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Posted by MadaboutDana
Jul 19, 2017 at 03:15 PM


Okay, so in my wild attempts to find the “perfect” task/notes manager, I have (as you all know) veered madly about experimenting with all kinds of solutions.

Only to find myself returning to TickTick, which slowly but steadily improves.

Why TickTick? Well, because it believes in leaving most of a task’s space available for notes (or subtasks, or both). No, it still doesn’t have start dates, but it’s so easy to adjust the date of a specific task or project that I don’t really mind.

It’s got a complete calendar, and also integrates seamlessly with Apple’s Calendar.

It’s got tags and tag management that are simple and actually work.

Today, they introduced “smart” lists, too, meaning you can auto-generate lists by setting specific criteria. This already works very well.

You can create folders for different task lists. It’s got sensible default options for Today, Tomorrow, Next 7 Days etc.

What it still doesn’t have, unfortunately, is a rich-text or even Markdown editor - all task notes are in plain text. But hey, that’s okay.

Subtasks within a task automatically get shunted to the bottom of the list when they’re complete (many task managers still don’t do that).

Finally, a Pro subscription is very cheap, making it a very easy way to share stuff (the Pro version enables sharing). And there are versions of TickTick for almost all platforms; I use the web, macOS desktop and iOS versions.

My colleagues and I even use it for quick-sharing notes, web addresses and so on through a shared “General Notes” list - it’s more convenient than many dedicated solutions, and the syncing is smooth and fast.

Still, I’m sure I’ll be wittering on about something else in the near future. But TickTick will remain the backbone… for now!


Posted by Luhmann
Jul 19, 2017 at 03:51 PM


I was impressed with it when I was checking out apps before settling on 2Do. I see that the latest version adds “duration” with start and end dates, but this feature is only for premium users. Also, it seems designed primarily for group scheduling. Still, it could be improved upon in future versions. It makes it one of the only collaborative task managers with this feature.

Am I right that only one of the people on a shared list needs to have a premium subscription?


Posted by MadaboutDana
Jul 20, 2017 at 08:29 AM


Oh, that’s interesting - I hadn’t realised it did duration; I’ve been looking for the feature, but it’s not immediately obvious. Have to check the website. That could be very useful!

As for subscriptions - well, we all have a Pro subscription (very cheap), but I do seem to remember that when one of us failed to update in good time, she was still able to see folders shared with other members of the team. I think she could even post to those folders! I can’t remember what she couldn’t do, but I do remember it took a while before we realised her subscription hadn’t been auto-renewed!



Posted by MadaboutDana
Jul 20, 2017 at 08:52 AM


Ah, okay, just discovered the duration thing, tucked away in the web version (not immediately obvious by any means!). It hasn’t made its way to the desktop version yet, and I haven’t had time to check the iOS version.

Interesting! But for me, not critical.


Posted by xtabber
Aug 5, 2017 at 07:31 PM


I first tried TickTick after reading this post and was quite impressed. Within a couple of weeks it has replaced several other apps for most of my day-to-day reminders and lists. The software may make use of artificial intelligence, but some real intelligence went into its design and programming.  It’s flexible enough to let me organize my information the way I want it, yet simple enough to let me enter items and reorganize lists without having to think about what I need to do.

And of course, it makes everything available from all my devices. I don’t use iOS, but the Android app is excellent, with among other things, a tool for entering items while working in another app without switching away from it. Very cool!

TickTick also integrates with Google Calendar, for those of you not wedded to Apple. It could use better documentation, but that’s true of the vast majority of apps today.


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