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best To Do app

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TK90 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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Aug 19, 2010 9:21 PM
Hey guys, I am desperately in need of a To-Do app. I need something that:

1) works on iPad
2) works on iPhone
3) has a desktop client (for my Macbook Pro)
4) a way to sync all these with each other

I'll be a junior in college this fall, studying engineering. Definitely a lot of different things to keep track off, so I'm looking for an app that incorporates the 4 things I've listed above. "Things" looks good, but I see SO many contrasting reviews, from "I love it" to "I hate it".....and the fact that its developer makes you pay for an iPhone, iPad, and desktop client, all separately.

Thanks again for any suggestions.

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MB Pro (Early 2008), Mac OS X (10.5.6), iPhone 3G, iPod Touch 1G, iPod Nano 2G, iPod Shuffle 2G
  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (37,520 points)
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    Aug 20, 2010 5:15 AM (in response to TK90)
    No one is going to be able to tell you which is the best to do app +for you+. As you have seen from the Things reviews, people have varied needs and strong opinions. Personally, I like the web based Reqall. It's the best for me. Doesn't sound like it would fit your needs, though.

    Omnifocus is highly recommended by people who use the Getting Things Done system. There is a desktop app, iPhone app and iPad app. Howvwer, like Things, you have to pay for each app.

    I also use a lot of post its.

    Best of luck,
    MacBook Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.6.2), Current iPods: 3 Gen Nano 4 gig, 1st gen 16 gig Touch, 3rd Gen 32 gig Touch
  • sohogirl Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)
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    Aug 20, 2010 5:23 AM (in response to TK90)
    Todo is a solid app!

    It is affordable, functional and it has a nice interface. The apps store offers so many apps it is often hard to figure out which one is good, I love Todo I have it on my iPhone and my iPad.

    Good luck with school and your app choice.

    You might want to check out some of the school organization apps as well.

    Here is a good one: iStudez Pro


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  • krowland3 Calculating status...
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    Aug 20, 2010 6:52 PM (in response to TK90)
    I use Appigo's ToDo on my iPhone 4 as well as my iPad. I sync both with a free Toodledo account available at

    Works very well for my needs.
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • Bart1977 Level 2 Level 2 (285 points)
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    Aug 20, 2010 10:22 PM (in response to TK90)
    If you haven't found a good one, perhaps you can switch to a note-taking app? I use SimpleNote on my iPhone, iPad, MacBook (via JustNotes) and on other platforms, via the browser.

    Native apps for your MacBook:

    Note that they're currently preparing for a completely new version, so you temporarily cannot download the app.
    MacBook 2.13 GHz, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • nick101 Level 4 Level 4 (3,500 points)
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    Aug 20, 2010 11:44 PM (in response to TK90)
    I use 2 different apps:

    1. Toodledo, which is the one I recommend, is basically a web service; there's a very competent free version, and a paid version that gives you a little more (subtasks, file storage). I've used the free version for a couple of years. It has iPad and iPhone/Touch versions which are about $4 each and work very nicely. There isn't a Mac client, but you can get to it via Safari or there are various free add-ins that will sync it to iCal

    2. Omnifocus is probably overkill. It's a full Getting Things Done and, possibly more importantly, it runs out expensive if you use iPad, iPhone and Mac versions. It syncs over the air very well

    Things is good, but can also work out expensive. My major reason for avoiding it is that lack of over-the-air-sync. I want to update my to-do list on the go without having to go through a manual process to get my desktop in sync
    MBP 17" 4Gb; iMac 24", 3Gb; Powerbook G4 17", 1GHz, 1Gb;iPhone iPod 80GB, Mac OS X (10.6.3), IPad 3G 64, iPhone 3GS
  • generalstudies™ Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 20, 2010 11:55 PM (in response to nick101)
    I keep going back to iCal even after using different todo apps. I like it since it works nicely with the calendar. Also it has color coded calendars which makes a good balance of work and personal categories. I can switch them off if I don't want people to see particular ones. Plus the syncing on it is great since ipad always need to be docked and working on my laptop editing calendars is great when I am not running around with my iPad.

    As for other apps, I have tried (personal rating out of 5stars):

    Sorted (quite simple) *
    Very simple task to do list for those that just want something simple and easy to use. Unfortunately its only for iPad.

    Things (advanced) *
    More complicated and can be project based. It follows the Getting Things Done book of organizing. I find it gets a bit tedious when there are so much stuff all over the place when I haven't revisited the app in a week (probably because I use iCal on my laptop) While you can install for all iDevices and laptop, I find this app's way of organizing is not for everyone.
    MacbookPro DuoCore 15" Al with 250gb drive, 4GB Ram, Mac OS X (10.6.2), 2x WD 1TB drives, 1x 1TB LaCie Drive
  • hendrikd1 Calculating status...
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    Mar 19, 2011 1:21 AM (in response to Bart1977)
    Simplenote (iphone & ipad) + Notational Velocity (MB) does it for me.
  • EVO67 Level 2 Level 2 (305 points)
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    Mar 19, 2011 1:53 AM (in response to TK90)
    You might want to take a look at

    Available for all platforms you mentioned (and some more), syncs through the cloud and is entirely free.

    I'm using it for a month now as a replacement of Things, which on its turn replaced OmniFocus a year ago.
    iMac 27" 2010, MBP 17" 2010, MBA 11" 2010, iPad, iPhone 3GS, Mac OS X (10.6.6)


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