Name: [079] Lucas Holland
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TaskPaper [ID:506] (1/11)

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video tutorial by Lucas Holland, added 01/08

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TaskPaper is a simple to-do list application that uses plain text files to store information.

It's $18.95 and a trial is available at:

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29. anonymous Wed, 03 Jun 2009 03:20


27. anonymous Mon, 24 Nov 2008 10:20

I've just created a new TaskPaper screencast showing version 2.0's features. You can download it from Taskpaper's home page:

Thanks for the video! It doesn't look like it is available on Windows :-(.

25. anonymous Sun, 19 Oct 2008 13:44

Excellent explanation of the features of TaskPaper. Maybe you could speak a little quicker...

24. anonymous Mon, 08 Sep 2008 11:04

Good overview of all the program features. Maybe just a little too much dragging the window when doing the prefs section which is distracting. Otherwise, very good.

For non-mac people, check out the website anyway. The author recommends programs for windows and web that use the same format.

Also, the final price for this application is expected to be $28 which I think is a little high. It's a great, simple little application but I think $15-$20 is a good price.

23. anonymous Sat, 06 Sep 2008 22:22

I have just purchased WriteRoom by the same developers (because after a month of trial, WriteRoom became so indispensable), and wondered what this TaskPaper would do for me. So I came here to watch this video.

This video really helped me to see what I can do with this app. Nice job! If you had shown me what these Tabs could do in more detail, it would have been even better.

Many thanks from Osaka, Japan!

Q Higuchi

22. anonymous Mon, 11 Aug 2008 09:21

Very good, although volume is a bit low, as someone else noted. My question is can I use this on two computers and have the data files stored on idisk?

21. anonymous Sun, 10 Aug 2008 22:23

Pretty good overview! Helpful. Thanks!

I would like to point out however, that the character TaskPaper uses to create a new task is not a dash! It's an ambiguous character, the Unicode specification describes it as “hyphen-minus.” I assure you, it is not a dash!

20. anonymous Sat, 02 Aug 2008 19:42

Especially since Hogbay man hasn't provided help for this app, your video is really valuable to me as I am figuring out which GTD tool to use. The others are more about look than function, I think, and this enables one to work quickly; after viewing your video, I think it is my choice.

19. anonymous Tue, 10 Jun 2008 09:33

A bit boring, but very clear...


18. anonymous Thu, 15 May 2008 03:11

Great. Really helpful.

17. anonymous Wed, 19 Mar 2008 05:31

I've just downloaded the trial and you video quickly gets you up to speed. If I was being hyper critical I'd say it sounds like you're reading a slow auto-que. But thats maybe something for the next video.

Thanks again.

16. anonymous Fri, 14 Mar 2008 23:22

Thanks for putting this together. Clear and enjoyable. I must agree that it could have been a touch faster.

The product seems way over priced in my opinion. I'm sure it will show up in another incarnation as open source freeware soon.

But The Video was wonderfully made.

Thanks again,


15. anonymous Fri, 14 Mar 2008 09:33

Thank you for the quick run-thru. It helped me quickly decide how I will use this application.

14. anonymous Mon, 10 Mar 2008 15:31

Your video helped me understand tabs. I wanted to set up one tab per project, but TaskPaper is even more flexible than that.

I would have appreciated a few words about how one might sync TaskPaper between two computers, and maybe an iPhone as well.


13. anonymous Sun, 09 Mar 2008 12:15

Clear and useful - thanks!

12. anonymous Sun, 02 Mar 2008 19:41

Review of TaskPaper

Awesome! Didn't have any real problems with it but the screencast really helped me to get started.


11. anonymous Sun, 02 Mar 2008 17:53

I love the mac interface, nice video.

10. anonymous Wed, 27 Feb 2008 11:14

Review of TaskPaper

Very clear and thorough. Only suggestion would be to speed-up the audio to cover the material in much less time.

Gregory - for me the 'download flv' buttons (when I'm logged in) points at:

which certainly looks like Lucas' video.

The link is auto-generated from our certainly won't link to someone's old article!


Hello Gregory,

the download works fine for me.

What OS/web browser are you using?


Is it possible to download the video? I thought that clicking on the "Download the video's flv" button would do just that: instead, it downloaded a "nxtbook" with an old article from Mentor Graphics.

Is this in error or have I missed something?


I see a link to this on TaskPaper's site now too - good job again :-)


great application. I am also a admirer of simple apps! (though I'd rather create one alike, than to pay $18 for it)

according to the author's homepage, this application is only for Mac-users :-(

Lucas - congratulations on the warm reception from TaskPaper's author - I see his blog entry:


2. anonymous Thu, 31 Jan 2008 12:10

Lucas, thanks for creating and posting this. I've linked to it from my blog and from the "previously very bare bones" TaskPaper help page.

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