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It would be fair to say that, in the last year or so, email has entered something of a renaissance period. At one stage, not so very long ago, developers were concentrating their minds on how they could replace the decade-old electronic mail system. Now, though, most have realized that email isn’t going away any time soon, and their response has been to innovate with email clients.

The most prominent example of this has been Mailbox. Now owned by Dropbox, this iOS email app has shown one new way in which we can organize our huge flow of incoming messages. For those yet to encounter Mailbox’s basic concept, the sorting process in Mailbox is based upon priority, providing one-finger sorting into categories like Later and Important. Given that Mailbox had a one-million user waiting list during its private beta phase, this idea clearly appeals to many people – including those who don’t have an iPhone.

It is no doubt with some of these people in mind that Handle was created. Handle is more than just another way to access your inbox, though. Billed as a “Priority Engine,” this private beta provides task management, itinerary tracking and an email client all rolled into one.

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As a web developer, I have to keep track of an awful lot of things at work, not to mention my life and projects outside of work as well. With a wife and small child thrown into the mix I really have to make the most of my time! I need a way to ensure that the tasks that I have to do get done at the right time and in the right order and somehow still leave me time to enjoy being with my family.

I’ve tried a lot of different web apps for organisation and task management, and WorkFlowy is how I choose to organise a lot of my life, both inside and outside of work. I want to give you an insight into how I use it for everything from keeping up to date with my personal projects to keepings tabs on who has asked for what for Christmas. I’m not dictating how you should use it, as the beauty of it is that it is what you want it to be, I’m merely sharing my techniques for keeping track of things, hopefully there will be a few things that you haven’t thought of doing.
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For the last fifteen years that we’ve been using email clients — webmail or desktop — the basic concepts and features remained the same. Anyone may have its own workflow to deal with emails and get things done, but almost everyone has to struggle with the same old, rigid logic provided by almost all clients on the market. However, we’re doing more and more with email these days than we did in the nineties. Something, it seems, needs to change.

The Kickstarter-funded Mail Pilot web app, still in beta, aims at redefining the way of dealing with emails. Let’s see how it might help you actually get things done.

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LazyMeter – Accomplish Tasks a Day at a Time

I have a to-do list system that works really well for me, and I’m quite content to stick with it. The only downside is that it’s not digital, so I have to have the to-do list with me at all times or I don’t know what I should be working on. It’s fine most of the time, but it can get annoying. Knowing this, I’m always glad to give a digital to-do list a shot – especially when it’s got a twist.

LazyMeter is a cool online to-do list that takes your tasks and organizes them into a playlist. Your main focus is the list of tasks you have just for the day, so you’re just focusing on what you need to do in the present. There are ways to add and keep track of scheduled and unscheduled future tasks as well – the scheduled tasks will appear on the day’s playlist as appropriate. That sure sounds like a unique twist on task management!

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If you’re an avid follower of Web.AppStorm, you’ll know that we review quite a lot of project and task management apps. The reason for this is that, in the age of everything becoming cloud-based, there’s a lot of demand for this type of thing. This demand means that apps must do their best to stand out amongst the crowd. One such app intent on doing just that is TriggerApp.

It promises to unify project and task management and does so in its sleek and modern interface. With support for several different features to ensure that no member of a project gets lost, it really is a great new contender in the field of management online.

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There’s so many things you can do from your browser, you could get by quite nicely without any other native apps. The internet is full of amazing web apps, ranging from powerful tools for enterprises to little tools that do one thing great.

While the web apps and sites we love are powered by servers, usually running Linux with Apache, MySQL, and more, our browsers feel more like the “operating system” on which web apps run. We’ve gathered the best tips we can find to help you get the most out of web apps, both from the apps themselves and the browsers you use to access them.

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It seems like every week we review a new task management/to-do list app here at AppStorm, and it’s easy to see why – everybody has trouble getting things done. And it’s no secret that things get even messier when you’ve to collaborate with people on tasks, whether it’s a software development project or planning a party. Does 2012 hold the answer to our productivity problems? You’ll have to try Sandglaz to find out.

In the sea of task management apps, Sandglaz prides itself on being the one you’ll use the least – and that’s a good thing. Foregoing a heavy interface, focusing on reduced time creating lists and yet not scrimping on features, this is an app that you can use for personal tasks, work projects or group activities.

There’s a free version as well as paid versions for individuals and teams. Most of you are probably already using a similar app – should you make the switch? Let’s take Sandglaz for a spin first.

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It’s no secret that I’m somewhat of a productivity junkie, and I’m often looking for the latest and greatest way to keep track of my to-do’s and deadlines. In the more recent months of working with these apps, a particularly explosive niche that I’ve noticed has been web apps and services dedicated to organizing a team. Collaborative to-do lists, group calendars, and even direct communication platforms are examples of core features that are finding their way into these apps.

Today I’m going to take a look at the web service Orchestra, one of the more lightweight solutions to collaborative productivity. Orchestra has both a web app interface as well as a companion iPhone app that was just reviewed earlier today on iPhone.AppStorm. Hit the jump to find out more about how this web app can coordinate efforts between you and your coworkers.

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For most of us, a large chunk of emails received are usually automated and unimportant stuff like notifications, newsletters, bills, mailing lists, registrations, event invites and the like. Even when you set up multiple filters to move them into their respective folders skipping the inbox, you will still end up getting the same (and new) automated mailers. In fact, services employ people who specialize in making sure that emails land in your inbox rather than a spam folder.

It’s a good sign that a horde of startups are working to address the problem of email overload. A lot of new tricks are being tried out like converting emails to tasks, make reading emails a game and so on. While they offer a partial fix, a fool proof solution is yet to come to market. ZeroMail is a web app that strives to remove clutter from your inbox. It’s time to learn how to put the app to use.

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Breaking News: There’s another new project management app! Stop the press!

Perhaps not, but it does seem like there’s another new project management web app coming out every day. We’re not complaining: many of the newer ones are really good, bringing fresh new design and a new spin on the feature set to help our wired world stay productive. And it’s not like traditional project management apps like Microsoft Project are getting any less popular. Still, when you’re looking for new web apps, it’s incredible how many project management web apps there are.

They come in all shapes and sizes. Basecamp is likely the most well-known and possibly most widely used online project management app. We even use it here at AppStorm to share article ideas, collaborate on posts, and send bulk updates to the whole team. But it’s far from the only tool, and many of us have used everything from Flow to Producteev to Strike to Trello. I’ve even used shared Simplenote to-do lists to manage projects before.

That’s why we were wondering if you use a project management app. Do you find it indispensable, or do you wish you could live without it? Are you excited to try out new apps and see if they fit your project management needs? Do you just need a to-do list, or do you need to break everything down to steps? We’d love to hear your thoughts on project management in the comments below!

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