Pocket Informant HD by Web Information Solutions, Inc. is a highly popular calendar sync and task management productivity app for the iPad. You will never need another getting things done app in your life.
I’ve been trying out task management apps for as long as I have had an iDevice. While there are a lot of really good ones out there, I usually revert to the iPhone or iPad’s iOS calendar, simply because it has what I need without being too complicated. I use Microsoft Outlook as my main task manager, Outlook’s calendar syncs with Google Calendars, which syncs with the iPhone and iPad’s native calendar. Although it doesn’t sync with Outlook’s task feature, I’ve been happy with the set up.
Pocket Informant HD has changed it all for me because it syncs directly with Outlook. That’s right, it syncs the calendar and the task manager. This is the app I have been searching for.
The display is very intuitive. It works like a good old-fashioned paper organizer with tabbed sections and easy-to-read lists. You can view today’s events and tasks or switch over to the calendar and view events by daily, weekly, or monthly. If you switch over to your task section, you will see tasks that are overdue and upcoming deadlines. You can set the app to notify you of upcoming tasks and meetings, including an alarm to make sure you notice.
Pocket Informant HD will automatically sync with your iOS calendar and you can manually add syncing with Google Calendar or Toodledo. If, like me, you want to sync directly with Outlook, you’ll need to download a program called WebIS Desktop Sync (WDS) to run on your desktop. You can find more information about WDS at the company’s website, pocketinformant.com. The desktop program offers a free two-week trial in order to make sure your syncing works, but is only $5 once the trial period is over.
Pocket Informant is also available for the iPhone at only $12.99 and is totally worth it, but if you have an iPad, the app looks beautiful on the larger screen.
What I liked: The fact that Pocket Informant syncs with Outlook is invaluable. The app is easy to use and has all the right features for a proper task management tool. Web Information Solutions, Inc. is always updating the app based on user requests and will continue to add more features like MobileMe syncing and contacts syncing in the future.
What I didn’t like: You cannot sync Outlook if you are not on the same wi-fi network as your desktop. This may not be something that can be fixed. It is just the nature of technology. I’m sure the company is working to find a way to allow over-the-air direct syncing of Outlook and will include it in an update when it happens.
To buy or not to buy: This task management app is a definite buy. At $14.99, you are getting a bargain.