Apps for Sailors: Any.do
Managing a boat is largely a matter of maintaining lists of schedules, provisions and things to do. In the past, I’ve used a combination of task-management tools on my desktop, apps on my smartphone and old-fashioned sticky notes to keep things organized, but the Any.do app (for IOS, Android and with a Chrome browser extension) has become my go-to task manager. It won Apple’s 2012 “Intuitive Touch” Award, Android’s “Best App” for 2012 and a nod in my “Top 5 Apps for 2013” in the December 2013 issue of SAIL.
One of my key requirements in a task manager is the ability to maintain lists from any device—including home and work computers, smartphones and tablets—and have them sync automatically. Any.do accomplishes this flawlessly.
The app has just the right set of features to create, edit, and share tasks across multiple devices. Plus, it’s easy to use. Click “+” to add a task; drag and drop to move the task to its specified folder; swipe to mark your task as complete; shake the device to clear completed tasks. The app allows you to specify a task’s priority, add reminders, create repeating schedules, and share your task list with friends. Once you register (free), tasks are automatically backed up to the Cloud and are synchronized across all devices.
Any.do’s interface is clean and well organized, with large fonts that are easy to read on small smartphones. Any.do is a must-have app that allows you to plan tasks from the convenience of your home, office or boat, using your desktop computer, Apple or Android device.
I give Any.do 4 ½ stars based on its elegant functionality. Best of all, it’s free!