Need to automate creating tasks with start and end dates


#1

The timeline feature will solve a huge need in our organization IF we could get the ability to automatically create or import tasks with a start AND an end date. Right now only Due At and Due On seem to be exposed and the only way to import a task with a start and end date is to manually upload a CSV. Even a way to automate the CSV upload would get us there. Would be used for inventory requests/management in digital media.


#2

Do you have access to someone with some coding experience (or the ability to hire someone)? This could be accomplished using the Asana API.


#3

Can it? As far as I can tell I can only manage to pass through “due on” or “due at” through the API - not start and end date.


#4

Oh yes, you can definitely use the start_on property of a task object to set the start date. Caveats are that you must also set the due date, and of course you must have a paid Asana subscription since start date is not available to free users.

However, when I went to the “Tasks” API page to grab the documentation on the start_on property, I discovered that the documentation is wrong - it shows the due_on information for the start_on property! Not sure but perhaps that was the source of your confusion.

@Joe_Trollo @Jeff_Schneider Can you guys get that documentation corrected?


#5

That’s exactly what I was looking at!

Thank you! I will work with our devs to see if we can make this happen!


#6

Sounds good. Have them post questions to the “Developers & API” section of the forum if they need any assistance!