Ever since Apple showed off iOS 7 at WWDC last summer we’ve been hard at work building a brand new version of Checkmark.
Check out our teaser page here: http://builtbysnowman.com/checkmark/
We had already planned to add a bunch of new features, but with the introduction of iOS 7, we decided to go back to the drawing board and start over.
We wanted to make sure Checkmark felt at home on iOS 7, but at the same time, we didn’t want to sacrifice any of the simplicity and usability speed that we spent so much time developing for the first version.
Checkmark 2 features an all-new design, with a sidebar-style navigation system, a brand new compose view, lots of fun little animations, and some brand new notification sound options.
But that’s just the aesthetics.
We’ve kept the task creation workflow entirely intact from version 1, while adding a ton of handy new features and a great new UI along the way.
I want to take a second to highlight some of the major new features, starting with the biggest one – Lists.
We’ve added a third major component alongside When and Where, and we’re calling that feature Lists.
Lists are great for managing projects, thanks to our powerful Headers feature. Headers let you categorize your list, so that it’s not just a long and daunting pile of items.
In this screenshot, you can see how an architect might use the Headers feature to organize a to-do list for a New York building project.
All of the usual drag and drop to prioritize works here, even with entire Header sections.
You can quickly create new tasks for a particular Header using the + button to the right of it. Use Return on your keyboard to continuously enter tasks at lightning speeds!
When you’re creating simpler lists, such as a list of movies you want to see, you don’t have to use Headers – they stay out of the way.
So lists are great for projects, but they’re also awesome for everyday use.
Location Groups let you add multiple locations to one place, e.g. add 3 different supermarkets to one location group called “Groceries”.
Setup one reminder and be notified when you’re at any of the locations in the group. Create location groups the same way you create app folders on iOS – just drag and drop one icon on top of another.
Another big focus we had when designing Checkmark 2 was figuring out a better way for users to reschedule reminders when they’ve gone off but are unable to act on them.
With Checkmark 2, when a reminder has gone off (or before or after), you can push it ahead by few minutes, hours, or days with just one tap. Now it’s easy to reschedule things when plans change.
IMPROVED FLEXIBILITY FOR RECURRING REMINDERS
Now in Checkmark 2 you can create daily, weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, and custom repeat reminders – you pick the days of the week. You can, for example, create a reminder for every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday.
DATE-SPECIFIC LOCATION-BASED REMINDERS
One thing that was missing in Checkmark 1 was the ability to assign a date to a location-based reminder. We’ve added that in Checkmark 2.
You can still add timers to location-based reminders, even with a specific date.
We’ve added iCloud sync so that your important data is always backed up in the cloud.
(Note: Checkmark is still an iPhone-only app at the moment).
There are a bunch of other new features, but you’ll have to wait until we launch to find out.
Speaking of launching – we’re just putting the finishing touches on the app, but we expect to release it in March if everything goes well.
Make sure you sign up for our email list so that we can let you know exactly when we’re launching – so that you can take advantage of our special introductory pricing. And of course we’ll be back with another funny video ad…it’s F’ntastik!