There are plenty of to-do apps in the iOS app store which are there to help you organize your day. Even though many of those are paid applications, there are also numerous free ones which can be very helpful and very nicely designed. We’ve already reviewed a number of those, and many received positive ratings, so we are always interested in reviewing new organizational tools made for iOS.
Today we are going to get a deeper look at Grid by Binary Thumb, which is one of the newest (and free) to-do and organizational tools made for iPhones and iPads as well. This tool brings some new gestures and other interesting innovations, and already received 4 out of 5 stars in the iOS App Store rating system.
Once you open Grid for the first time you’ll be greeted with a tutorial which will show you some basic controls, gestures, and the way this application works. I warmly recommend trying to get the most out of this tutorial, since you might miss out some very helpful and time-saving gestures and shortcuts.
As it’s name says, Grid is used to organize ideas, thoughts, and data into a grid, so you can easily organize it into clusters and make a table which breaks down information into easily understandable pieces of information. You basically take one small field, and make it larger by dragging its edges around, so you can insert text, picture, or a map. This way you can easily make well organized tables filled with to-do lists, photos and maps with specific locations pinned to them, people from your contacts list, and more. As you can imagine, this can be perfect for making scrapbooks, collages, cookbooks, project stages descriptions, and more. It’s up to your imagination how you’ll organize a grid into a table.
This iOS app came from ex-Microsoft employee named Josh Leong, who worked on Excel 2013. This is why Grid used spreadsheets and tables to organize information, since it’s clear that influence of Excel is more than obvious. It’s interesting to see end result, since this tool can be effectively used to stay on top of things.
Another interesting side of Grid is its ability to share tables with other Grid users, so more than one user can work on a single Grid file. This can be perfect if two or three people are collaborating on one file, but things get quite complicated if larger teams decide to work together. On the other hand, this is 1.0 version, so it will be very interesting to see what the future brings for this app.
There are some small things that are annoying in this app. For example, there’s no undo action, and there’s no fine-tuning available like non-auto image cropping or zooming by pinching.
There’s still more work to be done, and this application has a lot of potential. I am looking forward to coming back to this app in a few months time to see if those small annoyances are eliminated, and to see which way Grid decided to go. Even in its current version, it’s still usable and interesting to navigate to use.