Another Use for Dropbox: An Android To-Do App

Dropbox may have started out as a simple cloud storage and file synchronization service, but developers keep finding ways to extend the use of Dropbox. The latest example is Todo.txt Touch for Android, an early beta application being developed by Gina Trapani of Lifehacker and Smarterware fame. The software is part of an learning process in Android programming that Gina is undertaking, and in typical fashion, she’s sharing the experience along the way so that others can learn as well.

Android owners can grab the .apk installation file here, which I did about an hour ago. I have a fine, cross-platform, to-do system already: I use ToodleDo online, which has a number of native and third-party apps for iOS (s aapl), Android (s goog) and other mobile platforms. But I don’t know how those apps evolved from scratch, what challenges the developers faced, nor what the open bug lists are. Basically, I’m enjoying the progression of Gina’s app from the idea stage last May, to the current beta release. That she’s leveraging a cloud service like Dropbox makes the situation even more interesting to me: Dropbox currently lists hundreds of such apps that integrate with its cloud service.

If you do install the app, you’ll see that still has a it’s fair share of bugs. It is functional, however, with task management features such as configurable projects and contexts, task sorting, filters and prioritization. One of the key “wish list” items on the bug report is support for offline tasks, allowing you to manipulate task data without a connection, then later have it sync back to Dropbox. Knowing how persistent Gina is, I imagine that Todo.txt Touch will see the feature sooner rather than later. And if you’re following along, you’ll likely see just how Gina made it happen.

Oh and for the morbidly curious or budding Android developers out there, Gina has all of the source code in a repository for your download and viewing pleasure. Plus you can follow along in a public group set up for development of the project. Since I’m not a coder, I think I’ll stick with the Android App Inventor: plug and play coding is more my style!

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