Category Archives: Product

Asana App on iOS8 and iPhone 6

Asana: upgraded for iOS 8, built for teamwork

Emily Kramer and Kasey Fleisher Hickey

In July, we introduced you to the brand new Asana app on iOS–one of our most exciting product updates. Today, we released another update: Asana for iOS 8, which includes several improvements and supports some of the new, highly-anticipated iOS 8 features.

When you update your iPhone to iOS 8 today or unbox your new iPhone 6 on Friday, update your Asana app at the same time. If you are downloading Asana for iOS for the first time, or just need some help getting up to speed with the app, be sure to check out our iOS Quick Start Guide.

 

Asana iOS8

Select Share Extension, Create task via Share Extension, Today Extension

New for iOS 8

We took advantage of Apple’s new App Extensions, which enable deeper integration between apps and iOS 8, to make it easier to get your work into Asana and know what’s most important.

Create Asana tasks from other apps

When you’re browsing the web on Safari, flipping through photos, or using other apps, use our Share Extension to turn that content into an Asana task. This works in the same way you would send a photo or a link email, Twitter, or SMS, and makes getting information into Asana — where you can prioritize, share, or assign it — really fast.

See Today’s tasks in your Notification Center

The Today section of the iOS Notification Center now pulls in the tasks you’ve marked for Today in Asana, so you can quickly see your most urgent tasks, without loading the app. From there, you can tap to jump directly to the task in Asana. Seeing work marked for Today alongside your calendar, weather, and updates from your other favorite apps, is a great way to plan for the day ahead.

A truly mobile-first experience iPhone6_4

We want you to have great Asana experience, whether you’re using Asana on your desktop or your mobile device. So we’ve made a number of additional improvements to help you communicate with your team and get more done, regardless of where you’re working.

More ways to invite your team

We’ve added new user invitations throughout the app so when you’re creating, assigning, or adding followers to a task, you can add any teammate’s email address, and we’ll invite them to join you in Asana.

Easy task deletion from within the app

We’ve received a lot of requests to make deleting tasks from the app easier, so we made sure to build this feature. You can delete tasks by tapping the trash can icon in the task details menu (the “…” in the top right corner of any task).

A fresh mobile setup experience

We’ve added a beautiful and simple walkthrough of the app for new users. If you’re inviting or sharing Asana with new teammates or colleagues, it just got a lot easier for them to get started and dig in.

What’s next: Android and more

We’re building Asana as a multi-platform company that transforms teamwork across functions and industries and we now have two dedicated mobile teams — Android and iOS–to help us fully realize this vision. The Android team is continuing to build our completely redesigned app and we can’t wait to share it with you in the coming months. if you’d like to receive email updates about our progress, sign up for our Android newsletter.

As you break in iOS 8 and use the Asana app with your team, we’d love to know what you think and what features you’d love to see. Please share suggestions in the comments.


 

Thank you to the iOS team: Tim Bavaro, Tom Brow, Sam Goertler, Tyson Kallberg, Niranjan Ravichandran, Vincent Siao, Janardan Yri

Export Asana projects to CSV for custom reporting

Kasey Fleisher Hickey, Jackie Bavaro, and Hynek Jemelik

Are you an Excel whiz who loves nothing more than manipulating data? Now, you can export data you capture in Asana to a spreadsheet.

Custom reporting is something a number of teams — from sales and marketing to customer support — depend on to track progress and increase efficiencies. Every Asana project is a searchable database and while Asana search lets you create custom reports and see a custom list of tasks, we know some teams want to do more. So, you can now export any project from Asana to a CSV file where you can customize this data in whatever way your team finds most useful.

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Polish Week: adding some shine to product features

Kasey Fleisher Hickey and Jennifer Nan

What started back in 2012 as a way to ‘polish’ our app has become a company tradition, and one all Asanas look forward to.

Polish Week gives everyone on the team, regardless of function, an opportunity to work on anything that makes Asana a better experience for you. Projects range in scope and visibility — some add just a little bit of shine to the product while others are highly-requested features that fundamentally improve your workflow.

Here are some features from Polish Week that are available now:
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Introducing Vacation Indicator

Kasey Fleisher Hickey, Cliff Chang, Eric Pelz, Marcos Medina, and Jackie Bavaro

Have you ever left for vacation and felt stressed out by all the communications you knew would build up in your absence? Been in a situation when a teammate wasn’t responding to comments or tasks and you didn’t realize they were away? Planning time away from the office and keeping your teammates informed just got easier, with Vacation Indicator. We first prototyped this feature at a recent hackathon and ‘polished’ it up during our latest Polish Week.

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A fresh take on mobile

Emily Kramer and Tyson Kallberg

Yesterday, we launched our new iOS app. When we set out to update our mobile apps months ago, we knew we had a big task in front of us. Despite great customer growth and our devotion to being a product-led company, our mobile apps lagged behind. Our new iOS app is just the first step towards tackling our biggest opportunity for growth, and represents a shift in both our mobile and overall product strategy and process. While it takes time to build a multi-platform product and company, we are excited that we have entered a new era for Asana. We’d like to give you an inside look at how we got to this point and where we are going with mobile.
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A new day for Asana on iPhone & iPad

Sam Goertler, Tyson Kallberg, Tim Bavaro, Niranjan Ravichandran, Janardan Yri, Tom Brow, Vincent Siao, and Mark Miyashita

Today is a big day for Asana – the biggest since we launched a little over 2 years ago. We are excited to share with you a completely redesigned and rebuilt, fully-native Asana app for iPhone and iPad that is faster, more powerful, and much easier to use. It’s a major step forward in helping your team work together effortlessly, without the hassle of email, from wherever you are.

 

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Task descriptions & comments just got rich

S. Alex Smith

When tasks have context, teams have clarity. When teams have clarity, they can move efficiently and effectively. Task descriptions and comments give teammates context and keep all necessary information and conversations side by side with your work. We just gave these features some polish: you can now add rich text and formatting to any task description or comment!

At Asana, we use task descriptions to take notes during meetings, add guidelines or goals to tasks we’ve assigned teammates, and create brief text “documents,” without needing another app. We use comments to discuss tasks with teammates, and keep the conversation with the work that needs to get done. Rich text makes it easier to structure ideas, highlight important items, and keep teammates up to speed with a quick scan of the task.

rich text shortcuts

Currently, you can add rich text and formatting using keyboard shortcuts, but we will be adding formatting buttons to the task pane in the near future.

To add rich text, use common keyboard shortcuts (replace cmd with ctrl on Windows):

  • cmd+b for bold
  • cmd+u for underline
  • cmd+i for italics

To add formatting, use these keyboard shortcuts (replace cmd with ctrl on Windows):

  • Numbered lists, cmd+shift+7
  • Indented and outdented numbered lists, cmd+] and  cmd+[
  • Bulleted lists, cmd+shift+8
  • Monospace font, cmd+shift+m

Rich text keyboard shortcuts are a new and useful addition to our lineup of keyboard shortcuts that help you work more efficiently in Asana. Our favorite shortcuts include tab+q to quickly add a task, tab+y to mark a task for today, and tab+x to enter focus mode (especially useful for taking notes in a task description during a meeting or when writing long-form notes).

Let us know what other “polish” features you’d like to see in the comments — our Episode 11 polish week is coming up this summer.

A new way to search your tasks: by Section

Josh Smith and Cliff Chang

Asana allows you to capture your team’s tasks and conversations in one place and then view this information in a variety of ways to help you save time, prioritize, and ultimately achieve your team’s goals. Features like Sections, Search Views, and Calendars let you to zoom in and out on projects and tasks, giving you more visibility into your team and helping you make better decisions with less effort. Last year, we launched Search Views, which allow you and your teammates to view tasks based on search criteria. Then, we introduced Sections, making it easier to group tasks into stages, priorities, and milestones within a single project. Now, you can connect these two features to improve your workflow: Search by Section to see a list of tasks within certain Sections of a specific project, or across multiple projects.

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Wufoo & Asana: Connect forms to your tasks

Justin Krause and Kelsey Aroian

The process of collecting structured information–from users needing support, partners requesting to work with you, candidates applying to a job, and even from teams within your company–is often tedious and difficult to manage. We wanted a simpler way to get this information into Asana, with the rest of our work and communication. So, we decided to build an integration using our API, with our favorite tool for building beautiful custom forms, Wufoo.

With Wufoo and Asana, data you collect through web forms becomes actionable. With little work on your end and without any coding required, you can gather custom information that feeds directly into Asana tasks. Then you can add assignees, followers, due dates, and attachments, and connect data with other relevant Asana tasks and projects.
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10, 9, 8, 7….Snaptask!

Greg Slovacek and Cliff Chang

At Asana, we’re re-imagining team communication from the ground up. While some tasks take months to complete, some only take a day, and others need to get done instantly. Until today, there was no direct and simple way to indicate task urgency in Asana. So, during our recent Hackathon, we added a new feature to Asana: Snaptask.

“We believe the future of workplace communication is fast–really fast” -Dustin Moskovitz

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