About a week ago I expressed a sentiment on Twitter regarding iCloud Reminders integration into third-party apps. Having transitioned to Reminders for all my to-dos and lists some months ago, I’ve found myself wanting a bit more from the first-party app. Reminders works well enough, and I mainly use it because it’s accessible almost anywhere and allows me to use Siri. However, being the app enthusiast I am, I can’t help but wonder why more productivity app developers don’t include Reminders integration into their apps.
Those familiar with Fantastical 2 and/or Calendars 5 know that these apps do a spectacular job with Reminders integration, which works hand-in-hand with a calendar app. But what about apps like Clear, Wunderlist and Any.Do? While the developers of these apps may not care to integrate Reminders, developers of similar apps could possibly see the value in doing so. Enter developers Taphive, who saw fit to do this very thing with their highly customizable to-do app,Tick. (more…)
Don’t judge a book by its cover–a valuable piece of advice I was taught early in my life, as I’m sure a lot of you where as well. More often than not I find this old adage to be profoundly true, but, at times, I find it incredibly difficult to live by. I, like a lot of individuals, find it easier to embrace something that’s pleasing to the eye. Sometimes it turns out well, which I’m sure most Apple device owners can attest to (just holding my iPad mini is one of my favorite past times), but other times I’m reminded why the adage rings so true.
Taasky is an app that was on my radar several months before its launch. I had seen it showcased on several blogs and Dribbble because of it’s beautiful and sleek design. I was enamored, to say the least. So, when the app found its way to the App Store I was quite pleased, and downloaded it with haste. What I discovered after spending a mere few minutes with the app, however, was another lesson involving books and their covers. (more…)
Calendars 5 is the newest iteration of Readdle’s calendars app (Calendars+ being the previous version). Readdle has been a developing team I’ve long admired, as they’ve consistently produced high quality productivity, utility and business apps that get the job done, plain and simple. In September, I wrote a how-to article that features their Printer Pro app, which makes it incredibly easy to print from an iOS device to a non-AirPrint enabled printer. I should also state, for the purposes of full disclosure, that I’m a member of their beta program.
Be that as it may, I always find myself being very critical of new calendar apps, and make no exceptions with Calendars 5. The iOS 7 Calendar.app has done little to sway me in using it full-time. Fantastical 2 is a quite good, overall, but I just don’t like how the events list functions. Sunrise is my favorite calendar app, which I recently reviewed, but it lacks some key features (discussed in my review).
While it may seem like I’m attempting to boast about how I’m never satisfied with calendar apps, or that I’m just incredibly picky, I assure you that neither are the case (at least that’s what I keep telling myself). A calendar is a very important tool in most people’s lives, so when using an app for calendar management it’s important that it makes this task as easy as possible. With that in mind, let’s find out if Calendars 5 has what it takes to get the job done. (more…)
Gneo is an interesting task management app that tries to do things very differently. On first glance, the app appears to be a cross between Trello and any other GTD app, but what sets it apart is its advanced feature set and rather unique take on overseeing your entire task list.
The app isn’t without fault and, in some instances, the app can be frustrating but it sets itself apart with a fresh perspective on task and project management that stops this from being just another todo app.
There are a ton of todo apps, and with so many out there, the waters can seem pretty murky when looking for a new task management solution. I decided to give YellingMom a go, though, because the reminders seemed so easy and it’s got a pretty great setup for rescheduling tasks when I’ve run out of time. Add to that Evernote sync, and YellingMom seems like a pretty sweet option. I’m going to run it through its paces and see if it’s as good as it looks to be. (more…)
Task and project management apps such as OmniFocus and Things aren’t just popular, they’re a necessity for anyone wanting to keep track of tasks and projects all the way from start to finish. While I probably spend more time trying out new GTD apps than actually getting anything done, I’d be completely lost without any sort of task management app that lets me track individual tasks and projects.
My latest GTD distraction is Firetask, a project-orientated task management app that promises complete and simple control of your tasks so you can spend less time procrastinating and more time, well, getting things done.
I’ve been really big on finding unconventional ways to motivate myself recently. I’ve tried a myriad of things, but as clichéd and silly as it sounds from one of those “modern writer” types, I find the best solutions are often digital. That’s why I was really excited when I started using iDoneThis, a service I reviewed on Web.AppStorm recently.
IDoneThis is a fantastic little service that helps you keep track of what you do on a daily basis by sending you a reminder asking what you accomplished with your day. Not too long ago, I discovered that iDoneThis also has an iPhone app, and I decided I’d give it a go and compare it to the site’s email service. Read on for some of my thoughts. (more…)
Innovation has stagnated for productivity apps on the web. On the mobile front however, multitouch interfaces have opened up the floodgates of creativity. Productivity apps like Clear, Soonr, Any.DO, Wunderlist and many others push the limits of the platform to make staying productive fun and efficient.
The latest to join the list is Task Player, which is doubly unique. It targets the niche of pomodoro users and lets you play your tasks like music! I’m equally curious to see what that’s all about. Join me after the jump! (more…)
Collaboration is a tough nut to crack. Even on the web and the desktop, frictionless collaboration with a team hasn’t come to fruition yet. It isn’t because of lack of trying though. There are many different collaboration and team communication solutions that have tried to help people communicate, share and stay productive together.
Still, there is no silver bullet for effective collaboration, but a combination of tools can help you get things done. When it’s an uphill task to ensure easy collaboration over desktop and the web, one can understand the difficulties of achieving the same on a smartphone. Kibits promises to help you interact and work with your team on the go. Let’s take it for a spin! (more…)
Staying productive isn’t easy. It needs a routine, discipline and a willpower to say no to distractions. Trust me when I say this, those are really annoying traits to attain. In my experience, I have found that a good productivity app is a godsend and helps you stick to a routine so you can attain some sort of discipline over time.