To-do lists have been around for a long time now. Thankfully, technology has led us into an age where it makes staying on top of things just a little bit easier than always reverting to pen and paper. There is a plethora of Mac apps out there that will get the job done as a to-do list manager.
However, a new, fresh approach comes in the form of an app known as SimpleTask. Today I’ll be taking a look at what SimpleTask is capable of, and whether it stands out from the crowd.
What’s In A Name?
This is one time where the name of the software really fits the profile. Using SimpleTask is really, well to put it frankly, simple. There are no extra buttons or over-the-top advanced features. All there is to this app is a super clean user interface and a few tools that allow you to easily manage your list of to-do’s.
To add a new task, simply click the plus button at the bottom of the interface. This will bring up a form that will allow you to enter the tasks details such as name and description. To add the task to your “pending” list, click the add button. Both of these commands are also accessible by hitting enter so your hands never even have to leave the keyboard!
One of the things I really like about SimpleTask is that it allows you to tag each task with your choice of 7 colors. This lets the user color code their lists into categories. One example of using this feature would be to divide your tasks into work, personal, or anything you wish.
Managing Your Lists
After you have entered all of your tasks, managing them is breeze. Marking a task as completed is as easy as checking a completed box for that particular task. Doing this will move the task into the “completed” section. To move a task back to the pending section, uncheck the completed box for that task.
The developers of SimpleTask made it easy to reorder pending and completed lists by implementing the dragging up and down of tasks. The user can also search tasks with the finder style search box and filter these searches by all, pending, and complete.
While SimpleTask lacks the more complex features of other to-do list apps, it does bring a few extra features and preferences to the table that I find intriguing. One of these features is the ability to tag your tasks as “important.”
This is done similarly to marking as completed by checking the flag next to each task. This will cause the flag to become red in color. While scanning your lists you will have a constant reminder of that tasks level of importance.
Doing this also adds to the counter located in the icon of the SimpleTask app in the dock. Each time a task is marked with a red flag it adds to the counter. When the important task is completed the counter is reduced. This allows for great visibility of how many important tasks the user has yet to complete.
On your iPhone
SimpleTask also have a new iPhone application in the works, and I’ve been experimenting with a pre-release version for a few days. It’s one of the better task management apps I’ve used for the iPhone, and will certainly be worth downloading once released. Adding tasks is simple, and offers the same colour-coding present on the desktop app:
When you’ve completed a task, swipe your finger across it to “mark as done” (it took me a little while to figure this out!). Flagging also works in a similar way to the desktop, adding a numbered badge to the application icon on your phone:
An excellent search facility makes finding tasks easy, and can filter by completed, uncompleted, or flagged items only.
SimpleTask is a breath of fresh air among all of the to-do Mac apps out there. It allows for quick and efficient management without all of the bells and whistles. So if you’re anything like I am and can never quite stay on top of your to-do’s without a little help here and there, SimpleTask may be for you.
The public beta version of SimpleTask is currently available for free, and the iPhone version will be hitting the App Store soon.