To be fair, the apps that Apple puts on Mac, iPhone, and iPad users are pretty good. The best? Maybe not, but they’re good starter apps and often become the inspiration for more capable apps with improved features from third party developers.
Of the second tier tools Apple provides (Notes, Preview, Reminders, Maps) one that serves me the least is Reminders. The only saving grace is that it’s everywhere– Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Watch– but Reminders is a bare bones to-do list. Tasker is better.
Tasker. Works. Everywhere.
Not only does Tasker come with more useful features than Reminders, it’s easy to setup and use, and syncs information between devices. Devices? All of them. iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Watch. Apple’s built-in Reminders app is good for task reminders, but it’s Notes that’s needed for a decent checklist of to-do items.
Tasker is a bit different because not only does it do to-do list items, each task can be categorized into a project, assigned by tags, fully color coded, calendar-based, repeatable, and with tasks.
Tasker lets you assign individual tasks to a project, or combine tasks within a project, but still lets tasks act as standalone to-do list items. A project is little more than a list of tasks for a specific objective, but you get both here.
Tags make it easy to assign organization to specific tasks that need to be related but are not necessarily part of a project.
Tasker makes good use of colors which aid in organizing a longer list of to-do items or specific tasks. That makes it quick and easy to prioritize tasks on a color-coded basis.
You’ll also appreciate the scrolling date picker which lets you assign due dates to a task, and reminders are both time-based and location-based so you get a reminder based upon time or your current location. That’s sweet.
All versions of Tasker share a similar look and feel despite the screen size differences.
Task management has a set of basic functions we all agree on; projects, tags, colors, calendar, reminders, but also items like repeat tasks (for items that are common and reoccurring), but also actionable tasks. These let you set up a specific action assigned to a task.
There’s a built-in Notification Center Widget and a powerful search function which helps if you’re like me and swimming in tasks. Got GTD? David Allen’s Getting Things Done methodology is built-in, too, with ease to setup and use contexts.
Images can be assigned to a task. Ditto for Maps locations. Add links, phone numbers, and contacts without leaving Tasker. And, of course, tasks are shareable. In many respects, Tasker is like a mini-Things app, and while not quite as powerful or project oriented, carries many of the same bells and whistles for much, much less money.