Thursday, May 5, 2011 by Emily Boyd
We're huge iPad fans here at Remember The Milk (our moms are, too!) and consider it to be a revolutionary (and magical :) new device. So when Apple announced that developers could start building apps for the iPad, our resident mobile app guru was on the case.
That was just over a year ago. Since then, we've rebuilt the app from scratch and thrown out 4 different design concepts in our pursuit of a Remember The Milk experience that feels natural and intuitive on the iPad.
After a lot of tweaking and testing (and what turned out to be the most ambitious project we've worked on since launching Remember The Milk), we're excited to announce that the app is finally done.
The universal iPad app is now available as a free download for everyone on the App Store, with some features available exclusively for Pro (more on that later). Get the app now, or read on to learn more. :)
Tell me more about the app!
Natural and intuitive.
The gesture-rich interface (inspired by Twitter for iPad) is designed to take full advantage of the iPad and makes tasks fun. More fun than pen and paper? We think so!
Always in sync.
The app (naturally!) keeps your iPad and your Remember The Milk account in sync. That's tasks, notes, lists, Smart Lists, tags, locations… the whole lot! You can use the entire app offline without an Internet connection, then sync up later when you're back online — perfect for plane trips.
For Pro users, smart auto-sync makes it easy to stay up-to-date — changes you make are automatically sent to Remember The Milk within seconds. Background sync completion means that if you leave the app mid-sync you don't have to worry — the app will finish up your sync with Remember The Milk and make sure you're in sync.
Organize your way.
Organize efficiently by list, Smart List, tag, or location and prioritize your tasks. Not sure what's next? See at a glance how many tasks are due today, tomorrow, and this week. Don't like the ordering? Choose to sort by priority, due date, or task name for each list. Of course, you can review your completed tasks with a fast switch between incomplete and complete tasks.
Keeping on top of tasks.
Manage your tasks easily with a few taps. All the fields you've come to know and love are supported (task name, list, priority, due date/time, repeat, time estimate, tags, location, and URL) and you can even customize the fields shown. So if you're big on tagging, you can set that field to always display when adding tasks.
There are flexible options for setting due dates and times, too; choose from days in the upcoming week, a full date/time picker, or enter your own in any of the supported formats.
Get stuff done with gestures.
Tap tasks with two fingers to quickly complete or postpone in the task list: pull down to reveal the Complete button, pull up to reveal the Postpone button.
You can also perform actions on several tasks at once. Just tap Edit on a task list to complete, postpone, prioritize, move, tag, and set the due date for tasks. You can also perform all these actions and more while editing a single task.
Add tasks the Smart way.
Add tasks quickly (and with as many properties as you like!) by using Smart Add syntax, e.g., "Pick up the milk tomorrow", "Order stationery #work", "Return books in 2 weeks @Library", and more. The auto-complete feature makes adding tasks with Smart Add super fast.
Smart Add saves you time too, with support for adding by context: tasks added to your today list will be due today, while tasks added to Smart Lists inherit their criteria. So, if your Smart List shows all your high priority tasks that are due today and located at the office (due:today AND location:office), any tasks added to this Smart List will automatically inherit all these properties.
Notes… that look like notes.
Need to store additional info about a task? Write a note (or notes!) for quick reference.
Email addresses, phone numbers and links in your notes conveniently auto-link to Mail, Contacts and Safari.
See tasks located nearby.
Like to take your iPad everywhere you go? Take the chance to add your favorite locations to the app. You can see tasks located nearby with one tap, in the Nearby view, so you can plan the best way to get things done.
A powerful tasks search engine in your hands.
Not only can you search for tasks by name, you can use any of the advanced search operators supported in the web app for more powerful searching. Want to find your high priority tasks due in the upcoming week and tagged with 'bananas'? No problem!
Save your favorite searches as Smart Lists for quick access. (For anyone new to this feature, Smart Lists are very handy; they're similar to Smart Playlists in iTunes, but allow you to easily see tasks that match your desired criteria, rather than music!)
Accessibility and VoiceOver support.
We're passionate about accessibility, and excited that the app has full support for VoiceOver, the iPad's gesture-based screen reader.
Available in 20 languages.
Remember The Milk for iPad is available in English, French, German, Japanese, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Russian, Polish, Czech, and Greek. Interested in helping to make the app available in your language? We'd really appreciate any help — please check out our online translation program.
Available in two flavors: Free and Pro
Like our iPhone app, the iPad app comes in two flavors: Free and . In the free version, you'll be able to sync manually once every 24 hours with the Remember The Milk servers, which is great for backing up your tasks and notes online.
The Push Notification service is also unavailable in the free app (we can't give you everything free, now can we? :). But aside from that, you get all the goodness of our iPad app… free!
Exclusive to Pro: Unlimited auto-syncing + Push Notification service
Want to keep all your devices in sync without that pesky once-every-24-hours limit? Don't fancy having your syncing style cramped? Craving some of those sweet Push Notifications? No problem, that's where Pro accounts come in! Upgrade to Pro, and ye shall receive:
- Unlimited auto-syncing with Remember The Milk online. That's right, just let the app sync for you, or tap that little 'sync' button as often as you please.
- Smart auto-sync that automatically sends task changes to Remember The Milk within seconds. No more wondering if you have changes that need syncing!
- Keep in sync with your tasks on multiple devices. Got an iPhone as well as an iPad? Maybe you also use another device? The syncing goodness means you'll have your tasks up-to-date everywhere you use the app.
- Push Notification reminders and badge updates. Not only will we send you lovely Push Notification reminders, but if you add or change tasks via another Remember The Milk interface (like, say, the web app), we'll make sure to update the badge number on your device via Push Notification to reflect these changes.
A big thanks to the Remember The Milk users in the Pro Tester Program who helped us to test the app, gave us lots of feedback and reported bugs. (Unfortunately we could only invite 100 testers, as there's a limit on the number of devices that can be authorized for iPad testing, but we would have loved to invite everyone!)
Want Remember The Milk on your iPad?
Awesome! Here's the link you'll need to launch iTunes and download the app:
Want to learn more, or have any questions about the app? Please check out our Remember The Milk for iPad mini-site. We hope you enjoy the app as much as we enjoyed building it! :)
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