Drag-and-Drop Task Management with Pegby

Every day, lots of new websites and apps are popping up around the internet with one sole purpose: to help the everyday person of today manage the things they need to do. These are often generally carbon copies of each other and by there being so many variations of the simple to-do app, it can be confusing for most of us to know which one to use.

A new contender in this field is Pegby. It takes its own unique stance on getting stuff done and offers a radically different type of system than has been seen in most other GTD apps that grace the internet. You can read on to find out more about this exciting app!

Overview

Pegby is a task management app like no other. It provides its users with the feature set needed to efficiently create cards which effectively consist of tasks that need to be completed, and then drag and drop these into the necessary sections depending on the status of the task’s completion. It’s quite a simple concept based on a sort of real-life method of managing paper-written notes and transferred into a web app, it can a useful tree-saving alternative. At the not-to-be-turned-away price of nothing, it can be a useful money-saving alternative too.

Overview

Overview

Pricing

Though they do accept donations from those users satisfied with the app and want to give something back, Pegby is completely free and allows its users to use the app for an unlimited time with no restriction on boards, cards or even collaborators – unlike some other similar apps. Despite this, they offer a ‘Set Your Own’ subscription service so should you want to give back to the app and pay a monthly fee that you can set yourself, you can easily join the other supporters and do just that.

Subscriptions

Subscriptions

Getting Started

Registering for a Pegby account couldn’t be easier. Once you’ve entered your name and email into the registration form on the Pegby homepage and activated the account, you’ll then be presented with another form which allows you to choose a username and password and then registration is complete.

How It Works

The Pegby concept is rather interesting for this type of app. The main interface consists of three columns: ‘Pending’, ‘In Process’ and ‘Done’. These are pretty simple to get the hang of and ‘cards’ can be added to each column based on their current status of completion.

The Interface

The Interface

Cards can be added to any column though it’s likely that they will first reside in the ‘Pending’ one. These generally consist of tasks that are being considered or need to be done at some point in the future. When progress has begun on completing the task, the card can be dragged over to the middle column for easy reference and following completion, the card can be dropped in the ‘Done’ column. That’s it – incredibly simple task management. But there’s more.

Adding Cards

Adding Cards

Cards

Each card isn’t just a short text message to remind you what to do. Even more information can be added to each to make the system a lot more useful.

Modifying Cards

Modifying Cards

Files can be attached to each card to provide additional information about the task at hand and make it even easier for you to know just how a project’s coming along if you’ve been quite busy in between. Tags can also be added to cards individually to allow for better categorisation which can itself be incredibly useful if you’ve got a lot of cards and want to find a specific one based on a tag that’s been assigned to it. Dates can be added to a card to ensure that it doesn’t appear until a specified date – something that may come in handy if you’d rather put the task off for a bit and finally, colours can be assigned to each card to make it stand out.

That’s just about everything to know about the card system and I think that it’s quite a nice little system to add additional data to a to-do item – a feature that sometimes gets overlooked with similar apps should they focus more on simplicity.

Dragging Cards between Columns

Dragging Cards between Columns

Collaboration

Another useful little feature that Pegby has is the ability to collaborate with other users of the system. Users can be easily invited to a particular board and you can choose the level of access you’d like to have for the system, whether this be the ability to read the contents of the board, edit parts of just full access.

Inviting Additional Users

Inviting Additional Users

One of the things I like about Pegby is the fact that the app doesn’t go all overboard on the collaboration system. Instead of packing a bunch of useless features that the average user isn’t going to even look at, it merely adds the functionality that it believes that will be most for the most common type of user and this is done incredibly well to its credit.

Final Thoughts

After spending a while playing with the app, I was highly impressed with the simple but unique concept Pegby brings to the table. The interface is incredibly simple to use and matches the functionality of the app extremely well, providing an experience which makes the often painstaking task of managing things to do a bit more interesting. Though it could do with a few design tweaks here and there to make it really stand out when compared with other similar apps, its interface is mostly quite unique and can be a real asset to the app itself.

Overall, if you’re looking for a task management app with a difference and you don’t have the budget to fork out for one of the more advanced higher-end systems, Pegby is certainly your best bet for this type of thing.


Summary

Pegby offers a new take on managing tasks, allowing its users to easily drag and drop cards in the system based on whether the task's been done.

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  • http://www.justplainbusiness.com Derek Jones

    Here’s the problem I see with this, there are way too many task management tools on the market. Pegby looks like a nice tool but I can see many people staying with what they are using simply because there is too much choice out there now. In the past you had less than a handful of task mgmt apps and so they could really compete with each other, now there are hundreds (most of them practically the same) and the worst is, by the end of next month, another handful will be published.
    I feel sorry for Pegby developers, they naturally had done a great job but their software will be buried in a mass of other task mgmt apps anyway.

  • f1shman

    sounds like https://trello.com/

  • http://www.pegby.com Jerry Lindman

    Ryan & Company – thank you SO MUCH for such a great and comprehensive review of our app. We’re excited to see a bunch of new friends coming over to see us today, and want to thank you for the part you’ve played in that.

    And to Derek – thanks very much for the kind words. Don’t feel sorry for us…we really love Pegby and the development of this type of software (even amidst all the competition in the space). We’re continually looking for ways to bring people together to get things done. Would love to dialog more with you directly about any ideas you may have!

  • Marco Lauer

    Don’t be discouraged! I think you’re on to something.

    • http://pegby.com Jerry Lindman

      Not at all, Marco. Actually, we couldn’t be more excited. Thanks very much for the kind words.

  • Ricky Maveety

    I tried it out today, and I rather like it. However, since it is not portable (can’t view it on my iPad or smartphone), it’s usefulness is really limited.

    • http://pegby.com Jerry Lindman

      Thanks for giving it a look, Ricky. We’re determined to get Pegby into mobile app shape, and it will happen, we just can’t say when. We’re looking for some help right now with funding the development.

  • http://twitter.com/seanodotcom Sean O

    @Ricky: If you’re looking for a similar mobile app, try Trello (http://trello.com) — they have an iPhone app that works pretty well now, and has even more features in the works.

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