Any.do has long been a favorite task and to-do list manager for the mobile crowd due to the app's simplicity and smooth calendar integration on both Android and iOS. This might just be a matter of preference, but when it comes to mass task management, I prefer to have a desktop tool to work with as well — which is why Thursday's launch of Any.do's web client is particularly of interest: It looks like I'm going to have a much more organized and productive long weekend.
Any.do for Web is a free client that links seamlessly with the Any.do app on your mobile phone (or, you can just use the client on its own). You'll notice Any.do Web has a layout optimized for a wide browser window, yet still has a similar look and feel that the mobile app users will find very familiar.
When making a new task, you're asked to give it a due date, set a reminder time, sort it into a folder, and add a subtask (if it needs one). Any.do specializes into sorting tasks by priority, marking individual tasks to complete by certain times. In both the mobile app and the Web client, you'll find tasks sorted into one of four windows, based on their due date: Today, tomorrow, upcoming, or (my personal favorite) someday. The web client shows each of these windows side-by-side in vertical columns; the mobile app has all tasks listed in the same column, starting with the most crucial tasks at the top — those due today.
Task-based folders are another one of Any.do's standout features. By default, you're given two folders — one for personal tasks, and one for work tasks — but you can create as many folders as you'd like. To access your folders from the web client, just click on the folder icon in the top-left corner. Any.do calls this Planning Mode, where you can get a snapshot of all of the tasks you need to do for a particular project. (Its deadline-based view is called Focus Mode, and features a simple clock icon next to the folder in the top-left corner.)
Of course, Any.do's handy gesture controls can't be used in the browser version, but navigation is just as easy and intuitive. Click the big blue ominous "x" to mark a task as complete. Everything syncs between devices if you're logged into your account, so checking something off your mobile list will also mark it off your desktop list.
Any.do for Web is ready to use now, and is a practical (and dead helpful) extension of the app. It feels like a mobile-first product, yet works really well in this non-mobile platform.
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