Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Productivity 4.0 Released!

The new version of Productivity has now been uploaded on Softpedia! You can go to the download page by clicking here.

This version focuses on the Journal feature, giving it a new Events feature and changing the journal files to a JSON-based .journalx format, along with UI changes.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Source Code Updated on GitHub

We announced a while ago how the code published earlier on GitHub had issues including licensed third-party controls as dependencies, and other issues that would make it harder for other developers to clone and compile the code themselves.

We're glad to announce that these issues have now been resolved, and hence devs can now freely download the code and modify it to suit their needs. The code we published also includes the new features from version 4.0, which will be out shortly.

You can find the code for Productivity at this link.

Monday, 7 March 2016

Productivity 4.0

It's been about 3 months since we made any announcements about the app, but it's just that we're a little undermanned at the moment, so development is going slow.

But the good news is that we've been working on it quite a bit of late, and we're done with a few things that we had planned earlier.

Most of the source code is now available on GitHub. It may not compile yet, and we're working to remove proprietary third-party components so that developers may work on it without hassle. We'll publish the link to the project once that's done.

We've focused on improving the Journal feature, and we have an exciting new feature for you! We call the feature "Events", and basically it helps you keep track of major events like birthdays, anniversaries and graduations in your life. When you're done writing your entry for the day, click on the Events button on the menu, and give your event a title. Every day in subsequent years from then, you'll be able to see that event when you click on the Event button. Clicking on an event will take you to that day's journal entry. Make sure you've saved the current entry before doing that though!

 In implementing this feature, however, we've had to change the format of the journal file. We've moved from the .journal extension, which was based on XML serialization, to .journalx, which is based on JSON serialization. It won't be any problem to you, though, as the app can still open the old .journal files for compatibility purposes. You can only save to the newer extension, however. The new format also produces a smaller file than the old one :)

Apart from this, we've changed the UI of the app in most features. This is because we've switched to open-source alternatives for design, making it easier for other devs to collaborate. It's still very user-friendly, though, perhaps even better! Here are a few screenshots of the changed UI.

We're not sure of a release date, since we have a few more features in mind. We'll let you know once we do.

Thank you for choosing Productivity!

Monday, 7 December 2015

We're Open-Sourcing Productivity!

To encourage other developers to help improve the app, we've decided to open-source Productivity, meaning the source code for the app is now available for download for free. We've made a GitHub repository with the source code and we're adding chunks of the code to it regularly.

The code is written entirely in Visual Basic .NET, so anyone who knows the language should find it easy to work on the code and help improve it.

To make it easier for other developers to work on it, we've removed third-party paid components and switched to free ones. We still do use other open-source third party components though, whose full source code is available on GitHub and CodeProject. Links to these source codes are given in the Readme file of the project.

So what does this mean for you if you're not a developer? It simply means that although the app hasn't had many updates in quite a while, it's surely not a dead project, and we're simply reaching out to other devs to assist in the development. If you have any friends who code, you could ask them to join in as well! 

We hope to see your involvement in the project to make the app even better!

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Version 3.0 Released!

After over a month of waiting, version 3.0 of Productivity has finally been released! The new version features a new UI, bug fixes in CompLock, automatic update checking and a new Scheduler feature as well.

You can download the new version at Softpedia.

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Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Productivity 3.0 Will Release on June 9

We're finally putting the finishing touches on version 3.0 of Productivity. We've discussed most of the new features in the previous blog post.

Apart from these changes, we've also fixed some bugs in CompLock and the automatic update checking, which used to return an error.

We hope you like the new interface and features.

Monday, 11 May 2015

Version 3.0 Will Release Next Month

We know it's been a long while since we posted anything, but we've just been a little busy. However, we do have news for you, and Productivity 3.0 will release next month. Our target date for version 3.0 is June 7, but that's tentative and may change by a few days.

In the meantime, we have been working on the app and have some great stuff lined up for you in your next update! We'll show you around.

UI Changes

The first major change you'll notice is that we've revamped the UI of the main app and some of its features. The main window looks like this now:

The new interface is more organized and grouped, making it easier to find all the features. It also has a more clean look to it. Of course, the main window isn't the only one with the change. For example, Journal looks like this:

The new Ribbon has a backstage view like the Office 2013 products.


This is the most exciting feature we have in this release. The new Scheduler feature is the calendar app Productivity longed to have. You can set appointments, have reminders for them, save them in iCalendar files (which are recognized by Microsoft Outlook and most calendar apps) and even print them! There are a wide range of options for printing giving you lots of flexibility. Here's the basic view of the feature.

We will be adding more features to Scheduler in upcoming versions.

Journal: Spellcheck

We've added a spell-check feature to Journal, just in case you miss out on typos and regret it later. It works the same as in most other applications, so you won't have a problem using it.

Nap Alarm: Math

We've added a math feature to Nap Alarm, and you can configure it so that you have to solve math problems to dismiss the alarm. Why would you want to solve math just after a nap? That's just for those people who click on Dismiss and go back to sleep instead of waking up. You can choose from a variety of difficulties and number of problems, but they will all be addition and subtraction problems.

  That's the roundup of the new features we've worked on until now. We hope you like the new features, and we're always open to feedback and suggestions.