Who can handle trendy life’s challenges with no nice to-do checklist app? Wherever you’re, the app ought to present you what must get finished, and remind you of those duties appropriately. Any.do is a to-do checklist app with variations for almost each platform. It has been on the task-management scene for some time, rising and altering with the instances. The extra options Any.do has racked up, nonetheless, the extra the app has slipped in aiming for a flawless consumer expertise.
Any.do continues to be fairly dreamy on cellular gadgets, however it flounders on desktop and internet. I nonetheless love the Any.do Second function, which prompts you to evaluation all duties assigned to you for the day and both decide to them or defer them. Different elements of the app aren’t as polished, sadly. Any.do is about common with different to-do apps, and maybe individuals who like minimalist design will gravitate towards it. It does not rival Editors’ Selection Todoist, although. Todoist appears a bit of busier, however works magnificently. The identical might be mentioned for Asana, which you should use for private task-management however is good for group duties and light-weight initiatives.
Any.do Plans and Pricing
Any.do has a free tier of service, a paid Premium degree for people ($59.99 per 12 months), and Groups accounts ($4.99 per individual monthly).
The free model has limitations which might be fairly strict and should cease you from utilizing it. You may’t create any integrations with different companies with the free app, for instance. Your collaboration is proscribed to sharing lists and assigning just one activity. You can also’t customise when a recurring activity will happen. As a substitute you are restricted to selecting from easy premade choices, akin to day by day or weekly, however not, say, each different Friday. The free app does not have location-based reminders both.
Any.do Premium permits you to assign as many duties to different folks as you want. Premium members can create integrations utilizing Zapier, choose a special background picture for the app, set up duties with coloured labels, and allow location-based reminders. Any.do Groups offers you all the identical options as Any.do Premium, plus administrative management for the workforce and kanban boards.
How a lot does Any.do Premium value? As of this writing, it is $59.99 per 12 months, marketed as $4.99 monthly billed yearly. It comes with a seven-day free trial. Throughout 4 completely different Any.do apps and internet pages, I noticed main discrepancies in pricing. The corporate confirmed by e mail that the $60 per 12 months worth is correct. Once I used the Apple App Retailer to pay for an account, my receipt indicated this identical worth.
How do Any.do’s costs evaluate with different, related instruments for collaborative to-dos? On the entire, they’re common to excessive.
Todoist Premium prices about half as a lot as Any.do Premium at $36 per 12 months. The free Todoist account is extra beneficiant than Any.do’s, nonetheless, as a result of it permits you to totally collaborate with as much as 5 folks per undertaking.
Toodledo costs even much less for its Gold plan ($29.99 per 12 months), however in that app, you’ll be able to solely collaborate with people who find themselves additionally paying members.
Some to-do apps nonetheless cost a flat charge for apps somewhat than a subscription price. Issues 3 is one instance. Its Mac app prices $49.99; the iPhone and Apple Watch app value $9.99; and the iPad app prices $19.99. The entire set runs about $80.
Asana prices $119 per individual per 12 months, although it is extra of a work-management system than a standard to-do checklist app, with the flexibility to extra finely handle subtasks and create completely different personalized views of duties.
Getting Began With Any.do
If you join an Any.do account, you’ll be able to create a login utilizing an e mail and password, or you should use Google or Fb to authenticate.
Any.do has a easy setup. You create lists, which include duties. Duties can include subtasks. Duties may also include particulars, akin to notes, attachments, labels, a due date, and an assignee for those who work with collaborators.
As you get began, the app suggests ideas for studying its options. You may seek advice from the guidelines at any time by tapping or clicking the notifications icon (a sq. with rounded corners and a purple indicator). When you open the notifications, you see two faucets: Any.do Suggestions and Notifications.
Any.do has apps or connectivity for almost each platform: Android, iOS, macOS, internet, Apple Watch, Put on OS, Amazon Alexa, Siri, Google Chrome, plus an add-on for Gmail and integration with Slack. A desktop app for Home windows must be out quickly, in keeping with the corporate. Apps or integration with Firefox, WhatsApp, and Google Assistant are additionally within the works. Having apps or operability with so many platforms is actually one among Any.do’s strengths.
I like to recommend avoiding the net app, nonetheless, because it does not carry out in addition to any of the apps constructed for cellular gadgets or Macs. I used to be annoyed by the consumer expertise, and the issues have been fairly easy. I might click on to vary a activity title or regulate a reminder and the app both did not reply or did not work as anticipated. The opposite apps did not include almost the identical quantity of teeth-gnashing.
Options and Interface
Any.do’s format permits you to see your activity lists, a person activity and its particulars, and for those who’re utilizing the cellular app, a calendar. (The desktop and internet apps do not have a calendar view.) In the event you’re on iOS or Android, you see a scrolling checklist of occasions and due dates in chronological order, and you may toggle open a month-to-month calendar as properly. New calendar views, akin to a three-day view, are deliberate for launch within the close to future.
To any activity, you’ll be able to add subtasks, however they’re much easier by comparability. Whereas the mum or dad activity can have a due date and different particulars added to it, the subtasks get nothing greater than a reputation and checkbox every. Different to-do checklist apps, together with Todoist and Asana, allow you to add the identical quantity of element to a subtask you could add to a mum or dad activity. Having that means permits you to handle extra complicated work. For instance, you may need a activity you could’t full till all subtasks are accomplished. And maybe completely different persons are answerable for the subtasks. With the ability to add and observe particulars of these subtasks lets everybody collaborate simply. It isn’t as wealthy a system as you get with full-fledged undertaking administration software program, however it’s not terribly far off both.
Whereas Any.do has some neat particular options, which I cowl within the subsequent part, its core consumer expertise wants enchancment. With to-do apps, I count on them to be buttery easy. Any.do is not. For instance, for those who set a due date on a activity, you’ll be able to edit the date and time, however you’ll be able to’t change it to a recurring deadline. To do this, you will need to delete the unique deadline, then add a brand new one and select recurring. You can also’t kind pure language for due dates or anything. In Todoist, Wunderlist, and TickTick, you’ll be able to kind “as we speak” or “tomorrow” subsequent to your activity, and the apps perceive to assign the suitable due date. These apps additionally allow you to add tags or labels by typing as properly; Any.do does not.
There are labels in Any.do, although you would not understand it from the Mac app as a result of they do not present up there. You want the cellular app to create, handle, and add labels to duties. Even after you try this, the labels merely do not seem in your duties within the desktop app.
The Mac and internet app are weak factors, not solely as a result of they do not have labels. They’re lacking different options, too, akin to the flexibility to delete a activity (it’s important to examine it off to delete it) and the Any.do Second (defined subsequent). That is an actual setback for those who depend on your to-do app whereas sitting in entrance of a pc all day.
Any.do comes with a couple of particular options, together with the Any.do Second and Focus Mode.
The Any.do Second was the app’s signature function early in its launch, and it stays one among my favorites. This function has you evaluation all duties assigned to you as we speak and resolve whether or not you’ll decide to them as we speak or postpone them to a later date.
Within the cellular app settings, discover Any.do Second and allow it for whichever days you want and at no matter time. When it is time, Any.do performs an audio tone and prompts you to decide about every activity in your plate, separately. In the event you select to maintain the duty for as we speak, you have got an choice so as to add an alarm for it. In the event you defer it to a different day, you select when, whether or not tomorrow, in two days, subsequent week, and so forth. Reviewing your assignments for the day is a useful exercise to maintain you centered and productive, and I like how Any.do encourages it.
Focus Mode is a more recent function in Any.do. The thought is correct, however the implementation wants work. If you enter Focus Mode—once more, solely obtainable within the cellular apps—you set an period of time that you simply need to focus, akin to 25 minutes. A small tree and timer seem on-screen. In the event you do not choose up your cellphone and use different apps through the 25 minutes, the tree grows. In the event you interrupt your session, the tree does not develop. You may activate white noise when you work, too. Each time you efficiently develop a tree, it saves to a bit of forest you could see by tapping on a tree icon.
This function is sort of similar to the timer app Forest, although that app has higher graphics and its builders have a program to plant actual bushes alongside all of the digital ones you develop.
Any.do’s Focus Mode let me down when, after 4 and a half minutes within the iOS app, the white noise stop all of a sudden. I restarted it and after one other four-plus minutes, it reduce off abruptly once more. I managed to develop three bushes, however I had to surrender on the white noise. Then, I launched Focus Mode within the Android app and my burgeoning forest was nowhere to be seen. Apparently, the forest does not sync. The white noise did not play in any respect in Any.do’s Android app, and after I locked the cellphone, the counter stopped counting. Sigh.
Good Concepts, Weak Implementation
Any.do has numerous good concepts and extra coming down the pike. A private assistant function, for instance, is in beta. This can allow you to discover and rent folks to do duties on-demand for you, priced relying on the duty. There is a new grocery-list function that figures out the place you wrote your procuring checklist and kinds it by class. Good concepts should even be carried out properly, nonetheless, and that is the place Any.do begins to slide.
Once I use a to-do app, I need it to be buttery easy. I want to have the ability to not simply add a activity rapidly, but additionally delete it after I notice I wrote the identical factor down earlier as we speak. I need the desktop and internet apps to work simply in addition to the cellular apps. I need to have the ability to seize a ton of element about every activity, together with when it is due and what labels it ought to have, with out lifting my fingers from the keyboard.
Relating to to-do apps, we’re genuinely shocked that almost all of apps aren’t higher than they’re. Todoist and Asana, our Editors’ Selections within the class, stand out from all the opposite apps. Any.do is about common, with its good intentions for options outweighed by a patchy expertise.