Productivity Apps (specifically Planner apps)
This is a discussion on Productivity Apps (specifically Planner apps) within the iPad Apps forums, part of the iPad App Store category; So I'm on a search for a way to turn my IPad into a planner, a task manager, etc.
I have looked through the App ...
Productivity Apps (specifically Planner apps)
So I'm on a search for a way to turn my IPad into a planner, a task manager, etc.
I have looked through the App Store and the reviews on everything are all over the board. I have so many different apps to choose from and yet none seem to "have it all". I'm desperately trying to make this IPad "work" for me. I need a way to organize my life.
Some of the apps I've "heard" about:
Pocket Informant (love the day planner aspect, not loving the price)
Noteshelf (seems to have a planner)
There are so many "To Do" apps - how do you weed through them?
Can anyone recommend anything that works for them?
(As a side note, I carry a Blackberry for work, so I have tasks through Outlook but don't like the calendar feature.)
Thanks in advance for any help!
06-22-2011 05:57 PM
I looked at several apps for this and, in the end, chose Pocket Informant HD.
I read that Pocket Informant was buggy but, in my (admittedly) limited experience, I’ve found no problems at all. It has a very nice user interface that's almost infinitely configurable - a complaint that many Forum members make about the iPad’s native ‘Calendar’ app. So you can choose how tasks, events, projects, appointments are colour coded and there is a wide choice of notifications and alarms - so, for example, you can have different alarm sounds for different categories of notifications.
Pocket Informant ‘sits on top’ of the iPad's native ‘Calendar’ app and (optionally) imports all entries that it finds there. They can be colour coded so they can be distinguished from entries made in Pocket Informant itself.
This is important because many other iPad apps use the native ‘Calendar’ app as the default place to put events, invitations etc. So, for example, if you are invited to a meeting by email and you receive that invitation in the iPad’s native ‘Mail’ app, that app can automatically (and quite cleverly) insert that invitation into the default calendar app. Without that integration between the native app and Pocket Informant, you'd have to enter those invitations all over again.
Pocket Informant has lots of ‘hidden’ features too. One of the reviewers remarked that part of the ‘fun’ of using Pocket Informant was discovering them!! The display is infinitely configurable - day, week, month, year at a time. Tasks, events, overdue tasks, projects, projects in progress etc etc all can be optionally displayed on the main calendar. Projects and tasks can have infinitely nested sub-tasks and projects - these can cleverly be integrated with GPS - so, say you needed to purchase some goods from the hardware store. Put that in a To-Do list and link it to the location of the hardware store using the iPad’s native ‘Maps’ app. Next time you’re driving past the hardware store, up pops the notification (‘Remember to purchase some 2”x4” timber’).
Repeating events are very flexible too, with the ‘custom’ mode being infinitely (I keep using that word!) configurable. So, meetings that occur on the last Thursday and first Monday of every other month - no problem.
It can sync with external calendars - Google for example - and back-up is cool, it creates a backup file that you can email to yourself for safe keeping. If you lose your iPad or all your data is corrupted, that backup can be imported back into Pocket Informant with a single click.
You can create multiple diaries within Pocket Informant - say ‘Work’, ‘Family’, ‘Golf Club’ etc and have their entries optionally displayed on the main screen or restricted to the display of the individual diary. So it’s easy to check if there’s a clash between the golf tournament and your wife's birthday - and hide it if there is......
If you surf to the developer’s web-site, you can download for free a very comprehensive User Manual that will show you in detail what Pocket Informant can do.
The developers are constantly updating the program - always a good sign in my view.
As I said at the beginning, perhaps I'm not a particularly demanding user, but I’ve had no stability problems at all. I should add the usual disclaimer that I have no contact or other relationship with the developers of Pocket Informant other than being a very satisfied customer.
Another Pocket Informant HD user here too. I did a lot of searching and reading and ended up with this, and so far I'm loving it. I know I haven't even scratched the surface of what its full capabilities are but I'm looking forward to it.
Thanks a lot for your replies. Now if I could choke past the cost...... My fear is I will buy it and not use it to its capabilities. (I realize that's something that only I can get past, but still a concern!)
Thanks for your input - it really helps!
You may want to look at Smart Pad as well. I have both SP and PI installed but I favour SP more and more, I prefer the layout and the simplicity of use and it has a couple of functions over PI which just suit my use. Both apps seem to have had some poor reviews but my opinion having used both is that they are equally high quality.
Hi all! I would suggest to take a look at iDailyPlan. It's fantastic and full of functionalities... Cash flow, Planning with Calendar, Tasks and a lot of things fundamental for business. It's on AppStore
Seeing as this old topic has been resurrected, although not relevant to iPad users it's still worthy to note that if you have an Android device Amazon are giving away Pocket Informant today as their Free App of the day.
.........I don't always get your questions right.... but you'll certainly know I've tried.
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