Using Done – Tip 3: Sorting lists

Welcome to the third in a series of small tips for getting more out of Done, our iPhone To Do list app.
We’ve had a few support requests from people recently asking if we can add an alphabetic sort function to Done, although there’s not much real use in viewing your list of things to do alphabetically, they want to be able to sort the main list screen – the list of lists.
We’re currently not planning on building this feature in (remember, Done is all about keeping it simple), we’ve pointed out that it’s possible to sort the list manually into any order you like by just clicking the ‘Edit’ button in the top left corner then dragging the lists up and down by the little 3 bar handles that appear to the right. Unless you’ve got an awful lot of lists it shouldn’t take more than few seconds to get them in alphabetical order.
Just remember that the top list is your ‘default’ list – this means that any new tasks you add when you’re in the All lists view will be automatically assigned to this list.

Welcome to the third in a series of small tips for getting more out of Done, our iPhone To Do list app.

We’ve had a few support requests recently from people asking if we can add an alphabetic sort function to Done. Although there’s not much real use in viewing your list of things to do alphabetically, they want to be able to sort the main list screen – the list of lists.

We’re currently not planning to build this feature in (remember, Done is all about keeping it simple), but we’ve pointed out that it’s possible to sort the list manually into any order you like. Just click the ‘Edit’ button in the top left corner, then drag the lists up and down by the little 3 bar handles that appear to the right. Unless you’ve got an awful lot of lists it shouldn’t take more than few seconds to get them in alphabetical order.

Just remember that the top list is your ‘default’ list – this means that any new tasks you add when you’re in the All lists view will be automatically assigned to this list.

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7 Responses to “Using Done – Tip 3: Sorting lists”

  1. H Says:

    Love the option to drag and drop the List types to sort them, but would like the same facility to sort within lists by dragging and dropping. Alphabetical sorting seems meaningless, but to be able to sort all my priority 1 items (eg) within a list type into an order that is meaningful to me would be great.

    Also, any plans to have priorities 1 to 5 instead of just 1 to 3? Having grown up with a Palm, this is the quantity I am used to and would find more useful. It would also indirectly enable a bit more sorting!

    Thanks……

    • chillix Says:

      Hi H

      Good news & bad news – the good news is that Done 2.0 will indeed have manual sorting – you can drag and drop items to your heart’s content. The bad, no plans at the moment for more than priorities 1-3.

      As soon as Done 2.0 is out we’ll run a poll to let users vote for the next batch of features and we’ll make sure it’s in there.

  2. Rob Gersbach Says:

    The wallpaper saved feature is a good thought but only a gimmick in practicality as you have to update settings each time you make a change to keep the list up to date. If this could be done automatically I would use this feature. Otherwise the best to do app I’ve found for the iPhone! At last I can stop looking .

    • chillix Says:

      Hi Rob

      I wish we could set the wallpaper automatically – we were really hoping for Apple to add that functionality in OS 3.0 but until they do this is the only way to do it…

      Apart from that, we’re glad to hear that Done is doing it for you.

  3. Nyckelring Says:

    Hello,

    I just bought this app, and it seems really nice to work with.
    I saw that ther have been wishes for alfabetical sorting

    “We’ve had a few support requests recently from people asking if we can add an alphabetic sort function to Done. Although there’s not much real use in viewing your list of things to do alphabetically, they want to be able to sort the main list screen – the list of lists.”

    and that is really what I missed, and then I mean not only missing it on the list of the lists, but also inside a list.

    It would really great to have that option too.

    Thank you for a very nice and simple app, just what I was looking for.

    Ny

  4. Sus Says:

    Hi

    love how DONE likes to keep things simple. So what-if we look at the alpha request in another way. An alpha request Maybe one/sev users desire for a quick sort, v the literal “alpha sort”. The sort key being alpha. Anothers sort key could be priority, another colour they choose. Who knows.

    Key point, is the desire for a quick sort based on a “key” that I know. Alpha is more traditinsl, priority us time scare typically but it really good be any thing.

    I love DONE. It’s my no 1 app. In fact all the stuff u do is very cool and written with superb humour. Do the entire experience rocks! Don’t loose this pls. And find Fab Dave pls as he has gone wee slow on email response
    !!

    My feedback on sorting is:
    • sort method desired will change by type of list eg todo list, weekly focus, permanent note etc…
    • lists, tasks you want mac flagging and tagging. So here is what I dislike
    — 3 priorites us not simple, it’s constrained. Contra to what done stands for
    —- 8 colours, boring ! Even cheapo Timetable app uses patone wheel to select colours from. Let’s have 24
    —– no control over sort key, okay dokey I can get around this if I must.

    I must as I love the rest of the app.
    But pocketlife has launched and will challenge done. I’m doing comparative test now.

    Cheers

    My personal

    • chillix Says:

      Hi Sus

      Sorry to have taken so long to get back to you on this but I was on a long and much needed holiday (in the US buying iPads 🙂 Anyway, now that I’m back the emailing and blogging will resume 🙂

      Sorry if things have gone a bit quiet on the Chilli X front as well, but the truth is that we’re only a small company and don’t make anywhere near as much money as we’d like by selling iPhone apps so we have to have real jobs too to pay the bills and we’ve been a bit hectic with those lately. In fact one of them has been an iPhone app that we’ve been developing for somebody else. It will be released under their corporate name and I’m not sure if we’re allowed to tell people that we’ve done it 🙂 I’ll see if I can mention it on the blog when it goes live (it was submitted a couple of days ago).

      Thanks again for your detailed and heartfelt feedback and suggestions – we’ll see what we can do 🙂

      I’d be really interested to hear your thoughts on your comparative test with Pocketlife or any other apps that you use

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