Plenty of noise has been made about removing the skeuomorphism from OS X and iOS. Personally, I like it and prefer Mac apps that look like what I already know. A digital notebook should look like a real notebook with paper.
For whatever reason, today’s digital designers seem to think every app should be something from ‘I, Robot‘ and made by U.S. Robotics, devoid of character, a gradient of silver in place of some rich Corinthian leather stitching. Here’s a Mac planner that looks and acts like a planner should.
A Planner With Tabs
Call me a throwback to the dark ages of the last century, but I was raised on yellow legal pads, spiral notebooks, and the Franklin Day Planner.
That’s why I like Planner Plus. Not only does it remind me of the glory days of an analog yesteryear, it looks and works like a planner should.
All the basics you want are in Planner Plus, except that a bunch of trees were saved. It’s a digital version of popular day planner notebooks of the past.
Digital tabs take you to any month on the yearly calendar, and other tabs let you view Day, Week, Month, or upcoming Tasks, all with a single click.
Projects are supported with tasks and sub-tasks, and it’s easy to setup an Event or Task on the calendar, manually for a specific time, or all day or multiple day events.
You gotta love what looks familiar.
Familiarity breeds usefulness, and usefulness leads you to greater levels of productivity. One click and the entire week or month of events and activities and tasks is revealed.
Planner Plus handles recurring events and tasks, and displays multiple status for each, along with a variety of priorities settings.
Notes can be added and searched with ease, and Overdue, Completed, or Undated tasks are visible with a click. Even better, there’s an iPad version of Planner Plus which costs less than the Mac version. If you go iPad only, it may be the only planner you need. Look at all the trees you save.