Trello as a ubiquitous capture tool

Trello is a web-based collaboration tool for teams. It runs in a browser [1. There’s a free iPhone app available, too.] and allows you to create “boards” that hold the tasks, assignments, reference material and so on for a given project. The emphasis is on speed and no-fuss teamwork. Essentially, a board holds several cards. Each card contains one item in the list of information that becomes the support material for a project. I wanted to see if I could use it to capture post ideas for 52 Tiger. I’ve been using it for about a week, but it’s been quite helpful. Here’s my experience so far.

The need for quick capture of ideas and news

I browse RSS and Twitter for topics to write about, apart from my own ideas. Since I work at TUAW during the day, I collect ideas (or “postables”) for reference in the evening when I write for 52 Tiger. Since I work in a browser most of the time, It makes sense to store my potables there, too. Now, I can keep a tab open and use Trello’s extensive keyboard support to add a postable to the list. It only costs me seconds.

Easy reference for later

The iPhone app is kept in sync wirelessly and automatically, so I can jot down ideas as I go about my day, knowing they’ll be there when I return to my desk. Keeping a tab open while I work is easy and something I’ve been doing for years. Plus, you can add so much to a “card,” including a URL, photo and more.


Trello is really meant to be used by a team but I’m getting a lot out of it solo. In the end I’m pretty happy with it. Trello is a near ubiquitous capture tool and library of post ideas. Shortcuts make it fast and cloud sync lets me stay on top of it. Try it out.