be on giving users the web UI they deserve. With this in mind, we decided to put a halt to the mobile work. We will come back to that as soon as we finish our new UI. Or even sooner if we can find the right mobile dev to add to our team.
Over the past several months we brought on a top notch UI designer who has been working with us to modernize the look and feel of GTDNext. The new look is amazing, and I can’t wait to share it with you all. We are still a ways off from revealing the new look; however progress is being made daily.
Looking forward the future looks bright for GTDNext. We continue to get new users every day. Existing users continue to renew, (thank you!) and we couldn’t be more excited about the ideas and features we have been discussing and wanting to implement. The new website UI is the first step in that process.
On the personal front, Sergio and I are both doing well. Sergio recently made a big move to a new country and is learning to play the guitar. James is having a blast watching his son play baseball this summer and trying not to think about his daughter starting her senior year of high school in the fall. We both continue to be one hundred percent invested in making GTDNext the best productivity tool on the market. Because we are a bootstrap company, we have the ability to continue to work on this project with no oversight by institutional investors. We are in this for the long haul!
Thank you for being a GTDNext user and fan!
James and Sergio