After all, Stickies is the ultimate cheap to-do list app that doubles as a check list app. And it’s free. Stickies is missing some key features. For those, you’ll have to cough up a little change; preferably very little change.
Here’s my list of what a to-do list, GTD task manager, check list app should have, and an app that tries. It really tries.
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First and foremost, a to-do list app should be drop dead easy to use. Hey, we’re talking to-do items on a list. How hard can that be?
Second, the list itself needs to share the lists with other Apple devices. Mac to Mac is a start.
We live in a mobile age so having a list that shows up on my iPhone, Mac, and iPad is a big plus.
Here’s the story of Check Off (not Pavel Chekov, my heartthrob from teenage years and Star Trek reruns), a to-do, GTD, check list app with a serious price tag.
Check Off lets you make lists of to-do items which you can check off, right from the Mac’s Menubar. Tasks can be dropped into folders with labels (a good way to make projects from tasks).
Add notes to your check list items. Save your check lists in Dropbox so it syncs up nicely with other Macs.
There, that’s about it. Nice lists, easy organization, east check offs, simple pull down access from the Menubar, and it all syncs between Macs using Dropbox.
What about synchronizing to-do lists between Mac and iPhone or iPad? As it turns out, there’s half a dozen Mac apps that do that already, and they’re less expensive than Check Off.
The key to to-do lists, GTD apps, check lists, et al, is flexibility. I’m a modern iDevice person and I need my information with me wherever I go, whenever I go. Mac, iPhone, iPad.
I don’t mind paying as much as Check Off, but other apps do more for less.