iOS, no, or yes?


I have been here on this forum for awhile now and I am aware that Jessie has asserted that he is no interested in developing iOS porting for TaskPaper. Then I came across this YouTube video showing how TaskPaper is used on an iPad - which last time I looked was an iOS device. TaskPaper Running on an iPad Curious then to understand if this is true or not? Granted, this video says it was uploaded in 2010 so perhaps TaskPaper once did this but, no longer? Inquiring minds want to know.

I enjoy using Taskpaper. And, with the memory challenges I have, the more different methods I use for doing a task, the harder it becomes to stay with a task - or a system. Therefore for my needs, it would be great if TaskPaper had a way to port to an iOS device. As it is now I selected my priority tasks for today, made sure I hit the “copy displayed” key command and not the “copy” command (which are backwards IMHO). Then I pasted into my Notes app section for “Todays Carry” Notes field so that as I travel around the city getting things done I don’t forget things. If an iPad can run TaskPaper I would consider getting the iPad mini just for this purpose.

Which is why I am posting this, to get Jessie to weigh in on the linked video.

Thanks all.

TaskPaper for iOS

Hi, I did build and sell a iOS version of TaskPaper. But then the iOS app market exploded (number of apps) and collapsed (ability to make money selling apps) and the end result was that I couldn’t make enough money to support development of the iOS apps.

So I stopped selling them and open sourced the TaskPaper for iOS code. A few different developers have used that code as a starting point to create their own TaskPaper apps.


I would be delighted to pay again for a Hog Bay version. The ones from other developers have left me unhappy (for example, Taskmater lost data a couple of times during normal use).


I too would pay. This is such a volatile world with App developers. TaskPaper has remained viable for some time now and that is a good thing. But watching the interest from the developer in iOS wane is just … sad and par for the course, unfortunately. That wasn’t a back hand swipe at Jessie, he knows his priorities better than I do. It’s just that as I observe, we all want to create it the way we want it but that doesn’t always jibe with the developers vision. Short of being your own developer, what you gonna do?

I would love to just build my own custom solutions. But I don’t have the skill. I am not a programmer and frankly, living in that deep logic part of my brain - just hurts. I used to work with a desktop and server database app called Panorama by Proview. I was able to run some Python and other scripts within that app. I just downloaded XCode and tried out some “how to”” videos. Not likely that I will figure that out anytime soon. I also looked at LiveCode. LiveCode seems like the way to go for a rank amateur in code writing like myself.


You should try Editorial if you’re looking for an iOS TaskPaper client and you know python. It has native suppprt for both.


A text editor seems much more like using TP on the Mac than the iOS client did (ditto TaskMator).


Hmm, OK but, where do I find this? I am looking at the app store and I get no results for “editorial”.



Editorial is my current solution for TaskPaper on iOS. It is very good.

That said, I’d still prefer a native TaskPaper app.


By the way, the Go to Project workflow is built into Editorial now. You just tap on the title of the document, and you get a list of projects:


Taskmator is a good option second to Editorial. It gets updates pretty regularly. Developer is pretty responsive.


Yes, I wrote that up a few weeks after Editorial had launched. Now there are several dozen workflows for working with TP files, as well as native support as you note. I think the preference for Editorial vs Taskmator will come down to whether you prefer a text editor or a more mobile-focused interface. I use both, Editorial for complex edits and Taskmator for checking stuff off quickly.


I haven’t had any problems with Taskmator in the last year. I did see what Jim mentioned above on a fresh install with Dropbox connected. Amit is pretty active still on it but i imagine he doesn’t see the path to millions.

For my wife the killer feature in Taskmator that carried over from Taskpaper is swipe to strike… still king. She saw the Editorial interface and it did not kick in enough endorphines. And speaking as a husband, you want a wife with more endorphins.


yeah, it’s not probably raking it in, that one clone really hurt him for a while, i admit, i was giving a bad of a review as possible without it getting modded for that clone.