Like insurance, coverage has limits and while Apple should be commended for providing customers with the basics, that’s exactly what Mac, iPhone, and iPad users get. Basics. If you want more, then you’ll need to select from the nearly 2-million or so apps that do more than what Apple gives us.
One of the apps categories that seems to thrive with competition is the to-do list, task managers, reminders and calendars. How about an app that puts them all together and syncs up between Mac, iPhone, and iPad? That’s the TickTick app. It provides reminders, calendar, tasks and to-do’s, and more in a single app.
TickTick looks familiar because it uses components you’ve probably used already with the Mac and iPhone apps.
Reminders and tasks work with calendar so you always know what’s coming, what was missed, and get notified, too. Tasks can be view in calendar mode, too. Even better, TickTick is a good sharing app for other Mac and iPhone users on TickTick.
Files get backed up online, tasks can be organized as sub-tasks so it becomes a mini-project manager. Every task can be organized with tags. Calendar subscriptions integrate with other calendars. Even email messages can be turned into tasks in TickTick.
On the Mac, TickTick has a convenient location in the Menubar. A single click brings down your current and upcoming tasks, and a click to each reveals another popup with more detailed information.
TickTick’s iPhone and iPad version has a few more useful features, though. For example, use Siri to create tasks and dictate details in tasks. That can be handy when you’re on the go. Both iPhone and iPad apps work similarly, and sync data with the Mac.
Built in to the iOS version are time and location reminders. You also get batch edit options. Atachments to tasks. And lists and tasks can handle hundreds, including subtasks. Each. Yes, there’s even a Watch version so reminders and notifications are more easily accessed.
Guess what? TickTick– which handles reminders, tasks, calendar, sharing and much more– is free. That’s the twist. The basics are free but if you want more of the features you’ll need the in-app subscription option.
Yes, subscriptions are here to stay, but unlike a few I’ve tried, TickTick’s subscription rate is modest, and even has an annual discount. So, try it for free. If you like it and want the extra features, it’s just a few dollars a month. If you really like it, the annual subscription is even less per month.
Caveats? Yes, a few.
I have no idea where the data goes when it gets synced between devices. It’s not iCloud. China, maybe. I don’t have much information that would be beneficial to hackers in China, but knowing exactly where my information gets stored when going between devices would be a big plus.
Otherwise, TickTick works well, and all versions get plenty of four and five star reviews on the app stores from other users.