Regular task lists have two disadvantages, in my mind. With a plain list of text, it is hard to see groupings and relationships. Also, if the list is long enough, it is very easy to lose sight of things on it.
DropTask is a new application that solves these problems, and throws in added ability to work effectively on projects in teams.
A DropTask Walkthrough
When you start with DropTask, you are asked to create a project. It is essentially a blank screen, although you are given some built-in templates as a starting point if you wish to use them.
You can set status (not started, in progress, on hold or completed) on the task, and it shows up as a light icon in the background. You can change the priority of the task, and it puts a label on. And you can choose the effort (large, medium or small) and it adjusts the size of the task bubble.
For each project and task, you can also add a description, and comments. A running task history tells you everything that has been done to the task. If you are using the pro version, you can also add subtasks (as a checklist) or a subgroup (as another bubble). You can also tag a task and assign it out to another person.
- Available on the web, iOS and is coming to Android
- Able to do multiple projects
- Able to save templates to be used in other projects
- Easy to use
- Tagging allows you to classify tasks
- Interface is clean
- Navigation is easy. Double click outside a task to zoom out, double-click on one to zoom in.
- No import function from other systems
- Screen real estate is limited. I took it to the edge and it wouldn’t let me expand beyond about 1.5 screen widths zoomed out
- The comments don’t collapse, leaving long comments taking up a lot of space on the sidebar
- There was no way to turn the running history off
I can see the value of having this information in a format that is easy to see the status in one glance. The tool is easy to learn, requiring no software installs (for PC) and its intuitive interface drops the learning curve to near zero.
All in all, if you are looking for a fun task manager, check out DropTask.
Price: free (basic)/ $6.50 per month (pro)
Disclosure:DropTask provided me with a six month subscription to Pro for the software to enable me to write this review.
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