My Mac is my digital hub. My Mac is the center of my personal organization. My Mac is where I organize and store everything in my digital world.
Just when you thought there were barely 100 ways to organize, along comes one more way to gather, store, retreive. Listz.
Let’s face it. The Mac is a digital housing development for personal files. The Mac is a downtown redevelopment of documents. It’s also a landfill of sorts.
Apple’s most personal of all personal computers stores everything digital; photos, music, TV show, movies, images, documents, spreadsheets, links, schedules, to-do lists, projects, tasks, financial information.
What did I forget? See the problem? These days we need a list just to keep track of the lists that keep track of our digital life.
The Mac is no stranger to personal organization tools. Mac360’s reviewers have kept busy and kept you informed about the best personal organizers money can buy.
I’d like to report to you today that following much research I have found the ultimate Mac organizational tool that’s both capable and easy to use. And it’s free. The only problem is that Listz isn’t free. But it’s very good, quite fun, Mac-like intuitive.
Robochan’s Listz is at once familiar, colorful, and worthy of consideration; especially if you’re intimidated by NoteBook or Yojimbo.
Alex loves free. Alex loves cool. And Alex loves easy. So, two out of three’s not bad, right?
Simply put, Listz is a Mac application that lets you create, store, explore, and retrieve those gazillions of pieces of information that flow across our digital screens each day.
If you’re like most of us as Mac users, you make lists. To-do lists. Lists of things to buy. Safari bookmarks are nothing more than a list of web sites.
We have lists online, lists on our Macs, lists in our pockets, lists in our day planners, lists of places to go, lists of people, lists, lists, and yet another list. Listz is a list of lists.
Open Listz and you start with the familiar day planner-cum-notebook metaphor; a notebook-like pad on your screen with tabs to the right. Don’t be impressed with the simplicity. Lists is toying with you. There’s lots of personal organizing power here.
Listz lets you create Categories to arrange whatever you have to collect, whether lists of information, lists of things to do, or digital items you’ve collected and just need to store.
Items can be placed in Categories. Listz lets you apply alarms to items, add notes to items, set an item’s status (completed, pushed, delayed, cancelled, etc.).
Items can be marked with tags that can be searched. Zoom out to the Global View and see all your lists. Even create links to new tabs or to new lists.
No organizational tool is truly worthy without a backup plan. What happens if you lose all your lists? Listz has a built-in “burn to disk” backup system. One click.
Items can be imported, exported, created, moved or simply created and moved by drag and drop. My favorite feature is alarms. My list items are often connected to an event which is connected to a time. I love alarms.
Virtually everything in Listz is fluid. The onscreen notebook can be resized by drag. Too many items on a list? Never. It scrolls. Even better, Listz sorts, too. Sort alphabetically, status, due date, priority, or category. Click, click, then click and it all goes back to normal.
Just as cool is the List Share feature which lets you share your lists with others. Or, print your lists so you can carry it in your pocket or day planner.
After reviewing Mac organizational tools for a few years, I tend to be both skeptical and jaded, and a little bit hard to please. I don’t think of such tools as fun to use. Listz is a pleasant Mac application that puts the simple “fun” back in functional and fundamental.
Listz is highly customizable so you can create a look that fits your needs and style. Like Mori, another of our favorites, Listz is highly flexible and can be complex if your needs are complex, or remain ultra simple and sticks to the basics. You choose.
Try it for free. Listz is a Universal Binary and runs on Panther, Tiger, and Intel Macs.
What’s your tool of choice for personal or business organization? Do you run lists of lists? Share your experience and perspective in the Comments section below.