February 8, 2016 in Productivity (E)
[prMac.com] Wroclaw, Poland - Independent developer, Piotr Szwach is pleased to announce the release of Proud 1.1, the important update to his popular gesture-based time management app for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple Watch devices. This app's intuitive, gesture-based design allows anyone to to take back control of their lives, by helping them keep track of their tasks, reminders, and habits. Information from the universal app syncs across all iOS and Apple Watch devices, allowing users to keep track of their tasks, reminders, and accomplishments no matter where they may be. (The Mac version is scheduled for beta testing in February.)
Proud allows anyone to quickly enter and manage their tasks, set reminders, and even view past accomplishments. Through the use of easy-to-learn gestures, users can enter and manage their tasks and reminders with just a few swipes and taps of a finger. Need to create a task list for the day? With a simple pulling down motion of a finger on the Lists screen, a new task list is created. Tap a list to view the entries for that list. Create new tasks in a list with the same easy-to-remember swipe down motion. Edit task names by tapping and holding on the left end of any entry. Swipe right on task to mark it as complete, swipe left to delete it.
"Productivity is about time management, it's true, but it is also about so much more than that," says Proud developer, Piotr Szwach. "When I decided to create Proud, I wanted to offer an app that would not only help users complete their tasks, but to also enrich their lives. That's why as well as including excellent task management and reminder functions, I also included features to help users to take time out of their busy day for a relaxing break, in order to help manage their stress and improve their productivity."
While a number of gesture-based task management and reminder apps are available, Proud stands out from the pack by not only listing reminders and upcoming tasks, but by also making a list of your accomplishments available for viewing to offer a quick personal boost for users when they see how much they've already accomplished. The app also offers a bit of "way to go" reinforcement to users, by the use of upbeat sounds and animations. Once a task is marked complete, users have always been greeted with a pleasant tone, and a celebratory animation. Now, with the debut of version 1.1, they will also be cheered on by a number of congratulatory messages from other users of Proud.
The app's handy reminder function allows users to set an item to be completed now, tomorrow, next week, by the weekend, or on a particular date. Tasks can be set to be completed by a certain time of day, such as morning, afternoon, or evening. Or, for more time-sensitive tasks, exact completion times can be set. Items can also be set to be recurring tasks by tapping the Recurring option, or by simply pulling upwards. Users can then set how often the task needs to recur, and when. Recurring tasks can be turned into habits to encourage user focus.
Items with due dates appear in chronological order, so upcoming tasks are easy to follow on screen. If a user is feeling a bit overwhelmed by it all, they can access the "Focus and Relax" superpower to take a short breather, or use the "Give Me More Time" superpower to push tasks back to a later time; anywhere from 2 hours later, to one week later to give the user some breathing space.
Proud's Focus/Relax timer offers users the opportunity to take a break in their day. While it may sound counter-intuitive to some, taking breaks during the day can actually improve a worker's productivity. The app makes use of the famed Pomodoro technique by setting periods for focusing on both work and relaxation. Pomodoro encourages taking a set period of time for focusing on work, and then a shorter period of time to take a break, in order to relax the mind. This helps assure that users never fall into a low-energy rut, causing them to become distracted and unmotivated. Plus, the app's handy "De-Stress" function offers a controlled breathing session, which can help the mind and body to function at their best.
Proud's Features Include:
* A gesture-based, easy to understand interface
* Setting of habits to help you remember the really important stuff
* Set reminders
* De-stressing sessions help the mind and body perform at their best
* Focus/Relax timer aids in keeping productivity levels high
* Touch ID support keeps your tasks from prying eyes
* Proud's Apple Watch app works even if it's not connected to an iPhone
* 7-Day Performance Chart shows the level of task completions for the past week
* 24 color themes help users customize the app
* Simply shake the device to undo/redo, share, export, or print your lists
* Set advanced reminders for important tasks, general reminders for casual needs
* Full compatibility with iOS 9, watchOS 2, and the iPhone 6s
* Multitasking on the iPad
* iCloud syncing allows users to be productive across all of their devices
* "Travel Back in Time" to view past accomplishments
* Positive reinforcement provided upon completion of tasks
* Version 1.1 offers recorded in English congratulatory messages from other members of the Proud user community
* Proud is available in English, Spanish, German and Polish language
Proud's included Apple Watch app allows users to keep track of their tasks and reminders on their favorite wearable device, even if their iPhone isn't handy. The app can run independently on the Watch, allowing easy access to information, even when it isn't connected to the iPhone. Focus and Relaxation periods can also be controlled via the Watch.
Proud offers users the ability to manage their tasks by keeping their goals in sight, while helping them maintain productivity by encouraging them to stay focused, while also taking the time to de-stress and look back on what they've already accomplished.
* iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple Watch
* Requires iOS 9.0 or later
* Universal Application
* 37.7 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Proud 1.1 is $4.99 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category. Review copies are available upon request.
Wroclaw, Poland-based Independent developer, Piotr Szwach got the inspiration for his first iOS app two years ago, and has spent his time since preparing the app for a public release. Released in January of 2016, Proud was immediately downloaded by thousands of users, quickly appearing on the U.S. Top 10 Productivity Paid App list. Piotr develops his apps with an eye to increasing the productivity of his users, while also improving their quality of life. All Material and Software (C) Copyright 2016 Piotr Szwach. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.