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Cheddar, the task manager who wants to conquer iOS: in depth

I have to admit I’m a productivity freak. I demand a lot from a task manager, and every time a new service appears I examine it from top to bottom to see if it can bring improvements in the way I organize my pending tasks. Today Cheddar, a quite promising task manager that can be used from the web, from iOS or from its own official web application, came out of the beta phase . Let’s take a look at it to see if you can get a site among the best.

Cheddar: remarkable design with some small dilemmas for the perfectionist

The Cheddar login panel couldn’t be simpler.

Cheddar, the task manager who wants to conquer iOS: in depthCheddar, the task manager who wants to conquer iOS: in depth

Being web-based, Cheddar requires that we create a user account for the service. They don’t complicate the process much, and in just seconds you’re reading through a simple guide on how to create and manage your tasks. They have managed to implement this little obstacle so that we don’t feel bad about having to register.

As for the interface, it must be said that the interfaces for iPhone and iPad are very simple and neat. No fuss, no muss , just enough to be able to manage tasks. The design of the web application is also very simple, perhaps even too simple. There is another thing I can’t avoid mentioning about the look of the mobile application, and that is that in the case of the iPhone version the font is perhaps too big. And there is no option to be able to modify that size.

Task lists as monetization and labels as a basis for classification

The interface for the Cheddar iPad allows us to see tasks and lists in the classic split interface at the same time.

The task structure that Cheddar uses couldn’t be simpler either: lists, and tasks within these lists. Tasks can be written using Markdown (useful for quick formatting), can be moved along the list and can be marked as completed thanks to a checkbox.

There’s bad news for those who like to grade their assignments well: you can only create a maximum of two lists . If you want to create more, you have to pay a subscription of $5.99 per quarter, $9.99 per semester, or $19.99 per year. I’m not going to say that monetizing an app is a bad idea (the creator of the service has to live on something if he doesn’t want to add ads), but I think a limit of only two lists is a bit too limited.

The good news is that you can apply tags to each task as if they were Twitter messages , and clicking on a tag shows us all the tasks with that tag whatever they are. Maybe this isn’t the sorting form that most of us want, but at least it’s a way to divide up what we want to do. We can use these tags, for example, to divide tasks based on time, topic, people in a team…

Synchronization and conclusions

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Also, based on a web application, you can be compatible with more systems and cover all the users that have an iPad and an iPhone but not a Mac.

After doing my tests I have to say that the synchronization promoted in the video works at almost the same speed, although sometimes you have to manually update the devices to reflect the changes . It’s not the best I’ve seen, but it’s fast and many other services that aspired to the same thing had poor synchronization. Not to mention Things, whose synchronization service seems like an extraordinarily titanic thing to do.

Personally, I’m not going to change the way I organize my tasks after watching Cheddar, but the service seems very suitable for people who move between their iPhone, their iPad and several personal and work computers. You need to be connected to the internet permanently to use it and may not be the best option for those looking for tasks with multiple linked data , but if you’re not looking for a lot of features and prefer simplicity it’s worth a look.

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