Be More Productive With Tomatoes - Pomodoro Technique Task Manager

November 25, 2014 in Project Tracking (E)

[] Milan, Italy - Dollaropath today is pleased to announce the release and immediate availability of Tomatoes 2.0 for OS X, an update to their powerful productivity app for OS X. Tomatoes helps users organize their tasks, improve their efficiency, and make their time more productive with a customizable tool that keeps track of activities.

Tomatoes is inspired by the Pomodoro Technique(R), the popular time-management method based on four objectives:
* Work with time rather than against it
* Avoid burnout
* Manage distractions
* Create a better balance between life and work

By selecting the possible time an activity will require, Tomatoes helps users achieve the first objective of working with time rather than against it. By clicking the (+) sign, users can create a new activity and include details such as the activity's description, how many expected units it will take to complete the activity, and tags associated with the activity. Activities can also be created from system reminders.

According to the Pomodoro Technique(R), setting up a timetable motivates users to complete the activity within a set period of time. Units are set to 25-minute increments although if users want to designate a specific amount of time to an activity, they can set a timer. The Pomodoro Technique(R) also embraces the idea that taking short, scheduled breaks combats burnout. In Tomatoes, users can select between a default short 5-minute and long 15-minute break, or customize them as needed, and the timer will monitor the countdown, displaying and sounding an alarm when the time is up.

Activities in Tomatoes can easily be reorganized and reprioritized with simple drag-and-drop functionality. A blue flag indicates the current activity and a red flag indicates completed ones. Users can simply drag the activity and drop it on the timer to set it as the current one. To remove the activity's link to the timer, the user can simply drag it away from the timer.

To help the user manage distractions, Tomatoes provides a way for interruptions to be tracked. By selecting the exclamation point (!) icon, users can choose to log whether the interruption is an internal or external one. Awareness of the interruptions can help streamline the user's focus and make them more productivity in the completion of their tasks.

Tomatoes can help the user achieve a better balance between life and work through the log reporting. A dedicated window features graphical and textual statistics detailing the user's productivity. These customizable graphs report all archived activities and can be displayed according to a specific day, week, month, or data range.

Jorge Rodriguez of App Storm says, "Tomatoes is a beautiful and simple Mac app that helps you get rid of your physical time sheet and kitchen timer, integrating it all in one easy to use interface right there in your computer. It's entirely based on the Pomodoro Technique, so everything's set to work with the method from the get go. It has every single feature that you might need if you stick to the rules of the method, and it even automates everything for you so that work and break timers flow without you having to interact with the app. This break timer is immensely useful so as to avoid distractions that run for longer than they should. Tomatoes presents itself as a very powerful Pomodoro Technique utility." (22 Feb 2013)

Feature Highlights:
* Redesigned simple, minimal, and intuitive User Interface
* Fully customizable
* Tracks efficiency and used units
* Utilizes drag-and-drop
* Create activities from system reminders
* Supports iCloud synchronization between multiple Macs
* Supports keyboard shortcuts
* Full voiceover support
* Dedicated window for graphical and textual statistics
* Ability to assess productivity on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis
* Ability to export database in CSV format to browse and manipulate historical data
* Supports retina display and HiDPI-ready

Version 2.0 features several significant updates to increase the overall stability and functionality of the application. These improvements include a redesigned user interface and accessibility, a new icon, the ability to sync with other Macs through iCloud, and the ability to import multiple reminders. A new statistics table that displays a detail of activities is also now available and the app has been totally rebuild for Yosemite OS X.

Tomatoes is a fully customizable application. In addition to choosing the timer duration, users can hide the menu bar item, decide which alerts to display, and which sounds to play. The Tomatoes database can be exported in CSV format so the user can browse and manipulate the historical data. Tomatoes also has full voiceover support so the user can interact with every feature of the application and can be controlled through comfortable keyboard shortcuts.

"Inspired by the Pomodoro Technique(R), Tomatoes is a powerful, customizable and easy-to-use task manager that will help you improve your efficiency, organize your tasks, and be more productive," says Jacopo Lupi of Dollaropath. "With Tomatoes, you can become more productive and control every aspect of your workflow from the moment you launch the app. And with our new built-in iCloud synchronization, you can sync Tomatoes across your multiple Macs and keep them updated all the time. Be more productive with Tomatoes!"

Device Requirements:
* OS X 10.10 or later
* 5.6 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Tomatoes 2.0 is only $9.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category. Review copies are available upon request.

Based in Milan, Italy, Dollaropath designs and develops iOS and OS X application. Founded in 2010 by Marcello Bertoli and Jacopo Lupi, Dollaropath also provides Apple-related consulting, managing the development process from the user interface design to the final production release. All Material and Software (C) Copyright 2014 Dollaropath Srl. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, Macintosh and Mac OS X are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. The Pomodoro Technique(R) is a trademark of Francesco Cirillo (C) 2009 - 2019. Dollaropath is not endorsed by or affiliated with Francesco Cirillo in any way. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.