Sunday, May 27, 2012

Not just another GTD Application in the Android Market



Today is the launching GSC GTD. A Getting Things Done (Todo List/Tasks List) Android Application in Google Playstore. but GSC GTD is not just another Getting Things Done application. The main thing that anyone will notice with GSC GTD is the unique user interface it offers. In fact, it is a one of a kind user interface that you have not seen before in any Getting Things Done application.

The primary purpose of the author of GSC GTD application was for his own use. Being an organized individual with many things that he likes to do and at the same time many things that he has to do, the author has tried many Todo/Tasks Lists applications and Getting Things Done applications both in the Android and in the iPhone. 


The author had used almost all of the known GTD Applications for Android. None of them really satisfied the author in terms of user interface.







What makes GSC GTD so effective and intuitive? The author had created GSC GTD due to his personal needs. He always has a planner with him back in the days of pre-iPhone devices. He carries his planner with him at all times and like many others have swore on the effectiveness of writing down one's tasks, todos, projects, and other important stuffs in his mind. Then comes the Getting Things Done by David Allen and the author of GSC GTD has since followed the Getting Things Done methodology. Starting with his planner of pen and paper up to having mobile applications that claim to cater to the Getting Things Done methodology. The author has tried so many GTD applications before creating GSC GTD but he always find himself getting frustrated in using them. He often find himself going back to the pen and paper implementation of GTD. 




Why all other GTD applications frustrate the author?
Because they all feel like a task in itself to navigate through all of your lists. For one, the author feels like the applications are unnatural. The navigations are almost cumbersome to use. The author always wanders about a list that's somewhere inside a pile of dropdown lists he hast to choose. Touch. Touch. Another screen. Another screen. The author felt like in all GTD applications he had tried that he is in a tiring design of screen hierarchy that leads to inputting tasks in the application cumbersome and unintuitive.The author feels constrained with all of the existing GTD applications. Although these GTD applications have so many features, the author calls them "bloatware" inside a GTD application and does not add real value in terms of helping the user to get things done. But just adds unnecessary complexity that hinders the application to actually help the user get things done.


With this in mind, GSC GTD was born.

*you might notice the familiar notification icon, because author still keeps all of the other GTD applications he has on his Android device to keep updated of what other applications has to offer.




Main Tabs
GSC GTD have what you call Main Tabs (situated on top of the screen) and Sub Tabs (situated on the right side of the screen). Followers of the hugely successful and effective methodology Getting Things Done by David Allen will be very familiar with the Main Tabs. The Calendar, Next Actions, Waiting For, Projects, Someday/Maybe & References. And with each of these Main Tabs we have Sub Tabs

Sub Tabs 
GSC GTD application comes with pre-defined Sub Tabs like Calls, Outside, Home, Anywhere, In Front of Computer, etc.. If the pre-defined Sub Tabs does not meet your needs you can edit the title, you can add more subtabs as many as you wish and the Sub Tabs area will automatically provide a scrolling function when it exceeds your device screen. If a pre-defined Sub Tab is not applicable to you, it can be deleted.



Draggable Tasks
The author has tried many Todo/Tasks Lists applications and Getting Things Done applications in the mobile market. But most of the existing applications does not meet the author's requirements. And one of these is being able to drag task/s inside a list so that he can sort them (the author usually puts the most priority tasks on top of the list). The problem he sees with existing applications in the market is that it is quite cumbersome and unnatural to define priorities for a given task. with priority tags like low, medium, high. It just adds to the user's tasks and is very unnatural. Soon, inputting tasks in a mobile application had become a task itself for the user. Thus, it is utmost important for the author to naturally sort tasks based on their priorities by dragging tasks and putting the highest priority on top of the list.

Main Tabs, Sub Tabs, Draggable Tabs. That's it. Those are the 3 key elements (right now) that makes GSC GTD the most intuitive and effective GTD application on the market. 

But the author, using his very own GSC GTD creation daily, is not stopping there. This is only the beginning. The author has so much more to add and you are lucky to have the GSC GTD now in its introductory price of $1.99. Soon you will be introduced beyond user interface of how the author thinks in terms of creating the most effective tool in helping each and every one of us get things done.





2 comments:

raudi said...

OK, it looks kind a promissing, but even at the price of <2USD I still don't like to buy without a try.
would be excellent if one could at least see the tutorial and/or play around a bit.

vergil santos said...

@raudi thanks for your comment, I am going to release a free version very soon. stay tuned