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Quire Reviews

Quire is exactly what we're looking for. Amazing hierarchical list with super friendly UI

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Crazy but there are more than a hundred of task management tools on the market. Even more crazy we didn't find a right one for our team after trying/using a dozen of them.

With list-based tools, our tasks grew into a unmanageable long list. We kept losing important-but-less-emergent tasks until we searched hard for them. The board-based tools can't manage a lot of tasks well either. It is good for daily or weekly tasks, but many tasks in our project can take long to get done. Smartsheet is good at managing hierarchical list but too complicated to me -- probably because we don't need the resource planning and I'm not a spreadsheet guy.

Quire did a great job for managing the complicated hierarchical task tree with a super friendly UI. I really appreciate the way we can break down a big task into several manageable tasks. It works like a charm when we started rolling out our project, inviting colleagues and breaking down tasks.


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I didn't write a review about this company for a long time, because I didn't want them to be mass used (they provide services free of charge) and their service to degrade under the number of users.

But since so many people already know about this service, I will leave a couple of impressions:

  1. They are the leader in the market in what you can do, how you can do, how to visualize, manage, etc and beat almost all tried by me competitors (todoist, trello, wunderlist, asana, and many many more).
  2. It's hard from the start to understand how to use it and what features it is the offer, but just open their documentation and read it from first to the last page, it will save you tons of your time and will give you a lot of understanding.
  3. They're free.
  4. Super powerful features for organization, collaborations, instant comments, discussions, etc etc etc. Very powerful service. Just ideal to be clear.
  5. Works offline!!! (without internet connection if at least you loaded site once).


  • no notification oriented app. No, they have notifications, but very weird implemented. You can't just open a page where you can manage notifications.
  • Also, they do not motivate you via notifications or any other systems to do more tasks today like for example, it does todoist. They can easy improve it, if they will add a feature to check how many tasks for today left by the big red circle at top of an app which will say: "hey, you have left XX tasks for today" like a notification icon but for left tasks.
  • the search features not good, I do not really like it.
  • Left pane absolute garbage not usable at all, because I wanna see filtered tasks for today from all projects like other tasks in a special page, instead of in very tiny small left panel... This is not okay...

Hey, a visitor who read my review.
About cons: you must understand, that I have 3 years experience by using this service. or 2, I do not remember. And I must admit that my cons not critical, quire really powerful and great app.


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I've been using Quire on a daily basis for about a month now. It has proven to be an amazing tool for breaking down big tasks into smaller manageable bits, focusing on current task and, most importantly, reducing the feeling of overwhelm. It has all the features you'd expect from a decent task manager, like having unlimited number of tasks and task levels, setting task priority and due date, etc. But it also has a number of extra features that make Quire stand out:

  • Clean interface. All you have in front of you is just the task tree (with optional task details panel) or Board view. The app was clearly designed with simplicity and efficiency in mind. And most of the extra features you might need are one click (or key stroke) away.

  • Hotkeys. Super useful and very intuitive. You can add, delete, edit, move and navigate your tasks without touching your mouse\touchpad at all.

  • Zoom. If you need to focus on one particular subtask, just select it and hit 'Z'. This will 'zoom' into you task tree making selected task the new root, hiding everything else. You can easily 'zoom out' to any higher level of the tree using breadcrumbs at the top of the screen. Absolutely indispensable tool for maintaining sanity and staying focused when your task list is disgustingly huge and terrifying.

  • Markdown support. Sometimes task descriptions and comments can become quite big and messy, so having the power of Markdown to make things more structured and pretty is great. If you don't know Markdown, do yourself a favor and learn it. It's very simple, but extremely efficient way to format your texts.

  • Board view. Basically it's a Kanban board with arbitrary number of columns (statuses) that you can fill with tasks from your task list. A very nice tool for planning, task prioritization and monitoring.

  • It's free! For now, at least...


My extensive review of Quire.io

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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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It is the best tool for Project management - Online collaboration, Task management, etc. Period. I have used BaseCamp, Trello and evaluated Several others. But, nothing is as simpler, effective and intuitive as Quire.io

  • Ultra clean, Simple and easy to use interface
  • No feature creep. Essential features implemented in best possible way.
  • Super easy Markup language for formatting
  • Github integration ( and Slack ), dont need to clutter with a Crowded marketplace.
  • Hierarchical Lists. You assign members to it, write a description, set date, status. Further, reply/discussion threads on each list item. Thats it. What else you need ?
  • No complicated Boards, Cards and other complexity
  • No need for Video tutorials to figure it out
  • You can create even proper documentation using the very same Hierarchical lists
  • iOS Client app. An android, just run it on chrome. Runs smooth as butter. (But an app is in development)
  • Its Free as of now. With a very generous amount of projects (80).

Online Project Management at its' best


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

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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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Quire is so easy to use, because it is intuitive! No need for long introduction sessions or reading a user guide. I signed up and /I knew immediately what to do. User friendliness is a main argument to convince the team that we can bring project management to the next level without spending a lot of time on top of normal work how to do it.
Apart from that the tree-structure is great and it really makes the user think about their projects from the beginning to the end and what is required on each level. I just always have the best possible overview of my projects and tasks thanks to this great tool.

We are currently using a lot of excel sheets, which means that there are various versions of files and manual work of making sure you don't forget any deadlines. With Quire this process is automated and there is only ONE source. This helps us to be more efficient!


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I was looking for long time some simple fast available tool for managing my tasks, I tried some apps, or online tools but anytime I came back to my desktop email client with plugins. I've joined to project few weeks ago, with very weak project management. I decided to find some solution for us. I tried at least 5 alternatives, but with no satisfied efect. Then I tried Quire... and I've loved it. Quire offers me anything I need for tracking my tasks, progress, notes and team collaboration on projects with very intuitive and as simple as possible user interface. Thanks for this great tool guys.

Try it, you'll love it too :)


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it is a very easy to use and setup. Love the fact that now i can work with internal team members and also freelancers to do short term and long term projects.
Great App to have.


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Two words sum up the quire.io: **simplicity **and freedom. Unlike other task management systems, quire offers a simple and intuitive interface based on the task tree idea. This branching structure is unrestricted, free. You can add an infinite number of subtasks and hierarchize unrestrictedly. In this way, quire.io adapts easily to any production reality, regardless of its characteristics.
In addition, it is complete: You can manage deadlines, managers, priorities, teams and workflows quickly and easily. One would have thought that this whole set of resources would have a high cost. However the system is free, on the web and in the android and iOS applications and still integrates with calendar tools and github. It is a simple, complete and free system.


"Freedom" (as in liberty), in the context of software, specifically refers to the idea that you are free to download, inspect and modify the code. This is not possible with Quire, which is a proprietary and closed-source service. What you mean is that you think the Quire.io offer a versatile product. Not at all the same thing. If you mean to suggest that Quire is "free" (as in beer), then know that they have stated that they intend to start charging later in 2018.

Quire is also absolutely not a "complete" system. For example, it doesn't parse natural inputs (e.g. "every other day"), like Todoist does. Nor does it let you set location-based reminders or, in fact, ANY kind of reminder, as far as I can see.. Nor does it support Linux. Nor does Quire.io let you set a task to repeat e.g. "every 3rd of the month". And on... and on... Quire.io, in its present incarnation at least, is very far from "complete".

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This free app looks minimal but provides all the core features of a task management app with some powerful extras. Task, subtask, priority, repeated reminders,...and you can set them just by typing. There's a system to sort and filter results to customize views and see what you want. All the jobs are done simply and quickly. But I personally love how you can make it your own with markdown syntax and some CSS codes in both the title and descriptions. And the greatest thing is that all these wonderful features are free, and core features won't be cut off if there are priced plans in the future, promised the developer.


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I have tried out almost every project management tool there is. It took a year to find out what made me quit on all. They all have sequential task lists, whereas a natural ordening is a hierarchial, or recursive, or holographic, like Quire.

Quire is an excellent tool for task management. Only a little more color and contrast needed!

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I love it

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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.

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Solid Simple Efffecrive

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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..