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Manage your life with ToDo

By Paul Stewart. Published: 7th Jul 2007, 18:44:25 | Permalink | Printable

We review a simple work management tool for RISC OS

Drobe towers have certainly been quiet over the past few weeks. As our lives are getting busier, Paul Stewart reviews ToDo, a handy utility to manage our daily work loads.

Unlike the recently released StickyPad, Bernard Veasey's ToDo is more of a straight forward application that allows the user to create simple graphical to-do lists. As is the tradition with RISC OS applications, installation is simply a case of dragging the program to its desired location on your hard disc.

By default, ToDo stores its settings and to-do lists inside its own application directory. This is good if you want to keep it as a self contained application, although it is also possible for this to be easily changed. If, for example, you want to run the program off read-only media, all you need to do is copy the !ToDoUser folder from in side the !ToDo application directory to your desired writable location - preferably somewhere within the Choices system. If you're using the software on a multi-user computer, such as one running RISC OS Adjust, each user needs to copy !ToDoUser into their <choices$write>.Boot.tasks.

Short Cut Keys
F2Open/Close the other main 'ToDo' window.
CTRL F2Closes both main 'ToDo' windows.
SHIFT F3SAVE Text and Objects
F10DELETE line
DeleteDELETE line (if there is no text in it).
InsertInsert line
EscRemove Input Focus
Having started it up, the application provides an icon on the iconbar. I think the icon placement is a little bit disorientating because standard programs usually place their icon to the left of the last loaded application icon. However, ToDo always puts itself next to the Display Manager icon. If this annoys you too, you can choose not to have an icon in the software's options. By default, ToDo opens with one to-do list. Pressing the F2 key allows you to toggle between one and two lists. It would appear that two is the maximum number of to-do lists available, and this could be quite a limiting factor for some users.

Browsing the application main menu, I was quite surprised at how small its scope is. I at least expected a facility to print off my lists, but you can opt to save your text and objects to disc.

The application's settings are available from the iconbar menu, and they are quite limited. It would have been nice to see options to change the font, the background and text colours. An interesting quirk is that you can tell the program to hide the iconbar icon while a to-do list is open - when you close a list, the iconbar icon will reappear.

The choices window.

Despite the limited configuration options, it's very easy to get on with ToDo. Simply click into one of the to-do list windows and start typing. That's it. Alternatively, you can also pin items into a list. This is a rather interesting and useful feature because it makes each list act like a small self-contained pinboard. The to-do list can have a mixture of text and pinned items.

An empty to-do list and one with various entries (a maximised window).

There are seven short cut keys and the Escape key for dropping focus. I think replicating the short key functionality on the main menu would be a good plus point for the application. As with most programs, the shortcut keys are handy, but then so many different utilities have so many different shortcuts, and it is impossible to remember them all.

Quitting the application can be quite dangerous. If you have the auto-save function set and select quit and kill from the menu, ToDo not only quits and unsets the current user variables, but also bypasses the auto-save function. This is not something I expected, to put it mildly.

A bug I have found with the application is that whilst you can carry on typing past the width of the window, there is no way of seeing what you have typed unless you use the arrow keys to move the caret along the line. In my view, the author has two choices, either restrict the typing width, to the physical width of the window, or implement horizontal scroll bars.

ToDo is a simple to-do list application with the added bonus of a self contained pinboard. It is both easy to use and install. It does exactly what it says on the tin.

AuthorBernard Veasey
Suggested giftA fiver


ToDo webpage

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It would be really nice if you could set the title of each window and have lots of windows so you could have (home, work, today,etc) as todo lists.

 is a RISC OS Usermarkee174 on 7/7/07 7:32PM
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It's great to have a software review on drobe - Folks often complain about the lack of software for RISC OS but I think the truth is that most of us are not aware of half the stuff that is out there. I enjoyed visiting the ToDo webpage which is a buzzy place with lots of interest. Why did I not know of this cool page ? It's a shame people aren't a bit more enthusiastic about the Paul Vigay's Acorn web-ring - We really ought to get ourselves more connected.

 is a RISC OS Usermartin on 7/7/07 8:56PM
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There are a few online to do lists that offer different lists like Daily, Weekly and Monthly as well as a regular to do list. [link] is one of them.

 is a RISC OS Userlan99 on 8/7/07 11:40AM
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After I asked on the newsgroup the nearest kind of application which spurned StickyPad someone suggested ToDo which I find great for what I want it for. You can drop your txt and files/icons on it.But will certainly send a donation.

 is a RISC OS UserHairy on 8/7/07 12:00PM
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