TODO CLOUD

HWM (Malaysia) - - MULTI-TEST -

Here is an­other GTD-in­spired app, which is es­pe­cially op­ti­mised for people who are keen on sav­ing stuff to the cloud. ToDo Cloud is free of fancy bells and whis­tles and tends to keep things sim­ple, mak­ing it ideal for people who don’t want to spend too much time learn­ing to use an app.

It starts out with a fresh in­ter­face and three views. The first view, ‘All Tasks’, will show you all the tasks you have put down. Then you have the ‘Fo­cus List’ and the ‘Starred Tasks’, as well as the GTD main­stay, the ‘In­box’.

Af­ter that, you can setup your own cus­tomised lists, which make it pretty sim­ple and ba­sic if man­ag­ing a va­ri­ety of lists is all you need to do to stay on top of things. But if you are will­ing to shell out for a sub­scrip­tion, you get a lot more fea­tures such as be­ing able to share and col­lab­o­rate on lists with other ToDo users.

Other pre­mium fea­tures in­clude email no­ti­fi­ca­tions when col­lab­o­ra­tors up­date projects, check­lists and tasks. Ap­pigo gives you a 14-day trial by de­fault when you in­stall the app which

“IF YOU’RE WILL­ING TO SHELL OUT A SUB­SCRIP­TION, YOU GET A LOT­MORE FEA­TURES.”

means that you could spend two weeks get­ting used to the fancier bells and whis­tles, then sud­denly have to fig­ure out how to live with­out them... or pay up.

ToDo Cloud syn­chro­nizes your data to its server and you can also ac­cess your ToDo lists on a Web ac­count. There seems to be no sup­port for back­ups to say, Drop­box, or ex­port­ing your data into dif­fer­ent for­mats. The app pri­mar­ily ap­peals to people whose lives re­volve around lists for the most part and might ap­pre­ci­ate a lit­tle GTD sup­port. GTD purists might find it a bit light for their tastes, though, when com­pared to ei­ther LifeTopix or Om­niFo­cus.

One ex­tra fea­ture the app has go­ing for it is be­ing able to pur­chase a va­ri­ety of icons to cus­tomise their lists. If you’re the type who likes color-coded charts, this might ap­peal to you. Other­wise it is a nice but ul­ti­mately unessen­tial fea­ture, which is why it makes sense it’s an in-app pur­chase.

As an al­ter­na­tive to keep­ing scraps of paper and post-it notes with var­i­ous lists to tick off, ToDo Cloud is ap­peal­ing with its sim­plic­ity. With an An­droid ver­sion also avail­able, this would make col­lab­o­ra­tive lists pos­si­ble too.

Cross-plat­form sup­port for shar­ing lists with An­droid/Web users is a plus for this app.

The UI is rather Spar­tan but the easy cus­tomi­sa­tion of lists may ap­peal to some.

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