DGT GTD is an attempt at making life organised for the busy individual. After Astrid was bought out by Yahoo and shutdown (THANKS… not) I was lost, I mean sure there’s plenty of really good, free to-do apps, like Wonderlist and Any.Do but of course, in true FisherP fashion, there was that one elusive feature or two that I wanted that none of them have. To be truthful this app doesn’t have everything either, but it’s close, in fact, it’s one of two apps that in my opinion are the pick of the bunch. I didn’t run into this app like I have for most of mine. I was looking at all the more popular ones when a friend suggested this one.
What does the App claim it can do?
Straight from the play store “DGT GTD is a FREE! app designed for managing tasks, todos, checklists, shopping lists and commitments that you need or want to get done“. The author claims an impressive list of 13 features and 14 languages. It is also still not finalized. Apparently there’s a beta version that’s going to be available which will have even more features. Some of the more impressive features is folders, tags, infinate sub-tasks, missed call tasks, synchronizing to toodledo.com or dropbox or ftp. There’s different color sets, projects and contexts too if you want to get really organised. For the really advanced there’s Tasker integration too if you want it, which is something I haven’t tried since I don’t have Tasker.
Does the App REALLY do what it claims to do?
Well, for the most part it is really good at what it does, and I’ve found some features really handy like the automatic missed phone call tasks. You can organize your tasks so many ways it’s mind boggling. I really love the infinite sub task and project feature. The reason why I love it so much is that when you find yourself REALLY busy you can organize your projects down to the nth degree if you can find the time. Believe me, the times I’ve set aside to organize myself is often well worth it.
There’s a notebook portion of the app that you can use to store general notes, and you can also add notes to tasks and checklists so that you can store general information about that task for later.
To synchronize with toodledo or drop-box or ftp or to use Tasker or Pure Widget you need to download add-ons. This isn’t normally a problem, in fact I kind of like that idea, it means that the app is extendable. In order to use Tasker or Pure Widget you have to pay a small price for the add-on.
There is only one draw back with the app that I can see, it’s that when it syncs to toodledo.com it doesn’t save all the details. The notebooks aren’t saved and the task hierarchy isn’t either. The issue is that toodledo.com has no way to record sub-tasks and so everything is pretty much flat, and toodledo.com doesn’t have notebooks either. The purpose of online syncing is so that you can do most of the hard work (putting the tasks in) on the computer and have the device you carry everywhere remind you when things need to get done.
During my peek workload in my old job I used this app a whole lot. I had four or more projects on the go as well as my domestic lists. Each of these projects had things I needed to do, and some of these had sub tasks. I had each item categorized with @home or @work contexts. After all this organisation I was sometimes still too busy to add items, but at least I never forgot to do the things on my list.
What do I like most about the App?
There’s a few features I really like about the app, there’s the widget, the Projects and infinite sub-tasks feature and the missed call task entry are all favorites of mine. I had the widget on my home screen for the longest time while I was busy at work, it was just what I needed to see. The one that puts this app above the rest is the infinite sub-tasks.
What’s not to like about it?
The one feature that makes me want to keep looking for alternatives is a full and proper web sync. At the moment the author tells you to go and get an Android emulator so that you can run DGT on it and use the sync to a dropbox. On my system it’s not really a good alternative, I really want a web interface and toodledo.com just doesn’t quite fill all the requirements.
What are the little niggles (What would make it perfect)?
Apart from the syncing issue I think the one thing that is a pretty big niggle is the outline view… when you click on it a pop up tells you that it will be available in the beta version, but that’s been on-going for months now. Apart from that, if there’s an item in the hotlist it shows the parent, not the item that’s really the hot item. To find it you might have to drill down to the bottom of your tree… remember there’s an infinite number of sub-tasks allowed. This issue can make it really hard to find the one item in hundreds (if you’re that busy).
Why did I decide to keep/remove it?
At the moment I’m keeping it because really it’s the best to-do type app I’ve used since Astrid. It’s not perfect, I’m also testing out IQTell which has some issues of it’s own. I’ll be doing a review on that one in the not too distant future.
Would my wife use it?
My wife does happen to use this app actually. She uses the notebook on it too since it’s all in one place and she’s able to back everything up if she needs to for later. Apparently she uses it as a simple to-do app and she doesn’t see the point of the sub-tasks and projects and contexts. I only just showed her how to use the checklist task, and it was like “Oh, you want me to use that?”, “Only if you want to dear”.