Today’s a big day for me.
After a ton of hard work I can finally share what I’ve been working on with the rest of the world – Checkmark for iPhone.
It all started last year when I began using Reminders for iPhone during the iOS 5 developer preview. Reminders quickly became my favourite app for iPhone, specifically due to the ability to set location-based reminders.
Setting location-based reminders for my to-do’s ensured I always remembered to do them when I was able to. I was in love.
After a few weeks of heavy use I realized how annoying it was to set these location-based reminders with the Reminders app. It’s almost as bad to set a date/time based reminder too.
Of course with Siri it’s not a huge hassle but who wants to talk into their phone when they’re out with friends to set reminders?
A bit of research confirmed my suspicion – most of the people I spoke with only use Siri to set reminders if they’re driving. A few people mentioned that they use it if they’re alone, but usually they just enter them manually because they’re used to doing that. Nobody wants to be heard saying “Shave when I get home” when they’re out at a restaurant with a group of friends.
So I set out to build an app that would greatly improve the reminder creation process for both location and time-based reminders. And that’s how Checkmark came to be.
We brought the reminder creation process down to 3 steps from 11 for location-based reminders, and from 8 to 3 for date/time reminders.
Along the way we decided to add some other cool things, like the ability to add a time delay to a reminder (props to Adam Lisagor for the idea) so that your phone doesn’t alert you while you’re walking in the front door with your arms full of groceries – set it to remind you 15 minutes after you arrive. We can also show you a list of everything you have to do, sorted by how far things are from your current location, and more
This is just the beginning for Checkmark. We have a ton of plans for the future and we’re already hard at work on some exciting new things.
I can’t wait for everyone to try it.
Visit www.getcheckmark.com for a sneak peak. We’ll be shipping soon!