iProgress, by developer Nitromsoft, take a unique approach to task management, relying on the user’s own ability to enter goals and track their progress. It’s a simple but effective iPhone app that encourages life developments, and it’s all accomplished via one wicked looking interface on the iPhone.
Concept and Functionality
Our iPhone app review found that at its core, iProgress offers similar functionality to other task managers like Remember the Milk or Things, but instead of focusing on easily ticked-off task lists for short-term goals, the iPhone app makes it easier to track your important decisions over time. iProgress asks users to set an overarching goal—like “Earn that promotion at work”—and then input baby-steps day by day that are taken to achieve the higher objective. There are no automated forms here, nor are there any tags to track your individual tasks. Rather, the app relies on the user to create their own goals, as well as their own steps to achieve it.
iProgress comes with a few other cool features, most notably the ability to track, via a line-graph, the user’s progress towards the ultimate mission. The app counts up each individual step and converts it into a simple visual representation. There’s no penalty for creating very tiny tasks for each day (just saying hi to your boss could be a step toward promotion) making the graph an easy place to get a pick-me-up, as well as a quick appraisal of your own efforts.
Design and Layout
It’s worth noting that iProgress looks fantastic on the iPhone. The app features an almost steam-punk aesthetic, with cool gears, a brown and rust color scheme, and dashboard-esque graph displays. Navigation is accomplished by simply tapping the available components, and I very much appreciated the simplicity of tapping the main gear to access goal creation.
In the long run, iProgress is an app that’s designed to work best for vaguer objectives than simply getting milk at the store. Vagueness is not a bad thing, not in the sense of dragging your feet in a relationship. Rather, it means that iProgress is perfect for those goals that are simply too large, or too long-term to be easily managed via a checklist. This may not appeal to every user, but for those that need serious improvement in their lives, iProgress is designed to offer a way out.
iProgress is a bit pricy, clocking in at $2.99 in the App Store, but the functionality it offers has real potential to change habits. If you have a need for a long-term goal tracker, the app will be your new best friend, and is easily worth every penny for the price of entry.
iProgress requires iOS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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