There is a reason why we have so many word processor and notes apps for Mac, iPhone, and iPad. We’re creatures that think and we need a place to write down our thoughts. Why are there so many reminder and to-do applications?
It’s the same. We can’t keep everything we want to remember inside our brains for fear of public leakage, so we write things down. That makes apps like Things and 2Do so popular and it’s why I like a slight change in visual metaphor with the Doo app for Mac, iPhone, and iPad. Cards.
Remember The Alamo
I’m willing to bet that the outcome at The Alamo would have been different if all the heroes– those who fought and died– had Doo reminder cards to ensure they had sufficient backup and ammunition to fight off a much larger foreign army. The thing to remember here is that Doo is not just another version of Apple’s Reminders app.
Doo does reminders, notifications, schedules, and collaboration, and while the app is drop dead simple to use as reminders or to-do items, it also functions well as a task manager, project manager, and location-based collaboration tool for groups. It’s that good. But the idea behind Doo is cards.
Doo lets you create tasks with specific time reminders. But you can also set up a reminder that is location-based– it triggers when you reach a specific destination. Card tasks can be open-ended without a location or a date, which makes Doo perfect for simpler tasks that you write down instead of trying to remember.
Card notes can hold almost anything; from phone numbers to URLS to addresses, and each can be opened with due. Checklists are created with a click. Any item can be edited. Scheduling has similar flexibility. Use presets or set your own schedule, including repeating intervals, end dates, and reminder notifications.
Doo’s cards make it friendly and simple to setup and use, but each card is packed with functionality which means as a reminder app it’s better than the sum of the parts. Just remember that everything Doo does starts with a card and you can dig into functionality as much or as little as you need; one task at a time makes focus a primary ingredient.
Caveats? One in particular. Doo does not yet integrate with Calendar and remains standalone from Reminders. Doo works with Siri for reminder creation and dictation, but that’s all for now.
Doo is a capable replacement for Reminders, syncs via iCloud between Mac, iPhone, and iPad, and remains nominally priced. Oh, one more caveat? No try-before-you-buy option for macOS or iOS. Doo isn’t expensive but a trial version for the Mac or even a limited version would be handy. Try-before-you-buy is a thing, folks.