There’s no shortage of organizational and to-do iPhone apps out there. The vast majority use some version of a list design, separating your thoughts into labeled rows and columns.
While this is a great system for many users, others prefer a more visual approach. After years of managing tasks with good old paper, folder, and Post-It notes, it’s tough to organize any other way. For these folks, MyDesk is an organizational app worth checking out.
Designed by Flying Dolphin Studio, MyDesk is exactly what its name implies; a desk on which you can arrange letters, notes, documents, and folders. If you’ve been jotting down phone numbers on a notepad on the top right of your desk while keeping a folder filled with contact information right underneath it for years, why stop now?
While I think that complex organizational apps are fun to play with at first, I’ll admit I don’t end up using them on a regular basis. What I like about MyDesk is that I can open it and write something down in a hurry, leaving it open on the desk, then come back and organize it later. You know, kind of like real life.
MyDesk allows you to customize both the papers and the folders as well. When you open the app, touch the “add” button on the top right to create a folder or sheet. When the new item appears in the center of your desk, double-tap to write, or tap once to select it. When the item is selected, you can use the button in the top right to delete or customize.
Customization includes selecting one of seven colors for sheets and folders, as well as selecting a font and a font size. You can also adjust the length and width of the sheets by touching the edges and dragging, so you can create any size from index card to receipt roll. Then touch the sheet (or folder) in the center until it turns translucent, and drag it anywhere on the desk. You can also easily drop sheets into folders that way.
If you go a bit nuts and end up with tons of notes and folders everywhere, the search function helps you find what you need quickly. Just tap search and start typing in any keyword related to what you need, and MyDesk immediately shows a list of all your content that’s related. (Okay, so that’s a bit better than real life!)
Again, the best part about this app is it can be as simple or complex as you want it to be. Keep an eye out for future updates that include sending folders as a zip file, adding photos, and folders with password protection. For the price, MyDesk is a great productivity app for those who think visually.
MyDesk requires the iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch.