Thanks for the idea. It’s currently under review.
I was able to expedite building a new project grid by using the Print function. I sent the output from printing an old, similar, project into a pdf file, By pasting one task or subtask at a time, I was able to build the new grid without having to retype them.
It would be so much more effective, though, if the whole grid could be copied and pasted into a new one in one or two steps.
One additional property of a task would be useful: to describe a due or move date as "relative to" a base date. Then a method to change the base date of a group of tasks could make building the new grid quick and less prone to errors.
This is the one item that would turn Sandglaz from a toy for the single manager into a real tool for the BYOD office. Export to a reasonable format, like Excel, (or even .csv) would allow simple reporting of project progress, among many other benefits. Import would allow bulk edits and macro edits in the spreadsheet, so a common set of tasks could be rolled out to a project leader as it is being set up.
I am returning to Sandglaz from another TM, just because of its ability to limit the tasks presented to me at any given time, while continuing to track the ones I have not yet scheduled. The "My Tasks" panel is a nice, simple solution to the "one Grid to Rule them All" request. It is particularly clever to be able to exclude some project grids from the "One" grid. Unfortunately, the "One" grid still shows an undifferentiated mix of the tasks from all vertical levels.
We should be able to select the Grid Levels, by project, to show up on My Tasks, in the Settings panel for My Tasks. That way we can easily limit our "hot panel" to only the "important" tasks, or the "Important" and "less important" tasks, or "tagged" tasks, or other options. The option should be set separately for each grid, because sometimes any task on one grid has to be shown, while other grids need only show the most important of their tasks.
Thanks for the idea
Could this be jury-rigged by supporting Import and Export to an Excel-compatible format? If I could export all the properties of all tasks in a Grid for an old event to Excel, then I could adjust the Due date or Move-to Date (DMD) manually in a spreadsheet, and return the updated grid to Sandglaz as the grid for a new event.
The manual solution, using Excel, would be much less elegant than supporting improved semantics in the DMD field.
It would be much nicer if one could set any DMD to depend on a nameable hashtag, for example, "#Launch minus 1 day 2:00 hours". Within a task in the given grid, then, one could define a local (within the scope of a specific grid) date value for such a hashtag, perhaps by including a phrase like "#Launch equals 7/4/2013 14:00" in the task definition box. After such a task were marked "complete", the value of the hashtag would propagate to all the DMDs within the grid in which that hashtag had been used. The column selection would be based on the value for DMD calculated from the original definitions.
The reusable grid would be archived with its original definitions for the DMDs. When I copied and renamed it, I could edit the description of the deadline-setting task which would set the hashtag to a new local value for "#Launch".