Goalbook Review
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Goalbook Review

Our Review by Bonnie Eisenman on April 21st, 2010
Rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: LIMITED
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Goalbook is all about goals, which is great if you're the kind of person with a list of 100 things to do before you die. I can't deny that Goalbook is pretty. I just wish it was more functional—for most of us, completing goals requires milest

Developer: Mediafloor
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.3

iPhone Integration Rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar
User Interface Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar

Overall Rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar

Goals are good. I think we can all agree on that—goals and hopes and dreams are the things that motivate us, right?

If you're having trouble keeping track of them all, though, Goalbook is worth a look. It's a pretty-looking new app from Mediafloor with only one function: keeping a log of your goals. The main page displays all of your current goals, along with the date added for each one. For each individual goal, you can attach pictures to it, mark it as complete or incomplete, tweet about it, or attach it to a location. There's also a tab where you can view the goals of various users around the world, both the newest ones and the most popular ones, and add one of them to your own list if you like.

The app certainly looks great. But Goalbook is missing some other elements. Goals are rarely as simple as "make a salad." Those are to-do's. For me, goals are complex, long-term, and if you really want to "track" them, things like milestones and sub-tasks are important. But Goalbook doesn't give you any additional features. It's just a basic interface and a list of goals. Their "completedness" is tracked with two binary options: complete or incomplete. That doesn't give you room for detail. You can't even add notes.

Of course, you don't always need complexity. If you want to make, say, a list of 50 things to do in a summer, then by all means—Goalbook is an excellent choice. Just be aware that behind this app's colorful skin is a very limited set of functions.

Ultimately, whether or not Goalbook will be of use to you depends entirely on your personal situation. I don't have a particular need for it. But if you've got a lot of dreams and plans that need to be listed, it'll be a nice fit.

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