Manage and Share Online Lists with Organisr

Lists may not seem like the most exciting basis for a website, but everyone has the need to create some form of list from time to time. List creation and management need not be a solitary affair – there are countless scenarios in which two or more people might want to make use of the same list.

From shopping lists and to-dos to project management and itineraries, Organisr is an online tool that replaces those all-too-easily-lost scraps of paper that probably litter your desk.

As many of us now frequently move between computers and devices, it makes sense to – where possible – keep any lists you may create in a location that can be accessed easily from different machines.

Anything that is software based is almost always doomed to failure because out of all of the popular platforms – iOS, Android, Windows, OS X, Linux – there’s sure to be one you use for which a suitable app is not available.

Organisr’s online approach to list management makes it ideal for anyone on the move.

Organisr’s online approach to list management makes it ideal for anyone on the move.

This is precisely why storing data online makes so much sense and it is the reason that Organisr immediately ticks one of my boxes; online accessibility is a must for any apps or service that is going to tempt me into use it to plan or organise my life.

Getting Started

Signing up for an account – which is free – takes a matter of moments. Fill in the details requested of you and as soon as you click the link in the verification email that’s sent out, you’re ready to go.

Sign up for a free account and you can start creating lists with Organisr straight away.

Sign up for a free account and you can start creating lists with Organisr straight away.

The first time you log into your account you’ll notice that your dashboard includes some sample data. This can be useful for getting to know how Organisr works without the need to spend time inputting data of your own, but it won’t be long before you delete this.

Creating pages to keep related lists together helps to keep Organisr from looking cluttered.

Creating pages to keep related lists together helps to keep Organisr from looking cluttered.

You can create a number of lists within your account and these can be organised onto pages to help keep related data together. If you’re planning an event – such as going on vacation or other trip – you may have several lists such as a shopping list, a list of places you want to visit and an itinerary of events.

Working With Lists

The lists you create can be very simple if that’s all you need, but there is scope to get a little more adventurous as well. Keeping things basic to start with, you can add a number of lists to any page and to help differentiate between them at a glance, they can be color-coded as well as assigned a title.

Organisr’s lists are easy to set up and can be configured to suit your requirements.

Organisr’s lists are easy to set up and can be configured to suit your requirements.

Items that you add to a list can be easily re-ordered, or even moved from one list to another, by simply dragging and dropping. This is something that proves particularly useful when using the site to work out a timetable or determine the best order for a series of events.

As well as coloring the background of lists, it is also possible to apply color labels to individual list items. This is useful for indicating relationships between items, setting up a visual priority system, and there are numerous other possibilities.

Label your list items and you can also assign them to other users.

Label your list items and you can also assign them to other users.

When you complete items on your to-do list, purchase items on your shopping list, or complete other tasks, ticking the associated check box will cross it off the list – although it will be retained so you can re-add it if you want to use it again.

Working Together

Lists can be used privately, but within families, small businesses or other groups of people, there is also the option of sharing data and collaborating on lists. This is where Organisr starts to get really interesting.

Lists can be shared and collaborators can be assigned one of three levels of access and control.

Lists can be shared and collaborators can be assigned one of three levels of access and control.

The ability to not only share lists with other people but also assign different admin rights to each user makes this an ideal tool for project management. You can configure some users in such a way that they are only able to view lists, while others can make changes and additions to lists, and admins can invite others to join in.

The way this all works is just the way it should be – simple and unfussy. There are no superfluous options and no room for confusion, so anyone working on a project is able to concentrate on the data that matters rather than working out how to manage lists.

Problems and Limitations

For everything that’s great about Organisr, there are a couple of issues. The limit of five pages seems a little tight as it is all too easy to very quickly find a need for at least this number of pages. In terms of problems, there is something of a bizarre issue with page names that feature ampersands.

Avoid creating pages with ampersands or you’ll find they’re inaccessible and unusable.

Avoid creating pages with ampersands or you’ll find they’re inaccessible and unusable.

There is nothing that stops you from name pages using such a character, and no warning appears should you decide to do so, but if you try to visit a page that includes an ampersand in its name, you’ll find that the page is inaccessible.

Summing Up

Organisr is something of a deceptive site. It would be very easy to cast a quick look at the rather basic interface and dismiss it out of hand for looking out-dated and limited. In reality the site strikes a neat balance between the range of features and ease of use.

There are more advanced online list tools available, but they are generally far more complicated to use and you will be hard pressed to find a similar service that enables to your be up and running in such a short space of time.


Summary

Online list management made easy – but without scrimping on those all-important collaborative options.

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