4 Reasons to Love the New Due 2.0

A couple of days ago, Lin Junjie released the new version of Due. I’d recommend you to read Federico Viticci’s review at MacStories and Sean Korzdorfer’s tips on how he use Due, if you haven’t already.

Compared to other apps on my home screen, I open Due more frequently on a daily basis. Other than the obvious visual changes, these are a few things I love about the new version.

Due 2.0 supports 12 configurable quick-access timings, including the new relative timings.Due 2.0 supports 12 configurable quick-access timings, including the new relative timings.

1. More Quick-Access Timings

One of the great features in Due 1.x is its excellent natural language parser. Combined with four quick-access timings, it allows me to quickly (and often times, programmatically) create a new reminder.

The new 2.0 version keeps the natural language parser and adds a set of eight quick-access timings. You can configure these timings to fit your needs. The new timings allow you to create a relative timing (such as +1 hour and -1 day) in addition to the fixed timings (such as 6 AM and 7 PM). For example, I created six fixed timings based on my daily milestones and another six relative timings to easily move a reminder to a different date/time.

Long time users know that we can create a new reminder in Due very quickly. It’s so fast that there’s almost no reason for you to delay jotting down whatever it is you need to be reminded of. With the ability to create relative timings and configure up to 12 shortcuts, it’s now even faster to set the exact date/time for your reminders.

Due 2.0 supports actionable notifications allowing you to snooze or mark a reminder as complete from the lock screen.Due 2.0 supports actionable notifications allowing you to snooze or mark a reminder as complete from the lock screen.

2. More Gestures and Shortcuts

Aligned with its quick-entry theme, Due 2.0 adds a bunch of new gestures and shortcuts throughout the app. Here are some of them that I’ve found:

  • Pull down to search a list (works in all three sections: Reminders, Logged Reminders, and Timers).
  • As you type in the search reminder box, you can hit the + button to add what you type as a new reminder instead.
  • In the editor popup, you can swipe left/right to complete the reminder creation.
  • In the reminder list, you can short swipe to the left to mark a reminder as complete. If you do a long swipe (to the left) instead, the reminder will be deleted.
  • If you set up the alerts to show up in your lock screen or the Notification Center, you can swipe left there to snooze or mark a reminder as complete. Swiping left on a due timer allows you to restart the timer.
  • It’s now even easier to create a new reminder as you’re browsing the list, because the + buttons are also available at the top of all sections.
  • You can swipe left/right on the list title to switch from Reminders to Timers and vice versa.

Note: If you often find yourself duplicating a reminder in 1.x, the new Duplicate menu is now a part of the Sharing Extension. Open the reminder, tap on the Share button, and select the Duplicate option there.

Watch trailer video for Due 2.0 on YouTube

3. 45 New Alert Tones

One of the features that I like from Due 1.x is the ability to set a different alert tone for each reminder. This can be useful for a particular type of recurring reminders.

The new 2.0 version adds 45 new alert tones that you can choose from. If you’re upgrading from 1.x, this comes as a $2.99 in-app purchase alongside other features such as shorter auto snooze periods, background sync via Dropbox, and the ability to pause/resume timers. If you’re a new user to Due 2.0, you will get all of these features as a part of your $4.99 purchase.

I have to say that this is quite a unique way to offer discounted paid upgrade to existing users.

4. Keeps the Same URL Schemes and x-callback-url Support

Another great feature from Due 1.x is its support for x-callback-url. The new 2.0 version keeps the same URL Schemes allowing all of your previous custom actions and workflows to work seamlessly.

Because upgrading from 1.x to the new 2.0 version keeps all my logged reminders, I can reuse my most-frequent reminders again. If you haven’t made the most out of your logged/completed reminders, you should definitely consider it. Combining a Launch Center Pro trigger with the new relative timings is a really great way to quickly reuse a frequently-used reminder.

Ever since its 1.x version, Due has a great support for tappable URLs in its reminders -- allowing you to open that URL when the reminder is completed.

Bonus: New Actions in Launch Center Pro and Workflow

If you want more shortcuts in your life, here are four custom actions that I’ve created in Launch Center Pro and Workflow.

The first one is a Launch Center Pro action called Due: Meet & End. It’s a shortcut to create a sequential Due reminder. The first one is a reminder to meet someone with an embedded URL to create a second reminder to end the meeting within a given time period. I often need this to remind myself to end a meeting before it goes too long.

Open this link to automatically install this action on your iOS device.

The second one is a Workflow action to create a reminder to call someone from my Contacts list. Workflow offers the ability to search my Contacts list and allows me to pick one among many phone numbers that a Contact may have. After encoding it in Launch Center Pro, I invoke Due to create that reminder.

Open this link to automatically install this action on your iOS device.

The third one is a Workflow action to create a reminder to buy birthday gifts for upcoming birthday events in my Calendar. Workflow offers the ability to search my Calendar events and allows me to pick one or more birthday events from that list. For each birthday event selected this way, I’d create a reminder in Due to buy the birthday gifts. And, with the new fixed and relative timing shortcuts, it’s very easy for me to schedule a gift shopping reminder a few days prior the birthday event.

Open this link to automatically install this action on your iOS device.

The last one is a Workflow action extension that allows me to capture an Overcast URL and convert it to a reminder to check the show notes later. Because I mostly listen to podcasts while driving, I often find the need to be reminded for an interesting link in the show notes when I arrive at home.

Open this link to automatically install this action on your iOS device.

Conclusion

Due 2.0 is a great update to my most-frequently-used app. It offers many features, such as relative timing shortcuts and gestures, that make creating reminders very easy and very quickly. If you haven’t tried Due yet, now would be a great time to do it. For me, Due is going to be the first third-party app I’d install on an Apple Watch.

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