iPhone App of the Week: Do

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do_devicesAlready an established platform for setting up and navigating through meetings, Do recently revamped its iPhone app to be more informative and efficient in simplifying your scheduling needs. Here’s a rundown of what’s new, and why it makes the app better at getting you and your coworkers on the same page without much effort.

The redesigned Do includes new quick action options that make organizing and following up on meetings a breeze. A new meeting timeline also delivers real-time updates on your daily work progress and makes it easy for you to seek out any periods between meetings that you can use to get work done. You can now receive these updates and manage your daily schedule directly from your iPhone’s lock screen as well.

Scheduling meetings and inviting attendees with Do is similarly simplistic. If you’re comfortable giving the app access to your iPhone’s list of contacts you can bypass the rigmarole of keying in individual addresses, while doing the same with the phone’s location services lets the app quickly note where your get-togethers can take place. Beyond that, Do also lets you to share custom notes or meeting agendas with all or some of your coworkers through one touch of a straightforward menu. You can take those notes through voice dictation, too.

Do app for iPhone

Do app for iPhone

Do is particularly adept when it comes to scheduling follow-up meetings. This can be a task that’s fraught with complexities, often requiring a lengthy email chain to fill in details on who gets what notification, what information to share from past meetings, and exactly what time the follow-up should take place. With Do, though, this is all taken care of by tapping the “Schedule Followup” button and choosing given options for the next day, the next week or the following month.

Once that’s done, notifications are sent out to all attendees and a new calendar event is automatically named and created. The app is integrated with most major calendar apps, including Google Calendar, iCloud and Microsoft Office 365. When meeting notifications are sent out, recipients have the option of either keying in a custom response message or picking from one of a handful of template replies like “Confirm meeting” (if further information is required), “What are we discussing today?” (if you need clarification) or “I’m running late” (if you need a moment to catch a breather).

Ultimately, Do is an app that understands how quickly your workday can fill up with commitments and obligations. If you’re someone who finds themselves spending on much time scheduling work as much as actually doing it, the way Do automates typical meeting minutiae gives you a leg up in negotiating through your day without leaving a bunch of stuff undone. The updated version is available now as free download and requires iOS 8.1 or later.



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