any.do is a task-oriented note-taking and to-do list app with quite the following - over 11 million to date - and today, those users are being treated to the biggest update the service has ever rolled out. This update is not just boosting productivity for you, but for your family and your co-workers, too. Most importantly, the service and its apps have been streamlined in order to help you spend less time making your to-do list and more time checking them off. So, let's make some lists, shall we?
any.do has a fairly simple premise, to set to-dos and task lists and the app will organize and remind you of them so as to help you stay on top of everything in your life. It's been around since 2010, and today, any.do 2.0 is rolling out on Android, iOS, and its web client. This update bringing with it a bevy of new features, improved design (though not quite the Material Design everyone has been cheering on this week), and a new Premium subscription for even more full-bodied features. Among the features users can enjoy are:
- Contribute to other people's lists, such as adding items to your husband's grocery list while he's off buying the bacon. Premium members can collaborate with unlimited members on a list, so that the entire team knows what to bring to the lunch meeting.
- Improved note-taking, including Dropbox integration. Free users can add up to 5MB files or media uploaded from your phone. Premium members get unlimited file size attachments.
- Premium users can get fully customizable reminders and multiple color themes to match your tastes or habits. Black theme remains my favorite, but the blue is also soothing, which is useful when you're running behind on your workload. Not that I would know anything about that.
- Cross-platform syncing mean no matter what devices you use, your any.do will sync across them.
- Moments ensure that you can sort out exactly when your tasks need to get done, allowing you to quickly reschedule events and reminders for all of your to-dos. Free users get 5 of these Moments a month, with Premium users getting unlimited Moments. You can also receive Kiip rewards for Moments, rewarding you for organizing your to-do list.
After using this new version for a few days, I found that while any.do's features by and large make it much easier to keep on top of anything, the persistent notification is just another in a growing list of persistent notifications in my shade.
Users can get a Premium subscription for $3 per month rather than $5 per month for a limited time, and while having to pay to get the black theme rubs me the wrong way, the usefulness of collaborative lists, especially if any.do is popular around your office, can easily justify the price. And with all you get done using any.do, you can skip a coffee or two to pay for a premium subscription. The update should start rolling out today on Android, and the website should be updated and ready for you to check out right now.
Is any.do useful enough to warrant a subscription for you? Is there anything else that you feel is still missing? Shout out in the comments!