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TaskPaper is a simple to-do list that's surprisingly adept. Unlike the competition, TaskPaper's text based interface offers you paper-like simplicity and ease of use.

What's New

Version 2.3.2:
  • Fixed: Quick Entry box would not show in full screen apps
  • Fixed: Quick Entry shortcut could not be set to 'no shortcut'
  • Fixed: Drag handle visual glitch after dragging a task between multiple documents


Mac OS X 10.6 or later

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Kyle_C Member IconReview+12

Nice app. The possibility to adjust the color of the background and the font is a big plus for me.
Easy to use and intuitive.
The only minus is a bit complicated process of synching but it doesn't really spoil the overall good impression.
Give it a try, it can do a lot of stuff.

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Version 2.3.2
Disparity Member IconReview+1

Great app. I'm a list maker, and this is the creme de la creme.

Simple and intuitive. You won't be disappointed!

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Version 2.3.2
Pir_anha Member IconReview+30

usually i try out software for at least a couple of weeks, but i bought taskpaper after only 1 day. it's right down my alley; i don't have an actual need for anything more complex with bells and whistles -- i just get distracted by customizing my task manager, *wry grin*. this is minimalist and doesn't need any fiddling whatsoever for diving right in, but it has the main features for me to keep track of the gazillion things i need to. and the scriptability makes it perfect -- i wrote a small script for inserting dates right away.

i can think of a few things i'd like it to do it doesn't do now (repeating tasks, some basic date handling), but it's even more suited for me than "things" which i used previously. because it is so minimalist, the price might seem on the high side, but i don't think it's too expensive for what i am getting.

small aside: i like that on his website the dev recommends specific other programs if taskpaper isn't quite what one is looking for. you don't see that often.

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Version 2.3.1
JBX Member IconComment+62

didn't the last version allow you to set a document to open when the app is launched?

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Version 2.3.1
Soderberg Member IconReview+7

To start with, this is a beautiful app, which always helps with motivation in getting things done. For me, it has exactly the right blend of simplicity, functionality and customizability for keeping up with ever-evolving to-do lists & master plans.

As others have noted, there's practically no time spent learning the software; once you have (quickly) figured out how this works, it's a breeze to use. After setting up the sync servic and learning some very simple syntax you can, with thoughtful use of tags, make this do pretty much whatever you want it to with a minimum of fuss. Syncing across devices is of course essential, and I like that the aesthetic/formatting and functionality are consistent whether I'm on my Mac or iPhone.

I'm always happy when an app takes up a minimum of hard drive space, and when the deeloper keeps forward/backward compatibility in mind, which seems to be the case here. The software's price (Mac and iPhone/iPad) looks kinda steep at first, but to be fair ti does include a syncing service (using the SimpleText.ws website & app); some might not want to pay that price once the new upgrade offers syncing via DropBox.

There are lots of other apps that can keep track of images & other file types., so text-only is fine with me. However, if the option to format text colour, italics and underlining (or whatever other options wouldn't mess up the syntax) were available, I would use it (with a monochromatic palette to keep the visuals clean).

All in all, a daily go-to app which is a pleasure to use.

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Version 2.3

Update: just discovered "Theme Options" in preferences; pre made text color/formatting themes are available, and you can override to create your own. (Formatting within individual notes outside of the syntax & theme, which I would use, is not available. I think ... unless I've missed something else.)

Soderberg Member IconComment+7

Hi, just realized that my "troubleshooting" query didn't show up here on the main window & therefore might not be noticed re: someone replying ... can anyone enlighten me re: syncing TaskPaper in Lion?

I really like TaskPaper's clean and straightforward interface, and for things that don't need a calendar entry it's a real pleasure to use, great for organizing and overview. I installed the most recent version, which works great, and then downloaded SimpleText (which is required to sync with the simpletext.ws webpage) but the SimpleText app didn't respond at all when I clicked on it; the version is 1.0.1 from March 2010 so probably needs an update.

I had no luck finding any new versions or even info re: this specific problem, neither in the wiki nor the forums. A search in Google was likewise unsuccessful. Hopefully I missed something glaring, but the developer's last login here on MacUpdate is from a few months back ... any assistance would be gratefully received!

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Version 2.3

Okay, just tried again - success! Not sure why the SimpleText app wouldn't open the first couple of times I tried it, but it has now and I'm up and running. Glowing review forthcoming ...

Soderberg Member IconComment+7

Hi there,

I've got TaskPaper (love its elegant simplicity!) on my Mac Mini running Lion and am trying to set up syncing with SimpleText, but can't find the most current info ... downloaded the SimpleText app from the Hog Bay website but the app doesn't respond when I try to launch it; the app info says it's version 1.0.1, last modified in March 2010, so I'm guessing it needs an update. I had no luck finding a newer version or any answers on the website or the Wiki ... can anyone enlighten me?

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Version 2.3

SimpleText now responding, not sure what the problem was ... left comments and a review.

EndoLab Member IconReview+95

Excellent piece of software. TaskPaper looks both simple (too simple maybe at the first glance) and complicated at the first use when you see all the shortcut. But TaskPaper is much more: fully scriptable, you may be agreeably surprised by its power to structure your ideas and to get the job done. Here there are some example of scripts:

• Create a new entry
• Create a new tag
• Delete all entries
• Delete all archived entries
• Delete done tasks
• Export entries as text
• Import entries from text
• Iterate over all entries and perform task
• Perform search and iterate over results
• Insert Todays Date
• Cycle Tags Script
• Hide and Show Notes
• Get a Project tag
• Clock in and out of tasks
• Archive Entries Tagged X to Project Y
• Unarchive not-done tasks
• Add current mail to taskpaper
• Add current mail to taskpaper with summary note
• Add current RSS item to TaskPaper
• Archive completed tasks to another file
• Create a next action list
• Create iCal events based on start and due tags
• Create or open folders or notes files for TaskPaper projects
• Manage due dates
• Manage start and due dates
• Move done entries to end of list
• Move today entries to front of list
• Move today entries from one project to another
• Tag with done alternative implementations
• Tag with done alternative implementations 2
• Toggle between two open documents
• Update indentation style for version 2.2
• Use Quicksilver to create TaskPaper task
• Toggle Now Tag (emulates Tag with Today)
• Toggle Ancestors & Toggle Descendants
• Show Next Tasks with Increment Date Value & Decrement
Date Value
• Move Done Tasks To End of Project
• Hide Done Entries and Hide Done Entries in a Project
• Custom_Tags
• Checkbook Script
• Export from Things to TaskPaper Saved Searches
• Show overdue tasks
• Show tasks completed today
• Show tasks due soon
• Choose saved search

Additionally you can even send or create new entrees from or within Devonthink and other apps. You can link any document, URL, photo on so on. Using it for task of course but also for all the informations you need to remember e.g. Music, photos, recipes on so on…

Stable it never crashes. It seems I'm working for Hog Bay Software but TaskPaper is a great piece of software very well done.

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Version 2.2.6

And yes, the price is 29.99$ and not 4.99$

cddmac Member IconReview-4

Don't upgrade to 2.2.6. The program will trash your existing formatting.

Overrated software.

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Version 2.2.6
Pusfarm Member IconComment+33

Disappointed that I missed the sale price, my bad. I'm burned out on over-configuring task apps that don't ultimately do what you want. Saw this app, installed it, liked it, went to dev's site. Saw the actual price and ended my trial on Day 1.

At $5, I would - and was on my way to - buy. At $30, not a chance.

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Version 2.2.6

And the price still says $4.99 here - whoops.

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Version 2.3.1
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Version 2.3.1
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Version 2.2.6
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Version 2.2.3
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Downloads 25,106
Version Downloads 12,634
License Shareware
Date 21 May 2012
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price $29.99
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