There was a time when I found efficiency to be a laser dot sliding along the floor and I was the cat bounding after it, desperately hoping to catch my prey. I am never ever as efficient as I ‘d like to be, but I am a lot more efficient today than I was even a year ago, which is the outcome of embracing the much honored Conditions. Nonetheless, Things is an app with a single focus on getting conditions done. To cover my efficiency bases, I likewise utilize Evernote in concert to keep notes on my different tasks.

While I find convenience in utilizing this technique, productivity works differently for each person and frequently requires a different strategy. For example, rather of depending on multiple apps to create notes, listings and to-dos, some individuals prefer making use of a single app for all 3 jobs. If you find yourself in this camp, Listacular may just be the app you are searching for.

Getting Started

After your preliminary launch of Listacular you’ll need to undergo a brief tutorial that can be reaccessed in the settings. As soon as finished, you’ll be asked to link your Dropbox account– an optional, however suggested step. By linking to Dropbox you’ll not only back up your listings (considering that there’s no iCloud integration), however you’ll have the ability to gain access to and edit your notes, lists and to-dos from your computer system.

Lists and Folders

When you’ve actually finished the setup procedure, you’ll discover yourself in the default view– recognized by the Listacular header at the top, or the title you utilized when producing the Dropbox folder. Away, you can access and fiddle with the setups by tapping the gear icon in the upper left, and create a new list or folder by tapping the + icon in the upper right. Lists is a misleading term, as it’s utilized to describe the universal tool in which you’ll likewise get in notes and to-dos. Folders can be made use of to create listings under a particular task or job (you can also produce sub-folders, if wanted).

The main view hosts all of your lists and master folders.

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The primary view hosts all of your listings and master folders.

At the bottom of the display a count of your overall to-dos is shown, and by tapping the button you’ll be transitioned to the To-Dos view. This acts as an umbrella for every one of the to-dos you have produced, and the moms and dad list is kept in mind by the inconsistently titled prefix “From note” followed by the list’s name. If you add a due date to a to-do, the to-do will be shown in matching sections (e.g. delinquent, today, tomorrow, in the future).

The To-Do view is where you can quickly glance at all of your tasks.

The To-Do view is where you can rapidly eye every one of your tasks.

Working With Lists

When you develop a brand-new list, your first task is to relabel it by tapping the header and getting in the new title. To produce your first entry, tap anywhere below the header. Whether you are looking for to create a note, list or set of to-dos, you’ll should make use of a set of formatting options showed above the keyboard. Beginning from the left you’ll discover boost and reduce indent buttons, a text button for notes, a bullet point button, and a checkmark button for to-dos.

Transitioning to/from a note, bullet or to-do couldn't be easier.

Transitioning to/from a note, bullet or to-do can not be simpler.

Once you have finished with your first item, you can add additional items by tapping the return button in the bottom-right. If you copy a group of people of text from an additional app that includes hard returns, Listacular will instantly develop individual entries for each tough return, which is significantly handy. When creating your list, in a general sense, you may use all the formatting attributes if desired. For instance, I created a listing for this review that consisted of both notes, sub-bullets and to-dos.

Making use of all three formatting options within a list is one of Listacular's main strengths.

Making use of all 3 format options within a list is among Listacular’s major strengths.

When you are finished with a to-do, you can tap the checkbox or swipe short right (a gesture familiar to Mailbox individuals) and the to-do will be marked as complete. You can delete a to-do, or other product, by swiping it long right. If you want the eliminate several completed to-dos, tap the burger icon in the upper-right and tap the “Get rid of completed to-dos” choice. From this menu you can also view the list in plain text, which is handy to obtain a feel for how the app makes use of basic markdown text format, and email the listing.

Only to-dos make use of the short swipe right feature.

Only to-dos make use of the brief swipe right feature.

As mentioned in the past, you can include a due date to a to-do. To accomplish this job, swipe left on the to-do then select your wanted date and time, and whether you wish to be alerted. Carrying out the same swipe left action on a folder or list will present you with several options, such as relabeling the list/folder, emailing the list/folder and sharing the Dropbox link connected with the list/folder.

For a simple app, the ability to set a due date and get alerts is a killer feature.

For a simple app, the ability to set a due date and get alerts is a killer function.

Dropbox and Markdown Formatting

If you choose to sync your listings with Dropbox, you can really create and modify folders and listings making use of any plain text editor. When you open a currently developed text file with bullets and/or to-dos, you must be able to detect the Markdown formatting that Liscular uses– asterisks for to-dos and dashes for bullet points, ensuring to add a space afterward.

Open plain text files and create lists from anywhere you are connected to your Dropbox account.

Open plain text files and produce lists from anywhere you are linked to your Dropbox account.

Instead of producing brand-new listings in Listacular, you can rather produce brand-new plain text files in the appropriate Dropbox folder and your new list will appear post-sync. This approach of list and/or to-do management is not really anywhere near as elegant as accessing a web app or desktop version of the app, which is among my well-loved features of using the Things suite of apps, however I deem it to be a fun way of developing syncable notes on the fly.

Areas for Improvement

For a version 1.0 app, Listacular is very well designed, however like any preliminary variation it does have a few troubles. If you produce a brand-new entry however decide that it’s not actually required, a blank entry continues to be till it’s by hand erased, a lot of apps instantly delete blank entries of this nature since it’s a lot more convenient. When you erase a listing or folder an alert pops-up asking if you bank on the choice you have simply made, which is pretty conventional. Erasing a note, to-do or bullet includes no such alert or any option to reverse a possible accidental removal. You can develop an entry at the top or bottom of a list, however there’s no approach of adding a product in the middle of a listing, which would certainly be useful. None of these concerns are dealbreaker, but I intend to see many of them took care of by developers Bloomingsoft in future updates.

It'd be great if blank entries were automatically deleted.

It ‘d be great if blank entries were instantly deleted.

The Bottom Line

Listacular is a wonderful all-in-one efficiency tool. The minimalistic design works in favor with the app’s basic workflow, making sure that most people will be able to pick up Listacular and begin utilizing it with convenience. The ability to create notes, lists and to-dos within a single app in such a simple to use format is special to Listacular (yes it’s capable in Evernote, but it’s nowhere near as instinctive) and works effectively. Throughout my time with the app, Dropbox syncing was strong almost all of the time, although I did experience a few crashes during syncing.

If you are in the market for an easy, yet effective productivity app that can managing your notes, lists and to-dos, Listacular is worth exploring. The app is free to download and try, but restrictions users to three lists. You may find this to be sufficient for your use, but if not an $2.99 in-app purchase will give you access to limitless lists and is well worth the expense.