Not unexpectedly, the people who want to export stuff from Asana are the people who use it a lot. Which means that they have more stuff to export than Asana’s API can readily handle. One of the people who asked me about adding subtask and comment export tried my new version last night and ran into Asana’s rate limitation, which essentially broke the tool (thanks for the heads-up, Jon). So here is another new version, and this time, it will let you select which projects you want to export.
You can choose to export subtasks and comments or not If you do choose to export subtasks and comments, your export will take longer than if you choose not to export them. If you get an error message that includes the phrase ‘The remote server returned an error: (429) Internal Server Error‘, then you’re trying to export too much stuff at once. Try again, selecting fewer projects. And yes, I know that’s annoying, but it’s a limitation imposed by Asana’s API.
Finally, my usual information about special characters and choosing your delimiter applies to this version as well:
Just a reminder that the exporter produces its output in tab-delimited form, not comma-delimited. This is to prevent problems if you have commas in the name or notes field of your tasks, but it does mean that your stuff will look funny unless you specify the correct delimiter. In Excel, you can do that a couple of ways – by importing the CSV file or using Text to Columns. (These options may not be applicable to whatever spreadsheet program you’re using.)
If your project names or notes include any special characters (such as á, í, û and so on), please make sure that when you open the CSV file, you set the encoding to UTF8 so that these characters can be displayed properly.
You can download the tool here: Asana Exporter GUI 20130330
If you have any questions or comments about the exporter, or if you’d like to get in touch with me for some other reason, you can do that here.
One final thing. I’ve been told that people might like to donate for the exporter. So I’m making that option available, and if you would like to donate, feel free to do that. Don’t think I won’t be appreciative, because I will be.