I must admit that I’m a huge stickler when it comes to productivity and organization apps. In my opinion, these apps are not meant to be loaded with fluff and extra features that users don’t need. Productivity apps must be clean, simple, and straightforward in order to be useful.
6 Boxes, developed by Customer Enterprise Ltd., is a new productivity tool for iPad which strives to help keep users’ meeting notes organized. Though this app is a productivity powerhouse, it lacks a few features that would otherwise make it the perfect business tool.
Concept and Functionality:
The idea behind 6 Boxes is to aid those who work in a sales and/or customer facing job by providing them with a structured way to keep track of important notes.
I was happy to see that 6 Boxes offers a quick tutorial to help guide new users through the process of setting everything up. Projects are classified as opportunities and meetings are nested with each opportunity. Users can add individual customers to each opportunity, which definitely helps when dealing with multiple clients.
Once a meeting is set up, 6 Boxes takes you to the notes page. You’re presented with six different boxes: Business Challenges, Risks, Measures of Success, Triggers, Budgets, and Next Actions. 6 Boxes allows you to quickly jot down notes for each box, keeping meeting information stored in a very organized manner.
Though I can see where 6 Boxes is coming from and where the app aims to go, I felt like it’s trying to be too organized. Personally I think it would be troublesome to try and organize notes into each box while the meeting is in progress, and those who become overwhelmed could miss important bits of info. Instead, I can definitely see 6 Boxes as a tool to organize rough meeting notes once the meeting is concluded.
6 Boxes comes with a ton of different features which users may or may not find useful. Meeting notes can be emailed directly to customers directly after the meeting, which minimizes the risk of losing information or forgetting to contact your customer.
Users can also add additional information to each key point in a box, as well as organize them using drag-and-drop sorting. 6 Boxes also provides example questions to ask during your meeting which will help you fill information into each box.
The biggest feature I was looking for was the ability to edit existing box topics to suit individual needs. For me, customization is just as important as organization, so this is definitely a feature that should be implemented as soon as possible.
I unquestionably feel that 6 Boxes is a strong entry in this space but it can be a bit overwhelming to navigate and use at first. Also, not being able to edit the topics for each individual box is an unnecessary limitation that could put off some of the app’s potential audience.
Overall, this app is a powerhouse of a productivity tool and definitely packed with features.
6 Boxes requires iOS 7.0 or later and is compatible with iPad. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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