August 2, 2015

Viira 5.0 for Android Released

Filed under: android, gtd — Tags: , — admin @ 1:54 pm

We are happy to announce that version 5.0 of Viira for Android is available for public download. Viira for Android brings the same features and look-and-feel that many of you are familiar with from BlackBerry and BlackBerry 10.

Another big addition to the Viira Android feature set is the Viira Cloud Sync service. You can now sync Viira on your Android device with the Viira Outlook Add-In, Viira Windows App and Viira on BlackBerry 10 to implement one comprehensive, available-from-anywhere GTD system.

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Here are a few screenshots of how Viira for Android looks now. You can see more of Viira in action from the screenshots page.

And Here are some of the main features available in Viira 5.0 for Android:

  • Projects and contexts. Organize your to-dos by projects and tag a task by as many contexts as needed.
  • Day View. View your day’s commitments and appointments at a glance.
  • Next Actions. Focus on tasks that are actionable. Marking a task as a next action will make it appear at the top of any list the task belongs in.
  • Reminders. You can now add a reminder to any task in Viira.
  • Overdue tasks. Overdue tasks show in Viira’s Day View to make sure nothing ’slips through the cracks’.
  • In-Basket. Perfect for the collection phase of GTD, the In-Basket allows you to add tasks before further filing them in your GTD system at a later point.
  • Quick Add. Available in all views, the Quick Add panel allows you to enter tasks quickly one after the other.
  • Priorities. You can re-order the tasks in any project, context, day as well as within your Next Actions by selecting Reorder Tasks from the menu.
  • Calendar Integration. Viira integrates with the Calendar on your device to display your day’s events and appointments in the Day View.
  • Automatic sorting. Completed tasks get automatically moved to the bottom of any task list whereas next actions get moved to the top.
  • Smart Navigation. Viewing a task presents links to the task’s project, contexts or day, if applicable. Clicking on those links opens the respective project, context or day making it easier for you to navigate with ease over your entire GTD system.
  • Contact Tasks. Just like on BlackBerry and on Microsoft Outlook you can now create tasks based on a contact from Android. Contact tasks can be re-ordered, assigned as next actions and synced across devices and platforms.
  • Smart Contact Resolve. Contact tasks created and synced from the Viira Outlook Add-In or Viira on BlackBerry 10 get resolved against your Contacts database. If there is a match Viira displays the contact’s image (if available) as well as a quick access card with actions for this contact, e.g. call, email, skype, etc.
  • Email Tasks.   A top-level view where you can find all your email tasks. Email tasks can be re-ordered and assigned as next actions. Note that for this version email tasks can only be created from Viira on BlackBery 10 or the Viira Outlook Add-In and then get synced to Viira on Android. In one of the next software updates you will be able to create email tasks from your Android smartphone - so stay tuned!
  • And so much more! Download the free trial and find for yourself what Viira can do!

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Viira for Android is available for both smartphones and tablets and is compatible with Android 4.0 or later.

A direct download as an APK is also available from the Viira Android page. You will have to make sure to allow direct installation of Android apps on your phone by selecting Settings->Security->Unknown Sources.

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April 8, 2015

How To: Import your Viira Outlook Suite data to the Viira Outlook Add-In

Filed under: Viira Outlook Add-In, Viira Outlook Suite, outlook — admin @ 8:28 pm

For those of you making the transition from the Viira Outlook Suite to the new generation of Viira cloud-synced apps we have provided a migration tool make moving your data a synch.

First make sure to download and install version 5.5.3 or later of the Viira Outlook Add-In. (To check what version of the Viira Outlook Add-In you have installed you can either go to Control Panel->Programs or select “Send Feedback” from the menu).

Here is what you need to do:

  1. Open the Viira Outlook Add-In
  2. Click on the right-most button in the button bar (red arrow - see image below)
  3. Select Import Viira Outlook Suite Data from the menu.

Click on the right-most button to show the More Options menu

This will open the Viira Outlook Suite data migration tool. Note that if you have a large number of Outlook tasks or Viira Outlook Suite tasks the import process can take more than a few seconds to import so please be patient and give the import tool the time it needs to complete.

The data migration tool to help you import your Viira Outlook Suite data to the Viira Outlook Add-In

The data migration tool to help you import your Viira Outlook Suite data to the Viira Outlook Add-In

You can perform this migration not just on the same PC on which you have installed the Viira Outlook Suite in the past. You can also perform the data migration on any another PC with MS Outlook installed and the Outlook tasks moved/migrated/synced from the original PC on which the Viira Outlook Suite was installed. This is because of the way the Viira Outlook Suite integrates deeply with the native tasks - if you move your native tasks over to another PC all the data will still be there to import.

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February 24, 2015

Viira for Android: Cloud Sync, Lost Of New Features Available!

Filed under: android, gtd — admin @ 9:11 am

We are happy to announce that the Viira Cloud Sync service is now available as a public beta! You can download the beta from the beta download page. The beta is available for Android 4.0 or later and is compatible with Android 5.0.

The usual warnings apply: please proceed to download and install only if you are comfortable and understand the implications of running beta software on your device.

In addition to making the Cloud Sync available on Android we have used this is an opportunity to release a number of new features and enhancements to make Viira on Android have the same feature set as Viira on BlackBerry 10, the Viira Outlook Add-In and the Viira PC App. Here are the new enhancements in this release:

  • Reminders. You can now add a reminder to any task in Viira.
  • Automatic sorting. Completed tasks get automatically moved to the bottom of any task list whereas next actions get moved to the top.
  • Task Reordering. You can re-order the tasks in any project, context, day as well as within your Next Actions by selecting Reorder Tasks from the menu.
  • Smart Navigation. Viewing a task presents links to the task’s project, contexts or day, if applicable. Clicking on those links opens the respective project, context or day making it easier for you to navigate with ease over your entire GTD system.
  • Contact Tasks. Just like on BlackBerry and on Microsoft Outlook you can now create tasks based on a contact from Android. Contact tasks can be re-ordered, assigned as next actions and synced across devices and platforms.
  • Smart Contact Resolve. Contact tasks created and synced from the Viira Outlook Add-In or Viira on BlackBerry 10 get resolved against your Contacts database. If there is a match Viira displays the contact’s image (if available) as well as a quick access card with actions for this contact, e.g. call, email, skype, etc.
  • Email Tasks.   A top-level view where you can find all your email tasks. Email tasks can be re-ordered and assigned as next actions. Note that for this version of the beta email tasks can only be created from Viira on BlackBery 10 or the Viira Outlook Add-In and then get synced to Viira on Android.

And here are some screenshots of how the Viira Android Beta looks:

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January 12, 2015

Viira Outlook Add-In 5.5.2: Critical Update Released

Filed under: Viira Outlook Add-In, getting things done, gtd, outlook — admin @ 5:02 am

We just released a hotfix update to the Viira Outlook Add-In. The latest version 5.5.2 contains important performance and stability enhancements and will be noticed particularly by those running MS Outlook 2013 and/or those who have a large amount (e.g. 1000+) tasks in their Viira database.

We recommend anyone using the add-in to upgrade to the latest version. You can download the latest version from the downloads page.

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November 15, 2014

Viira 5.5 Released: Create Emaill Tasks From the Hub via Share, And More!

Filed under: Viira, blackberry10 — admin @ 8:18 am

Release Summary:

  • Create email tasks directly from the Hub via Share
  • Create contact tasks directly from the Contacts app via Share
  • Manage email and contact task with ease with new dedicated views
  • Easy launch of the Viira Outlook Add-In
  • Quick email and contact task creation with the Viira Outlook Add-In
  • BlackBerry Passport and OS 10.3 support
  • Automatic task sorting: focus on what matters most first
  • And more! See below for full feature list.

Many of you asked for a faster way to create email tasks - and our team delivered. With version 5.5 of Viira you can quickly create email tasks directly from the Hub via Share! You can similarly create new contact tasks directly form the Contacts app.

The new Email Tasks and Contact Tasks views (also available in the Viira Outlook Add-In and PC App) offer a dedicated area for email and contact task management to help you stay on top of your emails and contact-related commitments.

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Viira for MS Outlook App (opens in BlackBerry World)*
Viira (opens in BlackBerry World)*

*(Both our Viira and Viira for MS Outlook apps offer identical features and capabilities. We maintain two app entries solely for legacy and marketing reasons. Please continue to use whichever app you are already using).

Download for Windows PC
Download Viira Outlook Add-In
Download Viira PC App

If you have installed a previous version of the Viira Outlook Add-In or PC App you will need to uninstall it first by going to Control Panel->Programs. Your local Viira data will remain intact during the re-install.

List Of All New Features in Version 5.5 of Viira on BlackBerry 10

  • Create Email Tasks Directly From The Hub. Add email tasks to Viira directly from your Inbox as they arrive! Simply select Share from the menu and then select Viira as the target app. Email tasks in Viira maintain a link to the email that they are associated with and you can view the original by clicking Open Email.
  • Create Contact Tasks Directly From Your Contacts App. You can similarly create a contact task directly from your Contacts app by selecting Share->Viira. Contact task maintain a link to the associated contact and you can view the full contact’s details by selecting View Contact or place a call or start an email by clicking Call and Email, respectively.
  • New Email Tasks View. To help you manage your email to-dos and stay on top of your email we have added the new Email Tasks view. All email tasks automatically go to the Email Tasks view. You can search, reorder and prioritize your email tasks by assigning next actions, just like any other view in Viira. The Email Tasks View is also available in the Viira Outlook Add-In and PC App.
  • New Contact Tasks View. The new Contact Tasks view helps you add a touch of CRM to your GTD system. In it you will see all contact-related tasks. You can search, reorder and prioritize by assigning next actions. The Contact Tasks View is also available in the Viira Outlook Add-In and PC App.
  • Automatic Task Sorting: Next Actions Always On Top. Viira always tries to help you focus on what is important first. Tasks flagged as next actions now always appear at the top of any task list. Next actions also appear at the top of the new Email Tasks and Contact Tasks views.
  • Automatic Task Sorting: Completed Tasks Pushed To The Bottom. To help you focus on what remains to be done completed tasks now automatically get pushed down to the bottom of any task list .
  • BlackBerry Passport, OS 10.3 Support. Viira is fully compliant with the new BlackBerry Passport and OS 10.3. We have graphically re-designed some areas of Viira to fit the Passport’s large screen size, theme as well as 10.3 OS.

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Viira Outlook Add-In Updates: Quick Access, Fast Email Task Creation
In addition to the newly introduced Email Tasks and Contact Tasks tabs, we have also updated the Viira Outlook Add-In to make it easier to access it and perform key actions:

  • Quick, Intuitive Launch. You can now launch the Viira Outlook Add-In directly from the Home tab in the Microsoft Outlook ribbon interface. This feature is available on Outlook 2010 and 2013
  • Quick Email Task Creation. You will see  a new Create Email Task button when you go through or read your emails. Clicking this button creates a new email tasks.
  • Quick Contact Task Creation. Similarly to email task creation, you will see a new button called Create Contact Task. The button is visible when you are in the Contacts area in Outlook

Here is how the new Viira Outlook Add-In shortcut buttons look like on the MS Outlook ribbon under Email and Contacts, respectively:

The Viira PC App has also been updated to include the new Email Tasks and Contacts Tasks tab.

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October 5, 2014

Viira 5.4.5 Released: Passport and OS 10.3 Support, Minor Fixes

Filed under: Viira, blackberry10, gtd — admin @ 7:39 am

We just released a minor software update with a few updates worth mentioning. Here is what is new:

  • Support for the new BlackBerry Passport. If you are one of the early adopters and already sporting the new BlackBerry Passport, we have you covered. The latest version of Viira is now fully compatible with BlackBerry’s latest devices
  • Support for OS 10.3. Even though OS 10.3 is not officially released for the remaining BlackBerry 10 devices such as the Z10, Z30, Q5 and Q10 we know many of you are running beta/leaked builds. As of version 5.4.5 Viira is now fully compatible with OS 10.3.
  • Theme compatibility with Q10, Q5 devices. We restored Viira’s signature blue theme to some Q10 and Q5 devices on which some areas of Viira were previously showing in the default dark theme.
  • Auto-scroll on quick add.  When entering tasks in one after the other using Viira’s quick add component Viira automatically scrolls down to the newly added task if the screen is already full with other tasks
  • Support for non-Gregorian calendar (Outlook Add-In and PC App). The Viira Outlook Add-In and PC App function properly on systems that don’t use the Gregorian but instead use alternative calendars popular in some parts of the world such as the Islamic Calendar.

You can download the latest version of Viira from the downloads page.

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September 1, 2014

Viira Outlook Add-In, PC App Hotfix 5.4.3 released

Filed under: Viira Desktop Client, Viira Outlook Suite, Viira Sync, cloud — admin @ 7:14 am

Over the last week we rolled out a couple of important/significant fixes to the Viira Sync product and we would like to announce it to everyone  The fixes affect the Viira Outlook Add-In and PC App and are available in version 5.4.3.

Here is what the fix addresses:

  1. In certain European locales (Germany, Slovenia and others) the Viira Outlook Add-In and the Viira PC App did not transmit task dates correctly because the Windows environment was overriding the Viira date encoding. This resulted in day tasks having incorrect dates when transmitted via the Viira Sync service and synced to Viira on BlackBerry 10. Tasks with due dates in the future appeared incorrectly as overdue.
  2. On some computers the Viira Outlook Add-In trial appears to end even though the Add-In is run the first time. Restarting the Outlook Add-In or installing the 5.4.3 update will fix this.

The latest version 5.4.3 fixes both issues and can be downloaded from the Viira downloads page.

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July 25, 2014

Viira 5.4.1 Released: Deeper BlackBerry 10 Calendar Integration, Outlook 2013 Stability And Various Fixes

Filed under: Viira, Viira Desktop Client, Viira Outlook Suite, Viira Sync — admin @ 5:45 am

We just released released version 5.4.1 of Viira for BlackBerry 10, the Viira Outlook Add-In and the Viira PC App. The release introduced deeper calendar integration on your BlackBerry 10, introduces better performance on Outlook as well as stability improvements for Outlook 2013 and contains a few bug fixes

Here is what is new in version 5.4.1:

Viira for BlackBerry 10

  • Deeper Calendar Integration: you can now delete and edit an existing calendar event directly from the Viira Day View
  • Bug fix: Calendar events in Day View always appear sorted by starting time, with the earlier ones first
  • Bug fix: creating a calendar appointment from the Viira Day View create the appointment under the calendar specified Settings
  • Bug fix: Backup/restore correctly backs up and restore task, project and context notes. Backup/Restore also correctly backs up/restore email and file task attachments.[This is a good place for a reminder that the Backup/Restore only applies to those who use Viira as a standalone app on their BlackBerry 10. Those who use the Viira Sync Service have automatic cloud-based backup]

Viira Outlook Add-In

  • Stability improvements for MS Outlook 2013 and Windows 8. We have addressed the Outlook 2013 Add-In limitations so that the Viira Outlook Add-In works smoothly on Outlook 2013 in particular in combination with Windows 8/8.1.
  • Outlook 2013 fix: restored the “Create Viira Task” context with which email and contact task get created.
  • Performance improvements: due to enhanced data architecture you should notice a more responsive UI even if there is a sync going on in the background.

Viira PC App

  • Performance improvements: due to enhanced data architecture you should notice a more responsive UI even if there is a sync going on in the background.

You can download the latest release from the Viira downloads page.

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July 5, 2014

Viira 5.4 Released: Overdue Task Management, Project/Context Stars and More!

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 7:38 am

We just released the latest update to Viira for BlackBerry 10, the Viira Outlook Add-In and the Viira Desktop App. The latest version is 5.4 and you can download all updated clients from the downloads page.

The bulk of the updates in this release are focused on making the BlackBerry 10 app bring the same feature set as the Viira Outlook Add-In and the Viira Desktop App so you have the exact GTD capabilities on your desktop as you do on your mobile device.

Download Viira 5.4 here

Here is what is new in version 5.4 of Viira for BlackBerry 10:

  • Overdue Tasks. Viira’s Day View now has a dedicated area that displays all overdue tasks. You can quickly assign an overdue task with the “Move To Today” option or you can select “Move Overdue To Today” to re-assign all overdue tasks for today.
  • File and Document Attachments. In addition to emails and contacts, you can now add a document to any task in Viira.  To add an attachment to a task open it and select “Add Attachment” then select Document or File from the list. You can open the document or file attached to a task by clicking “Open” (you must have the appropriate viewer installed an available on your device, e.g. Docs To Go). Common document types such as Microsoft Word, PDF, Excel and PowerPoint get a visually-distinct icon in any Viira task list for easy recognition.
  • Image Attachments. You can add a camera picture to any ask in Viira. The picture can be a new one or an already existing one. When you select “Picture” as the desired task attachment type you can select “Camera” and make a quick picture on the spot to add to your task.
  • Project and Context Stars. You can give an important project or context a star with a quick tap on the screen. Starred projects and contexts always appear at the top of any list making it easy find and navigate to them, making it a productivity booster if you find yourself assigning tasks to certain projects or contexts more frequently than others.
  • New Projects And Contexts As Needed. You can create a new project or context directly from the task edit screen without having to go back to Projects View or Contexts View.
  • BlackBerry Calendar Selection. If you have more than one Calendar accounts set up on your BlackBerry, you can now select which calendar you want Viira to integrate with when it comes to reminders. The settings is available under Settings->Calendar Integration. The Viira Day View will continue to display all calendar appointments for a given day regardless of which calendar account they come from.

For those who use the optional sync package and sync with the Viira Outlook Add-In we have added a few improvements as well.

  • Create Email Task Directly From Email Viewer (MS Outlook). You can create an email task directly from the email viewer. Open an email to view in a separate window then on the new Viira tab click the “Create Viira Task” button in it. (Outlook 2007 or later).
  • Create Contact Task Directly From Contact Viewer (MS Outlook). You can create a contact task directly from the contact viewer. Open a contact to view in a separate window then on the new Viira tab click the “Create Viira Task” button in it (Outlook 2007 or later).
  • Support for syncing of stars. When you assigning a star to a project and context the star will sync seamlessly between your BlackBerry, Outlook and PC.

And here is what is new in version 5.4 of the Viira PC App:

  • Support for syncing of stars. Stars assigned in the Viira Desktop App can synced with the cloud and the Desktop App receives star assignments made from the other Viira apps.

Download Viira 5.4 here

To upgrade the Viira Outlook Add-In or Viira PC App make sure to uninstall the older version first by going to Controal Panel->Programs. Your Viira data will remain intact in the process and the new version will pick it up from where the old one has left.

And here are a few screenshot from the latest release:

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April 15, 2014

Viira Outlook Suite cloud-sync beta clients updated to version 0.9.8

Filed under: Viira Outlook Suite, Viira Sync — dev @ 11:45 pm

In this week’s udpate to the sync clients for the Viira Outlook Suite, we have added the following fixes and improvements:

  • Ability to sync email tasks. Email tasks created in both the Viira Outlook Plugin and Viira on BlackBerry 10 now get synced as such so you will see the familiar email icon next to email tasks regardless of if they have been created locally or not. Email tasks can also be seen in the Viira Desktop Plugin however no preview is currently avaiable.
  • Import Outlook Tasks. The Viira Outlook Plugin automatically imports any Outlook tasks that get created outside of the plugin and adds them to Viira. If you have older Outlook tasks that were there before you installed the Viira Outlook Plugin you can now import those old tasks as well. Go to any task list, right click and go to Settings->Outlook Tasks.
  • Fix to prevent client-side race conditions with concurrent syncs. Simultaneous syncs (e.g. if you click the Sync button multiple times) are now streamlined to prevent problems and inconsistencies.
  • Easily remove task date (Outlook Plugin and Desktop Client). You can now easiliy and intuitively remove a task’s due date by opening the task for edit and clicking on the red X button next to the task’s date.
  • Various other small fixes.

As of this writing version 0.9.8 of the BlackBerry 10 client is still pending BlackBerry World approval. The updated Viira Outlook Plugin and Viira Desktop Client can be downloaded from the beta downloads page.

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