My favorite note-taking iPhone apps mimic the ease and flexibility of pen and paper. I want to tap, write, close. The problem comes when I want to use the captured information. DraftPad solves the problem with clever, customizable “Assists,” while making data entry super simple. Here are three reasons to use DraftPad.
1. No frills. DraftPad dispenses with the bells and whistles and offers two things at launch: a keyboard and a field of white. To create a new note, simply begin typing. There are five font sizes to choose from, and one tap brings you to a searchable history, sorted by date. Tap, write, close. Exactly what I want.
2. Assists. DraftPad Assists are bookmarks that are opened by the app, letting you move text directly to other apps or with web services via mobile Safari. A huge library of Assists is available, including email, SMS, MMS, add to iCal and several online search options. Twitter support is extensive, including tweeting directly from the app or from a number of 3rd-party apps, like Twitterrific, TwitBird, Twittelator and more.
Best of all, you can publish a note created in DraftPad directly to Evernote, OmniFocus, Facebook and ATOK Pad app.
You can modify any existing Assist or even make your own from scratch. The benefit of Assists can’t be overstated; they send the usefulness of DraftPad through the stratosphere.
3. Universal and free. Occasionally you find an app that’s tremendously useful and completely free. DraftPad is on that list. There’s nothing to lose when giving it a shot and a whole lot to gain.
Due isn’t a to-do app for the iPhone, it’s a reminder app for the iPhone. Due exists for one reason: to politely pester you into performing a task that must not be overlooked. I’ve been using it for several weeks now, and am quite smitten.
Here are three reasons to use Due for iPhone.
- It nags. That’s a good thing. Many reminder/to-do apps will present a message when your task is due. Most won’t return after its dismissed, whether the protect is complete or not. Due keeps presenting that message until you go into the app and mark it as done. You’ve also got the option to snooze an event, so that Due will bug you about it at a specific time.
- Repeating timers. Is there a timed task that you must preform regularly? Set it as recurring and run that timer over and over with the flip of a switch.
- Customizable preset timings. Not that scrolling through the time wheel UI is difficult, but this is even easier. You can create up to four one-tap time settings (8:45 AM for example) that you use often. That’s a very thoughtful feature.
There’s more, of course, and you can read the full feature set here. For a fast, simple and — most importantly — reliable way to be prompted to complete the little things, you can’t do better than Due.
My last “Three reasons” post was well-received, and I enjoyed writing it. As a foll0w-up, here are three reasons to use Teux Deux for iPhone ($2.99).
Teux Deux is a simple task manager with a (free) companion web site. It’s beautiful, simple and useful. I think you should be using it. Here are three reasons why.
The Someday Bucket. Most task managers overlook this extremely important resource. Many of the ideas we get throughout the day are compelling but poorly-timed. Those ideas either rot in an inbox while you avoid figuring them out or are dismissed entirely as unlikely or impossible. A Someday/Maybe List places a stake in the ground for those items so they’ll pop back up during your weekly review for re-evaluation. Kudos to the Teux Deux team for including this.
Effortless, over-the-air sync. Enter an item via your browser and it appears on the iPhone. Mark an item as done on your iPhone and that 0h-so-satisfying strikethrough shows up in your browser. If you’re impatient you can tap the “sync” button to get things going.
This is gorgeous.
The app’s UI is quiet and highly usable. Re-order items with a hold-and-drag, create new tasks by tapping the text field (two taps to create a new item) and swipe from day-to-day. Tapping “Someday” brings up that list. Finally, unfinished tasks automatically roll over to the following day.
Teux Deux is an app that productivity nerds with a penchant for design will enjoy. It looks great and works as advertised with over-the-air sync to boot.
Instead of writing a long-winded review, I’ll opt for simplicity with three reasons to use Calvetica.
Add an event with three taps. Tap the day, tap the time, title your event and tap Done.
Syncs with the built-in calendar. Events created before you purchased Calvetica appear in the app. Appointments created with Calvetica appear in the built-in calendar(s) of your choice and will get synchronized across all devices if you’re a MobileMe subscriber.
Finally, use Calvetica because this is gorgeous:
If you want a more in-depth exploration of this app, look here, here or here. Frankly, I believe the three items listed above more than justify spending 3 dollars on an app you’ll love.