There are all kinds of to-do apps, and yet new ideas keep sprouting up. Alter is a great example, as it lets you transform basic text into a to-do list. All you do is copy text from an e-mail, message, or anything typed, and then paste it into the app, and it does the rest. Alter looks for periods, commas, and other punctuations to set each item, and it really creates a whole new way to digest text. It does more than just change your perception about to-do lists, but also in reading descriptive e-mails, and text messages.
The best way to use Alter is to have an e-mail filled with project details, a shopping list, or similar situation. It can work for anything, and it makes it a lot easier to interact with any e-mails, or text that you otherwise would have to keep checking back to in their full paragraph form. Also, instead of having to type out some items in e-mails, or texts into another to-do app, you now get to just copy, and paste. The usefulness is pretty obvious, and the app can take it a step further by simply making it easier to read a long piece of text. Since the app automatically breaks it down sentence by sentence, it’s much easier to get the gist of the piece line by line, and mark off things as you go.
Once you have a list set-up, there are touch gestures to mark items complete, or tap and hold to bring up a menu to merge items, or change where the list starts, or ends. One limitation of the app is that you can only have one list set-up at a time, and the only way to set up a new one from scratch is to mark off, or delete everything from the previous list. You can always paste additions, but that doesn’t help if it’s a work project, and a personal shopping list. Still though, there’s a lot of convenience in using Alter over a traditional to-do app, or continuing to scan over an e-mail for the parts you need to take care of.
Alter ($0.99, iPhone) is an interesting utility that can be quite valuable making it a worthwhile pick up.