Jan 12, 2012

Sharing To-dos with Orchestra on the iPhone

My memory isn't good enough to remember all that I need to do. I have to keep a to-do list or a lot of things just don't get done. As I wrote around this time last year, the one I use all the time on my iPhone is Appigo Todo, which I have synching automatically with Toodledo, a free, web-based to-do app. Although I've found this combination of iPhone app and web app to meet my needs for keeping up with my tasks, a new to-do app has caught my attention.

Orchestra is that new app. It was the top productivity app for 2011 in iTunes and it's easy to see why. It has a beautiful user interface and is a pleasure to use. Also, if you've followed my blog for long, you know that having a web app accompanying my iPhone app is important to me. Orchestra has that also. With it, you even have the ability to add tasks by simply talking to the app (which worked perfectly every time I tried it). It's killer features, however, are all social. It has the ability to share lists and, more importantly, to assign to-dos to other users.

When I learned of the ability to assign tasks to others, my mind raced, thinking about the powerful ways I could use this: getting a family member to do something for me, assigning chores, running small church projects, etc. However, though I'll probably keep it installed for now in case I need it, I'm not ready to turn away from Appigo Todo and use this for my to-do needs for a couple of reasons: It doesn't have recurring to-dos, something I use very regularly, and something that is essential for assigning chores. It also doesn't have due times with reminders, something that I use seldomly, but when I use it, it's important.

If these last two things aren't deal-killers for you, Orchestra is very powerful to-do list and even general list-making app. You can't beat what you get for the price.

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