If you need a task man­ager to get things done, this may just fit the bill

Mac Format - - RATED | MAC APPS - £10.49 De­vel­oper Ap­pigo, ap­ OS OS X 10.7 or later Re­quires 64-bit pro­ces­sor Syn­chro­nises with iOS de­vices Support for GTD-style con­texts Col­lab­o­ra­tion re­quires sep­a­rate app No im­ports from Todo to Todo Cloud

Todo is a task man­ager that leans heav­ily on the Get­ting Things Done method­ol­ogy and al­lows you to sync with its iOS equiv­a­lents on your iPhone or iPad.

If you’ve used the iOS ver­sion, you’ll be in­stantly fa­mil­iar with how it works; Todo is an ac­com­plished task man­ager. You can cre­ate lists of tasks; split those tasks into sub-tasks – each with its own dead­line; and cre­ate cus­tom con­texts, such as ‘at my desk’ or ‘in the gar­den’.

You can set re­minder alerts, sched­ule re­peat­ing tasks, and add notes. Tasks can be starred to in­di­cate they are high pri­or­ity and starred tasks get their own list. Like­wise, you can cre­ate a cus­tom Fo­cus list of tasks and sub-tasks on which you need to con­cen­trate on a given day. There’s no de­fault ‘To­day’ list of tasks due for com­ple­tion, like the one in Things, how­ever.

There are a num­ber of op­tions for sync­ing, in­clud­ing iCloud, Drop­box, Too­dleDo, and Todo Cloud, Ap­piGo’s own so­lu­tion. While the third-party op­tions al­low you to sync be­tween de­vices, if you want to ac­cess Todo’s pow­er­ful col­lab­o­ra­tion and shar­ing fea­tures, you’ll need to use the free Todo Cloud app in­stead and sign up for a pre­mium sub­scrip­tion.

Todo’s price tag of £10.49 is less than a third of Things, so charg­ing ex­tra for col­lab­o­ra­tive fea­tures is rea­son­able. But re­quir­ing the use of a sep­a­rate app – to which you can’t im­port data from Todo – isn’t. Worse, you can only cre­ate a new Todo Cloud ac­count on an iOS de­vice.

Todo looks great, it’s in­ex­pen­sive and it’s not hard to use. If you’re not wed­ded to GTD, how­ever, you might find a com­bi­na­tion of Re­minders and Cal­en­dar works just as well for you. If you need the col­lab­o­ra­tion fea­tures, Todo Cloud is a sep­a­rate, pricier propo­si­tion. Kenny Hem­phill

An at­trac­tive and pow­er­ful task man­ager, but the dis­tinc­tion be­tween Todo and Todo Cloud is very con­fus­ing.

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