★ The Hit List for Mac and iPhone - An objective review from an Omnifocus power user

Posted on August 05, 2011

The Hit List is very powerfultask list that is dead simple to use; it’s as easy as Wunderlist, and considerably more powerful. While I still continue to use Omnifocus, my wife has made the switch to The Hit List. It’s perfectly suited for her needs without giving her the feeling of being overly complex and overbearing. There are a few features that I would still like to see before making a switch, but I am probably in a special class of tech users. I actually think that The Hit List would be a perfect solution for most people.

The wait for an updated desktop and iPhone app of the Hit List has been long overdue, and I think it was worth the wait. The Hit List’s sync is blazing fast and extremely reliable. It’s a great solution. Interestingly enough, if it wasn’t for Cultured Code’s lack of OTA sync for Things, I probably would never have switched away from it. I guess this is a true tale of the Tortoise and the Hare.

The Hit List for Mac

Simple, Powerful Task Manager with OTA Sync

The hit list logo

The Hit List is very powerfultask list that is dead simple to use; it’s as easy as Wunderlist, and considerably more powerful. While I still continue to use Omnifocus, my wife has made the switch to The Hit List. It’s perfectly suited for her needs without giving her the feeling of being overly complex and overbearing. There are a few features that I would still like to see before making a switch, but I am probably in a special class of tech users. I actually think that The Hit List would be a perfect solution for most people.

The wait for an updated desktop and iPhone app of the Hit List has been long overdue, and I think it was worth the wait. The Hit List’s sync is blazing fast and extremely reliable. It’s a great solution. Interestingly enough, if it wasn’t for Cultured Code’s lack of OTA sync for Things, I probably would never have switched away from it. I guess this is a true tale of the Tortoise and the Hare.

  • Clean interface; Does not seem overwhelming
  • Very well organized.
  • Entering tasks is fast and the keyboard shortcuts give it a very fluid feel
  • Switching between list and context mode is very nice and well thought out.
  • Printing looks as great on paper as it does on screen. This was a very big deal for my wife who likes to take paper with her.
  • The Hit List also syncs with iCAL! This hasn’t worked for Omnifocus for quite some time. It’s a feature that I really miss.
  • Over-the-air sync is lightning fast.

Again, the entire process is very simple and streamlined. The whole thing is incredibly well done.

Suggestions / Wish list

  • The Repeating tasks feature is hard to find. I had written a portion of this article on the lack of repeating tasks before I found out that The Hit List actually supported it. I would consider adding a ‘Repeat’ button in the taskbar.
  • Project Start / Due dates. I would like to be able to set a start or due date for an entire task list, rather than having to assign it to each task.
  • Predictive tag/context feature can be confusing to someone who doesn’t understand what is going on. I would consider turning that off by default.
  • There should be a way to define a default list for contexts or tags (e.g. Tasks in my Walgreens and Target contexts always fall under my ‘Shopping’ list)
  • Today shows tasks in the “next three days”. This is kind of confusing and annoying. The today view should only show you tasks that are due today. Upcoming should show you what’s coming next.
  • Add a Time field to the start and due options. This is useful for keeping appointments, or scheduling a task at a particular point in the day (e.g, ‘Take out Trash’)
  • Add the ability to enter multiple tasks in the Quick Entry window. Hit enter to cycle to the next task, or Esc when done entering tasks.
  • Setting to hide tasks that have not started (or will not start for x amount of days). For example, I have a Bills list, which contain a list of monthly repeating bills that need to be paid. There should be an active filter to not show items which have not yet started. Seeing every bill in the list becomes confusing.

Ease of Use: 9

Look and Feel: 10

Functionality: 7

Overall Rating: 8.5/10

Price: $49.95 | Trial? Yes | Homepage | App Store Link

The Hit List for iPhone

The hit list iphone

The iPhone app was definitely worth the wait. It’s not as full featured as I would like, but again, for someone like my wife, it’s perfect. However, considering this is the first release of the app, I understand that it’s just a starting point. Overall, it is very well laid out and extremely easy to use. The only downside that I’ve found is that it seems to be extremely buggy; the app crashes quite a bit for me.

  • The rapid entry feature is by far my favorite feature of the iPhone app. All other GTD companies should take not of this feature as I consider it to be ground-breaking and simple.
  • The interface is very well designed and streamlined.
  • The batch moving feature is very useful.

Suggestions / Wish List

  • Push Notifications for due tasks.
  • Ability to reduce the font size of tasks of the tasks lists and folders. The size 16 font is a bit large. I would probably drop the icon size, too.
  • When looking at a task, you should be able to click a field to edit it, rather than clicking edit, then the field name
  • An iPad app
  • Buggy

Overall, The Hit List is a great app which, depending on your specific needs, you should definitely consider.

Ease of Use: 9

Look and Feel: 8

Functionality: 6

Overall Rating: 7/10

Price: $9.99 | Trial? Yes | Homepage | App Store Link

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