Chris J. | Mar 21, 2009 Productivity
Some apps are easy to review. They either do or don’t do what they claim to do, Organizer is a little more difficult to explain. In many ways Organizer has more in common with a drawing app than most organization apps. Confused? Me too, but I’ll try to explain.
To start with, when you look at a page in the app, you see what looks like a page from a datebook. The numbers and lines you see are purely a background image, which means that you can write over them as you want. On the other hand, they do not help in terms of guiding where in the day your activity may be happening. Depending on personal preference, you might see this as a good thing or a bad thing.
Text is inputted in text boxes, which can be placed anywhere on the page. You have a few options for the font, color, and size of the text. Once the text box is on the page, you can move and rotate it wherever you want. Being able to rotate and move text is nice, but I can’t really figure out how that will keep me organized (maybe someone else will know).
You can also add pictures, drawings, icons (emojis), and import contacts from your Contacts app. Any of these can be moved, rotated, shrunk or expanded to fit whatever you have in mind. Again, this might make for a good looking page in my Organizer, but I’m not sure that this will really help me stay more organized. In trying to experiment with the app to really use all the features, I ended up with something that looked more like a scrapbook than an organizer.
One nice feature is the Cut, Copy and Paste buttons. If you want to have the same thing appear on more than one page, or if you want to move something, simply Cut and Paste. On the down side, you can only copy one thing at a time, so if you need to move text, a picture, and a drawing it could take a while. Being able to group items when cutting and pasting would be helpful.
Most apps of this type will give you the option of an alarm when an appointment is imminent, but with Organizer it would not even be possible. Since there is no way for you to input the time anything is to happen any more specifically than the day, even if the option was added the app wouldn’t know when to alarm.
One more thing this app does need is better directions. When first starting up, the instructions are included on the current day’s page. If you want to access them after that you have to flip back to that day. A button that would allow access to instructions at any time would help the learning process.
For most people, I think that this app is probably not useful enough to justify the price. There are some out there who I am sure will put this app to good use, and if you are one of those, good luck. The app is certainly well built, it just wasn’t built for everyone.
Chris J. | Feb 3, 2009 Productivity
I like being organized. That being said, I also hate all the work it takes to get organized. Lists can help, but who wants to carry around a pen and a couple of sheets of paper all the time? Enter Listomni Lists, an app from the folks at Ontomni LLC. This app is designed to help keep you organized in everything from your to do list, to grocery lists, even your budget.
There are ten different types of lists that can be used or created as needed, including a generic list. The generic list is a catch all that can be used for any type of list not covered by the other nine list types.
“Grocery” and “To do” lists are self-explanatory. While I usually try to stay away from making statements like, “this app has everything,” it is hard to avoid when exploring Listomni. For example: when listing groceries, you can include the amount, where to buy it, the section it is found in, the price per unit (including tax if you want), and any additional comments. If you include where you are going to buy it, you can also tap on the gray icon to the right to get a map of various locations in the area.
There are also “Music”, “Book”, and “Movie” lists which are used to keep track of what you want to buy, read, watch, etc. There is a tremendous amount of customization that can be done in all lists and categories. In my case I added a “Loaned Out” section in movies to help me remember who has my DVD’s.
There is also the “Gift List”, “Card List” and “Gifts Recieve” which help you keep track of who you need to buy for or send a thank you card to. Items in the “Gift List” can be linked to websites where you can find the item. The app comes to you with an already impressive list of stores and websites already built in.
Lastly is the “Budget” section, where you can keep track of all the those people and places that take your hard-earned money. You can also set a total amount that you want to spend in any category, and the prices you enter for items will be subtracted from the total.
With all that this app can do, for many it will take some time to learn. Thankfully, the “Help” section covers every feature that is included in the app. For most people this is going to be crucial, since the purpose of some of the icons are not immediately clear. Each topic (and there are 67 of them) is brief and includes diagrams to indicate which icons are being referred to. I believe that most users are going to be referring to the help section frequently at first.
There are plenty of important or just helpful features. The “Backup” feature is just plain crucial when you consider how much can be done with this app. Also available is the “Combo Lock” which allows you to lock your lists with a 4-number combination. Also, it is always nice to have the option of a landscape view if that is what you prefer.
While the price is a little on the high side compared to most of the apps I see, there is definitely a lot for the price. Whether this is worth it to you is really going to come down to personal preference rather than the app itself. Also, this app is going to take a chunk of your time just learning how to use it, customizing the interface, and inputting all the items. Those that would just as soon scribble out a list on a piece of paper than spend the time typing it into a iPhone will probably not find this app worth the price. On the other hand, if you are the type that loves to have everything organized and want to keep it all handy on your iPhone, then Listomni is going to be your new best friend.