So far as I can tell, everyone makes lists, more so if you have a computer nearby, and that includes Mac, iPhone, and iPad. We humans seem to like lists, and enjoy making lists, whether we carry them out or not. We have Top 10 lists, grocery shopping lists, todo lists, task and project lists, and, in some cases lists of lists.
If all you want is a list of items that’s easy to manage and syncs and plays nice-nice with Mac, iPhone, and iPad, what’s wrong with Reminders? Or, Notes? Or, even TextEdit and iCloud?
None of Apple’s built-in apps are really good at creating and managing lists that actually get used and don’t require us to change our list making and management efforts to match. If you’re into lists and list management, check out ListBook, a mostly inexpensive Mac app which also runs on iPhone and iPad but is designed to create and manage lists. Lots of lists.
Lists can be setup with a click, assigned to a category, colorized for quick viewing, and even works with notifications so you don’t miss an item or a todo or a task. The Mac version displays in landscape mode with lists on the left sidebar, and details visible with a click.
List items can be prioritized and categorized with color, too, and finished task items can be hidden to make it easier to focus on those not yet completed. One feature that we need to see more of for iPhone and iPad apps is the location-based notifications. Set a location for a list item, and get a notification when you leave or arrive.
ListBook uses iCloud to sync lists between Mac, iPhone, and iPad, and the iOS version works much the same, but in more of a portrait view.
For those of us who have far more lists than we can keep track of you may find ListBook to be the answer to a long running problem. It can handle many, many lists, easily categorized and colorized, simply shared using AirDrop or Messages, with enough sorting and searching options for the most avid list maker.
ListBook is nicely done, and just makes lists easier to setup and manage than using Reminders or Notes or TextEdit. You’ll appreciate the location-based reminders if you’re an iPhone user. It’s very handy, and I hope it’s what we’ll see more of in the future of iOS and OS X.