One of the benefits of being a Mac, iPhone, and iPad user– Apple’s most desired customers– must be the seamless (alright, mostly seamless) integration of Reminders, Calendar, and Notes between our various iDevices. The only real problem with the latest entries, Reminders and Notes, is that they’re, well, to put it politely anemic; made for the lowest common denominator user.
A few steps up from Reminders is GoodTask for Mac, iPhone and iPad. This utility uses the built-in Reminders but is more like a big brother or rich uncle than the original because it does more, displays more and is just better at handling the details of reminders and tasks beyond the basics.
In other words, if you like the idea behind Reminders but want it to do more, GoodTask does. Here’s the two, side-by-side on the Mac’s screen.
Instead of a simple but limiting check list in Reminders, GoodTask gives you a little more useful eye candy.
Tasks or reminders in GoodTask work better when you set each one with a due time or due date. Recurring items are easily inserted and you can create your own recurrence rule (every third Sunday, etc.).
Instead of merely viewing a list of reminders in Reminders, GoodTask lets you see calendar events with a click so tasks that are due are right up front. Even completed tasks are stored in Reminders so you can view what you’ve done and when.
All good, right? GoodTask does more than Reminders, sprinkles in some Calendar, but still rounds third and heads to home with one more important function.
GoodTask has iPhone and iPad versions which sync up to the Mac version (and Reminders).
The look and feel of the GoodTask mobile versions is instantly familiar; almost casual. Calendar events are a tap away. Like the Mac big brother app, you can customize recurring tasks, track repeating tasks, and importantly, the iPhone and iPad version adheres to Night mode so you’re not disturbed when you don’t want to be.
The thing to remember with GoodTask is that it’s based on Apple’s built-in Reminders app. If that works for you, enjoy it. It’s free. If you want and need a little more, the GoodTask is worthy of a try. Therein lies the only real rub. There’s no trial version and GoodTask’s price is not throwaway money, so make sure to view the online video first.
Many Mac app developers who use the Mac App Store have yet to figure out a good way to handle trial apps, and that’s a shame. Many apps get ignored because customers cannot try them out first, and apps that don’t fit the expectations leave a lot of buyer’s remorse.