If you think about it, a project management application is little more than a collection of tasks, and a task manager is nothing short of a to-do list, and a to-do list is, well, just a list. That means there are many ways to create a list, including this free app that works everywhere.
Wishing For Lists
Your Mac comes with a few apps that make lists. The venerable TextEdit has a built-in list function but it does not sync with iPhone or iPad. The Reminders app runs on all of Apple’s devices, including Watch, and it syncs with iCloud. Lists. Reminders. Same thing, right? What about the Mac’s Stickies app. Yep. Lists. But only on the Mac.
Maybe the best built-in list maker is Apple’s own Notes app, which also syncs between devices, but doesn’t have a Watch app. Make A List is a free list making app that goes everywhere and even carries audio notes.
Does this look familiar?
There’s not too much to Make A List. Create a new list. Add items to the list. Done. Items come with a checkbox (something of a requirement for to-do lists). Check an item off the list with a click.
Lists can be shared and if you download and install the iOS Make A List app to iPhone or iPhone, the lists get synchronized via iCloud. Here’s what it looks like on the iPhone’s screen.
One feature I like with all the Make A List versions is the skeuomorphism effects. Select from a few paper-like backgrounds which digitally emulate note pads.
You won’t find many features so Make A List is a quick learn. Add a list. Add an item to the list. Check off an item on the list. Delete a list. Delete an item. The toolbar is about as self-explanatory as you can get.
The key here is simplicity. It just works. A to-do list manager or a list making app doesn’t do much good if it’s too complicated to learn or use. Make A List is drop dead simple. And the ability to sync lists between devices is a huge plus. The iOS version comes with an Apple Watch app, too.
Not bad for free.