Calendaring and note-taking apps have never really filled the void left behind when we moved away from our old, paper-based daily planners to digital devices. But a newly launched iOS app called Capsicum may help to change that. Like real-world daily planners from years ago, Capsicum lets you not only track your events and to-dos, it also offers a place to track other things not tied to a specific date and time.
Capsicum can help change it. Capsicum lets you, just like real day planners from years ago, let you not only track your events and to-dos, it also allows you to track other things that are not tied to a specific date and time – like your bigger and longer aim, journals and even your daily habits – as if you made it to the gym or remember to take your vitamins.
The idea for the app comes from U.S. software engineer Ish ShaBazz, who was featured in the 2017 documentary “App: The Human Story,” and Australian designer Heidi Helen Pilypas. Both love beautiful planners and iOS apps, so around three years ago, they decided to work on a project that has now become Capsicum.
The app’s name refers to a bell pepper, which is why it’s in the logo.
However, the name was chosen because the Latin root “capsa” means “box.” And the app uses individual boxes — components — throughout its design for things like the weather, your events, to-dos and more.
There are three main use cases for Capsicum, each with their own tab at the bottom of the home screen.
The daily planner section offers a home to your monthly, weekly and daily to-do lists.
apsicum, on the other hand, lets all these to-dos coexist in one place. Plus, you can sync Capsicum with Apple’s Calendars so you won’t miss your scheduled events.
As you complete your daily to-dos, you can check them off just as you could a list in Apple’s Notes.
However, if you don’t get them done, they can be moved over to another day.
Another section of the daily planner lets you jot down free-form notes. This can be used for journaling or just writing down other things you need to remember — like your thoughts, moods or health concerns, perhaps.
The app’s center tab allows you to get a better handle on your habits. This is a particularly handy feature for anyone with a list of New Year’s resolutions in search of a tracking app. Here, you can log when you complete a habit — like working out, hydrating, reading, etc. — which you can do with a tap or a Siri Shortcut.
You also can add notes to your habits and look back at patterns over time to see if you’re meeting your goals.
The other main tab in the app is “Loose Leaf,” which offers a larger page than the one in the daily planner’s notes section, for writing long-form journal entries or anything else you want to remember. This can be a place for personal writing, or a place to make lists that don’t belong on a particular day — like your bucket list, travel ideas, redecorating plans or others that aren’t immediate “to-dos.”
In time, the team says the Loose Leaf section will also include a sketch pad, too.