Best Task Management/To-do list apps 2012

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by Sinophile, Apr 4, 2012.

  1. Sinophile macrumors newbie

    Dec 7, 2011
    What are the best task management apps currently available?

    I've been using Appigo Todo for the past 2 years. It seems to have the most aesthetically pleasing interface, but recent reviews in the App Store have been negative. It seems the developers are no longer updating as frequently.

    List of competitors:
    Wunderlist (free, cross-platform compatible, but too simple and lacks features)
    Omnifocus ($40, too expensive)
    Things ($10)
    Toodledo ($3)
  2. skillz1318 macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2006
    I love omnifocus and use it daily. iPhone only version for me. Siri integration is awesome too! $20 I think
  3. gibbz macrumors 68030

    May 31, 2007
    I know the price is high, but I love OmniFocus.
  4. ozengo macrumors newbie


    Dec 29, 2011
    best task managment apps

    Omnifocus is indeed excellent, but pricey and it can be complicated to set up the view you want. I have now started using Firetask, which has an attractive, colourful interface - as wel as excellent support for tasks and projects. You can read more about it in my review if you like.

    If Firetask does not appeal, you could check out a number of free apps that are all pretty good: Producteev, Asana and Nirvana. Zendone is currently still free, but in beta.

    Also really good, but more expensive to buy, are Things and Nozbe.

    Appstorm have also posted a comparison of ten web-based apps.

    Hope this was helpful rather than confusing!


  5. js2773 macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2012
    are there any apps that are simple but give you some sort of reward for completing tasks? Most of them seem to be multifunctional and massively integrated but are still effectively just reminders.
  6. stevelam macrumors 65816

    Nov 4, 2010
    it depends on how feature rich you need it. apps like things, omnifocus and other GTD apps are WAY too complex for my needs. the fact that omnifocus has like 20 video tutorials on their site just to use the app is kind of ridiculous to me.

    i do just fine with wunderlist mainly because it syncs across all platforms i need it on. it has the right amount of depth for my needs.
  7. js2773 macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2012
    I think I just need a list but one that I actually want to look at. Most of the time I use paper and pencil because I really enjoy scoring out the tasks when I've done them and I don't get the same satisfaction with apps.

    Was wondering if there was a simple task management app that offers this type of experience? One that you want to use because it is fun and satisfying.
  8. batting1000 macrumors 604

    Sep 4, 2011
    Probably the most fun, simple (I repeat...simple), and satisfying to do / list app in the app store is Clear. It was 99 cents for awhile at launch a few months ago, but now it's 2.99. It's well worth it if you use lists and stuff a lot. The UI is amazingly put together and good looking and uses a system of gestures and hierarchies.

    It's a 4.5/5 star app too and has gotten great reviews. I suggest you check it out.
  9. js2773 macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2012
    Thanks - I've downloaded it and will check it out. Looks good so far!
  10. sk1wbw Suspended


    May 28, 2011
    Williamsburg, Virginia
    Things is great, they have a beta ota sync, and overall the program is beautiful and easy to use.

    Firetask is probably the best one, imho. It's the only app that lets you mark a task or a project as "in progress" instead of just completed or not done. It's a beautiful app with FREE ota sync.

    Another great one actually, is NotifyMe. It's on the iPhone, iPad, and the Mac. Plus there is a web access portal, which is free. You can set up repeating tasks and have free push alerts.

    If you want completely free, then there's nothing really better than Producteev. There is no iPad version, but it's in the works, according to a tweet the dev sent me. There's a Mac and Windows version.

    Omnifocus is a bit too much imho for the average joe user. If you're a project manager for the new aircraft carrier at Northrup Grumman Shipyard in Newport News, then Omnifocus is for you.
  11. js2773 macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2012
    Thanks sk1. Downloaded Producteev and its great for a free app although Clear still wins on the satisfying stakes.

    Thing is - still feel I'm not really using the full functionality, even of Producteev! I seem to want something with an even more basic interface (e.g. I don't need cross platform integration) but with a really satisfying way of finishing tasks.

    I've asked a developer friend of mine if he could bang together a quick demo of what I'm looking for which I'll post here once its finished to see what you guys think and if you've seen anything else like it which I could download. If not, I might even pay him to make it into an app!
  12. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    I have been using BusyToDo and it works perfectly for me. Not as full featured as Omni and others, but it you want simple task management it works well. Also syncs with iCloud Reminders to tasks you enter in BusyToDo on iOS show up as tasks in iCal.
  13. js2773 macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2012
    Hi all! Said I would post back here once the demo of what I'm looking for had been developed. OK so it is UBER simple with only one feature - giving a reward for completing a task!

    What do you think? Have you seen anything else like this I could download?

    If you like the idea email me and I'll make sure you have first access to the app if we end up building it and putting putting it on the app store.

  14. sk1wbw Suspended


    May 28, 2011
    Williamsburg, Virginia
    Producteev has free syncing with the Windows and Mac versions as well. Also, they provide a free web based access to it as well. Clear has none of that.

    I am liking NotifyMe, I snagged them for free a while back and I actually bought the Mac app a few days ago.
  15. Holosynthetic macrumors newbie


    Jul 24, 2010
    If your looking for a to-do list app that's very customizable and very easy to learn, I suggest you check out List Buddy. It does a great job focusing on making lists.

    Features worth noting:
    • Sublists within sublists
    • Manually reorder items in a list
    • Customizable sorting per list
    • Tailored theming options

    I suggest you give it a look.
  16. js2773 macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2012
    Thanks for your tips Lindas and Holosynthetic.

    Lindas - I checked out Asana which particularly interested me as I've used their webapp before. The social part is pretty cool. They don't offer this reward thing I'm looking for though.

    Holosynthetic - had a look at List Buddy on the app store. I like how you can configure the colours and sort your lists in different ways. As with the other apps there isn't any sort of reward function though.

    I've asked my friend to make an update to the demo of what I'm looking for - have a look on this page and try it out (it's interactive).

    Have you seen anything like this before that I could download or would I have to make it myself?
  17. Holosynthetic macrumors newbie


    Jul 24, 2010
    What kind of reward system are you looking for exactly when completing a task? The website you linked to isn't a good example because the demo only shows a quick monkey kicking a brick wall when a task is completed. Is this the type of reward your referring to, watching an animation after checking off each task?
  18. js2773 macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2012
    I'll tell you what is it....I want the satisfaction you get from scoring out a task on a paper to do list. Apps try to replicate this - like on Clear when you swipe the task - but its just not as satisfying.

    I've even found myself writing a task I've already completed on a paper to do list just so I can have the satisfaction of scoring it out! You don't get that with apps. Maybe its not a monkey destroying the task by kung fu kicking it but surely there has to be some way of making app to do lists more satisfying...
  19. Holosynthetic macrumors newbie


    Jul 24, 2010
    Perhaps your looking for the type of animation games display when completing a mission? something to the effect of celebratory music going off with stars shooting everywhere?

    I don't see why someone couldn't add that to a to-do list app.
  20. js2773 macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2012
    Yeah that's it! A bit like when you completed a level in mario! But I can imagine if it was the same celebratory scene every time it might get boring or perhaps even a little irritating. Good idea though - now I've just got to find the right app!
  21. Daysight macrumors regular

    Dec 15, 2011
  22. jjk454ss macrumors 601


    Jul 10, 2008
    Do any of these show a list in your Notification Center? I just want to make a list, and easily see it in the NC. I like that reminders will allow you to add via Siri, but I don't want a due date on them, and without a date they don't show in NC.
  23. ElZeus macrumors regular

    May 26, 2008
  24. Heartsease macrumors newbie

    Aug 6, 2012
    Nice option for a todo app


    I really like cctodo. Its cheep, simple to use, and it works/syncs cross platforms (Mac, phone, windows etc.).
    I also like the fact, that I can email the programme my tasks to cctodo, when I am working i my mailprogramme anyways. I also find it easy to create lists that way etc. The only thing I might miss is a reminder function, but maybe thats more a calander thing than a to do thing....

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