Noded: Smart Timeline Calendar – Indie app of the day

July 18, 2014
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What is Noded?

Noded is an application that kind of mashes up calendar, to-do list, task list, and note taking functionality into a premise all its own. In Noded you view everything as a timeline and you add tasks, events, notes, etc. Each event shows up accordingly on the time line based on when it is which gives you a really simple and easy way to see what needs done and what is coming up.

Events are positioned in descended order with the events that are furthest in the future at the top and the events that are closest to the present at the bottom. This was an interesting set up choice as you have to scroll down to the bottom to see things happening now but the app usually does a good job at holding your spot between uses so you don’t have to scroll through a long list to get to where you were.

You can assign days to each event along with times but as far as calendar functionality goes, that’s about all you get. There is also a designation for “whenever” that sites permanently at the bottom of the list. This is a good place for general notes if you don’t need them done at a specific time. There is also a theme engine that allows you to customize your own primary, secondary, and background colors but you have to buy the premium version of the app for $0.99USD in order to get that functionality. We also noted a distinct lack of reminder notifications and there are no widget options so you can only use the app.

Using this as a to-do list or a task list is a matter of imagination more than having actual functionality. You just add nodes to the app for your task then delete them when you’re done. That’s the feeling one gets fairly frequently with this application. There aren’t many specific features but the freedom and layout of the app lends it to a number of uses and we both liked and disliked that. We liked it because those who prefer a more free form workflow will enjoy this app. We disliked it because people who need more features aren’t going to find much here for them.

noded review

There should be more timeline calendar apps like this.

PROS
  • Interesting time line concept works well for casual users.
  • Make-your-own-theme is fun.
  • Free to use with IAPs for extra features.
  • No Google Calendar which is nice if you don't want to be tied into Google Calendar.
CONS
  • Could use more task and calendar features.
  • No Google Calendar integration which is lame if you use Google Calendar.
  • A little buggy from time to time.
6.5
Overall, this is an interesting application. It’s definitely faster than flinging through a calendar but we feel like business users will want to stick with the more feature-heavy, true-blue calendar apps rather than switch to this. For casual users, this is more than good enough and it’s free to use.
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