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Checklist App Replacement for Astrid

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by dtfamily, May 29, 2013.

  1. dtfamily

    dtfamily Active Member
    Thread Starter

    Feb 18, 2010
    Hi, I've used Astrid for a long while, and have liked it a lot. However, I hear it may be going away, and there's a few things I'm looking for that it doesn't do. I've looked for hours over a number of days, but have been unable to find an app that will accomplish this specialized list of desires: :eek:
    1. checklists - be able to check items off and also to uncheck them- repeated so all items can be unchecked in one click and the list used again
    2. ability to prioritize the items in the list, or at least be able to sort them manually
    3. simple entry- enter the checklist item, hit enter key, enter next item, hit enter key, etc.
    4. ** this is the hard part: ability to access and add/delete through web access on a Windows computer. I've found apps that do 1., 2. and 3. well, but not together with 4.

    Sorry to sound so demanding, but this is what I'd really like to have without needing to compromise on the desires. I would really appreciate your suggestions for this- thanks!


  2. Crashdamage

    Crashdamage Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Mostly retired
    Kansas City, Mo.
    Google Keep will do everything you ask except #2.
  3. dtfamily

    dtfamily Active Member
    Thread Starter

    Feb 18, 2010
    Thanks- yeah, I tried that one, but as you mentioned it doesn't do all 4 of the items. I've looked at ColorNote, GTasks, Wunderlist, Remember the Milk, Out of Milk, etc.... but can't find one to do all of them... :(
  4. chanchan05

    chanchan05 The Doctor

    Jun 30, 2011
  5. electricpete

    electricpete Well-Known Member

    Jan 7, 2012
    Electrical Engineer
    My favorite combination is Google Tasks (accessed on computer) and Tasks (99-cent Android App) by Team Tasks which syncs to Google Tasks

    About Google Tasks PC App
    Overview here

    About Tasks (Android App) by Team Tasks

    It is simple multiple lists.
    You can manually sort. (ctrl-up/down arrow on PC, drag right icon on Team Tasks Tasks)
    You can indent as many levels as you want (on both PC Google Tasks and on Team Tasks for Android)
    Items that are indented get moved with the parent when you sort, both on PC or Android (nice).
    The only thing that would be nicer is if you could hide the nested items for a higher level view... not supported by the PC or the Android program.
    You can set alarms (somewhat limited on PC, very detailed on Team Tasks Tasks *)
    You can move a note from one list to another list by editing it.

    You can create a Task by sharing from almost any App on your Android (for example share from browser to create a task with the link). You can create task from pc gmail very easily.

    The syncing didn’t work exactly the way I expected. On my Android it only sync’d when I manually pressed the sync button, even though the settings within the App were checked to sync on every open of the App and every change made within the App. I contacted the developer and found out I would have to put more aggressive sync settings into my global Android setup. I didn’t want to do that, so instead I set up a Tasker widget/profile using the Synker plugin to sync tasks every time I open and exit the App. Additionally, it’s set up so that if I’m not connected to the internet when I use the Android App, the icon changes menacing reddish icon to remind me that I have I have unsync’d changes. I have to open up the App again while connected in order to sync and reset that icon color to its normal calm blue. Before I ever go into Tasks on my pc I always doublecheck that my phone icon is blue before I start.

    A minor annoyance on first use that I quickly overcame was the purpose of the blue checkbox in upper left hand corner. I thought it would do something... it doesn’t... it’s the program icon (duh).

    I don't think there is a way to see everything due from all lists at once except if you set up a dedicated home screen widget for that purpose... another minor annoyance.

    It's slightly integrated with the Google calendar, but not very well. That's ok... I'm content to keep to-do list and calendar as 2 separate things even though I have to look at both to plan my day.

    There is a free version of the Android App with Ads. If you get that, you'll have to uninstall it before upgrading... not a big deal since your Tasks will be saved on Google Tasks.

    The pure beauty of the Android App shines through in two aspects imo: the alarm structure and the overall simplicity.

    The alarm structure of Team Tasks alarms is simple and powerful imo. When an item alarms, it sounds (if desired) and appears in the notification bar. It’s a permanent notification that won’t get cleared when you hit the Android “clear” to clear other alerts. When you open the notification, you see a list of Tasks that have alarmed and not yet individually cleared. You can clear all or go to each one and snooze or reschedule (in which case it will disappear until time comes due again) or you can just choose not to dismiss it and it will remain on your notification bar until you do something with it. If I really want to focus on one task to the exclusion of others I leave it on my notification bar and it’s a constant reminder of my number one priority task.

    In terms of overall simplicity: scroll up and down within a list to navigate tasks. Swipe left/right to move among lists. Everything follows standard Android Holo protocol to a Tee... very intuitive.

    I've tried Color Notes, Astrid, Don't Forget The Milk, Any.Do and a few others. This is my personal favorite. That's not to say others will have the same conclusion, just the way I feel.

    Note if you liked Google Tasks but for some reason don't like Tasks by Team Tasks, there are many other 3rd party Android Apps available (because Google made the Tasks API available). GTasks is one. Google Tasks Organizer is another. I remember reading about calengoo that also syncs Google Tasks with calendar.... I might give that one a try but I'm pretty sure I'm not going to drop Team Tasks app.

    Let’s see if we’ve covered the bases:
    Yup. From PC or Android
    Sort them manually, yup.
    You have to hit two keys between entries. 1- Checkmark to complete entry. 2 – “+” to begin new entry.
    Enter doesn’t complete an entry because there are several fields available (subject, notes, due date, task list category)

    Yup. Even works at work where the Info-Nazi's won't let me install anything because the gmail route to tasks is web-based.

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