LifeTopix by lightArrow is a universal app and an all-in-one personal organisation tool. It contains 12 different topic areas that integrate with one another and also integrate with the iPad calendar, reminders, photo stream contacts and more. You can also choose to link it to your Dropbox, Evernote and Social Media accounts.
This app contains so many different things that it can do that it can be a little overwhelming at first. Help is at hand though, as pressing the ? symbol brings you to a help screen with a useful guide to getting started, and with answers to some frequently asked questions. You can also find more information on the lightArrow website. My suggestion is to start simply, by just adding things in one topic area e.g. projects or planning a trip, then once you have that set up gradually start adding in different topic areas. This is how I have been using it – so that I get to know how to really use one tool, before adding the next.
A useful screen to start in is “My Topics” here you can see the 12 different subject areas that LifeTopix covers: Tasks + Projects; Shopping; Travel + Places; People + Services; Health + Activity; Finances; Home + Assets; Education; Notes + Files; Media and Bookmarks.
From here you can choose a subject area to start with. A very useful one for me is the tasks and projects. In projects you can add your projects under the category heading of : education, health + activity, indoor, outdoor, media or add your own categories. I find adding my own categories and sub-categories very useful, but it is also nice to have some frequently used categories already entered. As well as a description, category, start and end date (and time) for each project you can also add other items such as tasks, checklists, shopping lists, expenses, photos and more, either by creating new ones or by linking to ones you already have in the app. When you create tasks or projects with dates they are automatically added to your calendar, and you will be sent reminders as deadlines approach (you choose how far in advance the reminders happen).
When creating an event, it will automatically appear on your calendar once you set a a start and/or end date. Entering a location for the event will put it on a map and you can zoom in or out to look at the location. I was quite impressed that for this it could easily find the location even if I didn’t have the street address, e.g. I easily found both the Moscone Center West in San Francisco, and the Chabot Space museum by entering only that information. You can also link other items to it e.g. expenses you occurred at the event, photographs you took, notes, tasks and more. You can also add people – if you are attending the event you can add the host, and if you are hosting you can add both co-hosts and invitees. In both cases it synchronizes with the contacts section so all their information is available and you can even sent a bulk email, such as an invitation or event reminder. I would like to have an easy way to add fellow attendees so that for instance if I was an a business event I could enter the contacts made and have them associated with the event.
You can also use the app for working on your health and fitness goals – monitoring goals and progress in exercising, dieting, weight loss, blood pressure etc. You can plan trips, organise your finances, organise your shopping and plan educational goals.The app is password protected. The app backs up via the iCloud or and they also recommend regularly backing it up via Dropbox, so that you have another way of retrieving your data if needed. I would like to see the data shared in real time rather than via the cloud – the calendar synchs whenever you are online, but the tasks etc need backing up to do so. I think a great future update would be a family version where several family members who share the same iTunes account could all have individual but linked accounts within it – so you can see the whole families schedule or just one persons.
One really useful aspect of this app is how everything links together, and how seamlessly it links with the iPad’s in-built apps. The developers are also very open to feedback and are constantly updating the app in response to requests from users. The more I use the app the more useful I find it, it is is already making my life easier in keeping on top of things, and I think it will become more and more useful as I add more topics into it. If you are looking for a way to get better organized and keep track of many different aspects of your life all in one place -this is it ! Highly recommended.
This app is currently on sale for 99c and is a real bargain at that price
LifeTopix: Notes, Calendars, Tasks and Lists - Life Organized in One Appby LightArrow Inc.
Category: Productivity, Lifestyle
Requirements: Compatible with all
Size: 15.22 MB
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