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Thursday August 9, 2012 7:17 pm

Pomodorable brings refreshing touch to task management on the Mac


Posted by Andru Edwards - Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Software


Pomodorable review

This morning Pomodorable, a new task management and productivity app from Monocle Society, hit the Mac App Store. Pomodorable relies on the Pomodoro technique, a method of accomplishing things on your task list by using a 25-minute timer and focusing on one item exclusively during that timeframe, while also logging distractions.

The nice thing about Pomodorable is how versatile the software is. You can use it exclusively as your task management (and time management) app, but if you're already using an alternative task manager like iCloud Reminders, OmniFocus, or Things, then you can continue using those apps to manage your tasks and Pomodorable will two-way sync between them. This way, you don't need to change how you do things, while still taking advantage of Pomodorable's powerful time features.


Additionally, the app is beautiful. It's optimized for the MacBook Pro with Retina display, and uses a unique approach time keeping. As your 25-minutes of time progress, a tomato grows on a vine. The size and color of the tomato indicates the progression of time--for those who need an actual timer, you can refer to your menubar. When time is up, the tomato falls off the vine, and you get a gentle audible notification.

Pomodorable Timer

We talked to Kyle Kinkade, the man behind Pomodorable, and as good as the app is, he isn't satisfied. The next update will include iCloud sync, analytics and reporting, the ability to select text from any app and turn it into a task, and even iTunes integration to allow you to control music while you work. An iOS version is expected as well, which will include a Bluetooth networking feature that allows you to use your device as your timer window.

If you use a Mac and you need a way to better manage your tasks and the time you spend doing them, Pomodorable is worth a look. It's the best app for those who want to use the Pomodoro technique as well. Pomodorable is currently available for 50% off on the Mac App Store.

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