June 10, 2012
I’ve always respected multi-platform apps, so when I heard about Any.Do I had to take a look.
Any.DO is available for iOS, Android, and Chrome. So whatever your configuration, you’re sure to be able to use it. One of the best features – it’s absolutely free.
Any.DO shows you at a glance, what tasks you have, and organizes them simply. You can see what you have today, tomorrow, or coming up in the future. You can create folders for your tasks and organize them by type. Personally, I don’t need to arrange them by type – if it’s something I’ve got to do…I’ve got to do it.
When you create an appointment, you just tap the plus next to the time frame (Today, This Week, etc.). That opens a dialog box where you can either start typing, or tap the microphone icon at the top and speak your task. The speech recognition beats Siri hands down.
Typing in your task pulls up a different type of text completion as Any.DO tries to second guess you, beginning by offering contacts that match what you’re typing – great if your task happens to be calling someone in your contacts list. All you have to do then is tap the desired contact. If you didn’t want to call that contact, it’s ok because once you’ve chosen the contact, Any.DO gives you the option of choosing to call, text, email, or meet that person.
You can also share a task with someone else. You can go back and do this after you’ve created the task, or while you’re adding it. Tapping on Share takes you to a window where you have the option of sharing via Twitter, Facebook, or With friends. When you share with friends, you get another window where you can start typing a contact name, and your task is then emailed to that contact.
One of the truly great features with Any.DO is that if you turn your iPhone to landscape – you get a calendar view. Since most of what I do I consider “tasks” rather than “appointments” this winds up a much better calendar option for me than most calendars.
Any.DO even offers two themes – light and dark. You can see from the screenshots here, that I prefer the dark. It’s a nice change from everything light on the iPhone, and goes well with my black iPhone. I would like to see some options within Sounds, but I can live with it as it is now. It’s nice to be reminded about tasks. Of course, you will see a badge number on the app icon on your home screen showing you the number of tasks upcoming.
Sign up for a free account, and you can sync your tasks between your iOS, Android, and computer so that you always know what you have coming up.
Any.DO can be downloaded from iTunes, GooglePlay, or added to your Chrome browser.