The only saving grace for Snail is that it’s a clever, useful Mac app that tracks time and tasks, but unlike real snails, it does it quickly, efficiently, and, unlike real snails, it’s fun to use.
What’s In A Name?
The more I think about it, the more convinced I am that snail isn’t really a good name for anything other than, well, snails. Even the U.S. Postal Service’s monicker of snail mail is mostly derogatory.
So, why would a Mac app developer go to all the time and trouble to create an app you’ll probably enjoy using, and name it Snail?
I know. It doesn’t make sense to me, either.
Snail isn’t slow. It’s not slimy. It’s doesn’t have a shell and it doesn’t leave a trail. Snails do. But Snail the app does not.
Snail the app is a very fast, elegant task and time management app. It’s very good at handling and tracking day-to-day chores, planning future tasks, and even tracking time you spend on tasks.
Snail’s task list is a click away in the Mac’s Menubar.
Visual cues abound in Snail. Red is over due. Green is done (I would use something besides green).
Each of us manage our todo lists about the same way. We plan ahead with tasks, but new todo items always pop up.
Snail handles new tasks with a click. Changing order is simply drag and drop (good for priorities).
Plan ahead, too. Snail works well for a week, a month, or a year in advance. Upcoming tasks are displayed ahead of time (it would be nice to have a reminder to start specific tasks in the future).
Even better, and surprising in an app at this price, is Snail’s option to track your time on each task. If you forget to hit the start button to time a task, no problemo. Just edit it as needed.
Other than having a few more alerts or alarms or notices for upcoming scheduled tasks, Snail is worth the price, but not worthy of the name. Snail is just not working for me.