Quire Reviews

I love it

Positive Review by tristancalin
about Quire Apr 2016

I've been using Quire for more than an year for all sort of projects and if there's one thing I really liked about Quire so far is the combination of speed and simplicity that makes complex projects easier to handle. The whole is greater than it's parts and this clearly applies to Quire. Standard features like drag&drop, tagging and task editing are surprisingly fast for a web app and there's virtually no lag for common operations. The UI is also fast and responsive and has limited but useful customization features.

Some of my favorite features or group of features:

  • unlimited levels for tasks - this feature allows me to organize my work on any level of complexity required for a particular task; Usually I don't use more than two levels of subtasks, but when I do I'm very happy this feature is there and its easy to use. The keyboard shortcuts are logical and well documented, so its possible to use the keyboard to create tasks and subtasks extremely fast.

  • it's very easy to handle a large number of projects. Creating new projects in Quire is almost as easy as creating new tasks and there isn't any noticeable performance penalty for doing that. Not only that, but it's also possible to create multiple organizations(with different members), a feature I'm using to separate personal and company projects. Usually I prefer to split a large project in multiple projects(one for each module) the same way I would split a large task in multiple subtasks. Switching between different projects feels instant and most of the time this is done using a very convenient panel in the left side. A great feature (and huge time saver) is the "Favorite projects" list where I usually add a couple of projects I'm working on so I can jump from one project to another with one click and without browsing a large list.

  • colored tags are very well implemented in Quire and probably one of the best features avaible in this app from my point of view. I'm using them all the time to add useful information to various tasks using a color code (like red color for Urgent/Critical tags, blue for Bug tasks or gray color for low priority tasks). There's also a priority feature avaible in Quire, but usually I prefer to use the colored tags to set the importance or type of a task. This way it's possible for me to get an overall idea about the status of the project just by looking at the tags from the task lists.

Additionally, from a developer's point of view this app is robust and exceptionally well engineered. The team behind it clearly knows how to make a web app fast and responsive, with short loading times. The app is featured in Google Dart homepage(at the time of this review) as one of the pioneer apps who are using this new technology from Google.

Overall my experience with Quire.io has been positive, but considering how much work I've been able to complete with the app this sounds like an understatement for me. There's a fine balance between simplicity and avaible features I haven't seen in any other project management tool I've tried and best of all, the app is constantly improved. Almost every feature I've seen added in this product turned out to be something I can use in my workflow to increase the productivity. I strongly recommend it.

[Edited by tristancalin, April 24]

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Quire.io: one of the best task managers I have seen

Positive Review by dennisbrul
about Quire Jan 2016

I've seen and tried dozens of task managers like Asana, Meistertask, Wunderlist, and a whole bunch of other ones. Some of them are pretty cool, but in general they tend to lack one key functionality that I find crucial in any kind of task manager: subtasks. More precisely: I want an unlimited number of subtasks in a structure that allows me to create an unlimited number of subtask-levels.

Quire.io has this kind of structure. And it works like a charm! The application has a very straightforward main structure, being composed of Organizations > Projects > Tasks > Subtasks. And from a GUI perspective: it's lightning fast! Creating tasks - especially when you know how to use the keyboard shortcuts - is easy and requires minimum effort. And shuffling around tasks to subtasks levels back and forth is also as easy as can be.

In addition to its huge core power, it also has some nice features like the functionality to attach Google Drive files to tasks and comments, assigning tasks to external teams (when collaborating with external parties), and even a GitHub integration making it possible to link GitHub commits to your tasks.

Quire.io is definatelly one of the best task managers I have seen so far, and actually has become my favorite one. It's good, it's fast and it has a solid build quality. And the communication with the people behind Quire.io is excellent! They have a huge eye for detail and are more than happy to discuss any kind of existing or new functionality.

Are you looking for a fast, powerful and easy to use task manager? I'm sure Quire.io won't disappoint you.

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Solid Simple Efffecrive

Positive Review by Dimitrios_Sp
about Quire Dec 2015

Quire is an innovative and simplistic (without lacking features) approach for personal and / or team task management. I've been using it for a long time now and has already been a part of my daily routine, even if still in beta. Having used so many similar programs in the past, I fell in love with quire "at first sight".

Hence, there is one "killing" feature that is missing and makes its daily use frustrating, especially when someone has to deal with a big number of tasks. It has to do with filtering. Knowing that quire has to remain simple in its use with its interface intact, I propose to add a check box next to each subcategory . These check boxes would be better if they were available not only for priorities but for all filtering options, so that someone can select multiple filtering options from different filters in a visual way (e.g red or yellow priority and assigned by person X)

Last but not least, not to forget to mention that behind Quire are some great people that are not only helpful but also willing and able..

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My extensive review of Quire.io

Positive Review by sb56637
about Quire and WorkFlowy, Moo.do, Checkvist Aug 2015

About 3 days ago I ran across a post on r/productivity about a new option in productivity apps: Quire.io. I was immediately interested when I noticed that they offer infinite levels of parent/child task hierarchy, with optional recurring dates and tags and notes on tasks at any level. So this is effectively a new option in the outliner apps field, also occupied by other similar ones like Workflowy, Checkvist, Omniflow and Moo.do. I discarded Workflowy because of the relatively low amount of free items per month (100) and its lack of dedicated due-date handling. Omniflow doesn't have a premium version, but it also lacks due-date features and an offline mobile app. Checkvist has an impressive web interface with no size limitations for free users, as well as extensive support for dates, but recurring dates are only available in the premium version. Additionally, I couldn't get past its very limited mobile web interface. Moo.do has no limitations, but its interface is currently not very optimized for use on a smaller mobile screen, and I've had problems with syncing. So Quire.io seems to be a competitive alternative to all of these. I would use it in a loose GTD context, labeling tasks with context, priority, and role. I need something with a web interface for when I'm at my desktop, and a decent mobile interface with offline access when I'm out of the office with just my tablet. Here's what I've discovered:

What I like:

  1. Flexible outliner interface: There's a plethora of task apps for Android, but most of them are more interface-driven, with a fairly rigid structure of Folders -> Tasks -> Subtasks (or Notes). Sometimes I like to simply offload ideas from my mind in rapid succession without clicking through a lot of UI, similar to quickly typing up a todo.txt in Notepad or something similar. Additionally, most of my tasks are not technically "project" related per se, but I often think of a related subtask later on. I don't want to go through the hassle of creating a new project for these one-off child tasks. This is where the outliner workflow of Quire.io gets really handy. I simply find the related task and add a child to it. This allows easy ad-hoc development of ideas and projects. If a single task ends up becoming more complicated, I just add more child tasks, or even children of children, ad infinitum. Or if it's just a lone item out of the blue, I can clearly see that in the task hierarchy.
  2. Due dates with optional recurrence and calendar date picker: This is extremely important for me. Some (but not all) tasks need to have a due date, and some due dates are repeated. Quire.io has a very mature implementation of due dates, with a nice popup calendar to visually pick dates. (Hint: You can even make it start the week on Monday! This is extremely important for my way of looking at time and dates. Just set the locale preferences to "English U.K.") The due date recurrence options can range from simple things like "every week on day X" or "every month on the Nth day", to more complex situations like "Every X months on the Nth tuesday". It's all selectable from a simple calendar UI with dropdown menus. Dates can even be added to multiple items at once. Very well done. Suggestion: The "every X months" option ranges from 1 - 6. This covers most scenarios, but it might be nice to include even more esoteric situations where X = 7 to 11.
  3. Overview of important due dates: When you have a lot of tasks accumulating, sometimes anxiety about what to do and what due dates are coming up can be a problem. Quire.io has a nice overview of all your due dates. Just click the "Grouped By -> Date" option, and it will show a nice breakdown in terms of "Overdue", "Today", "Due in 5 days", and "Later". Suggestion: Things due tomorrow are placed under "Due in 5 days". I would prefer to have a separate group for "Tomorrow". Bug Report: The dates that are "Due in 5 days" are not sorted in ascending order as I would expect. Rather they seem to be presented in the order that I added the due date.
  4. Real-time syncing and offline capable: Quire.io has a nice sync system that updates changes made to a list across all devices that are viewing it. If one of them goes offline, it will re-sync as soon as it comes back online. The process is quite smooth and seamless. Tip: Quire.io even can even be launched from a device that is offline. Here's the trick: In Google Chrome (1)Visit about:flags (2)Find “Enable Show Saved Copy Button” and set it to "Primary". (3)Restart Chrome (4)Visit http://quire.io/w while offline and it will load and let you make changes. After re-establishing an Internet connection it automatically connects and syncs up to Quire.io. Nice! This works on desktop and mobile Chrome.
  5. Undo pane: Quire elegantly handles accidental deletion of items. After deleting, a discrete undo pane is highlighted at the bottom. This can be expanded, and individual items can be restored. Suggestion: I would like to see batch restore here.
  6. Drill down views: This is a very innovative an unique feature of Quire.io. Sometimes it is useful to only focus on a subset of tasks and their children. In addition to allowing focusing on a specific subset, Quire shows a useful overview of that subset, with stats on how many subtasks exist, how many are completed, and a pie chart for how many are are due tomorrow, in 5 days, or later. This overview can be seen in the right side panel just by clicking on any task, even without accessing it in drill-down mode.
  7. Description field with Markdown support: I find the description field with Markdown formatting support to be very useful, since some of my items are technically tasks, but rather random bits of information that I need to store. Some of these notes get long, and it's nice to have Markdown support with simple formatting and list options. Instead of making a long and unwieldy list item, I can keep it short and sweet and add the details in the description. Even files can be attached to this section of any task.
  8. Keyboard Shortcuts: The majority of the core outlining functions can be controlled with intuitive keyboard shortcuts. Hints are provided in banners during initial use of the application.

What could be improved

  1. No offline search: The biggest feature I need is offline search. Currently searches are sent to the Quire.io servers in realtime, requiring a network connection. I need to be able to search while offline, where I spend a lot of time.
  2. Search of the description field: At the time of writing this, the description field is not exposed to the search function. This is supposed to work, but Quire.io staff say it's currently broken. Hopefully it will be fixed soon.
  3. Filtering: There is an icon to toggle the filter control on/off. However, it doesn't work as I would expect. It appears to just show or hide the filter controls. I would prefer for the filter icon to enable or disable the filter functions, preferably remembering the filters I set up, allowing me to temporarily disable them, and then return to the same filters with the click of a single button.
  4. Multiple tags and negative tags: Right now only one tag can be selected at a time. For GTD purposes, it's extremely important to be able to filter multiple tags, for example, "All tasks that are #Work related while I'm at my @Office." Additionally, I tag some tasks with "Someday", which I would normally like to filter out to not show, thus reducing clutter and anxiety.
  5. Ligatures and bullet points: Since this is effectively an outlining app, I think it's important to have the option of showing bullet points for each item and ligatures to clearly show the hierarchy of items.
  6. Multiple selection: It would be very useful to be able to move multiple items at once to a different level. Additionally, I would like to be able to remove tags and due dates from multiple selected items.

So in summary, Quire.io has a lot of good things going for it, and it also has a lot of growing to do still. The developers are very responsive to customer feedback, and they personally responded to each and every one of my concerns by email. I was glad to see that they are backed by several large corporations, and they plan to continue offering most of their features for free. Congratulations to the Quire team for their hard work and innovation in this important app space!

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Great tool

Positive Review by wimpletonlee
about Quire Apr 2015

Quire is a great tool, we have been using this along with Jira!

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Our team is loving Quire

Positive Review by Tyng
about Quire Apr 2015

Easy to get started, and easy to grow the project without losing control.

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