In case you’re managing a project, having a good organizational tool on your OSX seems essential. There are a lot of useful to-do and productivity apps in the Mac App Store, which are there to ease up project management and to provide effortless collaboration between your team members.
When it comes to productivity apps, and this goes for OSX and iOS apps as well, there are two main types. First, there are those simple to-do apps which allow you to create reminders and lists of things which need to be done. Even though these applications seem overly simple, there are some to-do apps which come with great OSX-iOS syncing, so you can easily keep track of your colleagues and their duties. If you need a good project management tool, you’re going to be a bit more powerful application, like OmniFocus.
Even though I’ve named OmniFocus as one of the truly great examples of “Getting Things Done” system of organization, there are some other affordable and very useful applications. We’re about to review one of those OmniFocus alternatives, which is named Firetask ($40).
Firetask is an OSX application created to be used as a task management solution. It can be used to stay on top of large projects, as well as with those simple tasks, which means that it comes packed with tons of useful features. Now let’s see some of those.
The first thing you’ll notice about Firetask is its simple and nicely designed interface. Similar apps tend to come with crowded interfaces, which may be scary for new users, but Firetask doesn’t have this problem. On the top you’ll find the main toolbar, with several self-explanatory icons used to create new tasks and projects, and similar actions. On the left there’s a sidebar used to organize your entries into tasks, projects, categories, and similar. The main workspace features flat design principles, and is generally nicely designed and very easy on eyes. In contrast to the main workspace, other parts of Firetask feature a traditional OSX design, so I didn’t really like this combination because it seems like it’s half done.
Firetask works in such way that it allows you to assign new entries to projects and categories. When it comes to projects, new entries can be tasks needed to be done in order for a certain project to be completed. Categories are also those same tasks, but Firetask looks them as meetings, phone calls, and errands (to give you just a few examples). This way you can list meetings that you need to attend today, and which are parts of different projects. Maybe this all sounds a bit confusing, but once you start working with Firetask you’ll realize that all these tools are logical and very functional, and they are a very strong backbone of this application.
What I liked about Firetask is that it comes with many small features which are real time savers, like keyboard shortcuts. Once you add a lot of new entries, you can always easily review them according to their categories, projects, or due dates.
Firetask is really an effective tool which can be put to a good use. Its price of $40 may seem a bit high, but this application is well worth it.