When it comes to interface design for Mac, iPhone, or iPad, there are two schools of thought. Some like skeuomorphism. And some don’t.
Think of it as a design element that mimics something in real life. The perfect examples are Contacts and Calendar on your Mac. Calendar has that nice leather look in the toolbar, while Contact looks like a book of, well, contacts.
For Mac users in need of a powerful but elegant to-do list manager, and you have MacBook or iPhone or iPad with a Retina display, you’ll love the skeuomorphism in 2Do, a cleverly named to-do, task, and project management app.
In plain vanilla form, 2Do looks like this on the Mac.
The toolbar is uncluttered. The sidebar features calendar, focus items (similar to GTD), and lists (more akin to projects).
The main screen displays what’s overdue, what’s due today, and a quick look at what’s coming in the next week and the week after and even next month. One quick glance and you’re up to date.
A to-do item can be attached to other to-do items to form a project. Each item can have tags for easy search and sort. Checklists couldn’t be easier to create and check off as you accomplish tasks.
Each item in the list performs like Quick Look. Select it, press the Space Bar, and all the details pop up. And, 2Do features alarms and notifications and works in Notification Center on OS X Mountain Lion. You won’t miss items even if 2Do is not running.
Now, back to that skeuomorphism thing. If you like digital designs that mimic designs made of atoms, 2Do gives you plenty of options from which to choose.
As good as 2Do works on the Mac, and it does, it’s the advantage of having an iPhone and iPad version that makes this task manager stand apart. Sync your 2Do items to CalDAV and iCloud, Toodledo; all handled in the background.
2Do is well done, but the Mac version suffers from a hefty price tag not reflected in the iPhone and iPad version.