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  • Snail
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  • Last modified: Sep 5, 2013

Review Summary:

PROS: Very interesting idea. Nicely designed interface.

CONS: Interesting idea which seems unfinished. Demands you constant attention to start and finish each task. Requires too much work.

Snail 1There must be many times when you felt overwhelmed by day-to-day obligations, and that you had to juggle between different tasks, personal or professional. Actually, for most of us this is everyday struggle. This is exactly why there are so many productivity apps, made for OS X as well as iOS, and the fact is that most of them are very useful and they can bring some ground-breaking changes to your life.

A while ago you had the chance to read a review of a simple to-do app called Clear, made by Realmac Software. This is the application which first appeared on iOS platform and due to its massive success, its developers decided to rewrite it and make it available on OS X as well. Since that time I’ve been using this small app to organize my professional tasks and it has become an integral part of my day-to-day routine. This was the first time I truly realized how an application can help me become a better organized person. This also made me more interested in this software category, so I am always willing to try out some new apps. That’s why I’ll be reviewing today a small app made for OS X, called Snail.

Snail 2

Snail is a very simple project management tool which is, in its essence, very different from other simple to-do apps. Snail is actually trying to make you a better organized person by keeping track of how much time you’ve spent doing a certain task, so you can re-question yourself and organize you next day a little bit better. Just like any other to-do application, Snail required dedication and discipline.

Snail sits in OS X’s menu bar and once you click on it you will see its main and its only interface. As you can see from the screenshots, Snail’s interface is very clear and nicely organized, even though it’s not very user friendly at first. So, let’s see how you can use it.

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In order to add a new task, you’ll need to click on a small plus sign in the bottom-left corner. This will create a new task which you’ll need to name, and it will be automatically put in a “stack” column. In order to assign it to a current day, you will need to drag it upwards. Red labeled are missed items, green labeled are completed and white colored are today’s unfinished items. In order to activate an item, you’ll need to drag it onto a large grey bar and a timer will start. You can pause it or mark it as completed once you’re done with it. That’s basically all there is.

Snail also lets you add new items for upcoming days, thanks to those left and right positioned arrows on a top of Snail’s window. You can also use keyboard arrows to browse.

Snail is surely a very interesting idea, but I am not sure how usable it is. It is not automated enough to be really helpful since you will need to start, pause and finish each task. There’s also no remainder or notification to help you remember that Snail is counting (except its animated menu bar icon). Another downside is its price of $7 which is exactly the same price as Clear for Mac, which I believe is way more usable and helpful.


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