Calendar and note-taking apps have never really filled the gap we left behind as we moved from our old, paper-based daily planners to digital devices. However, a newly launched iOS app called Capsicum could change that. With Capsicum, not only can you track your appointments and tasks, but also a place where you can track other things that are not tied to a specific date and time-like your larger, longer-term goals. Diary entries and even your daily habits – whether you made it to the gym or thought about your vitamins.
The idea for the app came from the US software engineer Ish ShaBazz, who was featured in 201
The name of the app refers to a pepper, which is why it is included in the logo.
However, the name was chosen because the Latin root "capsa" means "box". And the app uses individual boxes – components – in its design for things like the weather, your events, tasks and more.
There are three main use cases for Capsicum, each with its own tab at the bottom of the house screen.
The Daily Planner section provides a home for your monthly, weekly, and daily to-do lists.
In some cases, this feels like a more natural way to plan things – especially to write down things that are not accurate, such as remembering a doctor's appointment or returning your library books, for example. However, you still need to integrate them into other events, such as: For meetings or scheduled calls. Calendar apps do not have that flexibility, which means we're turning to other apps today – like To-Do Lists, Apple's Notes, or Reminders.
Capsicum, on the other hand, allows all these tasks to coexist in one place. You can also sync Capsicum with Apple's calendars so you do not miss your scheduled appointments.
Once you've completed your daily tasks, you can tick them off like a list in Apple's notes.
However, if you do not do it, you can move it to another day.
In another section of the daily planner, you can write notes in free form. This can be used for journaling or simply writing down other things you need to remember – such as your thoughts, moods, or health concerns.
On the middle tab of the app you can get a handle on your habits better. This is a particularly useful feature for those who have a list of resolutions for the New Year looking for a tracking app. Here you can log when you have finished a habit – for example, exercise, hydrate, read, etc. – what you can do with a tap or a Siri shortcut.
You can also annotate your habits and look at patterns Over time, you can see if you achieve your goals.
The other main tab in the app is "Loose Leaf," which displays a larger page than the Daily Schedule's notes on creating long book entries or anything else you want to remember. This can be a personal writing place or a place where lists are created that are not part of a particular day – such as your bucket list, travel ideas, re-decorating plans, or others that have no immediate tasks.  Over time, the team says that the Loose Leaf section will also include a sketchbook.
Capsicum can be fitted with beautiful covers, decorative ribbons and headlines that suit you style so it feels more like your own notebook rather than a generic app. And you can create more than one notebook in the app – for example, if you want to maintain separate notebooks per year or for work and personal life.
The app is well designed and feels as if it would fit somewhere in between the simplicity of noting an item in notepad and the structure for adding events to the calendar. Nevertheless, it is still difficult to abandon the history of the notes and reminders of other apps, making it difficult to change. In addition, the search feature is a time travel option that requires you to enter a date – which means you may not want to use it for things that you need to retrieve by keyword.
Capsicum is a subscription-based system app, either for $ 1.99 per month or $ 19.99 per year.
The app offers a 14-day trial. However, unlike all other subscription apps, you will not be charged immediately when the trial expires. If you choose to continue with Capsicum, you can always opt for a subscription.