Well, I’m a week into using this app and am blown away by it.
For the last 10+ years, I have flipped between OmniFocus and Things 3 … all the time wishing for the best of both worlds. I dabbled briefly with ToDoist but hit a fundamental issue with repeating sub-tasks so early into my trial that I lost trust very quickly.
Although TickTick does not check every box, it is coming pretty damn close, and I discover more features every time I look under the covers - without the complexity and friction of OF.
It gives me far more flexibility to work the way I want to than Things 3.
The development velocity is far greater than either of the above.
Some of the specific features I have found particularly pleasing …
- ToDoist style date parsing - which (like most features) you can disable if it’s not your thing
- The ability to comment / journal on each Task, with auto-timestamping … something I had to hi-jack the Notes field for in other Apps … with cumbersome semi-auto timestamping
- Custom Smart Lists (Perspectives) and Tagging
- Start and End Dates (with subscription)
- Manual (and auto) list sorting
- Location based reminders
- Kanban view - which I won’t use that frequently but is there for my project-style tasks
- A handy built-in Pomo Timer and Habit Trackers
- Usable widgets and Apple Watch app
- Multi-platform and a (thus far) robust sync
… and, most importantly, whenever I think “it would be really good if it did X” … I dig a little deeper and find that exact feature lurking just of sight until I need it.
I have struggled to find any key features in OF or Things that TickTick does not also cater for, when reviewing my own personal workflow. It is a superset of the two thus far.
Yes, it’s early days, but I think it might be a sticker - at a time when I have felt increasing levels of frustration with my previous Apps.
Yes, the UI is a little more clunky and inconsistent in places than Things 3 but I can live with that - and its impressive just how many platforms they cover.
Yes, Defer dates that actually hide the Task would be preferable to a Start Date that doesn’t but I can live with that too as it is far outweighed by the other benefits.
I only realise now that I may have been an ‘Apple snob’ by only looking at Apps that are limited to the ecosystem in which my plethora of devices operate. TickTick does it as well, if not better than, many of those and plays on a much broader field too.
Yes, its a Chinese development house but they are very very good at it and have answered the questions about data storage to my satisfaction.
I’ll report back (@Bmosbacker Note Taking style !) if I change my mind and head back to one of the other Apps once my system has had time to fully settle but, for now, I’m excited by this one…
EDIT: I forgot to add … 95% of all of the functionality is available in the free version. I have paid the (relatively low) subscription for Start Dates and Smart Lists but most may be able to manage without them.