Tot: A small but mighty app that bridges text creation and reference

When Tot was released, I thought: do I really need another text editing app.

I currently use four different writing apps daily, and would use more if I didn’t limit myself. But Tot is different, it’s an app where you just don’t write, but have text hang around.

Tot, in brief: Seven text documents, each color coded. Synced. No tasks. Limited formatting. No frills.

I downloaded the Mac version and immediately saw how it could fill a void: a place for priorities, ideas and lists. Text I want to refer to frequently, like priorities, little pieces of information and quotes.

Tot is the perfect app for this: I have personal priorities listed on one list, work priorities on another. There’s nothing else there to distract. No due dates. No other small tasks. When I get overwhelmed or don’t know what to do next, I command-tab over to Tot and refocus.

Here’s how I’ve currently organized the lists:

  • Yellow: Personal priorities
  • Oarange: Work priorities
  • Red: Prayers
  • Purple: Pocket Camera ideas Ideas
  • Blue: Ideas
  • Blue: Floating text
  • Green: Text scratch pad

I can see these different notes changing as I need them. It’s flexible. Tot bridges the gap between text creation and reference.

There’s been a lot of talk about the pricing model. At first I balked at the $20 price tag, but having used it for over a week, it’s totally worth it. This small app may not be for everyone, and I’m not sure my exact use is what the developers intended.

Tot Is specific app that is simple enough it can be used for multiple purposes. Thanks Iconfactory for making such a great app.

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