July 6, 2011
[caption id="attachment_1153" align="alignleft" width="322" caption="The interactive checklist interface. You can tap to check off, and hide check items if you like, with a snazzy animation."][/caption]
Basically, I do a lot of food shopping as you can probably tell from the content of this blog. I’ll usually shop for 6 or 7 recipes at once, so I have these really long, complex lists that I make in Word. (One day I should automate the process of consolidating lots of different recipes into one list, but that’s for later).
The problem with most shopping / to do list apps is that they make you enter items one by one. This is a giant pain for me, because I’ll have 30 items on my list, and I already have them in a format that I could more easily print. I want to be able to get to the list on my phone, so I can check things off, save it, not carry around pen and paper at the grocery store, etc., but to do that I have to waste more time than I would save. And what about categorization?
So, I built listje, which lets you paste in a plain-text list and convert it into an interactive, “tap to check off” style to do list. Since it’s a web app, you can save a list and access it easily from any web-connected device later as long as you have the URL. Basic categorization, in the form of headers, is also supported - just add a dash before item that’s supposed to be a header.
I hope you enjoy, and I’d welcome any comments! Note that I have only made it compatible with the desktop browsers and iPhone Safari (iOS 4), since that’s what I have. If it works / doesn’t work on other platforms that’d be helpful to know! Again, you can check it out at listje.com.