The app startup LightArrow just released a new organizer app called LifeTopix that has generated a lot of discussion online. LifeTopix aims to unite all of the various areas of personal organization that have previously been represented by several different apps. With twelve different sections, dubbed ‘Topix’ by LightArrow, for different areas of life, the real value added in this app is the ability of these different Topix to work together. With so many similar apps on the market, what (if anything) sets LifeTopix apart?
The twelve ‘Topix’ of LifeTopix are:
Tasks and Projects: Helps to organize assignments for work or things you would like to get done on your own.
Shopping: Tracks shopping lists. Integrates with other Topix to show shopping lists for specific tasks or travel, etc.
Events: Keeps track of the home or work events with alerts.
Travel and Places: Helps organize travel preparations.
People and Services: Syncs with your contacts to keep a list of people and businesses that you may need for other plans.
Health and Activity: Provides a logging and tracking place for different health and physical fitness work.
Finances: Tracks and helps organize financial information.
Home and Assets: Helps manage assets and keep track of home maintenance tasks, etc.
Education: Tracking assignment due dates and project information for school.
Notes and Files: Organizes different notes and syncs with online files like Google Docs.
Media: Organizes video and audio clips so that they can be associated with other Topix.
Bookmarks: Keeps track of websites that you need to work on projects or organize travel, or just plain want to remember.
Since all of these Topix are a part of the same app they interact in a refreshingly original way. If you are planning on taking a trip up to your cabin, a shopping list can be stored for quick access while looking at the trip, a task can be created and contained within the same page to top off the tank before you leave, and alarms can alert you when you have to do all of these things. Since all of the information is shared throughout the app, none of these can be scheduled over other reminders you set for yourself, which means no more over scheduling your life. All of this is housed in a pretty effective user interface that is a little hard at first, but soon becomes effortless to manage.
LifeTopix is brand new so third party support is limited. While you can sync things like Google docs and calendar, even a Facebook account, other apps may still outperform certain Topix. Another disadvantage of such a new app is that there may still be bugs and minor performance issues that haven’t been addressed by LightArrow. The silver lining to that particular cloud is that LightArrow will continue implementing new features that will make the app more useful as new updates are released.
LightArrow has taken an ambitious first project for a startup app programmer, improving on an already overworked concept yet again and releasing an app designed by nature to push a variety of competing programs off the market. It is a bold strategy that could reap huge rewards for LightArrow and many users of organization apps, and for now it looks strong. It will be interesting to see how the app fares in the market, but it is cheap, expansive, and certainly an intriguing new app.