I can’t fix the terrible sins Facebook commits against humanity each day but I can come up with a Friday Freebie from the App Store. In this case, it’s a task manager for Mac, iPhone, and iPad called Cirkus. You know, like Circus but misspelled.
Tasks, Meet Projects
Circus is not a run-of-the-mill to-do list. Instead, it’s a full featured task manager and everyone know what you get with multiple tasks. A project manager. That means Cirkus is no Reminders or Notes app. Both are free on Mac and iPhone and iPad. Both sync data between devices. Both are not Cirkus because Cirkus is made for business.
Circus for Mac looks familiar. Projects and tasks are organized on the lefthand sidebar. Details for each are in the main window. Create a task and assign it to someone else to do the work but track their progress from within the app.
You get notifications and team views– all customizable. This is a task manager that takes on projects because collaboration is built in. Templates are built-in, too– and so are permission profiles for various tasks. Add a task and do it yourself. Add a task to a project (which is little more than a bunch of tasks lumped together) and assign it to a team member in your organization.
The iPhone version seems to have all the same features but in a smaller window package, so there is more learning curve than on the Mac (screen real estate matters).
Not only can you setup Cirkus on your Mac and iPhone, there’s also a web version which runs in Safari or Chrome (probably other browsers; haven’t checked) and seems to a have the same feature set. You control the tasks and which project they live in and which team members work in which organizations. The Inbox displays items which need to be viewed and accomplished.
If the standard to-do list doesn’t work for you, and you need to keep track of many tasks in multiple projects– and others are involved in working on the tasks– then Cirkus is a good find. Collaboration occurs right inside the task and conversations can be private.
Cirkus is very cool.
Caveats? Oh yeah. Big time. Cirkus’ apps are free; Mac, iPhone, and, of course, the web version. You need to set up an account and it starts with Google or Facebook. That is always a red flag for me. Cirkus is slick and comfortable and the website features classy tutorials. What I haven’t found is a price tag to help pay for all the feature goodness in the apps and there is almost no detail about the company behind the app.
I can’t figure out the business model so I’m inclined not to get too wrapped up in managing a complex project with a bucket of tasks and a few collaborators. I like what I see. You will, too. But a shoe will drop somewhere, sometime.