iOS, no, or yes?

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.

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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.

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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.

Any updates on this? iOS is rapidly becoming a problem for the taskpaper format. Editorial is defunct and I’m not so keen on Taskmator, but it seems the only option.

Does anyone have any other solution they are using to access their Taskpaper on iOS? Now that I’m 50% on iOS, I’m sadly having to rethink continuing with Taskpaper. When iOS 13 is released with full USB access, I can’t help but think that macos only apps are going to be a problem. I’m hoping that Jesse might be able to port it over as they look to make macos apps run on iOS.

I’ve moved on to 1Writer.

I’ve been able to get my most important macros written in JavaScript, and I am using iCloud to sync (which works better than Dropbox did with Editorial—zero conflicted files with the new setup).

My only gripe was that I had to rename my TaskPaper files from .taskpaper to .txt—but once I got over that, I couldn’t be happier!

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Just to say, I use TaskPaper a little differently than some. I use TaskPaper primarily as a writing tool. My organization of ideas happens in TaskPaper. At some point, Scrivener becomes my main focus as TaskPaper remains plain text and will not allow inline formatting or pasting in graphics. Finally, I move to Nisus, my word processor of choice.

I am making do just fine using Apples Notes app. I copy the text I am working on, and paste it into Notes. It syncs with my iPad, and I walk around reviewing and editing my writing, make changes, and allow it to resync with my Mac. Then I copy paste the changes.

I think I was the OP on this post. It would also be nice to see TaskPaper as a task keeping and task scheduling app on a compatible iOS platform. But for my needs, Notes has filled the gap quite nicely.

The more I realize that my writing process involves three separate apps, the less worried I have become about continuing to seek out a TaskPaper specific iOS outcome.

Thanks guys. My problem is that iOS is no longer a temporary fill-in for when I’m out and about. I actually need to work on my tasks on my iPad. This requires full Taskpaper functionality, which does not appear to be on the horizon.

Yep, I sympathize with you on that. I think Jessie weighed in that he was unable to find a profit in the overcrowded iOS market. Seems sad since, there are many other apps around that will do some of what TaskPaper can do, I suppose, but getting it right, as Jessie has done with TaskPaper is oh so sweet.

If it is about tracking projects and lists in the iOS environment, I think I would take a hard look at the offerings by the Omni Group. I don’t know very much about their products (OmniFocus, OmniPlan, OmniOutliner) but from what I have demoed in the past they seem to offer strong solutions that work in iOS and macOS. Not sure if any of their products work in the TaskPaper plain text environment or not. But, if you are seriously considering a total iOS environment, their products might be worth a look - see.

Why on earth would USB drive access matter for Taskpaper?

It wouldn’t matter specifically for Taskpaper, but it matters to many like me who are still needing to use desktops/laptops because of file transfer. As iOS inches ever closer to replacing macbooks/desktops it will invariably have an impact on macos only software. Which is my current predicament with Taskpaper.

I used to use Omni, but they’ve simply priced themselves out of my budget.

I’ve also moved all my text to plain text and don’t want to lock myself into proprietary formats. I did also consider Drafts which handles the Taskpaper format, but it’s data is siloed which also makes it unusable.

I may need to revisit todo.txt if I cannot find a solution.

Sorry things haven’t changed too much for me:

  1. I’m still working (very slowly it seems) on WriteRoom/TaskPaper 4 for Mac infrastructure.

  2. I agree there needs to be better way to view/edit Taskpaper files cross platform, but I don’t have any concrete plans to do this right now.

With that said there is potential for movement here… I know @leftium is recently thinking about way to provide TaskPaper on iOS. Previously he’s done some other TaskPaper hacks:

I hope he’ll join this thread and get some feedback on what is needed.

Hey, I’m the developer of

There are a few reasons I created Todo.taskpaper. First, I want to use TaskPaper on non-MacOS platforms. Also, there are a few features I’d like to add. My original announcement explains in more detail.

Todo.taskpaper is hosted on the web, so it will run on most platforms with web browsers. The current version is completely client-side: no server is involved aside from serving static files. So it could easily be modified to run locally without any internet and could even be “appified.”

Currently Todo.taskpaper is a hobby project I work on as permitted by time and motivation. I am also waiting for the next version of a few libraries like CodeMirror 6 and React with suspense hooks.

A CEO recently approached me about funding/commercializing Todo.taskpaper. It’s just talk right now, but funding would accelerate and focus development specifically for TaskPaper on iPad. Commercialization would probably result in a web-based collaborative version of TaskPaper (that would work on iPad, of course).

In the near future, I plan to create an online TaskPaper viewer. This app would solve the issue with sharing TaskPaper files by nicely rendering an HTML version of any publicly accessible TaskPaper format file. This app would be largely read-only, although it may offer rudimentary Dropbox sync. (Copy the text from the app, edit in another app, then paste the changes back into the app. This would trigger a sync back to Dropbox.) I won’t be able to test on an iPad, but I’m sure it will work on iOS.

I’ll keep an eye on this thread to track what people want when using TaskPaper on iPad/iOS. My personal vision for Todo.taskpaper is not exactly the same as TaskPaper, but they are quite similar.