TaskPaper
TaskPaper
3.8.6

4.7

TaskPaper free download for Mac

TaskPaper

3.8.6
14 June 2019

Simple to-do list.

Overview

TaskPaper is a plain-text to-do list that’s surprisingly adept. Thoroughly modernized. TaskPaper 3 is all new, while still retaining the same plain-text design that’s been getting things done since 2006.

What's New:
  • All new app
  • More powerful searches
  • Flexible and unique folding interface
  • More powerful text editor and outliner
  • Saved searches; one click away in sidebar
  • Relative date and time based searches
  • LESS/CSS powered themes
  • Extensive Javascript API Key Features
  • Plain text files; edit anywhere
  • Type and your lists are auto formatted
  • Projects- tasks, notes, and @tags
  • Text editor speed with outliner power
  • Lists within lists within lists
  • Fold, focus, and filter to make big list small
  • Drag and drop to organize your list
  • Fully scriptable and themable
  • Getting things done since 2006

What's new in TaskPaper

Version 3.8.6:
  • Fixed sidebar to display tag value lists such as @priority(1, 2, 3)
  • Fixed crash when tag name matched another tag-value name. For example @a(a) and @a-a

Requirements for TaskPaper

  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.11.0 or later

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Randommac
16 December 2008

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Simple, speedy and flexible. The TaskPaper upgrade to 2.0 makes the difference between night and day for me. What was just an intriguing concept - a simple paper-look to do manager - is now my default note taking and to do manager. I started out with iGTD, but got overwhelmed by the endless forms to fill. I like "Things", but never quite got comfortable with it. I tried OmniFocus, but Things and OF became ends in themselves, constant temptation to overfocus on the process and not on results. I love TP2's speed and flexibility. It doesn't tax my aging PowerBook, it gives me very little to distract me, yet makes it easy to customize tags on the fly. The ability to narrow my focus is essential, and TP makes that easy. Jumping back and forth between individual projects or contexts and the project list is smooth and fast. Thanks, Hog Bay, for making the upgrade from 1.0 to 2.0 free. I wasn't even going to try it out, but the online tutorial sold me. If you haven't watched it, do so now! Then download the demo and try it yourself.
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Version 2.1
Levelbest
23 October 2018
TaskPaper, what it is and what it isn’t. I use TaskPaper, a lot. But, I am using it for slightly different reasons than what it was designed for. Many people use TaskPaper for keeping track of tasks. They use date functions and all manner of things to do this. TaskPaper is very good at doing this. I cannot comment on this type of workflow using TaskPaper as, ironically, that is not what I use TaskPaper for. I use TaskPaper for helping me to breakdown complex ideas. As a writer I have trouble with getting bogged down in all sorts of areas. This has been especially true when I have been researching arguments in a legal document. TaskPaper has tools that I make much use of. It uses internal tags which is, anything that is proceeded by the “@” symbol. The tags go at the end of a paragraph. I don't have to set up that tag anywhere in preferences, I just start using it anywhere. Then, anytime I click on a tag, TaskPaper instantly searches for all tags that are the same. As tags are at the end of paragraphs, the found set shows all the paragraphs with the same tag after it. If I am doing research in a long document and I think, this section is about pointA, but it also has a meaning when examining pointB and pointC, then I can use as many tags after that section (paragraph) as I like, pointA, pointB, pointC. Then I can either click on any instance of PointA and see all paragraphs in my document of PointA, or, I can create or embed a search for Point A which will appear on the sidebar. The same is true of pointB or pointC of course. Sidebar searches are easy to set up. If there is a part of my document that I want to go to a lot, then I can set that up as a search term in the sidebar. This works for tags but it also works for specific sections in the document. Plain text. The only regret I have with TaskPaper is that it is totally plain text. I can't paste graphics anywhere in TaskPaper. But, I can add style to my documents very well. OK, I can't add style to specific words (can't bold a word) but, I can style a document by what is under what level of a heading, notes styles, tasks style, and anything I want to style using a tag. This includes page color, text color, line height, font style (for the whole paragraph or section), etc. TaskPaper does this by using something similar to a css file for each document. If you understand what a CSS file does then you understand what TaskPaper styles can do. I know that the developer also sells similar apps with slightly different niches. He sells a writing app for example which is primarily what I am using TaskPaper for. But, for whatever reason, I find TaskPaper very easy to use and very configurable. I also read a comment that the developer does not support his products very well. I think that is a bit unfair. I don't know the history of this developer although I have been using TaskPaper for the past three or so years. He has continued to update and to upgrade TaskPaper in that time. I have no worries that this is going to be in any way unsupported as an app. Bottomline is that, there are more robust apps for task and file management. Those apps use database approaches and I am not knocking them if that is what you need. I use BusyCal for my calendar events. I use NVAlt for my daily tracking of things I have done. I use Nisus for my writing. Eventually I plan on moving to Scrivener for my writing. But TaskPaper works and it works well. I find that I use Taskpaper for most of my fleshing out of ideas when I write. It’s great for creating drafts as it makes finding the parts very easy and it also expands and collapses sections which I do or do not want to look at while I am concentrating on other things. I wish Nisus could do that. TaskPaper is a great app for gathering ideas in an outline format. And yet, it does this not in a database layout such as Omni, it does this as a completely text based writing (text) style format.
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Version 3.8.1
bobembry
21 September 2018
Very useful. Works great. I use 2 TaskPaper files every day. One is a daily work plan that includes daily calendar entries. The other is a project list that is partly tied to calendar entries. ★★★★★
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Version 3.8
BryanatMU
08 January 2018
Pros: - Easy to manage long lists with extra info by collapsing items - Reordering items is simple Cons: - Default is to archive making list cleanup cumbersome I've been using this app for 3+ months and finding that it is good for keeping a detailed to do list and keeping notes. My to do list is always open daily and is organized into 5 major categories. The ability to expand and collapse those categories makes it easy for me to hide these long lists so I can focus on one project at a time. Items can be dragged up and down so I can reorder my tasks on a whim. There is a small learning curve for the markdown formatting, but the app does a good job of making the tutorial available as text in each new file so if I ever forget I can hit command+N and see a quick reminder. Overall, the app does not have a large number of available features, which is a good thing as I just need it to keep my personal tasks organized and my occasional notes looking clean. It does that very well!
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Version 3.7.5
Zx81
16 November 2016
OK, Taskpaper is a very good app, and I have no problem with it, but I just wonder if its future can be trusted.
Jesse Grosjean is very creative, dedicated, dynamic but his history as a developer does not prove that he can support a product in the long term (Mori sold and abandoned, Writeroom for Mac last updated in 2012, Taskpaper for IOS not updated for a long time.. J. Grosjean wrote "I will stop selling the iOS apps".)
It is therefore difficult to invest serenely (time, not money) in apps when you have no certainty about its future and syncing across the Mac system (Mac & IOS) is not supported.

Actually, we're still waiting for a plain text Mac & IOS syncing system : nvAlt? Nothing on IOS (tags do not sync well or at all with IOS apps) Simplenote? No tags.

Suggestions anyone?
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Version 3.6
6 answer(s)
Zx81
Zx81
17 November 2016
Correction! Simplenote has tags, of course!!!
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Odysseus
Odysseus
19 January 2017
I agree. And before Mori, there was Hog Bay Notebook.

Have you considered GoodTask?
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Zx81
Zx81
19 January 2017
I had never heard of GoodTask ; I'll have a look. Thanks.
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Funjoy
Funjoy
24 January 2017
If you liked Mori, take a look at DEVONnote or EagleFiler.

I went from DEVONnote to DEVONthink to DEVONthink Pro... but dropped DTP (long story) for the simpler but still powerful EagleFiler (which is halfway between DEVONnote and DTP).

I have GoodTask for iOS and I like it. It's a superset of the Reminders app and accesses & writes to Reminders. Since Reminders syncs to the Mac I never really felt the need to get the Mac version of GoodTask, but it might be a reasonable choice if you need a Mac app.

For lists I use Anylist for iOS, and pay $7.99/year for premium, which gives you a syncable Mac app for free (plus a web version). Built specifically for grocery shopping but lets you create any type of list you want
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Gazman
Gazman
12 November 2017
I know this thread was started over a year ago. Just wanted to point out that if you guys like both TaskPaper and GoodTask, you’ll love NotePlan. The big advantage NotePlan has is that the same developer does both the Mac and iOS versions and they sync over iCloud. Although I still have TaskPaper installed, I rarely use it these days (really only use it when I want to flesh out a big project).
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Zx81
Zx81
12 November 2017
Hi, thanks Gazman for the suggestion. I had a quick look on their site and it looks very interesting. Sync with Google calendar is very important for me and looks as if they provide it ; plain text notes is anther big plus (having lost tons of daily notes of a proprietary format I know what it is about! Yes, Momento, I’m looking at you).
On the other hand, you just contributed to my SAS (software acquisition syndrome)
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Turquoise
01 February 2016
TaskPaper is a great app, not only for todos but for the many lists I keep updating on a regular basis. Trying the new 3.0 preview, I see that the font is bigger now, which makes me see a much smaller part of my lists on a Macbook. - Will we get a way to increase or reduce the font size in the future? - Is there any way to print individual projects?
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Version 3.0 Preview
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Jesse-Grosjean
Jesse-Grosjean
17 March 2016
Late reply, but you can change font size and lots of other visual aspects using themes:

- http://guide.taskpaper.com/creating_themes.html
- http://support.hogbaysoftware.com/t/where-can-i-find-taskpaper-themes/1628?u=jessegrosjean
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Mikael-B
05 November 2015
Macupdate: The purchase link actually goes to the demo version. The MAS is https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/taskpaper/id424281111?mt=12, where we can read: "README PLEASE: I expect to release TaskPaper 3 in early January as a paid upgrade. TaskPaper will be $14.99 on release and then $24.99 final price. I've just lowered TaskPaper 2 pricing to $4.99."
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Version 2.3.2
Mikael-B
05 November 2015
I am amazed no-one, including the makers, haven't managed to produce a work flow example here. From where I stand it looks like a Text Edit alternative. I can make lists there. Why do I need TaskPaper? The stars warrants a web site visit though. Thanks for those.
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Version 2.3.2
2 answer(s)
Mikael-B
Mikael-B
05 November 2015
OK, so the introductory video explains the concepts of Taskpaper very well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5B3mTuC2Xg
Voucher in there too.

The only question is if this can be synced with other systems. I'd assume not, but as it's only text?
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NaderK
NaderK
19 November 2015
far from textedit! but i guess the video has taken you a bit further than that 1st impression.
as for synching, do a search for taskpaper on the appstore (iOS)
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Philosopherdog
03 December 2014
It's currently 9.99 on the MAS. Very cool app. The iOS version was open sourced and has been picked up by a bunch of different devs not using the name. I'm checking out Taskmator on iOS as the companion. There's also FoldingText which looks pretty nice too, but maybe a little less built out.
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Version 2.3.2
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Mikael-B
Mikael-B
05 November 2015
Did you ever settle on an iOS app to work with Taskpaper?
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Kyle-C
23 June 2014
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
22 July 2013
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
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