After months of waiting (and being teased with a partially-finished beta a few months ago), Nozbe 2.0 has finally been released.
I’ve intentionally waited a few days to talk about it, because I wasn’t sure how I felt. My initial reaction was pretty disappointed. While it looked much better than previous versions, it had some substantial problems. Here are the comments I left for their developer:
1 — No filtering on Next Actions. Why?
2 — Next actions don’t show which project they’re from until you click on each one. MUCH harder to scan through them.
3 — The list of projects still take up WAY too much space in the sidebar. Granted, I have a lot of projects (53), but it’s pretty bad. On Nozbe Classic, the bottom of my last project in the list is 1490 pixels down the page. In Nozbe 2.0, the last project is 2053 pixels down the page — a 500+ pixel increase!
I was feeling kind of bad for them at this point. While they were very legit concerns, the blog comments were full of things like that. We were all appreciative to the team for getting it launched, but it appeared it was in big trouble.
In fact, I even started looking around again for an alternative to Nozbe. The two that came the closest were Vitalist and Toodledo, but they couldn’t measure up to Nozbe even with some of the broken features. Nirvana HQ is looking pretty slick, but it’s a closed beta and I haven’t been able to get access to it yet.
However, the very next day Nozbe posted an update that addressed every concern. Point by point, they answered each question and explained how they’d fix it (or why they wouldn’t/couldn’t). They even fixed item #2 from my list above right away! There are still some issues, but they’re getting resolved quickly. On top of that, the new features (like “notes on tasks”) are very useful.
As it stands now, I consider Nozbe 2.0 the best GTD app out there. I’ve long felt that Nozbe has been the best, and with the recent bug fixes to 2.0 they’ve kept the crown. Hopefully Michael and his team can knock out some of the other small bugs and feature requests in the next week or two and they’ll have a pretty awesome product.