As great as iOS is, it’s had one missing feature since the days of the original iPhone: lack of built-in to-do management. That will change with iOS 5’s upcoming Reminders app, but you can take charge of to-do’s today with BusyToDo, which brings familiar to-do management to your iDevice. How familiar? Picture iCal’s to-do features, then imagine most of them transplanted to a no-nonsense iOS app. That’s BusyToDo.
iOS 5 will reportedly add location-based reminders this Fall, but that doesn't do you much good right now, does it? Place Clock fills the current gap in functionality quite nicely, provided you can accept a few shortcomings.
There have always been motivated people, the ones who never stopped, never rested, and were always on the lookout for a way to make extra money and better their lives. And there have always been lazy people, the ones who knew what needed to be done but would rather pay someone else to do it for them. With the AirRun app for iPhone, these forces finally meet.
As much as I want to watch that YouTube video of Lady Gaga falling off her piano, I just don’t have time for it right this minute. Command-D works, but using Safari to collect links gets unwieldy fast, and relying on folders for organization feels very 1998. Alternatively, Pinboard keeps your bookmarks online, offers a handy mobile interface, and supports robust tagging for better organization.
A sad fact of life is that most working adults are too busy. We have appointments and engagements to make (and keep!), contact information to remember, and random thoughts to write down. Bare-bones TapTask makes that easier to accomplish with your iPhone or iPod touch.
The writing process is different for everyone who tilts at it, and the curiously named OmmWriter Dāna II provides an approach so unique that you’ll either be captivated or appalled. Like many word-processing apps, OmmWriter begins its efforts to eliminate distraction by going full screen, dropping away your Dock, Desktop, and everything else. Then it takes more unusual steps—the screen is wallpapered with one of eight lovely images, ranging from a snowy forest to a purpley color wash.
Apple haters love to claim that we’re paying a premium for little more than pretty hardware. But we all know how dim-witted that statement truly is—for starters, Apple makes tons of great software too. Case in point: The Address Book and iCal combo is a one-two productivity punch, and the two apps work so well—and are so tightly integrated—that getting us to drop $100 for a third-party contact manager and calendar is a bit of a long shot. But Chronos’ SOHO Organizer 9 sweetens the pot with some tricks that Apple’s offerings can’t match and adds an information manager and a handy app for printing envelopes and other business documents.
Not all writing is created equal. Sometimes you're trying to pen War and Peace; other times you just need to jot down an appointment. Notebooks for iPad aims to deliver the best of both worlds, combining extensive document management and syncing with basic text-editing and task-scheduling features. It’s not perfect, but Notebooks hits a middle ground that will be especially appealing to writers who need to edit plain text and organize multiple files.