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Five iPhone Productivity App Picks in Five Days - 2Do

By  Feb 24, 2010

Topics: Apple, iPhone, Productivity

For some time now, I've been searching for a ToDo manager that fit my unique workflow.  The key requirements were that I wanted something simple, which allowed me to manage multiple categories of ToDos, and could be integrated with iCal, Mail, and my iPhone. Recently, I found 2Do, a handy app that, so far, seems to fit my needs quite well.


2Do

For some time now, I've been searching for a ToDo manager that fit my unique workflow.  The key requirements were that I wanted something simple, which allowed me to manage multiple categories of ToDos, and could be integrated with iCal, Mail, and my iPhone.

On the Mac side, I investigated a number of options, most of which seemed like overkill for what I wanted. On the iPhone, I tried a few different options, but also came up feeling empty.  Then, I found 2Do, a handy app that, so far, seems to fit my needs quite well.


Creating a New ToDo


A Newly Created ToDo

2Do allows you to create multiple calendars (categories) of ToDos.  As you would expect from a ToDo manager, it lets you assign priorities, due dates, alarms, repeating schedules, and more.  It even supports push and email notifications.  But, what really caught my attention first was its simplicity.  Its interface was quite easy to learn, and made nice use of the iPhone's multi-touch gestures.  Need to flag a ToDo as done?  Just swipe your finger across it, and watch an animated pencil draw a strikethrough.  Need to move a ToDo to another calendar?  Simply tap and hold the ToDo momentarily, then drag it to the desired calendar.  Want to access advanced calendar settings? Tap and hold on a calendar to display a contextual menu.


A Completed ToDo


Accessing Advanced Calendar Options

Another feature that stood out for me was 2Do's Mac integration.  The downloadable Mac Sync Helper provided more of what I wanted, a quick and easy way to synchronize 2Do on my iPhone with iCal, and therefore Mail, on my Mac.  (A PC Sync Helper is also available for Outlook.)


Syncing ToDos

I've been using 2Do now for about a month, and continue to find it a valuable productivity tool in my iPhone arsenal.  The 2Do feature roadmap, which is posted on the developer's website, outlines even more great features, which I'm already eagerly awaiting.

2Do, from Guided Ways Technology Ltd., is available in the App Store in two varieties.  The lite version is free, while the full version is available for $6.99. You can learn more about 2Do on Guided Ways Technology Ltd.'s website.