What is it with all the todo lists for Mac, iPhone, and iPad? iOS and macOS High Sierra come with a built-in reminders app that is remarkably powerful. It has location based reminders, and shared reminders, and tasks-within-task reminders.
What’s not to like? Whatever it is, Reminders has spawned a cottage industry of sort for todo, task, and reminders applications that range from simple todo lists to full-fledged project managers. Here’s one that dares to be different when it comes to getting things done. It’s called Doo.
Cards, Not Lists
Yep, that’s the key point of differentiation. Instead of lists of todo items or tasks, Doo features a unique GTD– getting things done– approach by using stacks of cards; easily visible, easily setup, and easily more capable that mere Reminders on iOS or macOS.
Think Calendar meets stacks of todo or task items.
Doo has familiar features for anyone who puts effort into Reminders. In fact, both have similar functions, but Doo goes a few levels deeper with better graphics and more useful organization. For example, you can get reminders when arriving or leaving a location– just as in Reminders, which includes activating the distance triggers.
Reminders can be shared with others to create collaboration by Mail or Message. Checklists are a snap to create and each one can be customized for day, month, week, and yearly intervals with specific days for repeats.
Files are saved to iCloud Drive and sync up between devices so whatever you create or edit on one device syncs and shows up on other devices. What I would like to see is a Dropbox option. Why? Dropbox works better and far faster than iCloud sync.
The interface remains similar across devices, too.
Open-ended tasks are easily created, but can also receive date-based tasks, location-based tasks, and notes and checklists are not the same but work similarly to Notes on iOS and macOS which feature both.
- Improve your focus with a unique, card-based interface
- Create open-ended, date-based, or location-based reminders
- Stay engaged with a delightful user experience
- Collaborate on tasks with other Doo users (requires iCloud)
- Create checklists that stay out of your way until you need them
- Get repeating alerts if you ignore any notifications
- Schedule tasks with custom intervals and early alerts
- Toggle notifications on a per-reminder basis
- Sync with iCloud across iOS and Mac devices
- Set your preferred morning and evening hours for smarter scheduling and snooze
- Create to-dos from within other apps using the share extension
- Sort your cards from the list view to speed through your day
- Customize your default snooze duration
- Enjoy Doo with full accessibility support, including VoiceOver and keyboard shortcuts
- Create reminders faster with smart date presets, including tonight, tomorrow, and this weekend.
- View upcoming reminders from the Notification Center widget
- Complete or snooze reminders from iOS notifications
- Customize the interface to one of five different font sizes
- Drag and drop text, markdown checklists, Apple Maps locations, and URLs onto the add button to quickly create tasks
My favorite features are the notifications which, when synced up, work well on Mac, iPhone, iPad, and, yes, Watch. There is much to like here, but many of the basic functions are available on Reminders, which also has a Watch version. The key point of differentiation are is the Card interface which is visually attractive and easily used.
Caveats? Price tag. It’s only a few dollars on iOS and features iPad and iPhone, plus a Message app and a Watch app. For twice the price you get the same features in the Mac app, but there’s no try-before-you-buy option.