Marching Orders, from Nightshade Media, Inc., is something that you probably haven’t seen before. It’s a “you-do” app instead of just another “to-do” app. Available for $4.99 through the iTunes Store, Marching Orders is designed to improve the ease of giving instructions to anyone who does work for you.
Like its name indicates, Marching Orders is a task-oriented app. However, unlike most such apps, Marching Orders was created to aid users in making lists of tasks for others—not themselves—to do. This way, Marching Orders is “you-do” app, instead of a “to-do” app.
No set- up is required before a user can employ this app, and this streamlined approach to “getting down to business” is really appreciated. Unlike simply creating a traditional list, Marching Orders lets users use pictures to clarify instructions; voice recognition can also be used to make a list, further speeding up the creation process.
It also facilitates building up a complete project by ‘remembering’ where it was last used so additional steps can be easily added.
Once a list is completed it is then saved as a PDF and can be emailed or printed for distribution. Brief instructions are provided at the beginning of the app for first time users, and I found its features simple to use.
Appearance and Layout:
The appearance of this app is fine but nothing really exemplary. The option to add a picture to each task helps to brighten up the appearance of Marching Orders a bit and, presumably, adds a lot to the instructions being communicated.
This simplicity will most likely mean that users who are really interested in aesthetic appeal may not be very impressed with Marching Orders’ appearance but those who are only looking for a very streamlined approach to task-making lists probably won’t have any complaints.
The layout of Marching Orders is logically oriented so using it is entirely intuitive and should not be a problem for first-time users. As a whole, the layout of Marching Orders is appreciated while the appearance is simply adequate.
There’s no doubt that the ability to create a pdf of the completed steps in a clean and consistent layout adds to the app’s appeal and ease of use. As the app evolves, though, we like to see the ability to add video and audio snippets. Some actions are best described by watching and/or listening to someone doing it the correct way.
Marching Orders is a well designed app, but its price tag of $4.99 seems a little steep for the benefits derived from its functions. The features in the app undeniably make it both beautiful and simple to use. The question is whether or not messaging a list of instructions and photos to the desired recipient will achieve the required results.
One thing for sure is that as a user’s library of projects grows the value of the app to the user will certainly grow as well, but at $4.99 our concern is that there may not be enough takers.
Overall, Marching Orders is a lovely app, but the practicality of its price is a bit difficult to fully justify.
Marching Orders requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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