Step-by-Step Tutorial

We just published a tutorial, Kizby: A Step-By-Step Tutorial, to our documentation section

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More Kizby Updates

We’ve just pushed up another update to Kizby. A highlight of the changes:

  • Improved the search queries capability from the Search window. You can now use ‘*’ as a suffix to match partial words.
  • A new task now inherits tags set on its parent project.
  • Added support for sorting by clicking on the various columns.
  • Tweaked the default task and project sort algorithm to (i) sort overdue projects and tasks to the top (subject to dependencies) and (ii) to sort tasks by priority. See the description in The Kizby Guide.
  • Added a new query to show all current tasks to the Review section of the Dashboard
  • Fixed a small bug in the dashboard’s Review > Changed Today: the date was recorded UTC, and not the local timezone. Depending on your location relative to Greenwich, your changes may have not shown up until tomorrow. We need more Australian users!
  • Added a Review > Changed Yesterday query to the dashboard.
  • The Changed queries are sorted by the time changed. The most recently changed item should be at the bottom.
  • Cause tags for project and tasks to be inherited from their parent project.
  • Fixed sometimes-wonky embedded scroll bars (ScrolledComposite is no longer the primary bane of my life).
  • Added Links field to journal and note editors; you can drag and drop URLs and files onto this UI element. (Not available in Kizby Budget.)
  • Created Windows installers (available from the download page). Fixed Windows icons to be the proper Kizby icons; Windows users will need to re-install Kizby using the Windows installers for this change to take effect.
  • Various other bug fixes.

To update, simply follow Help > Check for Updates.

As always, please let us know if you have any issues by mailing us at

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Kizby Updates

We’ve been fixing issues that have been coming in from reports from Kizby users, and thought I’d post a little summary of some of the notable improvements:

  • The little search bars in the top-right of most windows has been renamed to “filter” to better describe its purpose: this little search box only filters the actual content shown by the various views.
  • The addition of a new Search window. This provides a first cut at providing some needed search functionality. You can bring this up with CtrlAltS (or S on MacOS X).
    Kizby search window
  • New projects are automatically added as subprojects of the selected project. But removing the parent was harder than it should be. There’s now an ‘x’ that can be clicked or enacted with the spacebar to clear the value.
  • The tags widgets have received some love and are much more functional. Tab traversals work, you can select and delete tags. Edit the selected tag by first using space. Add new tags simply by typing. Select all tags with CtrlA (or A on MacOS X)
    Updated tag widget showing a selected tag
  • The documentation has received some updates.
  • Various other small fixes and image tweaks.

You can update to these changes by selecting Help → Check for Updates from within Kizby. Kizby will check for updates roughly every two weeks or so on restart otherwise.

Thank you all for your reports — please keep them coming in! If you notice some strange behaviour or would like to suggest a change, please send them by email to or submit them through our support site.

See if Kizby is right for you. Try Kizby for free for 30 days: no credit card details required. If you like Kizby, then we’ll be happy to start a subscription for you. And if you don’t, please let us know why: we’re continuously improving Kizby and your opinion matters.

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Why is Kizby being sold by subscription?

Kizby is being sold in a rather different way from most other desktop-based software products: rather than charging a large up-front fee, we’re licensing its use by the month, also called subscription-based service or software as a service (or SaaS). This means that you, our customer, pay a small amount for each month of use rather than pay a large upfront cost with inevitable upgrade fees. We’ve spent considerable time weighing possible sales models, and a subscription model seemed to provide a win-win situation for both our customers and ourselves. Let me explain why.

Every business has the same fundamental problem: we need money to cover salaries and pay the bills. Most software businesses sell their software for a lump sum. Each sale provides some money that must cover the costs until the next sale. A lucky business will have continually increasing sales. But most businesses see their sales follow a curve where sales eventually start to fall off. Since their costs rarely decrease, they need to do something to stimulate demand, typically introducing a new product or an upgrade.

In this traditional model, every interaction with a customer after a sale is seen as an expense or a drain on resources. Time spent on support and bug fixes is time taken from new product development. The only incentive for a traditional software business to provide bugfixes and improvements is to maintain positive word-of-mouth so as to drive new sales.

A subscription model reverses this trap. A single payment of $3 or $5 doesn’t provide much profit for this business. But if we can persuade you to become a subscriber, then we obtain a recurring revenue stream that can be counted upon. We become heavily incentivized to put in changes and improvements to Kizby so that you’ll stay as a customer.

In some respects, the subscription model is no different from the more traditional model. Rather than charging you a large up-front cost, we’re gambling and amortizing the payment over time. But this simple change transforms you from being considered an expense or a drain to your proper place as a valued customer. And that makes us happy: we’d far rather focus our efforts on improving Kizby and making you happy than chasing leads to find new users.

See if Kizby is right for you. Try Kizby for free for 30 days: no credit card details required. If you like Kizby, then we’ll be happy to start a subscription for you. And if you don’t, please let us know why: we’re continuously improving Kizby and your opinion matters.

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Introducing Kizby

Manumitting Technologies is very pleased to finally introduce Kizby, our new desktop-based project and task management tool.  Kizby rescues task lists that fail to scale to large workloads. We’ve sometimes described Kizby as a task list on steroids.

Why another to-do list?

Kizby is the result of several years of contemplation — and frustration — of current productivity tools by Manumitting’s founder, Brian de Alwis. Prior to founding Manumitting, Brian managed or was otherwise involved in a number of organizations, and struggled to find a computer-based tool to help manage his various projects. Despite the number of task and project management tools on the market, he found they were either too simple and failed to scale to large workloads, or provided little support for managing the other artefacts that result from work, such as files and notes. Brian had frequent discussions with other researchers and professionals and discovered that many people had similar frustrations. After a number of years had passed, Brian finally set out to create a tool to address these needs. Kizby is the start to that tool.

Kizby is bucking the trend: it is a desktop-based application. We seriously considered making Kizby a web-based tool. But we realized that we accomplish most of our work on a single computer — a laptop, or a desktop — and really wanted the rich interaction that only a desktop application can provide. We do synchronize to web-based tools and plan to complement Kizby with web-based access.

The Future

We envision Kizby becoming a personal information management tool. We all create and use information that either isn’t captured in a tool (and thus lives only in our heads), or that is spread across a number of tools and platforms (e.g., Twitter, email, calendars, IMs) and thus not searchable or easily findable. Kizby won’t replace these other tools, but will fill in the gaps left by those tools.

Is Kizby right for me?

We’d love for you to try Kizby. But if you’re happily managing with your current systems, then reward yourself and go for a walk 🙂 After all, productivity tools like Kizby are intended to help you get work done.

But if you’re finding yourself becoming frustrated with other productivity tools, if you’re missing deadlines, or becoming stressed and frazzled in trying to manage your work, then perhaps consider giving Kizby a try. Kizby won’t solve all your management problems, but it can be a trusted piece of a solution.

See if Kizby is right for you. Try Kizby for free for 30 days: no credit card details required. If you like Kizby, then we’ll be happy to start a subscription for you. And if you don’t, please let us know why: we’re continuously improving Kizby.

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