There are a few dozen to-do-like apps and they range in price from free to outrageous. The basic to-do list doesn’t require much. It’s essentially a little text editor that creates list items you can check off.
More sophisticated to-do list managers become more task oriented, and give you a hierarchy of tasks, sometimes within a project. Spend a little more money and you get a task manager with more bells and whistles; alerts, iCal integration, reminders, repeating tasks, and much more.
For more than the expected amount of money to spend on a simple to-do list manager, or even a task manager, there’s TaskPaper. It might be the most expensive simple to-do list manager ever.
But can you fall in love with TaskPaper?
Maybe. What it does is different than most simple task managers or to-do list managers. TaskPaper is more like a simple text editor with intuition.
Yes, it’s easy to create lists of to-do items to check off. But each line can also be a project. Or, a task. Or, even a note. In other words, there’s a simple, elegant, ever-changing structure that TaskPaper gives you and keeps track of changes.
See how simple the layout is?
That looks more or less like a simple word processor document, right?
Simply start typing your lists. TaskPaper automatically formats each line. Then, add a task item, then another. Each is indented properly. Anything not indented becomes a simple note.
TaskPaper handles built-in tagging, too (and uses auto-complete). Grab the little handle in front of each entry to reorder anywhere on the page. Click on the handle of each entry when that task is complete (and the deleted line is inserted into the text).
When tasks are completed, all it takes is a click in the Menubar and they become archived.
Is all this worth the hefty price tag? It depends. TaskPaper is somewhat unique yet elegant and easy to setup and use.
All the standard word processor-like tools disappear out of view so you can focus on the task list or notes.
Here’s where the value really comes into play. There’s also an iPhone and iPad version of TaskPaper (more money) so you have a mobile system of to-do items, tasks, projects, and notes, all of which can sync nicely using Dropbox.
Once you use TaskPaper you’ll realize how useful it really is to manage more than simple to-do list items.
What’s missing are options to create alerts and alarms, the next step in any task management system with a price tag.