Notes or word processing apps? Nope. There are too many of those already. Todo, reminder, and task managers? They’re a dime a dozen and sometimes less expensive than that. So, why revisit a Mac todo list app that isn’t made by Apple?
Todo. Or, Not Todo?
The question isn’t Todo. Or, not Todo. Pretty much every Mac user has a todo list somewhere; whether OS X and iOS’s Reminders app, a mental list, or a task and project management tool.
We’re human. We keep lists of things we need or want or should do. While not my favorite, the todo list manager simply titled Todo has plenty going for it.
First up, Todo is simple enough to use for simple lists of todo items. Secondly, Todo has iPhone and iPad counterparts, so it’s mobile, as todo lists should be.
Third, Todo is flexible enough and sufficiently robust to be used as a task manager, and since projects are made up of tasks, it works well as a mini-project manager that travels.
Finally, Todo has a curve that starts with basic lists and moves gently into more robust capabilities, including checklists within projects, reminder alerts, subtasks, repeating scheduled tasks, and even the much beloved GTD feature with contexts and tags.
The Mac version can be setup and engaged within a couple of minutes; tasks always visible in the main window, with projects and groups in the lefthand sidebar.
Why am I bothering to revisit a Mac todo list and task manager app if it’s not my favorite?
Chances are good that I would have stuck with Todo had sync between devices been less, uh, um, problematic (as was often the case when syncing Mac apps with iOS apps in the early days).
Todo syncs with other devices using iCloud, Wi-Fi, Dropbox, and Toodledo.com, as well as the Todo-Cloud (extra cost). I prefer Dropbox to iCloud, but found the latest version synced well with each, so, no complaints.
For now, though, I’ll stick with my current todo BFF app, also cleverly titled as 2Do, because it has a few more features, and synchronization has never been an issue.