Different strokes for different folks also means reinventing the wheel. When it comes to applications that span across macOS to iOS, there isn’t much that is new under the sun. Unless you like to make lists.
Here’s a quick look at two easy and free apps that make lists and keep them in sync between devices. Choose your poison carefully. These are both similar and wildly different yet they’re free and available on macOS and iOS; Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Watch.
Convoluted vs. Simple
First up is the Make A List utility which runs on Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Watch. It’s free and syncs lists between devices using iCloud. If you make lists, need lists with you wherever you go, Make A List! is a good list maker app and you can’t beat the price.
Make A List is something of a Fisher Price-like utility with colorful text in a happy font, complete with icons and checkoff status so you can see how much of a list of items has been accomplished.
Make A List handles basic iOS and Mac functions with ease and lets you drop in photos, audio notes, as well as export and print lists.
- Push Notifications
- List sharing
- Audio notes attachment
- Picture attachment
- Highlighted text
- Marked item
- Export list
- Print list
If you like colorful lists then you’ll like Make A List. Not bad for free. Plenty of good reviews on the App Store.
Even the Mac version is friendly, comparable, easy to setup and use.
Make a List syncs lists using iCloud Drive but could use a Dropbox sync option, too, because Dropbox has faster syncs.
What’s the second free way to make lists on your Mac, iPhone, and iPad? This one is chock full of features and capability and is free. It’s the combo of Notes and Reminders.
I use both.
Notes is more of a mini-word processor than Make A List is a lists application. Notes can be stored on your Mac or on iCloud and synchronized between devices with no effort. Notes organized notes in folders and a click reveals all the notes available to be edited. Notes uses the standard list method– select items, select lists, done. You get lists within a document or simply a standalone list.
Reminders is also a list of sorts– reminders that can be tasks, to-do items, or actions within a small project. And it all syncs up nice with iCloud as you would expect with an Apple application. Reminders also has features not found in most to-do list utilities, including an option to receive a reminder based upon a location– when you arrive or when you leave a specific location. That kind of reminder can be handy.
Either way, Notes or Make A List, you end up with a free utility that helps you keep track of items. Make A List has a Watch option so list items can be checked off while you work or shop.
Not bad for free.