Meetings for iPhone and Mac review

Meetings is an app for iPhone and Mac by Command Guru that helps you plan, organize, and keep track of your meetings. It features a gorgeous interface and sections for participants, preparation, agenda, discussions, decisions, and tasks.

The layout for Meetings is very simple and easy to use. There's a list of all your meetings, and for each meeting, there are lists for participants, preparation, agenda, discussions, decisions, and tasks. If your meetings do not require all these sections, you can selectively choose which ones are needed for each meeting.

The preparation and task lists are actual checklists that can be checked off and even added to Reminders, Fantastical, or OmniFocus. The other sections are simply numbered lists of text. Unfortunately, the participants list does not connect with Contacts.

The Mac version of Meetings has this really neat "Smart Entry" field that lets you quickly type without choosing a category first. CMD+E will also take you to the field immediately. When you press enter, a menu will pop up with a list of the categories you can add your text to. You can simply click the correct category, or for real speed, type the letter associated with the category. This is awesome for quick entry, but it'd be even more awesome if CMD+(letter) automatically added it to the correct category without ever popping up the list.

The good

  • Sections for participants, preparation, agenda, discussions, decisions, and tasks
  • Show only the sections that are relevant, meeting by meeting
  • Share preparation and task items to Reminders, Fantastical, or OmniFocus (Mac version)
  • "Smart Entry" lets you quickly add items without lifting your hands from the keyboard (Mac version)
  • Email meeting details (iPhone version)
  • Seamlessly and instantly syncs between devices
  • 30 day trial available for Mac version

The bad

  • Doesn't access or sync with Contacts and Calendar
  • Can't add files
  • Can't sync with another user
  • Can't email (or share in any way) with Mac version
  • Not available for iPad

The bottom line

Meetings has the potential to be a really great app, but still needs a few more features to become a truly valuable app that you can't live without. The fact that you can only email details from the meeting with the iPhone version is completely baffling and needs to be added to the Mac version ASAP.

The $5 and $20 pricing for the iPhone and Mac versions of Meetings are introductory prices, so if you see the great potential in what Meetings can become, you may want to grab it now before the prices go up. For me, personally, Meetings is already useful, but I can see how it's not quite enough for others.

If you'd like to give Meetings a try before you buy, head to Command Guru's website for a free 30 day trial.

Leanna Lofte

Former app and photography editor at iMore, Leanna has since moved on to other endeavors. Mother, wife, mathamagician, even though she no longer writes for iMore you can still follow her on Twitter @llofte.

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Meetings for iPhone and Mac review

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I think this app has the potential to be great. I'm not a great fan of the GUI, but this app has a solid foundation.

Are there any other app choices available for this purpose? Sounds like this one isn't quite there yet.

Try Omni Outliner. You can do so much more with that app than you ever would know. It took some time for me to figure out all that it offered, But it was endless.

Thanks for the heads up on Omni Outliner. I'll look into that instead. Meetings doesn't seem to be getting a lotta love yet.

I agree. Doesn't sound quite there. They should find, and this is a hot topic these days, a better cloud sync solution. Not syncing basically makes a MEETING app less social, and more like a note app..

I purchased this app the first day it came out, because it was selected ass the editors choice on the Mac App Store. I was so disappointed with this app. You can't share it with no one, syncing was bad, and numerous other things. I decided to purchase Omni outliner and was able to create my own meetings document and haven't look back since. This app has the potential, but they need to realize that many users would use the app differently. Thumbs down on this one. Great review!

I see potential there but not enough right now to purchase it. Don't have much use for it unless it adds syncing/access with contacts and calendars - exchange!
Will keep my eye out though.

When people ask my partner what kind of work I do the answer I overhear him mutter is 'she goes to meetings'. And he's not wrong. All kinds of meetings. As a result Looking for ways of improving said meetings has become a bit of an obsession.
I too downloaded this app on my phone and Mac as soon as it was launched and it saves me hours.
I contacted the developers about a couple of tweaks that would help and hey presto they said they would add to their next update. They did. So you can actually now email and send to others not on iOS and therefore also when necessary print out.
So linking to contacts and calendars is clearly on the wish list for the next update.