App of the Week: Inbox by Gmail

Inbox by Gmail

I’m an old school Google supporter (regardless of whether they may or may not attempt to one day take over the world). Remember Google Wave, iGoogle, GOOG-411, and Google Buzz? No? Well I do and I used all of them. Therefore, it should  come as no surprise that I tried Google’s purported re-imagining of email as soon as I could.

Verdict: It’s pretty cool

Gmail bugged me for years with its lack of folders. They made attempts to rectify this with labels and tabs, but it just wasn’t the same. Inbox by Gmail uses bundles which takes tabs to the next level. Certain types of emails get bundled together in categories automatically in the same way tabs do for Gmail. You can also create custom bundles based on words or names and emails will be bundled together. Best part? You can delete in one swipe rather than selecting messages.

Simple, but awesome.

You can also pin emails so anything important/relevant to you will be on top or in the pin view. Possibly my favorite feature is the snooze button. You can set reminders for emails, appointments, etc., but the biggest boon is the ability to hit snooze and be reminded later for something like a response. This is perfect for me, a procrastinator with ample amounts of ADD.

The only downside is you need an invite to use the service (for now), but if you get the chance, check out another potential winner from Google.

Previously: Mindly

App of the Week: Mindly


If you’re anything like me, tracking ideas and thoughts is an uphill battle. There are tools out there that make it easier, but I want to show you an app that provides and elegant and visual solution to mapping ideas.

Mindly is all about creating mind maps. These are just nodes connected together in a hierarchical fashion. Each node can contain text, an image, or a hyperlink. Think of it as a visual Evernote. There are export and printing options as well.

The free version of Mindly allows for up to 16 nodes per map while the full version ($6.99) gives you unlimited nodes. Give it a shot and see if Mindly helps in making your scattered thoughts more organized.

Available on iOS for iPhone.