First, I've been pretty bad in terms of updating this changelog 😅 I know I said this a few months ago but I promise I'll try to be better moving forward (have a lot of awesome things planned!)
There have actually been a ton of awesome things released but I want to announce the release of 3 major things:
📆 The Oulook Calendar integration
You can now connect your Outlook calendar to be able to view Outlook events in Ellie or use the 2-way sync to add Ellie tasks to Outlook!
This feature is available on both desktop and iOS ✌️ Check out this help center article to learn more about how it works!
🐹 iOS Widget
Ellie supports 3 different types of widgets on iOS so you can quickly see things like tasks/calendar events at a glance. They work on both iPhone and iPad!
You can read more about these widgets by checking out this page on our help center!
Also check out these videos if you want to see some behind the scenes of building this feature 👇
💬 Slack Integration
You can now send tasks directly into Ellie from Slack!
You can head over to Settings -> Integrations and activate this to get started.
Read more about it in this help center article!
Also check out this video if you want to see some behind the scenes of building this feature 👇
🕺 Other improvements
- You can now add labels to the exclusion list and they won't be counted against the work threshold!
- Task Priority - You can now enable this in in the power feature section (more info here)
- Quick capture on the web (will be available on desktop soon!) - Hit "Q" to bring this new quick capture menu up and start building a task using natural langauge!
- Zapier Integration - We finally got approved by Zapier so you can now hook up Ellie to thousands of other apps! (more info)
Special thanks to everyone who requested all of these things and helped test them!
💻 Mac calendar menu bar
If you're on the Mac, Ellie now automatically adds a menu bar item at the top right of your screen so you can quickly glance and see upcoming calendar events.
If there is a Zoom or Google meet link attached to the event, a button to join the meeting will also appear.
You can read more about it here!
- 24 hour mode
- Improved auto syncing of calendar to every 30 mins
- Fixed an issue where timers would cause the app to crash when the underlying task was deleted
- Added "auto add label" feature for lists to iOS
- Fixed an issue where lists on iPad would show the incorrect task count
- Revamped emoji picker for lists on iOS (and added more emojis!)
- Revamped list creation and editing experience
- And a whoooole lot of bug fixes
🍎 iCalendar for the web!
Apple calendar for web/desktop is now live :)
To access simply go to Settings -> Calendars and link your Apple calendar account
I've also created this resource page to help walk you through the feature.
This feature was SUPER complex so if you notice any issues or bugs please report them 🙏
Thanks for everyone who helped out with this!
📆 Month view in Ellie
We've also added a few other views like (2,3 and 4-day view), the ability to zoom and hide/show declined events directly through this new menu :)
To use it, go to Calendar mode and you will see a new "Week" button at the top. Clicking that will expand all the new views.
↩️ Undo task deletion
Ever deleted a task you didn't mean to? Well now you have a few seconds to undo it!
✍️ Auto add label for lists
You can now auto add labels to tasks created directly on your lists :)
There is a new setting when creating/editing a task to map it to a label
If a task is created without any label, this label will be applied.
Note: Tasks dragged into the list will NOT have the label applied. Only tasks created directly will
I've been pretty bad about keeping the changelog updated (last update 4 months ago ) so let me catch you up!
⛰️ The New Ellie Guide
We've recently launched a new help center/guide to help you get the most out of Ellie. Check it out here!
The biggest change to Ellie since the timebox was added. You can now create lists within Ellie (think of them as multiple brain dumps).
We've also added an option to "show all lists" on the sidebar for power users who plan on using lists very frequently 👇
If you want to learn more about lists (and why/how to best use them) read about it in our new guide.
You can now search for tasks within Ellie. This is great if you ever wanted to refer back to any notes or see when a task was complete!
If you want to learn more about search, read about it in the guide.
🪟 Ellie for Windows
This opens up a lot of doors to new desktop-specific features. It can be downloaded directly here.
📆 More powerful Google calendar integration
You now have the option to add Ellie tasks to Google calendar (and have them synced). You can read more about it here, or watch this explainer video below 👇
🐞 A TON of bug fixes/quality of life improvements
I can't even list the number of things that were changed here, but just know that a TON of things were fixed and improved. Please believe me 🙏
📧 Email forwarding
Have emails you need to respond to later? Deals that you want to remember to redeem?
You can now forward them
directlyto Ellie and they will appear in either your Braindump or Today sections 🤯
Check out this demo below 👇
(thanks for the suggestion on this James!)
📈 Improved Analytics
We've made a few improvements to analytics so they are more helpful. Time is now displayed in hours instead of minutes.
You can now also toggle between # of tasks and estimated time as your unit of measurement
(thanks for the feedback Arunas!)
- We now automatically fill in "actual time" when your task is complete and "estimated time" is filled out (this can be disabled in the settings!)
3 big updates for you!
You can now view things like...
- How you are spending your time (broken down by label)
- Estimated vs actual times on tasks
- Average age of tasks in your braindump
🧘♀️ Today-only mode
A lot of people have been asking for this one: a view that only has "today". You can now do this by clicking "Focus" on the Kanban or clicking "SHIFT + T"
🕕 Task timer
You can now track time spent on a task in Ellie!
You can click the "Play" button on a task or by clicking the "Start timer" next to "Actual time" in the task modal (demo below👇)
You can also use our new analytics feature to see your actual vs estimated time 👀
Time tracking will be coming to iOS in the future!
- You can now hit "?" to bring up the keyboard shortcuts menu
Hello hello, we have a lot of great updates for you this week! 🎉
1. 🕕 Auto-timebox recurring tasks
When creating a recurring task, you can now specify if you want it to occur at a specific time (this will automatically timebox the recurring task for you!)
(Will be available on iOS this week!)
2. 🤲 Duplicate tasks
You can now duplicate tasks by right clicking them in the Kanban or calendar/timebox view. This is great for people who like working on tasks in batches and want to timebox multiple times on their calendar.
3. ⌛️ Calendar increments
When you drag a task into the timebox, it default moves in 15min increments. You now customize this (from 5 minute increments all the way to 1 hour increments)
4. New version indicator
Do you keep Ellie open for weeks (or months) without refreshing the page? You might be missing out on new features! Not anymore :)
✨ Other improvements
- All links now open in a new tab (example: Zoom links in calendar events)
- Fixed a bug where you couldn't close the settings menu
- You can now override the dark/light mode settings on iOS within the Ellie settings (great for people who like dark mode on their device, but like the Ellie light mode)
2-way sync is live on the web!
When you move around/delete Google calendar events from Ellie they now reflect in Google calendar 🥳
We've also enhanced the info for Google calendar events and now show you attendee info and their response status. You can also respond to events directly from Ellie (ie mark as Going/Not Going).
You can check out a demo of this live below 👇
More editing capabilities will come to Ellie in the future as they are requested and this 2-way sync will come to iOS very soon.
- We've sped up the "task rollover" feature on the web so when you open up Ellie the next day, the tasks will rollover much faster (~60% faster)
- We've sped up the initial load of calendar events to Ellie by ~60%
Dark mode is now available on the web!
By default, Ellie will use the same settings as your system. So if you use dark mode on your Mac, Ellie will automatically run in dark mode.
You can change this within settings 👇
The task cards have gotten a small re-design. They are designed to be more scannable on your board.
Note: We've removed the ability to edit tasks directly in the small card in favor of opening the new "Task modal". This change was made to open up the possibility of more rich task cards in the future (starting with the ability to add detailed notes!)