TaskInsight adds speech commands for task lists and timelines on OS X

Berkeley, California – Imaja announces TaskInsight 3.3, task list and timeline management, for productivity and business, with a rich feature set and iCloud support on Mac OS X. This update debuts a new speech commands module to control TaskInsight, and a new function to create speakable text from the task list.

Speech Commands Module 1 provides speech control for various actions, including task selection, speaking, setting priorities and status, sorting, navigation, and other actions. The speech control uses the Mac OS X Speakable Items system (in System Preferences / Accessibility). Speech Commands Module 1 is an In App Purchase. For details on TaskInsight’s Speech Commands, visit the TaskInsight pages at imaja.com.

TaskInsight supports text-to-speech of the selected tasks, and the new Copy as Speakable Text puts a copy of the selected tasks on the Clipboard specially formatted for the Text to Speech capability of Mac OS X, including natural phrasing for better comprehension. To create an audio track that can be synced to your iPhone or iPad for on-the-go listening, paste the text into TextEdit and use “Add to iTunes as a Spoken Track” in the Services menu.

TaskInsight includes priorities, labels, color coding, graphic timeline, list/table view, background images, manual and automatic sorting, drag and drop, copy and paste, undo and redo, customizable views, and several optional fields, easy importation of tasks with Paste Text Lines as Items, and contextual menus.

Use various special Copy and Paste commands for moving tasks within TaskInsight documents or to other applications. The copy commands create color-coded tables in Rich Text Format (RTF) that can be pasted into other applications such as word processors, e-mails or other documents.

The Search function provides general text searching, label-specific searching, priority and status searching. The Recent Searches menu provides quick access to recent filtered views.

Use Shift Time to reschedule tasks. Use simple and combination sorting to organize tasks by priority, label, status, and various date fields.

Text can be resized for compact screen sharing views or large presentation views, and full screen mode can be engaged for presentations or focused task management sessions.

The Timeline view supports zoom in and out on the time scale, drag rescheduling, search filtering, sorting and auto-sorting, font, font size, font color and background color customization, color-coded priorities, and extensive keyboard navigation.

Use the Timeline to evaluate and arrange task sequencing. The grid label display automatically adjusts based on current zoom level. Customize the Timeline for presentations with a background image and the option of color tinting or brightness changes. Change text font, size and colors, margin settings, snap to time grid, time grid line colors, auto-sort and many other options. The Go To Date command provides easy Timeline navigation. View the “percent done” task attribute graphically in the Timeline.

Import and export functions support TSV (tab-separated values) and XML files for sharing with other database, spreadsheet or project management applications. The Timeline or List view can be easily exported to PDF via the Print command for delivery to viewers.

Document Settings provides many display and behavior customizations. TaskInsight documents optionally include date columns for start, due, completed, created and modified dates, useful for planning, sorting and analyzing task list history. Dates can optionally include time of day for display and editing. The Recent Documents panel provides quick access to important task lists.

Standard, searchable documentation is provided through Apple Help, including a useful page on Keyboard Shortcuts.

AppleScript can be used to change properties of TaskInsight documents, such as various Document Settings, task properties and task views. Tasks can be created and modified with AppleScript. Sample AppleScript scripts can be downloaded from the TaskInsight web page.

Imaja’s Greg Jalbert, project manager and software developer, points out the salient new features, “The new speech commands make it easier to create, evaluate, rearrange and present project schedules, task category structures and priorities. I use TaskInsight for planning, organizing and tracking progress on several complex projects, from 20 to 100 to 600 tasks. TaskInsight’s productive feature set is valuable for users in business, education, engineering, presentation, development, home and office; anywhere that non-trivial, real-world task list management is needed.”

System Requirements
* Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later
* 1.5 MB

Pricing and Availability:
TaskInsight 3.3 is available for the price of $29.99 (USD), available worldwide exclusively from Apple’s Mac App Store in the Productivity and Business categories.

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