It’s no secret; I’m a fan of ZURB’s work. Their latest? StrikeApp. This particular app makes it easier than ever to create, share and collaborate on lists, all without ever signing up or handing over any “required” information. Let’s jump over there and take a look at ways you can use StrikeApp.
Who is ZURB?
If you’re wondering who ZURB is and feeling that they sound familiar, it’s likely because we’ve covered several of their apps. They’re a team of interaction designers and more. This talented team has produced some of my favorite “toolbox” web apps. These are the kinds of apps I like recommending when people ask for simple solutions that work.
These apps are brilliant because they’re incredibly simple and great little tools, but to go further they also have bigger companion apps for those looking for more features and power. StrikeApp’s big brother would be Resolve (currently in private beta).
Take a look at some of the apps I’m referring to that we’ve covered.
Have you ever wondered what your visitors remember after leaving your site? The information your visitors remember will make a tremendous impact on many aspects of your site’s success. In today’s fast paced world, your site only has a few seconds to catch visitors’ attention or they might just leave.
But how do you test for something like this? Clue, an app from ZURB, makes it not only possible to run memory tests for your site but also makes it incredibly easy. Read on to see how it’s done.
Checkout Bounce’s big brother, Verify.
Feedback is a vital part of the design process, though getting it in an interactive and constructive manner to put to use in the next revision can be a tricky process. But, for a web designer, asking for feedback in most cases can become tedious as you can’t do everything from within a PDF attached to an email.
There’re plenty of web apps which can actually make the task of gathering feedback for web and other design works simpler and swifter. Bounce is a web app focused on collecting and sharing comments on web apps and websites. Let’s take a look.
Checkout Bounce’s big brother, Verify.
So getting into StrikeApp, you’ll see it’s dead simple. Just name your list to get started! However, take note of the fact that you’re not required to create an account.The first thing you’ll want to notice, since you don’t have an account login, is that your lists are placed under unique URLs that you’ll need to save to access your list(s) later. At first you might be thinking this isn’t a good thing, but you’ll see that it’s actually not a problem. An easy way to keep track of your list(s) is by creating a bookmarks folder (I put mine in my bookmarks bar) for them. Using a folder on your bookmarks bar makes it a little easier if you like to drag and drop your URLs right into the folder.
Next up, just add your list items or list items. I randomly think of morning chores and things to get when grocery shopping so this will be a super easy way for me to add those items to my lists. When I’m ready to head to the grocery store I’ll just print my list.
StrikeApp has a few fun ways to mark list items as completed; drag them to the left or right of the list window and they’ll go “poof” (fun little animation) or check them off. When checking them off there’s a few different styles you can choose from; crossed and grayed out, moved below your active items list or hidden.
This is selected under Completion Style at the top left of the window.
Should you need to edit any of your list items, simply double click the list item text and edit as necessary. Click off the list item to save the changes.
Of course a lone list will only take you so far, but sharing that list will get you even farther using the power of collaboration. Send someone the link to your list to work together but be sure you click the small person icon at the top left so you’ll each know who has done what.
The app will record your name for each completed list item so you and your collaborator(s) know who completed them. Neato!
How Could StrikeApp Be Better?
With simplicity in mind, what additional features would make StrikeApp even better? Personally, I’d like to see the addition of real-time editing so you can immediately see when your collaborators have made changes without refreshing. Although it might be a bit much for such a simple app, it’d be great to have a way to easily send your list to your iPhone or Android.
We’ll have to see what StrikeApp’s big brother, Resolve, has in store for us to take lists even further. Enjoy!