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By Hog Bay Software

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README PLEASE: I expect to release TaskPaper 3 in early January as a paid upgrade. TaskPaper will be $14.99 on release and then $24.99 final price. I've just lowered TaskPaper 2 pricing to $4.99.

For Mac users to make lists and stay organized. TaskPaper is a simple to-do list that’s surprisingly adept. Unlike standard organizers, TaskPaper gets out of your way so that you can get things done.


Type your lists into TaskPaper and each line is formatted into a project, task, or note. TaskPaper doesn’t force a particular system on you; it provides you with basic to-do list elements and then you use them as you see fit.


TaskPaper has a magic trick. It understands your list's structure and will instantly filter your list to show only items of interest. TaskPaper’s filter system is simple to use—focus on a particular project or tag with a single tap. It also supports advanced searching if need.


"A best-in-breed application, offering a perfect balance of efficiency and features."
— 5/5

"Chances are you’re looking for something with a good interface and that ultimately helps you be more productive; Hog Bay Software’s TaskPaper satisfies both requirements"
— Dan Frakes,

"TaskPaper’s strength is that it lets you focus on crossing out those tasks instead of building a self-referential web of unfinished business which separates you from the cold, harsh reality of all the work you need to do."
— Scott McNulty,

What's New in Version 2.3.2

* Fixed: Quick Entry box would not show in full screen apps
* Fixed: Quick Entry shortcut could not be set to 'no shortcut'
* Fixed: Drag handle visual glitch after dragging a task between multiple documents


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Customer Reviews

I am loving this app!

I have been searching for the perfect "to do" app for sometime. Played with them all. I was so hesitant on this one initially because of it's simplicity but after working with OmniFocus, Things and others, I so appreciate it's simplicity more than ever! It just works. Simple and intuitive, easy to manipulate, everything at a glance with no extra "fields" to fill out. Easy to copy and paste into other documents, emails, etc. Easy to search and track. It helps me be so much more productive because I don't spend as much time working on inputing and sorting my lists (as in OmniFocus for example) so I spend more time actually doing my work. Love it!

A couple of suggestions for future versions…sometimes I'd like to have TaskPaper show a few specific projects at one time instead of just one (when using the search or focus). Sometimes my projects are interelated and I haven't figured out a way to use the search to show only specific ones together (with subtasks) at a time. Another idea would be to add some basic color coding (turn text red, for example) or highlighting all from the tool bar.

Thanks for a great product!

Lists and outlines on steroids

I'm a list guy. Outlines just make sense. But they have limitations. They get too big. Things get lost.

TaskPaper is a huge step toward removing issues like these. Now my lists can be filtered to show me exactly what I need, when I need it. It would be nice to have a more user friendly way to open different taskpaper files than File>Open/OpenRecent. An additional dropdown showing taskpapers within a default directory in the same vein as the project and tag dropdowns that currently exist would be nice. Keyboard shortcut navigation to do the same would be even better such as what you might find in TextMate or PeepCode's PeepOpen app. That aside, the powerful filtering capabilities can resolve most of those issues by keeping your data in one file. I don't know how it handles large files, however. One other nice thing to add would be adding more styles (to cover accessibility for one) and making them easier to customize.

Overall, a stunning job. If you like using lists and aren't afraid of text (i.e., you don't need a button for everything), then TaskPaper can take your basic lists to a new level of capabilities.

I LOVE this, but...

Taskpaper is fantastic, especially now that it’s only $10. So simple, yet deceptively powerful, especially when you get into more complex boolean searches and scripting potential. I keep all of my projects and to-do lists in Taskpaper now, after going back and forth between Omnifocus, Things, pen and paper, Wunderlist, and various other programs. This one has had my focus for longer than the others combined now. I do wish the syntax were a little different. If you have an especially long list, it can look a little cluttered when you open it in a regular text-editing program. FoldingText looks somewhat promising, but development on it has been so ridiculously slow that it’s just not worth holding out any hope for it. There’s also weird issues with syncing with the iOS app, and the developer has admitted that he’s dropping development on that. I wouldn’t be surprised if he dropped this soon as well. He says he’s continuing development on it, but you may notice it hasn’t had an update in a year and a half...

In any case, it’s still a great app that blows away the competition in ways you wouldn’t expect.

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  • $4.99
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.3.2
  • Size: 1.2 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: OS X 10.6 or later

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