GQueues is an app for managing your to-do lists. You’re probably thinking, “Oh no, not another task management app to check out!” I’d normally agree with you on that, but GQueues is nicely designed, full-featured, intuitive in use and has some touches that make it stand out from the crowd.
You don’t need to create an account to start using the app. You can sign in using either your Google or Google Apps account, and you can get going straight away — the basic version of GQueues is free (certain features require paying a $25/year upgrade fee).
GQueues looks quite “Google-y” — if Google decided to make a standalone, more fully featured version of Google Tasks, it would probably look a bit like this. The bulk of the window is taken up by your current to-do list, while on the left-hand side of the page you also have “My Queues” (your to-do list, and any other lists you’ve defined), “Smart Queues” (lists such as overdue items, items due today — you can also define your own Smart Queues) and “Friend Queues” (lists your friends/colleagues have shared with you — sharing and assignment functionality is only available with the paid version of GQueues).
The app is intuitive to use; there’s quite extensive help documentation, including video tutorials, but you probably won’t need them to get going, especially if you’ve used any other task management apps. You can create a new list by clicking the “Add Queue” button, while adding tasks to a list is a matter of clicking the “Add Item” button. You can reorder tasks in a list (and move them between lists) just by dragging and dropping them.
GQueues also supports a range of more advanced task management/organization features, too. As well as being able to define different lists, you can create sub-tasks, add notes and tags to tasks, and assign tasks to other people. You can assign due dates and sync them with Google Calendar (Google Calendar sync is only available on the paid version of GQueues). You can also custom color-code each of your lists, which makes it easy to tell which list you’re working on — useful if you’re working on a number of projects. With its range of features and its Smart Queues, it’d be easy to set up GQueues so it worked as part of a GTD system.
In using GQueues, you get the feeling that the developer has paid attention to the details, the little things that make the app easier and faster to use. For example, regular readers will know that I love keyboard shortcuts as they can be a real productivity booster, so it’s good to see that GQueues has shortcuts for nearly every action. There’s no iPhone app, but you can use an iPhone-optimized version of the site to access your lists on the go. I’m also happy to see that you can export your lists as a CSV file, should you so wish.
I have a couple of features that I’d like to see added to GQueues. The first is task prioritization features — I suppose you can simulate them using tags, but having them built in would be useful, especially for folks used to having them in their current task management app. The second is email integration. One of the reasons that I love Google Tasks (and haven’t switched to a more advanced task management app in my daily work) is its integration with Gmail — I can add an email straight to my tasks list from within my inbox.
All in all, GQueues is a neat task management app. It’s nicely designed, easy-to-use and has a great range of features. If you’re looking for something more powerful and full-featured than Google Tasks, GQueues is definitely worth playing with — most of its features are free, and even those that require the paid upgrade, such as Google Calendar sync and sharing/collaboration, are available with a two-week trial.
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