Speckle is another take on the old to do list that focuses on simplicity. The concept of the to do list has proven extremely useful for many people, so naturally it would seem that building a tool that was essentially a basic check list would have many uses. Speckle incorporates a few extra items to help the user maintain and organize their list of tasks. Tasks can be added under a specific project. The user adds a list of tasks and can maintain them by checking one of four status boxes. Status options include started, done, checked and live. This simple check box system makes it easy for users to quickly update a task as necessary. Speckle also estimates the completion percentage of the project based on how many check boxes are selected. Of course this won’t really help the user estimate the amount of time needed since one task may be more involved than the other, but it is a nice touch.Show more screenshots »
Speckle is currently being developed by Elliott Kember of Bath, United Kingdom. Kember is a web developer who creates applications, speaks at conferences and works as a part of the Riot team. The current Riot team includes Kember and Hector Simpson.
Speckle really stands out in the way it takes a condensed, simple approach to the standard to do list. Sometimes overcomplicating something can detract from its ability to serve a purpose. With Speckle, users can easily maintain their task lists sorted by specific project. The four status options make it easier for the user to update each task and quickly view which still need attention.
Speckle’s design is just as simple as its approach to organization. The user is greeted by a white background with no flashy graphic or banner advertisements to clutter up their experience. Each task is added with a grey background. Checked status appears in green boxes while the next step in the process for each task appears in pink. The contrast helps the user quickly note what needs to be done next.
Speckle is relatively open when it comes to registration. Users can create an account, or they can choose not to. A red “create a dummy account” link near the top of the homepage allows users to create a Speckle page with a random name. Those who prefer to sign in can click the red “sign up for free” link at the top, center of the homepage. The registration form is kept very simple, requiring only a name, email address and password.
Anyone can sign up for Speckle for free. There are no premium paid membership options at this time and no fees for any of the available features. Users can access all current features, not that there is a great deal of them at this point. It is important to note that Speckle is still in development so this may change in the future.
Speckle is a helpful tool for anyone who needs to get organized. Professionals can use it for basic tasks, although it may lack the functionality needed by entire teams or companies. Individuals can use Speckle to manage almost any project or task list. The process is very easy to learn and takes little time to master.