Developer: Hog Bay Software

Current Version: 2.3.2

Last Updated: 2 years ago

Download Size: 1.2 MB - Download


README PLEASE: I expect to release TaskPaper 3 in early January as a paid upgrade. TaskPaper will be $14.99 on release and then $24.99 final price. I've just lowered TaskPaper 2 pricing to $4.99.

For Mac users to make lists and stay organized. TaskPaper is a simple to-do list that’s surprisingly adept. Unlike standard organizers, TaskPaper gets out of your way so that you can get things done.


Type your lists into TaskPaper and each line is formatted into a project, task, or note. TaskPaper doesn’t force a particular system on you; it provides you with basic to-do list elements and then you use them as you see fit.


TaskPaper has a magic trick. It understands your list's structure and will instantly filter your list to show only items of interest. TaskPaper’s filter system is simple to use—focus on a particular project or tag with a single tap. It also supports advanced searching if need.


"A best-in-breed application, offering a perfect balance of efficiency and features."
— Macformat.co.uk 5/5

"Chances are you’re looking for something with a good interface and that ultimately helps you be more productive; Hog Bay Software’s TaskPaper satisfies both requirements"
— Dan Frakes, Macworld.com

"TaskPaper’s strength is that it lets you focus on crossing out those tasks instead of building a self-referential web of unfinished business which separates you from the cold, harsh reality of all the work you need to do."
— Scott McNulty, Tuaw.com


Release Notes:

* Fixed: Quick Entry box would not show in full screen apps
* Fixed: Quick Entry shortcut could not be set to 'no shortcut'
* Fixed: Drag handle visual glitch after dragging a task between multiple documents


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 2.3.2
Review by 'O.o'

Great App - Really fluid workflow and fast app. I recommend it. One caveat... I know developing good software isn't trivial, being an iOS developer myself, but $25 is too steep for this great app. (I bought it at $5, and that is a very good price. I think even $10 is definitely worth it, but $25…)

Found helpful by 68 out of 70 people
Version 2.3.2
Review by heretiq

Refund please! - I initially purchased TaskPaper for my iPhone and iPad. On iOS, the apps were impressive, so I decided to purchase it for my Mac. However, this Mac app lack's the attention to usability that is reflected on the fine iOS apps. After trying to use it with my Dropbox-synced iOS files, I have sadly concluded that this Mac app is useless and the sync operation with iOS via Dropbox downright stupid. There is no way to set a default folder in preferences and there is no way to see a list of all of your notes/files in the Dropbox folder. The only way to access your taskpaper notes is to use file/open and open them one at a time. This operation is unintuitive and frustrating -- especially coming from the excellent, well-thought-out iOS interface. I normally would not post such critical information in a review -- especially for an app that I like (on iOS); however, I have searched and this is the only way I can reach the developer -- there is no contact link on the Hog Bay Software website, and the support link simply dumps you into a google group that requires log in using a gmail account to post a question. This app and the support are severely lacking. How do I get a refund?

Found helpful by 15 out of 24 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 2.3.2
Review by Autumn N.

Simple and Powerful - TaskPaper is one of the simplest and most powerful apps I've used. I am one of the many that tried all the task management apps and found that anything other than OmniFocus or TaskPaper isn't reliable or lacks necessary features. My problem was that OmniFocus is not as omnipotent as I need(and yes, I realize that could easily be due to how I use it). So I use OmniFocus for projects and TaskPaper for lists. - Check out the wiki on the developer's site for extra features(scripts) and themes. - If TaskPaper doesn't work for you when you first try it. You are probably trying too hard. It's extremely simple but you can very easily add additional features if you need to extend the functionality. - If you prefer working with plain text, TaskPaper is probably the solution for you. - TaskPaper => Elegant - the iOS version is amazing, I don't know what I would do without both of them - syncing is flawless

Found helpful by 9 out of 10 people
Version 2.3.2
Review by Cool101inFL

I am loving this app! - I have been searching for the perfect "to do" app for sometime. Played with them all. I was so hesitant on this one initially because of it's simplicity but after working with OmniFocus, Things and others, I so appreciate it's simplicity more than ever! It just works. Simple and intuitive, easy to manipulate, everything at a glance with no extra "fields" to fill out. Easy to copy and paste into other documents, emails, etc. Easy to search and track. It helps me be so much more productive because I don't spend as much time working on inputing and sorting my lists (as in OmniFocus for example) so I spend more time actually doing my work. Love it! A couple of suggestions for future versions…sometimes I'd like to have TaskPaper show a few specific projects at one time instead of just one (when using the search or focus). Sometimes my projects are interelated and I haven't figured out a way to use the search to show only specific ones together (with subtasks) at a time. Another idea would be to add some basic color coding (turn text red, for example) or highlighting all from the tool bar. Thanks for a great product!

Found helpful by 8 out of 9 people
Version 2.3.2
Review by 7aed

Lists and outlines on steroids - I'm a list guy. Outlines just make sense. But they have limitations. They get too big. Things get lost. TaskPaper is a huge step toward removing issues like these. Now my lists can be filtered to show me exactly what I need, when I need it. It would be nice to have a more user friendly way to open different taskpaper files than File>Open/OpenRecent. An additional dropdown showing taskpapers within a default directory in the same vein as the project and tag dropdowns that currently exist would be nice. Keyboard shortcut navigation to do the same would be even better such as what you might find in TextMate or PeepCode's PeepOpen app. That aside, the powerful filtering capabilities can resolve most of those issues by keeping your data in one file. I don't know how it handles large files, however. One other nice thing to add would be adding more styles (to cover accessibility for one) and making them easier to customize. Overall, a stunning job. If you like using lists and aren't afraid of text (i.e., you don't need a button for everything), then TaskPaper can take your basic lists to a new level of capabilities.

Found helpful by 8 out of 8 people
Version 2.3.2
Review by tozlink

Functional Approach to Task Management - TaskPaper is a clever approach to task management. While most task management apps try to impose a certain philosophy on the user, TaskPaper is as simple as it gets. At heart, it's nothing more than a specialized text editor. This is great, because it's open ended, flexible, and can be edited with any text editor, so you can save your task list on DropBox and edit it from Byword on the iPhone, if you grok the syntax. The downside is that it doesn't feature reminders, notifications, or integration with any other programs. I'm sure there's some way to do it via Applescript or a UNIX shell script, but I have no idea if I'll ever actually bother with that. This app pairs well with Fantastical, because you can use Fantastical for short-term stuff you need to be reminded of, while TaskPaper is better for long-term lists and goals. At $2, it's a steal. At $5, it'd be a solid recommendation. But frankly, I wouldn't spend $30 on it, nor would I spend $10 on the iOS version, unless integration with Reminders or some other notification system was added. Fortunately, Jesse is cool enough to offer his apps through the Two Dollar Tuesday promotions (Writeroom was one of the first offered), so we can get his stuff for a great price.

Found helpful by 8 out of 9 people
Version 2.3.2
Review by AppStoreCustomer

Perfect, Except for Dropbox Sync - I've got this app on my Mac, my iPhone, and my iPad. In general, it's great. The only problem is that Dropbox sync does not work well on the desktop. If I make a change on my iPhone, then sometimes the desktop app updates itself right away, but sometimes it doesn't. If I then change something in the desktop, and try to Save, it then tells me that there is a conflict, and the only option is to either overwrite whatever is in Dropbox, or lose the changes I just made. I've gotten into the habit of quitting and re-launching the desktop app whenever I need to use it. I hope the developer will improve Dropbox sync, or provide iCloud-based sync.

Found helpful by 7 out of 7 people