The Best Task Manager for iOS, 2Do, is Now Available for Your Mac [Exclusive]

 The Best Task Manager for iOS, 2Do, is Now Available for Your Mac [Exclusive]

We don’t hand out five stars here at Cult of Mac just for any old thing. In fact, out of hundreds of reviews, I can count on my fingers the number of gadgets and apps that have received a five-star rating. But the 2Do iOS app was handed five stars, and it was well-deserved. Now Guided Ways Technologies has released a Mac version of its superb task manager — are you excited yet?

You should be. Cult of Mac was exclusively given a pre-release copy to play around with, and we’ve come away even more impressed with the Mac version as we were with its iOS cousin — partly due to the fact that the developer has been steadily improving the iOS version with new features and a cleaner design, all of which have found their way into the Mac version.

The other half of the reason we’re so impressed has to do with the slew of slick new features: notification alerts, the ability to choose themes and a very welcome quick-entry window that lets you add new tasks with a key combo, anytime, regardless of whether the app has been launched or not.

And everything has been neatly folded into an Aqua-centric interface that makes the app look like it came straight from Apple, complete with sidebar, Smart Folders and more.

About the only thing missing are location-aware alarms — which, of course, makes sense on a Mac. 2Do is on sale now at the Mac App Store for $30, with a free 14-day trial directly from the developer if you’re curious. Full review tomorrow.

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  • Gadget

    I laughed out loud when I saw the leather stitching on the icon. Taking the wrong page from Apple’s playbook.

  • amacfan

    Not a great task manager for me:
    The bad:
    1) grocery lists are not done well. Checking items you want to buy displays them as “done”. Not good. Evernote doesn’t do this either but for a grocery list it is better than 2DO.
    2) It doesn’t support hierarchical lists like OmniOutliner does.
    3) stylistically outdated. Not beautiful like “Clear”

    The good:
    1) appears powerful
    2) Syncs (untried)
    There is probably more that is good about this app but I deleted it when it didn’t do a better job than my current combination of apps. Now if only someone would combine the aesthetic style of Clear with the notebooks & synching of Evernote, the hierarchical lists of OmniOutliner and a grocery shopping list that work like the reverse of a normal check list – I would buy that! Anyone know of one???

  • Robert X

    I laughed out loud when I saw the leather stitching on the icon. Taking the wrong page from Apple’s playbook.

    There is nothing wrong with the applications icon. It the applications we don’t want looking like that and 2Do does not.

  • canuckgal

    Eli, thanks so much for this brief review – I’m quite interested in this app, and your comments certainly make it sound very, very appealing. I’ve looked for the longer review you said would be forthcoming the next day but can’t find it — did I miss something, or have you just not had time to post it?

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Eli MilchmanWhen he was eight, Eli Milchman came home from frolicking in the Veld one day and was given an Atari 400. Since then, his fascination with technology has made him an intrepid early adopter of whatever charming new contraption crosses his path — which explains why he's Cult of Mac's test editor-at-large. He calls San Francisco home, where he works as a journalist and photographer. Eli has contributed to the pages of Wired.com and BIKE Magazine, among others. Hang with him on Twitter.

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