Another “day” (actually it’s been weeks), another release!
But this one is special given the amount of good it contains… 🎉
🖥️ More Platforms
With today’s release comes two new platforms:
- Routine for Windows is coming to complete the macOS app
- All Mac computers equipped of an Apple M1 processor can now benefit from a specially built Routine Desktop for macOS Apple M1.
🍾 New Features
- By far the most requested feature, Routine now supports multi accounts.
- Zapier workflows (known as Zaps) are now supported, allowing to connect more than 4000 products and services to Routine.
- An integration with Google Workspace Directory has been developed to allow importing the contacts from your organization, assuming you use a Google Workspace (business) account.
- You can now save your recurrent tasks in any object’s notes. It could be in a task, an event, a person or a page.
- In the same vein, it is now possible to move a task to another parent.
- In addition to moving tasks, you can now also export your notes through the
Exportaction in the submenu of your tasks, events, pages and contacts.
- It is now possible to change the calendar of an event (regular event or task allocation)
To connect additional accounts, head to Settings, then to the General section and click
+ Add account.
For more information, please refer to the dedicated knowledge base article about the Zapier integration.
To activate it, go to Settings and Integrations.
I must admit that the process is not extremely simple for now but it is a first step 😉. Open the dashboard and in the console, use the
> character (referred to as the redirection mechanism) to specify where the object should be saved.
This will likely not get you excited, but it is (in my humble opinion) a major step toward our vision. The reason it is powerful is because it allows to contextualize not only your tasks, but also your recurrences. You can therefore group all those regular and recurrent tasks together where they belong instead of using manual and error-prone tags/labels.
Open a task and use the
… menu to access the
Move to… action.
The notes are copied in your clipboard along with information on the object itself (e.g for an event it would be the event title, date, time, list of participants, location and public description) for you to paste it wherever you want.
- Performance has been improved, in particular when loading the Planner, Inbox etc.
- The Planner now displays all-day events at the top, under each day:
- Meetings to which you haven’t answered, answered Maybe or answered No are displayed differently in the Planner
- Tasks coming from integrations can now be planned as any native task in Routine. You can schedule, postpone and block time for such tasks coming from Notion, Gmail, Zapier etc.
- The authentication flow has been improved to better handle Google’s unfriendly permission management system. In short, it is better.
- If you have experienced a bug where notes disappeared, I am extremely sorry. It should now be fixed 🙏.
- You can now delete calendar events directly from the Planner without archiving them first.
- Helpers have been introduced to better explain the purpose of every screen. You can discard them by clicking the cross.
- When postponing an existing task, the first suggestion is now “this week” to ease the process of putting a task in the current batch/week.
- Contacts are now periodically refreshed.
- You can now edit event properties (title, date, start & end times, public description etc.) individually. Soon a user interface for better creating events (in particular meetings) will be introduced.
- When using the
withkeyword in the console, you can now type an email address to refer to as a person in your address book.
- Today’s agenda now displays the events in the 24h format. This is the first step towards allowing you to configure how to display hours.
- The white background below the scroll zone when working in dark mode has been fixed.
- Several improvements around the Notion integration, in particular crashes to the app that are now prevented (e.g when Notion decides to introduce stuff in their API).
ESCAPEno longer navigates back to the previous screen. This one may not sound like an improvement but it is the first step toward introducing a lot of keyboard shortcuts.
- Meetings created in Routine now automatically get attached a Google Meet link.
We are currently actively working on more performance improvements. Expect more very soon…
Routine has been designed for you to focus on your day. The Today screen’s agenda should only display events that you will actually attend, not the events from your colleagues’ and friends’ calendars.
To help Routine know which events take up some of your time, go to Settings and Calendars and star the calendars that hold events you will attend to mark them as primary. On the other hand, the events from secondary calendars will be visible in the Planner but will not be displayed in Today.
🎯 Coming Next
We are currently focusing on performance and stability. In addition, we will soon be releasing the following:
- Event notifications to easily join calls
- New iPhone app that we have been using internally for quite some time. It still needs a bit of polishing but it should be a major step forward.
- New UX and UI to create and edit events/meetings (rather than using the console)
- Support for recurring events
For more information, do not hesitate to refer to the roadmaps and upvote for your favorite features.
🤗 Shout Outs
Ndubuisi K., -Andrew-, Raphael, xavierlv, BlueWater, Romain M., FX F., Bruno C. Chris, CM, Damion B, nwf, drb, drigbye, Ed L, fab, it’sEmma, Kevin L., Mangoim, Mju C, PapaPatrick, RaSk, Tenesia G, WarwreX, whon, William L., Chris M., Franck, hoolio, imthegoat, Kara, Iwan, nrod, Tomavatars, klauss, abbabon, Valentin M., Felix K., Gorgia B., CryptoBeast, Simon C., Yannick and many other.
Thanks again to all of you for the support and kind words ❤️.