Our productivity folders are filled with apps we once loved: Pretty utilities with minimal interfaces and slick navigation that were quickly supplanted by the next great to-do app. Tasky+ comes awfully close to being that next great option. Built around a concept that's as smart as it is simple, the to-do and reminders app combines intuitive gestures with brisk date recognition that strips your life down to the moments that matter.
In preparing this year’s 20 Under $20 list, we loved the idea of presenting 20 killer Mac apps you might not know about — 20 is such a round, pleasant number, and would hopefully let us find something for everyone. But $20 per app might not seem like the bargain-basement price that it used to, even just back in the summer of 2011 when we did our last 20 Under $20 feature.
But guess what? Most of these polished, stable, user-friendly, and utterly useful applications don’t come anywhere close to a full Andrew Jackson, anyway. Four of them are free, and only two cost over $10. We thought about calling it “18 Mac Apps Under $10 and Also Two That Are More Than $10 But Still Less Than $20, and By the Way, Four Are Free,” but that’s just too long, wouldn’t you agree
The Getting Things Done (GTD) method of organizing tasks is a favorite among productivity seekers, and many apps support it. Firetask might be simple, but it still manages to fit in the core elements of GTD.
GTD works by following a simple three-stage approach to managing tasks: collect, organize, and review. Firetask mirrors this approach nicely, with an inbox for collecting items, a Focus section for putting them into projects, and a Review section to scheduling those tasks on a calendar. The interface is simple, making the whole process very quick and painless--after all, spending long chunks of the day tinkering with a GTD app isn’t quite as productive as actually doing your work.
We lead such hectic lives that it’s all too easy to forget an important job until it’s too late. Whether it’s picking up the kids’ new school uniforms, booking the dog into kennels or checking your car insurance, almost every job has a due date and a priority. Each of these little tasks contributes to a much bigger chore: keeping them all in order.
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.
If you prefer Google Calendar to Apple’s iCal (and their MobileMe cloud syncing solution), developer Readdle has you covered with an updated version of their slick Calendars app, bringing Google Tasks and universal compatibility to the table.
Long before everyone was crazy about Getting Things Done, and Evernote kept track of well, everything, Bare Bones' Yojimbo was rocking Macs with a beautifully simplistic and insanely flexibe database solution. The latest version of the venerable data management application--Yojimbo 3-- offers a number of excellent new features that will keep long-time users of the software's previous iterations happy, while at the same time entice new users to give what Bare Bones has to offer a go.