These days I shop for apps that have both a Mac and iOS version. That’s because many apps create data, documents, files, images or whatever– and I want to keep them all nicely and appropriately synchronized between devices.
Not long ago a friend asked me to review MagicalPad for the iPad. It’s one of those kitchen sink apps that stores notes, ideas, thoughts, todo lists, tasks as well as an easy ways to create mind maps and outlines. As an iPad app MagicalPad is useful but was missing two important functions.
The first was the lack of a Mac version. I love my iPhone and iPad but I devote more keyboard time to the Mac, so being able to work from the same list of ideas, thoughts, tasks, lists, etc., seems natural.
The second was the lack of an audio and video recording option, though that was more of a wish list item. Regardless, MagicalPad is more akin to a piece of digital paper; a notebook which stores almost everything.
MagicalPad is good for outlines, mind mapping, brainstorming, but also holds maps, drawings, photos, and text boxes anywhere on the page. I especially appreciate the outlining options. The todo and task options required a dedicated view but have similar functions you’d find in other todo and task apps (sort by due dates, tags, page, notebooks, or whatever).
Any task item can have attached drawings, photographs, iWork or Office documents. In other words, MagicalPad is a decent, useful, pleasant-to-use app that can be your go-to app that handles professional level work.
Here’s the problem. The Mac version is vastly more expensive than the iPad version. Not 10 times, but 20 times more expensive. As much as I prefer common productivity apps which work cross platform– iOS and OS X– the price differential seems out of place.