These are questions we are often asked. If you still have a question that we have not yet answered or something is not clear, do not hesitate and email us.
Where to begin! The most immediate difference that you might notice is how colorful and playful Marvin's design is. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. Marvin is centered around the concept of planning a day and working off tasks from a daily list. This is hard to implement well with other productivity tools. Marvin also comes with a ton (and more coming all the time!) unique features. We call them strategies and each one of the can be turned on/off so nothing clutters up the interface unnecessarily. It really allows you to build a unique productivity system that works for you. The flexibility is truly unmatched. Thanks to the strategies Marvin combines many different productivity tools into one app (task management, calendar, day planning, time tracking, project management etc.).
Absolutely. Marvin can also be used solely as a day planning tool. Each day you can just make a daily todo list with Marvin - pulling tasks from another application or even paper planners. Marvin offers many features that can help you not only plan a great day but also work off those tasks (super focus mode, timers, time estimates, sectioning your day etc.). So it has a lot of benefits even if you use another application to store your tasks/projects (eg. Todoist, Wunderlist, Trello, Asana etc.)
Procrastination is a complex issue and simply storing your tasks in Marvin is not going to transform you into a productivity monster overnight. But if you struggle with procrastination and getting things done, Marvin will be a HUGE help. We recommend reading through out best practices guide to learn how to get the most out of Marvin. Also reach out to us or the community when you feel like you are not making improvements so we can help guide you. We are also working on an anti-procrastination course for our users that will be very helpful in fighting the procrastination habit.
Marvin will most likely be amazing for you! Some of our most passionate users are ADHD sufferers. The playful and flexible nature of Marvin helps to keep it interesting and the entire app is designed to support weak executive functions (e.g. getting started, remembering things, planning ahead).
Not yet! Marvin just launched and is only available as a web app at the moment. But we are working on Marvin mobile apps for android and iOS so you can record and complete tasks on the go as well. Planned release is this fall (2017).
Not yet! But desktop apps (Mac, Windows and Linux) are planned for release this fall (2017).
Probably! Marvin just launched and there is a lot we still want to add. :) At the moment there are only about 20% of all planned features implemented. We are constantly updating Marvin to make it even better. We love to hear from our users what they are missing so we can decide which features to add first. So get in touch and tell us what feature you would like to see in Marvin.
Yes, we have a calendar feature coming up and a google calendar integration is planned for that as well. Also on our radar are bigger project management tools like Asana that are used for collaboration. Since Marvin is a personal productivity tool it would be great to be able to automatically sync with tasks from these applications that are assigned to you.
It's likely that we will have implement an API for creating tasks in Marvin soon. Later on we would like to offer a full featured API, but this is not high on our priority list at the moment.
Your password is hashed using BCrypt. We do not log or store your password in plaintext anywhere.
All Marvin traffic is secured using TLS (Marvin is HTTPS-only).
Your account data is encrypted in transit and at rest. Your tasks and other data are encrypted in transit. We plan to implement a zero-knowledge encryption system for sensitive information like your task titles and notes. But for now, if you are very privacy conscious, you can disable "Cloud Sync" in your account settings, and then none of your user data will leave your computer! Marvin uses local storage so all of your tasks can live directly in your browser.
Marvin is our Mascot. He is a cute little creature that loves nothing more than to help humans be more productive. He is very knowledgable when it comes to human behavior and he has a very big and patient heart. He is helping us make the Marvin app better and he will play a more direct role in helping people in Marvin 2.0.
Here is a picture of Marvin:
He just looks like a Marvin.