Why no Google calendar task integration?

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Con

28 Nov, 2016 10:09 AM

Hi, I just got Goalscape desktop. I really like it, but the weakness is that there is no way to mark tasks as done except through the interface. That is a huge limitation - users should be able to do things as seamlessly as possible with their daily routines!

I see in the forum, people have asked for this (example was to track Yoga 4x per week). Also, in your blog posts, you mention timeframes and due dates, but say that Goalscape is not intended as a task manager. But why make your customers do double work, that is, checking tasks of their list and then opening Goalscape to check them off there? People lose interest when work is increased instead of decreased.

The solution is simply. Make any task with a due date go into Google calendar as a task. When it is checked off, Goalscape marks it complete. How simple is that? For recurring tasks, like yoga 4x per week, have it be in the Gcal on the given days, and let Goalscape calculate the percentage done (this would require either that the user set a number of total times or that the Goalscape file corresponded to some time frame - both are a small change for the program). For single tasks, they become complete immediately.

This should be very, very easy to implement, since the Gcal API is available. Goalscape would need to check the Gcal when opening and closing to update the "completion" boxes.

So please, please consider this. Android has so much market share and everybody has a smart phone. So why can't you just hook Goalscape tasks into Gcal again?

Thanks, ConLand

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Richard Parslow on 28 Nov, 2016 05:31 PM

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    Hello Con

    Welcome aboard! Thanks very much for your considered feedback – sorry for the delay in responding.

    Having just released some major updates, integrating Goalscape with Google Calendar is now one of our priorities and we expect to deliver it in the first part of next year.

    Note though that any integration with Google Calendar will be for the cloud application Goalscape Online, since full support for instant 2-way updates will require a continuous connection between the applications. Goalscape Desktop is standalone desktop software and there is no facility to sync it with web applications (except by uploading Desktop .gsp files to Goalscape Online), so linking Desktop with Google Calendar will first require us to build the sync mechanism.

    We are also working on a web version of Goalscape that will allow full access from any device on any platform; that will however not be available until later – certainly not before we deliver Google Calendar integration.

    Enjoy the journey – and watch out for announcements...

    Richard

  2. 2 Posted by Convergence Lan... on 29 Nov, 2016 09:44 AM

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    Hi Richard,

    Thanks for the answer, which was actually quite fast!

    This makes sense, and I understand how you focus on the online/subscription model.

    For desktop users, do you think you can add this as well? I use Em Client for mail, for example, and it keeps the Gcal in sync continuously. But for practical purposes, you would only need to sync when starting and closing Goalscape (maybe a button if one wants a mid-work sync).

    Thanks,

    /CL

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  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Richard Parslow on 29 Nov, 2016 10:41 AM

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    Hi CL

    We may indeed be able to implement a manual 'sync with Google Calendar' feature for Goalscape Desktop after we deliver the integration for Goalscape Online. Depending on the effort required and our development priorities at that time we may instead focus on building the full web version of Goalscape (which will run on any platform and sync automatically when an Internet connection is available).

    All the best

    Richard

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