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OmniFocus for iPad- app review

By now you probably know that I am big into productivity apps and I am always looking for the next big thing. I use a lot of task management apps on the iPad, and there are some great ones for sure. However, I have just come across the ultimate task management app for your iPad; OmniFocus. This is, without a doubt the best app for utilizing David Allen's "Getting Things Done" (GTD) methodology. What makes this app stand out so much are three things: good design, Forecast and Review. But, I am probably getting ahead of myself. Let's start at the beginning. Note, a lot of the features I am going to discuss are not unique to OmniFocus, but I think it is fair to describe them so you know what is contained in GTD and can get a better grasp for how it is used. For this review I literally rebuilt my tasks in the app form scratch except for the made-up Inbox screenshot below. I had to do that since I am already organized :-)

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Appigo talks Todo for iPad - TiPb at WWDC 2010

Boyd Timothy and Calvin Gainsford from Appigo show off Todo on the iPad, its features and how using the iPad is different from using the iPhone. And, of course, tell TiPb what they think of iOS 4 and iPhone 4.

(It's possible they like it a lot.)

Video after the break!

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iPad Live Podcast #4: World of Freedom

NOTE: iPad Live! now has its own RSS and iTunes feeds! Subscribe now via the links above.

Steve Jobs offers a world of freedom, on cycles and hidden meanings, Walmart getting iPad, MobileMe mail beta, Adobe hearts Apple, top 5 iPad cases, Fieldrunners, Todo vs. Things, Plants vs. Zombies, and more. Listen in!

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Give away: Appigo Todo for iPad brings task management to the bigger screen

Appigo has just released Todo for iPad, and like Apple themselves, they've used the larger canvas for a more real-world inspired interface. Binders, pages, and pockets, oh my! For fans of Appigo Todo for iPhone, rest assured all your favorite features are here, they're just bigger than ever before. Appigo Todo for iPad currently on sale for $4.99 so if you've been waiting for it, jump on it now. [iTunes link]

All the features come fully loaded:

  • Sync with iCal (Wi-Fi required)
  • Sync with Outlook (Wi-Fi and Outlook 2003 or newer required)
  • Sync with Toodledo.com
  • Task reminder alerts (Wi-Fi or cellular data network required)
  • Projects and Checklists (subtasks)
  • Full Landscape Support
  • Notes on tasks with clickable phone numbers and URLs
  • Manage multiple tasks at once with multi-select
  • Full Calendar View for choosing Due Dates
  • Drag and Drop sorting
  • Contact, Email, SMS, Phone integration
  • Full Task Searching including notes
  • GTD support with Contexts and Tags
  • Repeating Tasks
  • Quick Add Task Entry
  • Task Sharing via Email (Import back into Todo)
  • Customizable App Badge
  • TextExpander touch snippet expansion support (SmileOnMyMac, LLC)

The great folks at Appigo have also been kind enough to give us a couple promo codes to pass on to you, so if you want in, leave a comment below telling us what's on top of your iPad to do list. Make sure to use a real email address, it won't be made public but we'll need it to send you a promo code. Also, promo codes still require a US iTunes account (Apple's rules, not ours).

More screenshots after the break!

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TiPb Apps 3.1 + Give Away! -- Appigo Todo for iPhone (Macworld 2010)

Live from Macworld 2010, Leanna and Rene talk with Calvin Gaisford and Boyd Timothy of Appigo about Todo [$9.99 - iTunes link] for the iPhone, and their plans for the iPad.

Watch along and let us know what you think!

UPDATE: The awesome folks at Appigo were kind enough to pass along ten (10) Todo promo codes for our TiPb readers. If you want one, just jump over to the TiPb App Forums and let us know what features you'd like to see in the next version of Todo -- for iPhone or iPad!

Note: Promo Codes can only be redeemed in the US App Store (Apple's rule, not ours). They also expire, so if you get one, redeem it ASAP! Contest starts now and ends Wednesday, March 3 at 12pm PST. Good luck!

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App Review: FCmobilelife Tasks by FranklinCovey for iPhone

Once upon a time, all of the basic features that we use a smartphone for were previously handled by the standard PDA, and before that, pen and paper. I used to carry the FranklinCovey planner system with me, where I faithfully checked off my task list as I completed them. FranklinCovey has done well to embrace the digital age, and now they have a Task app in Apple's App Store - FCmobilelife can be found here for $5.99.

Given there seems to be as many task and to-do apps as there are fart apps, how well does FranklinCovey's FCmobilelife Tasks hold up? Will it help you prioritize and get things done? Read on for a quick review!

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Forum Mega-Review: iPhone To-Do App Showdown

Over the last few weeks, one of our all-star forum reviewers, msbaylor, has been putting a massive amount of iPhone To-Do apps through their paces: Things, Appigo's ToDo, Toodledo, Done, Zenbe Lists, Ultimate ToDos, and Firetask. Well now he's to-done, and you can check out his colossal review roundup on our forums (along with screenshots and videos aplenty!)

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iPhone Todo List Syncing Comes to iCal

Been looking for a way to sync todo's with iCal? Well now you can with the recent beta from Appigo. Appigo Sync is their new tool to sync your Todo tasks with iCal via Wi-Fi on your local wireless network. The tool syncs calendars, but not your contexts, tags, etc. So you can't add them in iCal, but they are still viewable on the iPhone app. 

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The Four Pillars of PIM -- TiPb of the Iceberg

Recently our friends at sister site TreoCentral pointed us to this snippet: Apple was seriously interested in purchasing Palm back in 1997.  This is interesting for all sorts of reasons, but chief amongst them for me is this: Had the deal gone through, we might have seen the iPhone not only come to market earlier, but possibly seen it prevent other smartphone manufacturers (like RIM) from being able to compete.  It's an interesting 'what could have been' scenario: just as Apple was killing off their Newton line, it would pick up the Palm Pilot and add functionality to it at presumably a more rapid pace than Palm did.

It's also notable that even back in 1997, the powers-that-be in Apple recognized that they would need to transition from a strictly-computer company to a consumer products company:

A perhaps little known fact: in the Summer of 1997, Steve Jobs called Eric Benhamou, 3Com's CEO (the company owned Palm). "Give me the Palm and come and join my Board of Directors. Only Apple can make Palm a true consumer brand." Nothing happened. Apple's foray into the product segment had to wait ten more years.

Of course, neither Apple nor Palm were in a position to really get things moving quickly at that time.  Palm would have to wait until their first (of many) convoluted ownership shakeups sorted itself out and Apple itself was still in the midst of redefining itself for the Steve Jobs era. The parallels between Palm now and Apple then are also fun to think about -- both in dire need of a turnaround, both written off by much of the industry, and both have/had Jon Rubinstein playing a key role in revitalizing hardware.

I could go on and on playing "What If?" but instead there's something else that this little snippet brings to mind: Palm got something right with the original Palm Pilot way back in 1997 and I really wish Apple would take a closer look at that 1997 tech.

Read on to find out what Palm got right way back in the mid to late 90s.

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