Glista 0.3 Released

Thanks to the very good holiday layout this year*, I finally got to release the next preview release of Glista – my super simple Gtk+ based to-do list manager for your desktop.

The major improvement in this release is category support. For a while, I didn’t want to add any features that will make the UI more complex than it is. Then I noticed that I tend to add ad-hoc categories to my tasks in order to sort them – that is instead of typing “Fix ZF bug #1234″ I type “ZF: Fix bug #1234″. This is a very natural way to organize your tasks for me, and I assume that it is for most people. So I decided to add category support by recognizing this colon-separated syntax and breaking any item typed in this way into a “cateogry: item” structure.

I think the result is quite nice – no complex UI for managing categories, but what is IMHO good category support.

Take a look at the usage part on the Glista home page for more information on using this feature.

If you are a Linux / Gnome user (or even if you use other desktops but don’t mind using Gtk+ bases stuff), take a shot at Glista – I appreciate any feedback you might have!

Oh, and another nice bonus for this release is a Gentoo Ebuild – if you use Gentoo like me, you are welcome to try it.

* The Jewish / Israeli holiday season of the new Jewish year, which due to the fact that the Jewish calendar is lunar falls on slightly different dates somewhere on September / October, is composed of 4 different holidays, with 2 – 3 non-working days each. This year, to the dismay of employers everywhere, the non-working days fall exactly on weekdays – so we had the pleasure of having 4 weeks with 2 – 3 working days each for the last 4 weeks. How cool is that?

3 thoughts on “Glista 0.3 Released

  1. Wow! I’m using Glista 0.2.1, but I see that I’ll have to upgrade:).

    The only problem I have with glista is that I can’t make it react to a keystroke. I’m a heavy keyboarder – mouse is sooo slow, you have to move your hand to it, grab it, move it to the right position, click *and* return to the keyboard – that I hate applications which can’t be used w/o it. I can see that when you get to glista, you can do (almost) everything w/o the mouse, but I can’t make the glista window to appear using a keystroke… Maybe you should include some code which, when glista is run, discoveres that an instance of it is already running and only brings the window before the user’s eyes… Then I wouldn’t have to click on the icon in the tray, but I’d just press some key. IMHO this would add *a lot* to the UX. (Now only another instance is run AFAIK.)

    Of course, one of the reasons I chose glista (not the most important, though) was the name. I’m Polish; “lista” means “list” in Polish, and “glista” means a “worm”, so it’s a lovely play on words;).

  2. @mbork: cool, glad to know you’re enjoying it – and I love the feedback – I’ll see what I can do about keyboard access / detecting an instance.

    BTW I don’t speak polish or any other one of the Slavic languages where “glista” actually means something – the name started as just the combination of “g” and “list” with an “a” to make it sound nicer – but very soon some friends told me what it meant – so I decided to stick with it.