Trello for Mac runs the organiser and project manager on the desktop

Trello is a free web service for organising project and tasks, but it is als a Mac desktop app too

If you use the Trello organiser in a browser, try the Mac app instead. It has all the same features as the web app, but it does without the browser clutter. Organise your tasks and projects.

What is Trello?

Trello is a web app that runs in a browser window on any computer, but there are also apps for macOS, Android and iOS devices. It is more than a to-do list manager, but less than a project manager. It is sort of inbetween with elements of both.

A lot of people like Trello and use it daily to organise the tasks and projects they need to do for their job or hobby. It can be used by one person or many people organised into teams. The collaboration features are especially useful to some users.

Trello app for macOS showing a board, lists and cards
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The core of Trello is free and you only have to pay if you want to integrate other services, such as Evernote, Github, Google Hangouts, Mailchimp, Salesforce, Slack, Google Drive, Dropbox and many more. These integrations are more useful to businesses than personal users, so for many people a free account is all they need.

Create Trello boards

In Trello you create one or more boards and these could be for specific projects. It could be a work project, such as a product launch or promotion, or a personal board, such as for planning a trip, holiday or party.

You can invite others to the board and create a team, which could be work colleagues on a project or your family and friends you are going on holiday with. You can keep a board entirely to yourself too.

Create boards for projects in the Trello app on the Apple Mac

Create Trello lists

When a board is first opened, Trello prompts you to create one or more lists. These can be anything, but I create To-do, Doing, and Done. This is a fairly obvious way to use Trello, but you can give the lists any names you want. It is up to you how to organise and use them.

Trello lists contained within a board

Create Trello cards

Each list can hold one or more cards and on each card you can write the name of a task that needs doing. Each task can have a description, due date, comments, file attachments, checklist and labels. All activity regarding the card is logged and you can add yourself and other team members. 

Cards can be dragged from one list to another, so when I begin a task I drag it from the To-do list and drop it on the Doing list to show it is being worked on. When the task is finished, the card is dragged from the Doing and dropped on Done. As the Done list grows, I archive cards to remove them.

A Trello card in the Mac app

That’s just one way to use boards, lists and cards, and the system is flexible and can be used for a wide range of different things.

Trello app for macOS

Trello can be accessed on the web at trello.com using a web browser and it works well. Go and make a free account. The desktop app for the Mac is available for free in the Mac App Store. It works with free or paid Trello accounts and you just log in with your username and password.

It is hard to see any difference between the Trello Mac app and Trello in a browser. However, the desktop app is cleaner and simpler because it does not have the browser clutter like the title bar, address bar, tabs and so on. It is just a neat app that sits on the desktop.

A menu bar icon can be enabled for Trello and this simply acts like a display toggle. Click it and the Trello window appears, click again and it is hidden. This is purely a convenience and you can quickly pop the Trello window on the desktop, check the cards, see a calendar with task due dates, click the menu bar icon again and it’s gone.

I like Trello a lot and some people are attracted to its way of working, but others prefer services like Asana. I like the cards and lists, and it is like pinning physical notes on a cork board and moving them around as you work on or complete tasks. It is easier to see ideas and tasks that need starting, tasks that are in progress and those that are done.

App: Trello (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/trello/id1278508951?mt=12)
Price: Free app, free account
By: Trello, Inc
Size: 68.4MB
macOS: 10.9.0 or later
Verdict: A great app for organising work or personal projects.

 

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