Do you have a difficult time completing tasks, staying on top of your work, and seeing the “big picture” for projects? If so, than inShort iPhone app may be just right for you. It is a handy productivity app, allowing users to design a custom flow chart of their project, develop goals along the way and track their progress to completion, all from the comfort of an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad device.
Promoted at a “short way to your goals,” inShort does just that by letting users create their own tasks lists and diagrams, then check them off as they complete them. It’s definitely a little complex at first, but the developers have taken steps to help ease new users into inShort.
Task diagram editing and use is the main focus of inShort, and the help tutorial walks you through it in the beginning. At the top of the screen is a nice edit panel, with five different diagram editing options. Adding new tasks, linking diagrams and more are all easily done through this tab. When you add a new task box, a whole host of options for categorizing the process pops up, allowing for a large amount of customizability. The overall scheme uses a lot of tabs for “processes” and “resources,” which are heavily focused on, acting as the central parts of the visual task diagram. Task completion is visualized through different checkoffs, color options and screen progression through a visual flow chart.
inShort’s layout is clean, crisp and to the point. It has a wonderful “professional” feel to it, minimizing any distractions and helping users focus on the task at hand. The visual flow charts are a wonderful way to picture the steps required to reach a certain goal, while tracking your progress along the way. The “drill-down” function allows you to “nest” or place a subcategory of tasks under one main task, helping keep the screen clean of clutter and is really a nice addition to inShort.
Ease of Use:
inShort provides extensive in-app help and coverage for new users to become acquainted with this unique productivity app. The User Guide is immensely helpful in figuring out the complexities associated with inShort app. At first, I was a little taken back for the huge array of options available, but the walk-through tutorial is simply excellent for showing off how inShort works, what options are available and just for helping first-timers get used to this app. Still, you’ll want to sit down a take some time to seriously figure out all the ways to use and setup diagrams on inShort, as this app has a whole lot of depth to it.
At $4.99, inShort tends to be more expensive that some apps. However, it’s on par with many other “productivity” apps, and for some this will be a great app to purchase. If you are interested in using your iOs device to help you focus and complete goals, projects and other tasks, consider inShort.
inShort iPhone app [ iTunes Link ] requires iOS 3.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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