I do not know about you, but I am at a point in my life that remembering something is a near impossibility. Try as I may, my memory is constantly failing me. If it were not for checklists, I would never get anything done. Suffice it to say, organization is not my strongest attribute; however, I am never without my BlackBerry.
Having a checklist app in my pocket all day, every day, is the only way I can remain productive. Knowing what you have to do, and where to go to get that information is absolutely essential in today’s high demand work force, unless you are blessed with an eidetic memory.
CheckListPro for BlackBerry by Infodev Technologies helps one to keep their lists handy and organized. It not only allows complete control as to how items are sorted, but also how and when they are displayed. For the task oriented, CheckListPro is an absolute necessity.
CheckListPro offers a wide variety of ways to keep tasks and lists handy and at one’s fingertips. The ability to view items by multiple variables (i.e. by month, priority, category, etc) makes staying organized as simple as clicking a button. The search feature is very handy once the lists really start to add up. After one gets the hang of working with this app, it is almost impossible to keep from inundating one’s BlackBerry with information and to-do lists. Anything from call lists, to grocery lists, to birthdays can be easily retrieved at a moment’s notice.
In this writer’s opinion, this app (while functional) is still in its infancy. There are a few things that could have been thought out a bit further prior to its release, formatting of the screens being the main one. Aesthetics might not be high on everyone’s list of priorities, but alignment of text in relation to the backgrounds/borders can be crucial when it comes to ease of use. If the info is there, but not easily understood at a glance, some users would not take the time to “learn” the quirks of the app and move on to something else. At times, the header of the screen overlaps with the next line making it difficult to discern.
Ease of use is somewhat of an “acquired” trait as well. For instance, there is no simple way of entering a new item. There should be an “Add new item” option on the main screen. Instead, to enter a new item, one must click on ManageCategory, select the appropriate category, hit the menu key, and select add. Seems like a few too many steps. It should be as simple as clicking “Add new item” and selecting the appropriate category from there.
In item view, words that do not fit on one line do not move to the next, the app splits the word between lines. Another point that should be addressed is the simple task of going back to the previous screen. Depending on where one is in the app, going back requires one to “guess” the way back: some screens require a trackball click; some the spacebar; others require one to hit the escape key; while some require one to hit the menu key and select either “ok” or “back;” and yet in some screens, there is no way to go back at all. The only option being to close the app and re-open. Perhaps there is a way around this, but short of just hitting random keys there is no way to find out. The included help file does not address this at all.
If you are anything like me, you need to have a way to stay organized beyond the scope of the native BlackBerry Task List. Having a checklist app in your pocket is an absolute necessity, but there are not many to choose from. Although there is quite a bit of a learning curve, if you take a while to learn how to move around within this app, you will find it to be an enormous help in your day-to-day life. I am looking forward to some updates to this app. Once the bugs are worked out, this will be the most used app on my BlackBerry.