The website's version of TaskPaper is not currently Developer ID-signed for 10.8 Mountain Lion, and here's why: An app signed with Apple's Developer ID (for the Gatekeeper feature in 10.8 Mountain Lion can cause that app to crash on 10.6 and lower even if it's otherwise compatible. Since TaskPaper can still run on 10.6 Snow Leopard, we need either a fix for this issue from Apple or a good workaround (which we haven't found yet). To open a downloaded copy of TaskPaper on 10.8 Mountain Lion, right-click (or control-click) TaskPaper.app, choose open, and allow it to run. You only have to do this the first time you launch it.
Please make sure that you're copying both the User Name and License Key 100% as it appears in your license email. The User Name must match exactly as it appears, including capitalization.
TaskPaper files are really just plain text files. You can open them using just about any normal text editor, such as TextEdit. TaskPaper's on-the-fly formatting won't be available, but your lists are available and ready to use. Your data is your data.
Please see the Release Notes page, where you can find the download links. For more information on this issue, see this blog post.
Check to make sure you have Lion's Resume feature turned on: System Preferences > General > enable "Restore windows when closing and re-opening apps". If you don't want to use the global setting, here are some third-party options:
Make sure all your devices are looking at the same TaskPaper documents in the same location in Dropbox (and with the same Dropbox account for most setups). On your iOS device(s):
TaskPaper 2.0 has added Dropbox sync and dropped SimpleText.ws syncing. We have no intention of adding back SimpleText.ws sync as it simply wasn't doing the job like it should (and we're sorry about that).
Sorry, this is one of the discrepancies between the Mac and iOS versions. We're aware of it and it's on the list of things like this we need to make consistent. The +d and -a flags are marked for eventual deprecation in the Mac version, but there's no specific date for that.
When the keyboard is onscreen and you're on a blank, new line: Tap the Return key to cycle through the item types (Project, Task, Note).
Corner case: If TaskPaper continues to crash after you re-link from Dropbox, check your folder names. For a very small set of people, having periods in folder names seems to create a problem. It shouldn't, and we can't reproduce it yet. It might work for you, though, so please rename these folders on the Dropbox website or on your Mac/Windows computer.
Set your text editor to open and save in UTF-8 encoding. In TextEdit for Mac, go to TextEdit menu --> Preferences --> Open and Save.
You'll need to use a text editor, such as Wordpad or Notepad++, that understands UNIX-style linebreaks, not just Windows linebreaks.
If you're syncing with Dropbox, you can use their website to un-delete files and folders, or revert to previous versions (free accounts are limited to 30 days of file history, see this Dropbox page for more information). It's also possible that you can recover deleted documents by using iTunes device backups, but rolling back to a previously saved backup will have wider implications for your other data since the last backup.
Re-save your file with UTF-8 plain text encoding and LF (UNIX-style) line endings (newlines). Notepad.exe cannot work with LF newlines, so please use Wordpad.exe instead. If that doesn't work, create a new file, paste in your text, and re-save as above. Sorry about this, we're still trying to see if we can fix it from our end to save you all that hassle.
Go to Settings (gear icon). Go to the Advanced section, and turn off the Extended Keyboard row.
Not at this time. We're waiting for Apple to make more functionality available for hardware keyboards. Right now this is not supported.
*.taskpaper files are in plain text (*.txt) format, and so they share the same advantages and limitations. While you can create drag-drop links to many files (TaskPaper for Mac), they won't display in the document itself.
TaskPaper isn't designed to provide alerts or automatically recurring tasks, and this will probably not be a feature in the future. TaskPaper for Mac works well with AppleScript and also tools that work with plain text files, so be sure to check out the TaskPaper wiki (http://www.hogbaysoftware.com/wiki/TaskPaper) or roll your own awesome solution (Check out page 18 in the TaskPaper User's Guide).
Please check to make sure that you're indenting your tasks properly so that TaskPaper can see them as sub-items of each project.
Correct formatting, with tab indentation:
Project 1: - Task 1 - Task 2 - Task 3
Incorrect formatting, without tab indentation:
Project 1: - Task 1 - Task 2 - Task 3
Do a search for 'level = 0' to show all un-indented items. If all your tasks show up as well as the projects themselves, then this is definitely the issue.
The previous sync service for the iOS versions of TaskPaper (version 1.x) and WriteRoom (version 2.x) was SimpleText.ws which has been marked for deprecation as of October 31st, 2011. We are no longer updating the service and it may go offline permanently at any time after September 30th, 2012. If you still have documents in there, please back them up elsewhere and prepare for SimpleText.ws to shut down. Dropbox is the official sync service for the iOS versions of TaskPaper and WriteRoom.