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. We would love to hear from you! :)
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 most other productivity tools. Marvin also has a ton of unique features (and more being added all the time!). We call them strategies and each one can be turned on/off, which allows you to build a unique productivity system that works for you.
Absolutely. Marvin can also be used solely as a day planning tool. Each day you can 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 (e.g. Todoist, Wunderlist, Trello, Asana etc.)
Many features in Marvin are specifically designed to improve procrastination. But 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).
Desktop apps are not officially supported yet. But we can send you a desktop version (Mac, Windows and Linux) vie email at request. They are stable but don't auto-update. So whenever we release a new version with features you want you will have to ask us for the new version and download it.
Probably! Marvin just launched and there is a lot we planned for Marvin. :) We are constantly updating Marvin and love to hear from our users how we can make Marvin more awesome. So get in touch and tell us what feature you would like to see in Marvin.
Yes, we have plans to integrate with calendar applications and connecting tools like Zapier and IFTT. 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 soonish. 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 lead a more productive and stress-free life. 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 out in Marvin 3.0.
Marvin also has an advice column on our blog. So if you have a productivity question or want some advice on your situation, ask Marvin for help.
Here is a picture of Marvin in a bathtub: