As usual, Lonelysandwich (aka. Adam Lisagor)’s video is hilarious and makes you want to buy the product right away (remember the Jambox?). Checkmark is a soon-to-be-released iPhone app which makes setting (and forgetting – for now) location-based reminders easy, and effective.
Sick of forgetting to pick up that [insert household item here] every damn time you visit the grocery store? You need Checkmark.
Geofencing – the setting up of locations which trigger events when you enter or leave them – is so useful that its suprising more iOS reminder apps don’t have it. OmniFocus has a passable implementation, but setup is a real pain. And Apple’s Reminders app only works on recent-vintage iPhones. You can’t even use it on the iPad with 3G and GPS.
Checkmark is not only easier to set up by hand than Reminders (with Apple’s app, you really need to use Siri for locations), it also does things that Reminders doesn’t. For instance, you can have an alarm trigger x number of minutes after you reach a location, instread of stressing you the moment you arrive.
There is currently no way to set an alarm to sound x minutes before.
I use OmniFocus on the iPad every day, but even though I’m totally commited to that app, it’s a little too much sometimes (and a little pricey if all you need is a shopping list).
Price and launch date are as yet unannounced, but as Mr. Sandwich just posted the video on his site, I’d take a bet that the app will be available sooner rather than later.