Task lists brought back to the Mac
£7.99 FROM Peter Szwach, useproud.com NEEDS OS X 10.10 or higher, iCloud account for syncing
Proud for iOS gave us a new take on iPhone-based
list-making. Sure, its main tab is conventional, with you creating tasks, breaking them down into subtasks, reordering, and swiping items on completion. But you can also assign deadlines in a human manner (“later today”, “tomorrow”), and the app has useful mini-apps and a few ‘superpowers’: a de-stress breathing tool, a Pomodoro-style timer, and a completed tasks graph; there’s even a ‘Give me more time’ option in there, too.
You might think that all sounds great, but what about the Mac version of the app? Well, it more or less is the iPhone version. On the plus side, it syncs nicely over iCloud, and has the same great features as the iPhone release. But the iPhone-like interface (which can be switched to a comical full-screen mode) is less intuitive. Robbed of the touchscreen, the enjoyably tactile and exploratory nature of Proud is gone. Instead, you hunt through a menu, and must rely on remembering keyboard shortcuts to trigger actions. As a way to get Proud lists on your Mac, the app is fine (although twice the iOS version’s price); but as a standalone app, it needs to be more Mac-like for us to wholeheartedly recommend it.
There’s something highly amusing about an all-caps ‘de-stress’ menu item.