Calendaring and note-taking apps have by no means actually crammed the void left behind after we moved away from our outdated, paper-based each day planners to digital gadgets. However a newly launched iOS app known as Capsicum could assist to vary that. Like real-world each day planners from years in the past, Capsicum helps you to not solely monitor your occasions and to-dos, it additionally provides a spot to trace different issues not tied to a selected date and time — like your bigger, longer-term targets, journal entries and even your each day habits — like whether or not you made it to the health club, or remembered to take your nutritional vitamins.
The concept for the app comes from U.S. software program engineer Ish ShaBazz, who was featured within the 2017 documentary “App: The Human Story,” and Australian designer Heidi Helen Pilypas. Each love stunning planners and iOS apps, so round three years in the past, they determined to work on a challenge that has now develop into Capsicum.
The app’s title refers to a bell pepper, which is why it’s within the emblem.
Nevertheless, the title was chosen as a result of the Latin root “capsa” means “field.” And the app makes use of particular person containers — elements — all through its design for issues just like the climate, your occasions, to-dos and extra.
There are three major use instances for Capsicum, every with their very own tab on the backside of the house display.
The each day planner part provides a house to your month-to-month, weekly and each day to-do lists.
This appears like a extra pure technique to plan issues, in some instances — particularly for writing down issues that don’t have an actual time, like a reminder to make a physician appointment or return your library books, for instance. However you continue to want to fit these in round different occasions, like conferences or scheduled calls. Calendaring apps don’t have this form of flexibility, which implies we immediately flip to different apps — like to-do lists, Apple’s Notes or Reminders.
Capsicum, then again, lets all these to-dos coexist in a single place. Plus, you’ll be able to sync Capsicum with Apple’s Calendars so that you received’t miss your scheduled occasions.
As you full your each day to-dos, you’ll be able to verify them off simply as you can a listing in Apple’s Notes.
Nevertheless, if you happen to don’t get them executed, they are often moved over to a different day.
One other part of the each day planner helps you to jot down free-form notes. This can be utilized for journaling or simply writing down different issues you could bear in mind — like your ideas, moods or well being considerations, maybe.
The app’s heart tab lets you get a greater deal with in your habits. It is a notably useful characteristic for anybody with a listing of New Yr’s resolutions seeking a monitoring app. Right here, you’ll be able to log once you full a behavior — like understanding, hydrating, studying, and so on. — which you are able to do with a faucet or a Siri Shortcut.
You can also add notes to your habits and look again at patterns over time to see if you happen to’re assembly your targets.
The opposite major tab within the app is “Free Leaf,” which provides a bigger web page than the one within the each day planner’s notes part, for writing long-form journal entries or the rest you wish to bear in mind. This is usually a place for private writing, or a spot to make lists that don’t belong on a specific day — like your bucket record, journey concepts, redecorating plans or others that aren’t quick “to-dos.”
In time, the crew says the Free Leaf part may even embrace a sketch pad, too.
Capsicum may be personalised with stunning covers, ornamental tapes and headings to match your fashion, to make it really feel extra like your individual pocket book and never a generic app. And you’ll create multiple pocket book within the app — in case you wish to keep separate notebooks by yr or for work and private life, as an example.
The app is well-designed and feels prefer it suits someplace in-between the simplicity of jotting down an merchandise in Notepad and the construction of including occasions in Calendar. That stated, it’s nonetheless arduous to desert a historical past of notes and reminders from different apps, which makes it arduous to modify. Plus, the search characteristic is a time journey choice the place you need to put in a date — which implies it’s possible you’ll not wish to use it for issues you could pull up by key phrase.
Capsicum is a subscription-based app, provided at both $1.99 per thirty days or $19.99 per yr.
The app gives a 14-day trial, however in contrast to all different subscription apps, it doesn’t instantly start charging you when the trial ends. In case you determine you wish to proceed with Capsicum, you’ll be able to select to subscribe at any time.