Org mode allows you to ‘attach’ arbitrary key/value properties to items. beorg has been able to read these and allow you to search these for some time. What has been missing is a way to easily create and edit your own properties from within beorg. The next update to beorg will introduce a new extension to allow properties to be created and edited. To get started with properties tap the new properties button on the bottom toolbar when editing an item:
A question came through this morning on how to do something in Scheme. I don’t usually have time to answer individual Scheme questions unfortunately however this one caught my eye and I gave it a go. The user wanted to define a Scheme function to select a line in the text editor based on the position of the cursor. This could then be attached to an editor toolbar button. The problem can be broken down as follows:
This beorg update gives you the ability to edit multiple items at once, as well as a few other enhancements. Bulk Editing Let’s say you have a bunch of tasks in your inbox, and want to schedule some of them of this weekend. Here I’ve a saved search called inbox which shows me everything regardless of whether currently a task or not. To activate selecting multiple items I can hold down two fingers on an item and start dragging up or down.
The latest beorg release introduces an encryption extension. You can now encrypt individual tasks/items in beorg to secure confidential information. There are also some great productivity boosters for everyday use. Encryption beorg saves everything in plain text files to give you piece of mind that you can get access to what you create now and well into the future. You can choose where in the cloud your data gets synced to - iCloud, Dropbox, Box or your own server.
The big news in beorg 3.3.0 is extensive support for external keyboards. Most functionality in beorg can now be accessed without the need to touch the screen. There also a number of other improvements which we will take a look at. I’ve marked some sections in this article as Advanced users. If you aren’t familar with scripting in beorg you may want to skip these. Keyboard shortcuts An iPad, even the entry level model, can be a productivity powerhouse when combined with an external keyboard.
beorg 3.1.0 is nearly ready for release. The big news for this update is support for iOS 13 Dark Mode, together with some improvements to the text editor, agenda and experimental support for MathJax. iOS 13 Dark Mode One of the changes in iOS 13 was for a system wide Dark Mode. Whilst beorg has a dark mode extension this was something specific to beorg and didn’t integrate with iOS 13 Dark Mode.
beorg 3 is an update to the plain text task management app for iPhone and iPad. It introduces a new subscription option to unlock all current and future extensions, new export themes and task timers. beorg Premium beorg is free to download and use - certain features are optional extensions. In previous versions of beorg you could unlock individual extensions via an in-app purchase. In beorg 3 you now have the option of monthly and annual subscriptions to unlock all current and future extensions.
beorg is free to download and most functionality is available to you without requiring any of your money. beorg is developed by just one person and I have a long list of new features I would love to add. As with many indie developers1 I develop apps for other companies in addition to my own. Whilst I get to work on many exciting projects for third parties I want to spend more time on my ideas.
beorg 2.14.0 is now available. It adds support for a CLOSED date when items are completed, and quickly adding notes to items. There are also a few bugs fixes. Download beorg CLOSED dates beorg has support for a number of types of dates - SCHEDULED, DEADLINE and ‘show on’ dates. What beorg didn’t do was keep a record of when you completed an item. With beorg 2.14.0 a CLOSED date is added when an item is marked as completed.
There are many to-do list and task management apps for the iPhone and iPad. It can take time to find the right one for you. If you are looking for an app which offers a powerful approach to task management you should check out beorg. Here are ten reasons why it might be the app you are looking for: Choose where to sync your data - iCloud, Dropbox, Box or WebDAV.
With the release of beorg 2.9.0 you can now create and edit repeating tasks. Monthly sales meeting? Weekly gardening? Daily jog? Set tasks to repeat on daily, weekly, monthly or yearly intervals. Choose how a task gets updated when completed - whether the date should be increased from the task date or today. Repeating tasks are available to all users in this latest release. Repeating tasks work a little differently than in some other task management apps.
iOS users are incredibly lucky to have some fantastic apps available on the App Store. I’m a big fan of mind maps for high level planning and love the app MindNode. You can plan and brainstorm in a much more visual way than you can with a text based outliner. OPML is a popular XML format for outlines - it is supported by MindNode and apps such as OmniOutliner. The latest version of beorg (2.
Most people can benefit from using to-do lists - there is too much to keep track of in our heads. Some people get away with only keeping lists at work, whereas others have lists for everything from when your dog next needs grooming to the exact tasks needed to complete a major project on which your companies success is dependent on. There are plenty of solutions out there which lock your data to a particular piece of software.
I’m a bit of an ostrich when it comes to Christmas. My usual game plan is to stick my head in the sand until the looming task of present buying, card writing and other festive activities can’t be ignored. Every year I tell myself this time it will be different. As the author of a task management app I’m going to stop the excuses and get organized for Christmas 2018.
A key goal for any task management tool is to reduce mental overhead when deciding what task to do next. I can’t imagine being someone who doesn’t keep to-do lists, my mind is far too sieve like for such anarchy. Back at University in the late 1990s I had a Palm Pilot and used a to-do list application, what apps were known as back then, that I’ve long since forgotten the name of.
beorg (and Org mode) store tasks, to-do lists and projects in files which you can open in any text editor. Most other to-do list and task management apps have a database in the cloud which you don’t have direct access to. Using multiple files allows you to clearly separate your to-dos, tasks and projects. It does though take some thinking to prevent file overload. In this article I’m going to review my personal approach to using multiple files.
The next major feature being introduced into beorg is the ability to search your files. It will be available from the agenda and TODO tab. to allow quick search and filtering of all your headlines, whether they are tasks, part of a document or used to help structure a project. A simple syntax has been designed to narrow down searches without needing to navigate a complex UI. Here are some examples of searches:
beorg 2.4 will be available this week and introduces a number of new features. The biggest new feature is the inclusion of a Scheme based language into beorg. The other big enhancement is file versions. Download beorg Scheme scripting Scheme is a language based on Lisp. If you are an Emacs Org mode user then you are probably at least semi-familiar with Emacs Lisp. beorg includes a Lisp variant closer to the Scheme programming language but looks and feels very similar to Emacs Lisp.
Support for Siri Shortcuts is coming soon, however a Siri Intent (where you can add tasks to beorg in the same way you can Reminders) is a little way off. Apple released an app called Shortcuts alongside iOS 12 which allows you to automate some tasks using a simple visual programming language. Shortcuts is fantastic and it’s quick and easy to put Shortcuts together. So much so that I started a new Shortcuts blog a few days ago (I find creating them quite relaxing after a day of writing Swift, Objective-C, Java, Kotlin, …).
beorg 2.3 is now available and introduces extensions. beorg is free to download and use. Extensions will introduce non-core features that can be added via in-app purchase. The first available extension allows you to turn on a dark mode theme and is available for $0.99. Extensions will provide revenue to allow for lots of new and exciting features to be developed. You can download beorg 2.3 today Coming soon in beorg is a Lisp based scripting system.
If you already use Markdown then the Org mode syntax will seem very familiar.
This is an overview of some of the basic Org mode syntax compared to Markdown. If you want to learn more check out the Org mode manual.