FCTasks by Franklin Covey Good, Not Great

This app is not currently available in the App Store.

fctasks iphone task managerFCTasks by Franklin Covey FCmobilelife is another in a long list of task management apps that is likely to get attention by brand recognition alone. Using the popular ABC-123 method of prioritization, FCTasks allows users to employ various methods of tracking and organizing their to-do lists and includes the ability to track due dates, edit and sort tasks, and change task views, as well as assign customized categories and notes. As a huge fan of the old-style Franklin Covey planners, I had high expectations of FCTasks, especially since FCmobilelife, the sophisticated mobile software not yet supported by, but under development for, the iPhone is so detailed.

I am impressed with FCTasks visual presentation. The contrasting colors, black background, and easy-on-the-eyes text are visually pleasing. The ability to change views from the current day’s task list to an organized view of the week’s agenda supplies users with two ways to plan.

There is also a feature within FCTasks that allows you to appropriate different status levels — normal, delegate, in progress, complete, and forward are your options. The "forward" and "complete and forward" options are particularly useful for recurring tasks. From the organized view, you can vertically scroll through the days to come, all while viewing your tasks in their designated ABC-123 prioritization.

One glitch I ran into occurred when deleting tasks that were no longer applicable. While you can change the status of a task by tapping the box next to it and choosing the appropriate task status from the scroll wheel menu, choosing “delete” simply shuts down FCTasks and takes me back to my device's main menu. I can choose the “sort” option, which provides a simpler way to delete tasks, but I found it odd that all the other choices in the status scroll wheel could be applied without shutting FCTasks down.

I did contact Franklin Covey’s support by email and they were prompt enough with a reply and demonstrated a willingness to help if I wanted to provide them with additional information. Since I don’t know if I explained the situation thoroughly enough, I’m not sure if this is a normal issue or not. Deleting and reinstalling FCTasks as support suggested didn’t change anything, but at least there is another option for deleting tasks.

FCTasks is an acceptable task management app that rivals, though is not necessarily better than, a few of the dozens of others. Again, I like the ABC-123 methodology for prioritizing my to-dos and the views are simple. The navigation is fairly intuitive, though I do think editing a task should be a bit simpler than creating it in the first place, but instead editing requires an equal number of steps.

One strong point in FCTasks is the voice feature that allows you to record your task instead of typing it, which earns FCTasks extra kudos in my book. You can record a message, phone number, or any other detailed piece of information instead of having to type it all out on that cumbersome onscreen keyboard.

One aspect I did find lacking was the inability to email your day’s tasks, or even one task. Since there is no such app to date that syncs and plays nicely with Outlook or iCal (at least to my knowledge), I expected an app carrying a leading name in organization and time management to have at least included email capability. Otherwise, what happens when you have to reboot your device and the data can’t be recovered?

I’d have to say FCTasks is sleeker than some though a bit pricey for what you get, but all in all more than acceptable. I could maybe see myself using it more successfully than others I’ve test driven, but less expensive task managers may suit you just as well as this one. If there was a way to email lists after creating them, I think I would solidly commit to FCTasks alone.

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  • http://twitter.com/bsaunders/status/1656127693 Barbara R Saunders

    For productivity junkies: new iPhone app from Franklin Covey, fctasks. Appcraver review at http://bit.ly/APSGp

  • Andrew

    I am a lifetime Franklin user. First the paper system and then the Windows version of Daily Task on my Pocket PC. I recently switched to the iPhone and bought FCTask. I am so very disappointed. I really thought Franklin would have made this program as user friendly and intuitive as their paper and Windows products.

    Here are my 3 biggest complaints...

    1. It does not have a separate screen showing the tasks due on separate days. I want to "flip" through my days and see the tasks for each days like flipping through a notebook system.

    2. Where is the calendar? Instead of a calendar that pops up and allows me to select due dates or forwarding dates I have a date "wheel". Excuse me? What is this silly wheel? I want to see it on a real calendar.

    3. It won't sync! What good is this tool if I risk loosing all my task lists because the program won't back them up anywhere.

    On a scale of 1 to 10 I'd give it a 2.

  • http://Na Victor Harvey

    I am dissapointed that fc does not have an all in one program on the iPhone to do everything a planner does.

  • Andy

    That "shutting down" you experienced when deleting is called a CRASH. The app died. This app has many bad reviews that report it crashing. It is poorly written, and needs updating. I wouldn't recommend it based on the reviews I've read. So far, FC have written a one-off app and are resting on their brand name recognition laurels. They need to invest some money and fix it.

  • Oliver

    I agree with teh above comments. I have used a paper based Franklin for many years. As Andrew pointed out it does not give you a calander view. Also you cant use it like a normal franklin to make notes for each day i.e. if you had a meeting to record events. I feel that it should include the calander and a diary.

  • Mike

    I am sorry but some of the comments on this app are obviously made by people with an ax to grind or publishers of other Task programs and they know FCTasks is better.

    I too have used Franklin products since the days of paper including all their computer programs for tasks.

    This is a tasks program not a calendar or journal program. Read the specs before you buy. When I buy a car I expect a car not a car and a house and a Luxury Yacht.

    The program works flawlessly and does EXACTLY what they say it does! Watch the video the FC posted on youtube and you will know exactly what it does and it has NO bugs.

    Don't get me wrong, there are things I think could be changed and added but I will not slam it for not being a Luxury Yacht when it does not profess to be such.

  • Gary

    I really like the app.
    Will not use it, however, because it will not sync with outlook.

  • Marilyn

    I like it BUT - room for improvement
    1. Ability to sync - essential
    2. Ability to see a calendar view - essential
    3. Instructions or help - lacking - example, what is the status button for? How do you use it.

    Love Covey - wanted to go from paper to iphone this year but not sure it is ready for prime time.