Metro Tasks is an option-filled task manager for detail-oriented users

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Metro Tasks is an option-filled task manager for detail-oriented users

Power users looking for an effective way to manage their to-do lists should take Metro Tasks from Developer One for a spin. Metro Tasks is filled with features that'll let you control your tasks, instead of your tasks controlling you.

When you first open Metro Tasks, you are greeted with a very busy interface. Don't be turned off by the clutter. Start using the app and you will soon see that each item on the screen is logically laid out and serves a purpose.

Metro Tasks is meant to emulate a paper-based workspace. In the center is your notebook and surrounding it are folders. The folders represent categories, which you use to organize all your tasks. The app includes several default folders like fitness and family, but you can customize them to your own workflow.

On the right-hand side of the workspace is a wheel that you use to switch between completed tasks, tasks that are in progress, and all tasks. There's also an option to let you share your task list and another for the settings menu. On the top of the workspace is your calendar area which lets you select whether you see the tasks that are due today, tomorrow, this week, this month or sometime in the future.

You have two options when you want to add a new task. You can use the bar above the workspace to quickly add a task. If you need advanced options, you can tap on the big checkmark on the right side of the screen. This will open a box that'll let you set a due date, a repeat frequency, and a folder for your task. You can even attach a photo and add personal information pulled from your contacts list. Once you create a task, you can easily move it from one folder to another by dragging it from the workspace and and dropping in into another folder.

One unusual feature of the app that's worth noting is the repeating tasks. You can set the repeat frequency for a task, but the app doesn't calculate the repeat date until you complete a task. This method works well if you do a task on time, but once there is a delay, the repeat date for your task is all out of sync.

Despite this idiosyncrasy, Metro Tasks is definitely worth checking out. The app looks overwhelming at first, but it gets easier to use once you dive in. If you give it a shot you may discover that you appreciate having all these options at your fingertips.

Metro Tasks is available for US$6.99 from the iOS App Store. You can read more about the to-do app on Developer One's website.

Update: After speaking with the developer, he confirmed that this unusual repeating behavior will be tweaked in a future update.

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