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Version 2.1 NewsDecember 26, 2004

  • We expect to release Taskline version 2.1 in approximately one week's time. We apologize for the delay.
Version 2.1 NewsOctober 15, 2004

  • Taskline version 2.1 will be available shortly, which will be a free upgrade to all Taskline version 2 users. There are many improvements, including controlling how Taskline splits a task during scheduling and defining traveling time before and after an appointment.
Version 2.0.35October 7, 2004

  • This release fixes a rare problem where Taskline Setup reports that a component is missing and then stops.
Version 2.0.33July 30, 2004

  • Problems with the Taskline toolbar button sometimes not working have now been fixed. The problem usually occurred with PDA Sync software, when Outlook was already running in the background before it was started up manually.
Version 2.0.32June 27, 2004

  • The occasional Internal Error 270 when rescheduling has now been fixed.
Version 2.0.31June 14, 2004

  • On Outlook 98, the "Select any tasks that should finish before this one" list box was not working correctly. This has now been fixed.
  • Fixed a problem that would sometimes cause Taskline Setup to create duplicate recurring tasks.
Version 2.0.27April 26, 2004

  • The occasional Internal Error when the Labels tab was clicked has now been fixed.
Version 2.0.23March 27, 2004

  • Problems with hyperlinks on calendar task entries not working when the task title contained a "/" have now been fixed.
Version 2.0.19March 19, 2004

  • The options to have Start and/or Due dates behave like scheduling constraints have been removed, as some new users struggled with the variety of the options. Instead, Setup will now offer to create scheduling constraints, as a one-off, on tasks with existing Start and Due dates.
  • If Taskline is configured not to update Start and Due dates, then setting a constraint will also automatically set the Start or Due date, as appropriate, and changing the Start or Due date will automatically update the constraint date, if these were previously the same. This change is intended to make life easier for users who used to work with Start or Due dates behaving as scheduling constraints.
  • Task shortcuts in calendar task entries have been replaced by hyperlinks. As a consequence, creating task entries in the calendar now runs significantly more quickly and you don't get a security warning when you click on a hyperlink (whereas double clicking a task shortcut always gave a warning). Also, the "Create task shortcuts" option has been removed – task hyperlinks are now always created.
  • A new optional registry setting can be used to override the category of calendar task entries. Create the string value HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\ResultsWare\Taskline\1.0\CalCategory and assign to it the category you want to use.
  • Delegated tasks are no longer converted to Taskline tasks.
  • The Taskline form has been updated so that it no longer gives a security prompt on Outlook 2002 if Office XP Service Pack 3 is installed and the option to initially display the Taskline page is enabled. The security prompt still appears however if you use the option to initially display the Task page only if there are task notes.
  • A problem with Taskline hanging if there is no free time in the calendar, because of recurring appointments, has been fixed.
  • Setup has been made more reliable in the case where Outlook doesn't shut down properly. Setup also now converts standard tasks to Taskline tasks.
Version 2.0.18February 26, 2004

  • The task list on the Taskline task form will now make use of the optional Outlook component "Collaboration Data Objects," if it's available. This makes filling the task list on the form significantly faster.
  • Some installations with the decimal separator set to a "," were giving an error when a new task was created. This is now fixed.
Version 2.0.17February 4, 2004

  • The problem some people were experiencing of having to repeatedly clear the Outlook forms cache on Outlook 2003 should now be fixed.
Version 2.0.14January 24, 2004

  • The Taskline form was giving an error "The property [Ownership] is unknown" on some machines. This is now fixed.
  • On the Taskline form, selecting a task with a blank subject was giving an error when you tried to save the task. This is now fixed.
Version 2.0.10January 18, 2004

  • Certain Windows regional settings resulted in a VB script error when a task was opened. This problem is now fixed.
  • Some users were getting "Member not found" or "Invalid pointer" errors when running Taskline. This is now fixed.
  • Error reporting has been improved.
Taskline Version 2January 4, 2004

Task Scheduling

  • Taskline now supports recurring tasks. You can schedule the next occurrence of a recurring task.
  • You can specify task constraints, such as a Finish On constraint, with a date and omit the time. This reduces data entry and allows Taskline to optimize the schedule. If you don't supply a time, the constraint applies to any time during the specified day.
  • If several tasks are dependent upon a constraint, such as several tasks affected by a deadline, you can select the other tasks from the Taskline task form in Outlook. This feature replaces and is more efficient than the Taskline version 1 Task Sequences feature.
  • When you do not enter a value in Total Work, a warning message displays.
  • You can use the standard Start date and Due date fields in Outlook as scheduling constraints. If you have existing tasks when you first start using Taskline, you can start using Taskline more quickly and efficiently by telling Taskline to use due dates already entered in Outlook as Finish On or Finish on or Before constraints for scheduling the tasks.
  • You can instruct Taskline to not schedule a task on the Outlook Calendar by clicking the Ignore this task check box on the Taskline task form.
  • Setting Ignore for a task or setting the task status to Waiting on someone else or Deferred clears the Scheduled Start, Schedule End and Week Commencing boxes.
  • Taskline no longer supports the following constraints that were not used very often: Start on or Before and Finish On Or After.
  • Taskline Version 2 now reschedules tasks faster than Version 1.

Improvements to the Taskline Task Form in Outlook

  • You can select dates more accurately and efficiently with a Calendar control. This feature is not supported in Outlook 97.
  • You can get Help from the Taskline form when you open a task.
  • You can set whether the Task tab or the Taskline tab appears first on the Taskline form when you open a task.
  • You can set an option so that all new tasks are assigned a category and that you cannot remove the category from existing tasks, although you can change the category.


Taskline is now compatible with:

  • Outlook® 2003
  • Netcentrics Getting Things Done Versions 1 and 2
  • Franklin Covey® PlanPlus Version 1
  • Chapura® Inc's PocketMirror®

Calendar Task Entries

  • Taskline Version 1 introduced the ability to view your tasks in the Outlook calendar. If you use Outlook 2002 or 2003, then Taskline Version 2 now allows you to view your Calendar task entries quickly and easily in different colors. You can use the Outlook Labels feature to color tasks on the Calendar; for example, you might want to apply the color red to all high-priority tasks on the Calendar.
  • Calendar task entries now get assigned the same values for category and importance as the tasks they represent.
  • You can now create calendar task entries to show the following settings: Busy, Tentative, Free or Out of Office.


  • You can run Taskline from within Outlook by clicking a button on the Outlook toolbar.
  • You can set up the main options for Taskline during Setup.
  • When Taskline schedules assigned tasks, you can prevent Outlook from sending update emails back to the task owner. This prevents Outlook from generating unnecessary emails.
  • You can apply changes without closing the Taskline dialog box with the new Apply button.
  • The Summary of Task Schedule dialog that appears when Taskline completes now shows enhanced content and presentation.
  • Taskline can optionally update task Start date and Due date. Version 2 also adds the ability to restore the original Start date and Due date, if Taskline changes these dates.
  • You can renumber tasks quickly with the new Renumber Task Priorities feature.
  • Folder names on the Taskline dialog box now show the full folder path, rather than just the folder name. This removes ambiguities when two or more folders have the same name.
  • When you enter tasks in Outlook's table view, you can use the constraint abbreviations SO for Start On, SOOA for Start On or After, FO for Finish On, and FOOB for Finish On or Before.
  • Taskline installs completely and correctly on Windows NT, 2000, and XP, even if you do not have Administrator access rights.
  • The evaluation period of the unregistered version is now 15 non-consecutive days, instead of 30 consecutive days.

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