If you’ve followed Mac360 for any length of time you probably notice we’re trying to slim down, simplify, focus, get back to our roots.
That may be evident with a less cluttered, easier to navigate site re-design. We review Mac apps that everyone can use, as opposed to reviewing only the popular titles. Our search for usable Mac apps takes us to the venerable to do list. Everyone has one. Here’s one you can use.
To Do’s, Tasks, And Project Management
A Stickie (Apple’s digital Post-It Notes) is a base form of a to do list. List what you have to do. Post it on your Mac’s screen where it’s sufficiently visible to remind you. Delete items you finish. Add more items to do.
Simple. Easy. Free. Wait. There’s no alarm in Stickies. How about iCal’s To Do?
iCal has alarms for events and a to do list with a due date and an alarm. Now we’re cooking. Almost. iCal doesn’t integrate the to do to iCal’s events (you can do that manually), doesn’t delegate to do items, doesn’t prioritize items, doesn’t pull delegated resources from Address Book, and so on.
What we delegators need is a simple Mac app that does all that and connects to iCal.
Delegate Is iCal With More Of What You Need
One of the advantages of trying out Mac apps is that I get to compare one against another. Delegate is a Mac app that is like that set of iCal functions and features that iCal doesn’t really have.
Delegate starts with an interesting premise. It’s not just a to do list manager. It’s a to do list manager that manages tasks for others.
Start by creating a new list of to do items. Assign the items to yourself or someone else. Set due dates, alarms, and assign tag keywords.
Additional function you’d like in iCal is found in Delegate.
Tags for each to do item. Details for the to do item include subject and details (as notes). Even assign a priority for each to do item.
Oddly, the Delegate tool bar is at the bottom, so there’s a bit of a contrast with typical Mac apps which feature a toolbar at the time. Regardless, the functions are obvious. Add a to do item. Delete. Edit a to do item.
A quick glance gives you a look at what’s due, what’s due later, what’s done. To do items can be prioritized, too, and colored icons show you what should get done next vs. what can wait awhile.
The Settings button allows you to assign a to do list to someone from your Mac’s Address Book.
The real beauty of such delegation is the ability to share items online, and even more important, the ability to use Delegate in both iPhone and iPad versions which can be shared by the Mac version.