By Alexandra Burlacu email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Jan 05, 2013 07:59 PM EST
It's a new year, and a new to-do list and event management Android app aims to help users manage their New Year's resolutions in 3D.
Zime for Android is currently in beta, but it looks like an interesting personal time-management app with an interactive, gesture-controlled 3D timeline view. The app also packs Google Calendar integration, advanced task prioritization, custom specification for workdays, work hours, lunch breaks, and other such statistical analyses of self-evaluated tasks, and all of the basic notes and management tools that usually come with such apps.
The Zime app allows users to add notes and events to their calendar using taps and multi-touch gestures. Moreover, users can add titles, deadlines, priority levels, reminders, duration, actions, privacy settings, other participants, map locations, and several other details to each scheduled action. Users can add new tasks instantly using the app's home screen widget. The same widget also serves as the portal to keep an eye on the to-do list or track recently-finished events.
Several gesture-based management apps are already available in the market and each app has to hold its own in order to stay competitive and stand out from the crowd. What sets Zime apart from the competition? The app's home screen offers a scrollable, interactive timeline in three dimensions (3D), displaying a week-by-week breakdown of the user's calendar.
Users can navigate the calendar by swiping vertically in the middle of the screen, and get directed to a specific time within a day's view by swiping along the right edge of the screen. Tapping the + tab at the top-right allows users to add new notes and events for the current day, while using the pinch-to-zoom gesture allows for navigation to a specific time on the calendar to add new content or view the existing one.
Meanwhile, users can jump to a specific week or month on the calendar by using the timeline tab at the bottom. Tapping the date will then return to the current-day calendar view. Tapping the line graph button will navigate to the app's Debriefing screen, which allows users to evaluate their performance on various tasks. Each particular task features a slider next to it, and users can register responses such as "Late," "On Time," or other self-evaluations. Zime also keeps a log of the user's performance and delivers a point-graph overview on the same screen to display scores.
Users can access and control most features of the Zime for Android app through various gestures, and in-app tutorial screens aim to provide all necessary instructions to do so. The app also offers instant suggestions for contacts and actions such as calling, texting, mailing, meeting, etc. This suggestions feature is integrated both within the app's main user interface and its widget.
Lastly, Zime also aims to make it easy for users to manage recurring tasks, set duration and deadlines for certain tasks, redefine priorities, change event details, or navigate to specific apps to perform tasks.
Zime for Android is currently in beta and is only compatible with devices running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or newer versions. The app is available for free from the Google Play store.