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What's the best cross-platform/mobile-supported To-do app?
Asked by kevin.suttle
Posted Dec 01 2009 02:21 PM
Here is my list of the ones I have tried so far:
Remember the Milk - Great. But not $25 great. Plus no desktop app that I know of.
Things - Again, $60 for a to-do desktop + iPhone app? Really? Not cross-platform.
The Hit List - See previous description.
SimpleTask - Too simple. No mobile app. Not cross-platform.
Anxiety - See previous description.
Doit.Im - Complete Things rip-off (in a good way), but no mobile app that I know of. Promising app. Built on AIR so it's cross platform. Oh and free.
SpringPad - Great site, but the UI is a little spread out. Mobile looks great on any device. Problem is that it's chained to the web. I need a desktop app.
Google Tasks - The UI and lack of features kill me. Otherwise it could maybe work.
What do you use?
Answered by technewsradio
Posted Dec 01 2009 03:00 PM
I like Toodledo. I use the web-interface from multiple systems (Mac, Windows7, Ubuntu) and I have the iPod Touch application for mobile access when I have Internet connectivity. Big benefit for me was that it was easy to adapt to Getting Things Done (GTD) methodology with projects, tasks, sub-tasks, context, etc but also the ability to link to higher level's of focus like responsibilities and goals.
Comment by palmettobug : Dec 02 2009 05:43 PM
I will second Toodledo. I tried all the rest, and just refuse to pay $40 to $70 for a to-do app! The Toodledo web app works very well on all platforms, and the iPhone / iPod Touch app is free and great. A perfect match.
Answered by adfm
Posted Dec 15 2009 01:58 PM
From what I recall, rememberthemilk.com has a free signup. You can pay $25 a year for a "pro" account that will get you access to the iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Windows Mobile apps. If you have an Android device I'd suggest going with Astrid. It's free and syncs with your standard (free) RTM account. If you're looking for a desktop app that works with RTM, and use Linux, you can try Tasque. Also, you always have the option of using Google Gears for offline use regardless of what OS you're using. Upgrading to a "pro" account for a nominal fee keeps the developers in business and potentially keeps the upgrades coming as well.
Comment by kevin.suttle : Dec 17 2009 10:14 PM
Right, I know about the free RTM account, and as a developer, I am all about keeping money in their pockets. I know a lot of work go into these sites, but there are too many free alternatives, and, at the end of the day, it's a to-do list. Absolutely no discredit to the developers, but I am simply not paying for a to-do list, especially $25-50. Think about the amount of work that goes into an XBox game that costs $60. I hope I'm making my point without coming across brash. It just seems a little disproportionate.
Answered by kevin.suttle
Posted Jan 05 2010 10:18 AM
I hate that I'm answering my own question, but for me, and I think a lot of other people, this is a great solution.
I stumbled across Fluid recently, which allows you to create an site-specific browser or (desktop app in other words) in Mac OSX. I thought it was a great idea, but didn't offer anything really unique. I used it for TeuxDeux for awhile, but ended up using the web version in Firefox instead. However, I discovered a brilliant alternative: use the iPhone-formatted version of Gmail tasks! The original source was http://www.macstorie...pps-with-fluid/ and has several other ingenious uses for Fluid. A cool bonus is, that you can pull this up on your iPhone and save it to the home screen if you have one. But even if you don't, the mobile view is manageable and you can still set Fluid's User Agent to render in Mobile Safari view.
If you don't have a Mac, you may be able to use Mozilla's Prism, but I really can't confirm that.
Either way, this is a perfect solution for me.
Answered by BobChatham
Posted Jan 14 2010 10:56 AM
I'm liking the combination of Google Tasks and GeeTasks for the iPhone. I second the comment about Google Tasks' lack of features (collapse/expand categories would be nice), but the simplicity and cost ($2.99 for GeeTasks) are hard to beat.
Comment by TvE-68 : Jan 18 2010 07:09 AM
I really miss the criteria that the data will be stored on MY server - not som "random" company's server, that might be read/hacked/sold/whatever compromised.
As a reference look at xmarks/foxmarks (the Firefox extension for syncing bookmarks across different computers) HERE is it possible to store data on my own server (via WebDAV).
Comment by adfm : Jan 19 2010 04:49 PM
Re: RTM price
I'm not understanding your logic. They offer it for FREE. They ask for $25 if you want to pay for it. Not that your criteria said anything about it having to be "FREE", but you do say you're "all about keeping money in their pockets", yet "I am simply not paying for a to-do list" confuses me. What's $25? It's what they decided the market will bare. It's the Flickr model. An XBox game costs $60 because that's the absolute floor for that market. Game developers would charge $200 if they thought they could get away with it. I agree with you that something like RTM should be cheaper (around $5-$10), but comparing it to an XBox game is apples and oranges. That's like saying "$60 is way too much for a video game. Look at all the effort that goes into Linux, and it's FREE." But this is all rather moot since RTM is also FREE.
Not that RTM is the best thing out there. Personally, I like Things, but I stuck to your criteria of cross-platform/mobile-supported To-do app.
Re: Chiming in on your own post
Thanks for posting about Fluid and Prism. There's nothing out of the ordinary about updating a post if you've found something interesting that answers the question. Part of what makes this site different from others is that you are encouraged to share your knowledge as well as ask questions. That's a great solution and something we're going to see a lot more of in the future.
Answered by Rodney Gibbs
Posted Jan 19 2010 05:31 PM
I've used OmniFocus (OSX and iPhone) for the last year or more and have been very pleased. It syncs automatically at launch and shut down, has a clean interface, and some cool extras. It also comports very well to GTD.
One cool extra is tagging tasks or classes of tasks with locations. Say you're out and about and find you have 20 minutes to kill before your next appointment. OmniFocus can tell you what tasks are available nearby by tying your grocery list with nearby grocery stores, hardware lists with hardware stores, due library books with libraries, etc. It's pretty sharp. See screenshot attached.
Screencasts Online also has a free tutorial that's useful.
Comment by Ronald_Pottol : Jan 25 2010 09:12 PM
I've been meaning to get going with Evernote for GTD, it has Mac, Windows, web, iphone, and Android clients, is free (at least the non desktop, up to 40MB a month uploaded), and it does a lot of nifty things for data capture (like ocr on all the photos you send it).
I'm not there yet, google both and you will get a bunch of links.
Plato seems wrong to me today.
Answered by Jonathan Anderson
Posted Jan 28 2010 12:09 PM
I'll second Rodney's earlier recommendation for OmniFocus (http://www.omnigroup.com/omnifocus). It has a Mac and iPhone version which both work very nicely. Synching is a little kludgy unless you have MobileMe or a WebDAV server, though.
Answered by dsw2007
Posted Jul 31 2012 06:38 PM
any recommendation for cross platform for windows7 - andriod device...?