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TACK

TACK is a project management app for visualizers. It works like a digital corkboard, with a twist--upload a single image to create the backdrop to your board. Tap anywhere on that image to tag it with a live digital pushpin.

Each pushpin tag links to a breakdown into additional information--process bars, due dates, bullet-point lists. Pull back, and see your entire project at a glance. It's always there to show you the uncluttered, uncomplicated vision of your final goal.

This app isn't just for huge creative projects, either--plot your next cross-country trip, tagging each landmark on a map that you want to see. Make yourself a visual calendar and tag your appointments. Take a picture of your empty fridge before grocery shopping, tag what's missing, and then fill in the gaps.

TACK is simply designed for those of us who think in images.

FUTURE FEATURES

- Group tags by type; quickly hide and show tags on top of your pinboard.
- Cloud storage and a web browser version of the app.  Will require users to login.
- Share boards with other users for collaborative projects.
- Link boards for bigger projects. Layer images together on one board and tag away.
- New tag type: comment thread. Use it to highlight areas and instigate discussion between users.
- Add-on: easy-access reference/inspiration folder. Supports both web links and images, which can be linked to within tags.
- Add-on: budget calculator for the project, which can be linked to within tags.
- Add-on: visual calendar to help keep track of tagged due dates.

INSPIRATION

My inspiration for this app came from my frustration with current project management apps. I currently use Trello to break down, plan, and track my process on costume reproductions. Trello is better designed and a more hands-on task management app than every other manager I've tried… but like every other list-based manager, it still doesn't work intuitively to me. (It doesn't handle images well and it takes a lot of digging just to find any of my breakdowns or uploaded resources, for instance.)

I found myself staring at my photo reference for my next reproduction and wanting simply to tag each garment piece with a marker that would let me break down the materials I need for each part, without loosing sight of that final product.

Suddenly, TACK was born.

(Sketches are on their way!)

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