Custom Fields - Tasks

Table of Contents

    Introduction

    Custom Fields for Tasks are available on our Business and Enterprise plans.

    Adding custom fields one by one to each task was boring and frankly, it is already done by other solutions. We decided to concentrate on time-saving while maintaining flexibility and customization.

    Here are some highlights:

    • No reason to add the same fields over and over to your tasks. Just create a template that contains multiple custom fields and apply it to your existing or new projects with a few clicks.
    • Custom Field Templates ensure consistency – 'Bug' template will always add those five extra fields – preventing users from adding only three.
    • Realized you need to add extra value in a drop-down used by 10 projects? We have you covered – simply edit the Custom Field Template in one place and it will apply it to all projects.
    • Need to add a lot of extra fields? Add separators to your template to logically separate groups of custom fields for better clarity.
    • Dislike order custom fields are showing in tasks – simply go to Custom Fields templates and use drag and drop to rearrange them including separators.Top
    • Custom Fields are supported when you copy a project with Project Templates.Top
    • Custom Fields data are included in Data Backups available on the Business and Enterprise plans.

    Freedcamp also offers Custom Fields – Projects available on the Enterprise plan.

    Permissions

    An account owner only can:

    • enable/disable the 'Custom Fields - Tasks' module
    • create, edit or delete Custom Field Templates for Tasks from My Account page.

    Project Group administrators can add or remove Custom Field Templates when a project is created or edited.

    Custom Fields can be applied to a task in a project by all users with permission to add or edit a task.

    All users who can edit a task can set and update values for a Custom Field Template in that task.

    How It Works

    Enabling the Custom Fields Module

    The first step will be to enable the module. Go to the Manage System page, then to the Global Modules section and turn the slider for Custom Fields - Tasks to ON.

    Creating Templates

    Now you can start creating your Custom Field Templates by going to My Account > Custom Fields - Tasks, and clicking on Add New Template.

    We support the following types of custom fields: Input (one line of text), Date, Number, Checkbox (true/false field), Drop-down list, Text Box (multi-line text) and Separator(text and a line that allows you to split multiple custom fields into groups).

    note: When a URL is used inside input or text box fields, it will be parsed and shown as a clickable link. Internal Freedcamp links will be automatically converted to smart links:

    Managing Templates

    Once you've created templates, you can:

    Edit

    The Edit function allows you to add extra fields(1) to a template, edit/delete current fields(2), as well as change their order(3).

    When editing a current field, you'll be able to edit its type, its name, as well as its pre-set values(if it's a dropdown field). Keep in mind that you will have to click the save button on the field, as well as the save button on the template(5).

    note: If you will try to delete drop-down option that's used in one or multiple projects you will see a warning that Freedcamp will not remove this option until all tasks using this value will be edited and set to another option from this drop-down. It can be done via Tasks Board - select a drop-down custom field and the option you want to remove to see all tasks in all projects using it and edit them to use another value.

    Archive

    The archive function makes a template not appliable to any new projects, but still active in projects it's already applied to. Ideal for improving current templates without affecting projects that use old versions 

    Clone

    Allows you to duplicate a template. Great for when you want to have similar templates with only a few different fields. 

    Delete

    There is no Bin for custom fields templates like there is for tasks, so only delete a template when you are 100% sure you don't want to use it any more.

    Applying Templates to Projects

    After custom fields templates are created, they can be applied to projects. This can be done when creating a new project, or when editing an existing one.

    When editing a project(1-2) on the Manage System page, you can apply one or more custom field templates (3-4). You can also alter them, if needed (5).

    note: If a project has multiple templates applied, you can choose which template applies to a task when creating or editing the task. If the project only has one template, it will depend on the option you chose when adding it to a project. It can either be applied to all tasks in the project by default, or it can only be applied to the tasks you want(6).

    Showing Custom Fields Inline

    Custom fields can be shown and updated on the tasks page, without having to open the task. To enable this option, click the eye icon, go to the Custom Fields section, select the fields you want to be shown, and click save.

    note: the field will only be show if its template is connected to a task. For example, if when applying the custom fields template to the project you enabled the option "Allow tasks without custom fields", or you applied multiple templates to the project, the field will only show inline if its template is selected for that task.

    The Final Result

    You can see two Custom Field Templates created:

    Each of these has different values in the dropdown list with the label for it, clearly stating if customer upgrades or downgrades. 

    Once you apply one or more Custom Field Templates to a project, you have an extra control allowing you to apply them to your tasks.

    Here is an example of a task with new Custom Fields applied and set:

    Here is an example of a task with new Custom Fields using a separator in a Custom Field Template:

    Drop-down fields

    • The drop-down field does not have the required/not required attributes. You will need to specify a default value as the first entry like "Empty" or "N/A". When creating a task this first value will automatically be selected.
    • There is no way to remove a value from the dropdown when you edit the task, just the ability to set it to the first value which should be considered as default.
    • If you have only one template applied to a project and you did not enter any values when you created a task - a Custom Field Template will not be associated with a task*

    * - considering that drop-down can not have a blank value now - if you apply a custom field template having a dropdown, a custom field template will always be associated with a task at the time of its creation because the drop-down value will be set.  

    Using Custom Fields in Subtasks

    It’s important to note that Subtasks do not automatically inherit the custom fields of a parent task.

    You can apply a custom fields template and provide values to a subtask when you create it. To change custom field template (if more than one available in a project) or change custom field values simply edit a subtask. 

    Searching

    Checkbox, Dropdown, and Date custom fields are available inside the Task application search.

    You can also use Tasks search:

    For all Custom Fields types except Dropdown and Checkbox. Both Tasks and project search will now search through Custom Fields as well. For searching a date value in Custom Field, please use the following format YYYY-MM-DD (like '2017-07-25').

    XLS Export and Data Feed Links

    Custom Fields data are added to XLS export and Data Feed Links, if:

    1) it is export to XLS or a data feed link for a project (not a bunch of projects)

    2) custom fields are enabled for this project

    3) there is at least one Custom Field value saved for any of the tasks included in XLS export or a Data Feed Link.

    4) XLS import supports Custom Fields except for a bulk import to multiple projects

    Release Notes

    Features not implemented yet:

    - notifications do not include changes made in the project's custom fields

    - no default values (like 'today' for a date)

    - no special validations ( like 'phone number' or 'date in the future') 

    We do not support Custom Fields yet in mobile applications, but working on adding it soon.

    Important to know

    • if you remove a field from Custom Fields Template - all saved values for this field in all tasks with this template in all projects will be removed;
       
    • if you remove Custom Fields Template - you will also remove all saved values in all tasks with this Custom Fields Template in all projects;
       
    • if you unlink Custom Fields Template from a project, you will delete all saved values in all tasks with this Custom Fields Template within this project*;
       
    • if you change Custom Fields Template for a task when editing it, you will delete all already entered values for previously used Custom Fields Template for this task*.

    * - you can't restore deleted or replaced values (you will need to set them again).

    We'll show confirmation in all cases except the last one. A warning will tell you how many data entry points you will be deleting, so you will never make a mistake deleting valuable data.

    Using Custom Fields vs. Tags

    Tags and Custom Fields (available on Business/Enterprise plans) allow you to categorize and filter information in Freedcamp. In general, custom fields are best for extending tasks attributes for data collection, while tags are more informal. Depending on your workflow, you might find that your team uses them in different ways, but here some scenarios to help you decide:

    Use custom fields if you:

    • Want to add certain extra fields to tasks in a project
    • Have standard information you need to track on tasks across projects (Order Date - type 'date' & mandatory, Shipped - type 'checkbox', Special Notes - type 'text box')
    • Want to make sure your team fill out certain information for each task in a project
    • Need to filter or search by specific data fields - types 'date', 'checkbox' and 'drop-down list' are supported

    Use tags if you:

    • Do not want data collection but categorization
    • Want an easy way to pull items across projects tagged similarly
    • Want to give your team a flexible vs. mandatory option to classify data

    Feedback

    Please use https://freedcamp.uservoice.com to provide feedback.

    1. Search by 'Custom Fields' first to see if your request was already posted - comment and upvote it. If no results, please see point (2) below.

    2. Post a feature request by using module name as a prefix, for example, '[Custom Fields - Tasks] - add validations'. Such 'responsible' posting makes it much easier for Freedcamp and our customers to find, vote, comment and prioritize development.

    You are also welcome to email directly to help@freedcamp.com if you do not want to post on https://freedcamp.uservoice.com

    It does not matter what channel you select – we will treat your feedback will the greatest attention.