TaskPaper Comes to the iPhone


When a new Mac (s aapl) user asks my advice about which task management/to-do list app to choose, I usually steer them towards TaskPaper, especially if they’re looking for a a simple, easy-to use app (see Imran’s review here). So I was happy to hear that Hog Bay Software had released TaskPaper on the iPhone, with the same usability and simplicity I enjoy in the Mac version.

Just like its Mac sibling, TaskPaper for the iPhone is simple: it spares the bells and whistles — like start dates, due dates, groups, and priorities — prevalent in many of today’s leading task management apps. However, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as many of us are not aspiring to be GTD ninjas. Its task lists are also stored in simple text (*.txt) files, so you don’t have to worry about your lists and notes residing in some proprietary format you can’t access and reuse later if you decide to ditch TaskPaper on your road to iPhone productivity nirvana.

If you fall into the camp where application simplicity is key and list management trumps the higher-end features you’ll be happy to learn that you can create, manage, tag, and delete projects, tasks, and notes in TaskPaper — everything you might need for project tracking —  through taps and swipes on your iPhone’s screen. These basics are documented in a “Getting Started” task list that comes with the application (I recommend that you don’t delete that list). The screenshot below shows the setup of a typical TaskPaper document.

The only disappointment in my TaskPaper for the iPhone experience was the SimpleText.ws syncing between my desktop and iPhone apps. I saw frequent errors and the syncing function was not as crisp as other iPhone task apps like OmniFocus.

Even despite the syncing issues during my testing, I recommend checking out TaskPaper for the iPhone if you are looking for a simple, easy-to-use to-do list/task management app that focuses on your business at hand and not the latest productivity or organizational craze.

Have you tried TaskPaper for the iPhone?

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Will Kelly

@Aliza. It’s a great task list for the iPhone and very faithful in features and UI to the Mac version. The only disappointment I had was the syncing issues.

Jesse Grosjean

Will, thanks for your review. Are the sync problems easily reproducible? There have been a number of issues, and I’m trying to track them down now, but I’m short on reproducible cases.

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