Continuing my little previews of what is coming in ActiveInbox 5 (due this month – and you can pre-register for early access below!), I want to introduce some very cool little things…
The Active Results has been completely overhauled
It’s much more readable than before, and the Next Steps for each email appear below the subject, to make scanning and prioritising faster.
Why does prioritizing need to be faster? I’m extremely glad you asked 🙂
You can now rank tasks by dragging them up and down, putting the most urgent ones at the top.
I’m incredibly proud of this – I’m pretty certain it’s the first time it’s ever been possible in email.
And the Project view has become ‘livable in’ – somewhere you can spend several hours moving the project forward.
This is because it has been split into 3 sections to give you a complete overview of the project: a list of to do items, a list of reference materials (emails without a status or deadline), and updates coming into your inbox.
We’ve also added a very useful nuance to Waiting On.
Several months ago, we had a huge discussion on the blog about improving ‘Waiting On’.
The key problem was that if you mark something as Waiting On, then even if they reply, you still had to manually switch it back to Action. This meant you were less likely to do it, so the Waiting On list became less useful, which meant you were even less likely still to use it (a vicious cycle!) until eventually you avoided it altogether. A dreadful waste, I’m sure you’ll agree 🙂
So now, if you marked something as Waiting On, you can instruct ActiveInbox to automatically turn it back into an Action when they reply.
I.e. relax while you ignore something that’s blocked, and then have it changed into an action for you to do upon reply.
Sign up for early access to ActiveInbox 5
We’re still inviting volunteers in to try ActiveInbox 5 before it’s released.
So, the first people to get access to 5 will be Plus users who enter their email address below:
(Please be aware this really is a beta product, albeit one that has been tested for many months – it’s not for the faint of heart).
If you’re not a Plus user, you can enter your email address anyway – and if you upgrade in the near future we’ll get you on V5. We certainly appreciate your support 🙂
This was written by Andy Mitchell