The universe of “Getting Things Done” productivity apps is crowded and competitive, making it tough to stand out. Midnight Beep Softworks is taking its best shot by updating its Midnight Inbox Touch app for iPad with an array of new design and sharing features. And the developer is dropping the price of its productivity app, too.
Version 2.0 of the app debuted Tuesday in the iOS App Store. The update features a design overhaul that reflects a “bigger is better” sensibility: there are bigger fonts for improved readability, larger touch areas to respond to a user's gestures, and the activity buttons have also increased in size.
Some of the other feature improvements are aimed squarely at the GTD crowd: users can decide whether to hide task lists or have them show completed actions; completed lists can be archived automatically, and deleted items now move directly to the trash. Midnight Beep says it has improved the app’s system for marking start and due dates on projects, including the addition of more options to schedule recurring tasks.
Users who want to track and schedule their tasks across platforms also have expanded options in the latest iteration of Midnight Inbox Touch. The app can now be synced with other iPads running the program—via MobileMe or another WebDAV server, or on a local wireless system. The app also features automatic data backups, which can be share via e-mail or accessed in iTunes.
The iPad version of Midnight Inbox Touch won’t be the only option available to iOS/Mac users. Midnight Beep says Mac and iPhone programs are in the works, and that they’ll be able to sync with Midnight Inbox Touch on the iPad.
Midnight Inbox Touch is $10—down from the app’s usual $20 price tag—and compatible with iPads running iOS 4.2 or later.