Most of my 13 year career writing for Mac360 has been devoted to uncovering Mac app gems that may not get the promotion they deserve, but compare well with those apps of greater notoriety. Such is the case today with yet another Mac task manager that syncs up with iPhone and iPad versions.
What makes this look a bit different is the pricing mechanism. All– macOS, iOS– are billed as free when in reality they’re actually trial versions for a subscription app. Applications that can be used on a subscription basis are all the rage these days. For app developers. For those of us used to paying the old fashioned way– cash up front, an upgrade every couple of years– there is some stick shock involved.
This look at NubiDo isn’t easy for me because I love useful task managers and prefer apps that work while syncing up between devices. That’s the new norm. Mac only is just a difficult proposition for utility applications because so much of my time goes to iPhone and iPad, too.
NubiDo is a task management app and it’s pretty good. Think Apple’s Reminders app but with performance enhancing drugs to give it powers beyond the ordinary; but not all the way to super powers because that means complexity, and complexity means a learning curve. NubiDo is rather straightforward and easy to set up and use.
NubiDo is almost intuitive. It sets up a task with a click. Tasks can be combined as a task project (after all, a project is little more than a group of tasks, right?). The Task Calendar shows you which tasks are due and when. Tags can be assigned to tasks for better organization and easier search.
Each task can have a due date as a task, as a list, or as a list of tasks in a project. Recurring tasks are an extra click which makes it easier to manage ongoing items.
The Inbox shows you want’s coming up so you can plan your work schedule, while the Focus lists works a bit like GTD’s focus so you can assign time to a particular task from a priority perspective. It’s the Dashboard which displays an instant view of all important items. The Task Calendar displays items for a specific date.
NubiDo is exceptional because it does not try to do too much so it’s no complicated and the learning curve is modest, but it doesn’t take long to figure out how to make it work better for projects which require multiple tasks. Because NubiDo works on Mac, iPhone, and iPad, you can keep tasks synced up between devices. There’s no Watch app yet, but that would be a handy way to keep track of tasks.
Because NubiDo starts at free it’s definitely worth a try, especially if Reminders and Notes on your Mac, iPhone or iPad seems lacking to you, and you want something that does more but doesn’t scare you with a complicated learning curve.
Caveats? The price. Wait. Isn’t NubiDo free? Yes. Free for up to 50 tasks, then it’s $29. That’s $29 per year, thanks to the subscription model. You get unlimited tasks, and if that’s what you need, and you don’t mind the ongoing price tag, go for it. Otherwise, if you’re like me, these new subscription apps are coming with some sticker shock.