GTD App Review - Nozbe

Nozbe

Nozbe’s new Mac app is a well thought out GTD specific app, that has some great integration with other popular services like Dropbox and Evernote.

Nozbe is specifically designed for GTD, so benefits from being streamlined for the GTD process and doesn’t require bending in some way to make it fit.

The Dropbox and Evernote integrations, unique to this app (out of those reviewed), make a great addition. Especially as I use both of these services frequently, especially Evernote for a GTD reference bucket.

The Android app has been re-written with a much improved UI, stability and speed improvements. So if you’ve tried it before and had a torrid time of it, it might be worth a second look.

Bear in mind the Mac app has just come out of beta, so for a first release it’s pretty good.

How it Scored

This is how it scored against the criteria for a great GTD app.

Criteria Result
Quick add No
Projects/Sub-tasks Yes, projects.
Contexts/tags Context, with icons
Order tasks Yes
Notes Yes, as multiple comments
Highlight/star Yes, for marking tasks as next action
Search Yes
Deadline Yes
Reminder No
Recurring tasks Yes
Sync with Google Calendar Yes
User Experience 4/5

Downsides

No keyboard navigation in the Mac app.

It’s a little on brown side. The right-hand side editing pane, lacks colour and contrast.

On the Android app, it’s a bit sluggish (tested on HTC Desire) and there was the odd error.

Puzzling

Fonts seem blurry.

Selected tasks lose their icons and deadline when selected. Would be nice for those to remain, so you don’t have to re-find them on the edit pane.

Useful Extras

  • Can tag projects with labels, eg work, home
  • Smart task entry with hashes to add context, deadlines, project, comment etc
  • Looks like you can invite people to work on a project
  • Time needed to complete a task
  • Add multiple notes to a project
  • Add files to projects
  • Associate a dropbox folder a project (looks like the Web app has box.net support too)
  • Evernote notes tagged with your project name get associated with that project
  • Colour code your projects
  • Full-screen for OSX Lion
  • Can add how long you think a task might take
  • Backup/export everything (except files) from Nozbe
  • Add tasks via Twitter

How it Looks

Add Task
Calendar
Contexts
Edit Task
Change Project
Next Actions
Project Documents
Project Notes
Projects
Android – Edit Task
Android – Inbox
Android – Projects

    Platforms

    Mac, Android, iPhone/iPad, Windows and Web (incl iNozbe a html5 offline capable mobile web app).

    Support

    They are active in their forums and can be contacted directly too.

    Price

    Free for up to 5 projects, then 9.95 EUR per month for unlimited projects for a single user. There’s also pricing for groups.

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