Astrid is a To Do list or task manager app for Google Android. I’ve never really loved the user interface, but I’ve been using it almost as long as I’ve been using Android, because it’s one of the only free apps that supports synchronizing your tasks with the web-based Remember The Milk task service. Unfortunately, the developers pushed out a new version of the app today, along with a note that future versions would no longer support Remember The Milk sync.

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Astrid 3.5 does add beta support for synchronizing your tasks with Google Tasks, but Google Tasks is a pretty barebones task manager. You can also sync your data with Producteev.

In the meantime, existing Astrid/Remember The Milk users have a few options. You can either continue using the current version of Astrid while declining future updates, pay for a Remember The Milk Pro account at $25 per year so you can use the official RTM app for Android, or find another solution.

I’m thinking about switching to Toodledo for my task management anyway, since that’s the service Pocket Informant already syncs with, and I’m a big fan of Pocket Informant’s mobile task and calendar apps. But I really do like Remember The Milk, so I might just pony up the cash for a Pro account eventually.

Brad Linder

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3 replies on “Astrid task/To Do app adds Google Tasks sync, prepares to kill Remember The Milk support”

  1. It had seemed to me that Astrid wasn’t synching as well with RTM as in the past. Now I guess it doesn’t matter. I’m sorry Astrid’s going this route; while I don’t like the idea of renting RTM, being able to sync between smartphone and online is important to me.

    Being able to do that without Google is just about as important.

  2. If you’d like a tool for managing your time and projects, you can use this web-application inspired by David Allen’s GTD:

    You can use it to manage and prioritize your goals, projects and tasks, set next actions and contexts, use checklists, schedules and a calendar.
    Comes with a mobile version too, and with an Android app.

  3. Agree Dave F. – I always struggled with Astrid RTM sync (always seemed one way). I loved Astrid but had to ditch it because, for me, RTM pro is better. Although RTM is still flawed (e.g. – no snooze feature that Astrid has; their ignoring two urgent help requests earlier this year has harmed my opinion) but I shall certainly keep an eye on Astrid. if Astrid come up with a paid server synch model, I’d happily ditch RTM.

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