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Rich text for Podio Tasks

Would Podio ever consider adding rich text formatting to the the tasks function? I often have the need to add bulleted lists or bold my headings. 

Chris McCarty Answered

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Podio looks great, but rich text tasks are an absolutely requirement for us. Which means we can't use it.  :-(

Mike Schinkel 0 votes
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Hello Chris and Mike,

Thanks for your feedback. We're working to improve Podio everyday,  rich text formatting is definitely something we're considering in Podio.

However using tasks in Podio is more seen like an action, not something that requires a heading or long descriptions - this will be found in the app item (etc. project description or deliverable).  When you relate the tasks to the app, project , or deliverable it's related to the context and information the employee need to solve the task.

Here's a short video about using tasks and apps together: https://help.podio.com/entries/21670346-using-tasks-and-apps-together

Thanks for adding to our community forum. It's always great for us to gain insight in what you need from Podio to work even better.

Cheers, Sara - Podio

Sara Høeg Højlund-Rasmussen 0 votes
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Thanks Sara,

After posting this I do see what you are saying and I see how Podio could potentially be used differently to meet my need.

But that said, there's still a problem. Your rich text editor in your Apps doesn't allow for images -- we integrate screenshots into our descriptions as a necessary part of our workflow -- and it doesn't allow for HTML either.

Your image field type in Apps is a partial solution, but as far as I can tell you can't add a variable number images using a single image field to an App item.

BTW, we use rich text to describe tasks in detail in other systems and the lack of being able to describe in detail what is needed to complete a task is what 90% of project management solutions are missing.  (We also need to be able to describe the resolution in detail, just fyi.)

ASSUMING Podio allowed us to embed images and edit HTML in rich text fields then we could create a "Specifications" App type and use it instead of tasks, but link tasks to it.

A less compelling approach but also useful for other reasons would be to allow fields to be repeating thus allowing us to attach a variable number of images to an App item.

BTW, we use Skitch for screenshots which can upload a screenshot to an FTP or WebDav server and then allow us to copy the URL to the uploaded image. I'd ideally like to be able to reference an image using a URL rather than be have to upload one, and even better I'd love to be able to have the FTP or WebDav server be integrated with a Podio account so we could use Skitch and have the images still be managed by Podio.

Any chance to address these?

(One more thing. Your rich text fields are fixed in my browser whereas most rich text fields can be resized with the mouse.  That's really annoying for a user when they want to type a lot of information, like I am right now now and like I would for specifications and resolutions.)

Mike Schinkel 0 votes
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Thanks for the additional info. If you're interested to go more into depth with pm in Podio here's a great webinar to inspire: http://blog.podio.com/2012/03/29/101-questions-about-using-podio-for-project-management/

You can actually attach images as files instead of adding an image field. You can select all the files and images you like to an app item.

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Also, you can drag and drop files directly from Skitch: http://blog.podio.com/2012/02/21/dragging-files-from-skitch-to-podio/. If you want to attachment as URL you can simply use a Link field to get this in directly. To be honest I'm not sure whether or not this will work from your FTP server. I know a few people did integrate with FTP using our API.

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Sara Høeg Højlund-Rasmussen 0 votes
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Thanks for the detail.  Good news on Skitch.

Okay, it's getting better, but still not quite what we need. It's very important for us to be able to have images inline so that we don't have to try to describe in the text which images we are referring to. 

Also, comments don't seem to allow inline images, only thumbnails you have to click on.

Many other systems address images the same way, like AtTask for example, and we removed them from our shortlist for that reason alone.  You guys are sooo close... :)

Mike Schinkel 0 votes
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Just a note - you can also attach a file (image) in a comment :-) I know it's not inline images, but I think it's close. Sk_rmbillede_2012-08-16_kl._11.32.37.png

Sara Høeg Højlund-Rasmussen 0 votes
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Hi Sara,

Yes, thanks, I saw that.  It posts thumbnails which, as you say is close but not quite there.

As a web developer, which is what I am, I know that based on what I'm asking for your team is 98% there already...

-Mike

Mike Schinkel 0 votes
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Good. We are sure working to make it to the 100 %.

Have a great day, Mike and thanks for the discussion here + Twitter. /Sara

Sara Høeg Højlund-Rasmussen 0 votes
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Wanted to chime in on this thread. We loooooove Podio.

Our one big unanimous feature request is for text-color support in the rich-text editor in apps.

We constantly struggle with how to dialogue right in the notes on app items. Comments don't quite cut it since they aren't inline. Essentially, we want to be able to easily distinguish 'voice' in the editable text.

Ian Walker 0 votes
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Hi Sara,
Thank you for your feedback. I have actually tried to use the apps to assign tasks to my employees, but with multiple client workspaces and lots of different types of activities, it is far easier for me to just create a task and assign it to one of my designers. From there I can see the activity in my employee network and I do not have to click through each workspace's activity feed to see what is going on.

I understand that tasks were initially seen as an action, but even if that is the case, it would be nice to have the option to explain the "action" in grater detail. e.g. Bold important parts, create a short bulleted list, etc.

Does any of that make sense?

Best,
Chris

Chris McCarty 0 votes
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Hi there! Yes, it sure makes sense. This is exactly why we open up for these kind of conversations in the community forum. To make sure all feedback is saved for us to use when improving and creating the future of Podio. Thanks for adding to this.

I  also see that it's quicker to create a task (simply by pressin "t") but you can also create an item (in the app) fast from the global item creator. Click on the big green plus in top right corner and you can search to quickly find the app you want to relate the item to. Sk_rmbillede_2012-08-17_kl._14.27.56.png

Sara Høeg Højlund-Rasmussen 0 votes
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Having rich text editor for description and comments is a must-have for me in podio

Today you can not format text properly, so reading task descriptions is a pain in the ..Formatting comments is important too.

Refering to an app is not always relevant or takes too many clicks sometimes.

Also, even if it is a little out of subject, being able to edit comments could be useful for many reasons, with an history for admin if keeping traces of what is said in its first version seems necessary.

Didier Castelnau 0 votes
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God, years have passed but still no ability to use inline images in text fields... Why so? It just blocks us from using podio as corporate knowledgebase :(

Валентин Василевский 4 votes
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