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Best To-Do List Software? 532

Posted by michael
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JojoLinkyBob writes "Greetings, Council of Slashdot. I am curious what everyone here recommends as their favorite organizational software. Specifically, I am trying to find a simple freeware/open-source todo list manager. In the past, I've dabbled with TreePad, Shadow Plan, Mantis, and various virtual sticky- note apps ..all with mixed success. Currently, I'm back to my old-school ways of scribbling my todo's on the back of each Daily Dilbert Calendar page, which sadly means today is June 23 :)"
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  • data managers (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 18, 2004 @04:50PM (#9466935)
    there really is only one contender for me, and that's Richard Curnow's tdl [rc0.org.uk], awesome for programmers and just day to day todo lists.

    If you're looking for a structured way to store your random bits of data, there'
    s treeline [bellz.org], a really simple but rea
    lly effective little app.

    I'm not really a bells & whistles type of guy, i like my apps streamlined and effective :)
  • by KoriaDesevis (781774) <<moc.oohay> <ta> <sivesedairok>> on Friday June 18, 2004 @04:50PM (#9466937) Journal

    I am trying to find a simple freeware/open-source todo list manager.

    Even if you don't have a Palm Pilot, Palm Desktop [palmone.com] under Windows isn't too bad. The price - FREE - is certainly right, too. It may not be the best out there, but it meets the basic requirements for a to-do list manager.

    • by Anonymous Coward
      will somebody please tell me what the fuck is wrong with notepad?

      free, creates cross-platform, bloat-free files, no bloat in the program itself.. why bother splashing out on some fancy-pants crap that youll find yourself not using within a week.

      win+r, "notepad".. wow, that will take all of, what? 3 seconds, ctrl+s, plonk it on your desktop and your done.

      and come to think of it, whats wrong with paper and pen too? dont worry about data-corruption, your comp crashing out on you or anything.. jesus.

      yunno,
    • Here's a better link that goes straight to the download page: Here [palmone.com]
    • Even if you don't have a Palm Pilot, Palm Desktop under Windows isn't too bad.

      Agreed. I was actually thinking of mentioning it, when I saw your post. The GUI is simple, ToDo list can be assigned priorities, due dates, alerts, put in appropriate categories, etc, and sorted according to the need.

      And if you have an actual palm, you have the added benefit of being able to carry the ToDo list when not in front of a computer. And backup of course: should your palm crash, you have everything backed up on your
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 18, 2004 @04:52PM (#9466960)
    Perhaps we could be of more help to you if you would explain why the 'Old School' approach of using scratch paper is unacceptable to you. What features do you require in a to-do list that pencil and paper cannot provide?
  • Now that MS has a To-Do list patent, shouldn't we keep quiet about this and not give them people to sue?
  • Low-tech (Score:5, Funny)

    by Joe the Lesser (533425) on Friday June 18, 2004 @04:53PM (#9466972) Homepage Journal
    And by low tech I mean Notepad.exe.

    =)
  • by The I Shing (700142) * on Friday June 18, 2004 @04:53PM (#9466974) Journal
    I have experimented with free PHP to-do list software, but haven't found it easy enough to continue with.

    What I use for my own to-do list is Apple's iCal, which has the ability, thanks to my $99-a-year Mac.com account, to put my list on the web and every Mac I use.

    I must say, there is nothing quite so satisfying as checking the tiny "done" box next to an item on my to-do list. Sometimes I'm tempted to put trivial items on it like "take off shoes" or "read Slashdot" just so I'll have the opportunity to check off a done item.
    • I also use iCal, but put my public calendars on the 'net using OS X's WebDAV ability to connect to a WebDAV server on my FreeBSD box. I can the subscribe to them from iCal or Mozilla calendar.
    • The first thing you should put on your lists is "Make list". That way you get something to check off as done almost immediately.
  • iCal! (Score:2, Informative)

    by sockonafish (228678)
    iCal [apple.com] is the best scheduling/to-do software I've ever used. Its not some grand application like Outlook, and thats good, cause iCal's only focus is scheduling and appointments. It's also beautiful, friendly, and easily syncs with any phone that is supported by iSync [apple.com].
  • by jrrl (635743) on Friday June 18, 2004 @04:53PM (#9466978)

    If I don't do something I am supposed to, my wife whacks me on the back of the head. Works great!

    -John.

  • by SpaceTux (453664) on Friday June 18, 2004 @04:53PM (#9466979)
    Perfect for passwords too!
  • by ALecs (118703) on Friday June 18, 2004 @04:54PM (#9466981) Homepage
    Currently, I'm back to my old-school ways of scribbling my todo's on the back of each Daily Dilbert Calendar page, which sadly means today is June 23

    Switch to The Far Side [thefarside.com] - their desk calendars are much bigger and can accommodate many more notes. *grin*

  • stickies (Score:2, Informative)

    by chachob (746500)
    stickies [btinternet.com] --freeware, small, many features.
  • then slashdotgle it! /down I go.... Seriously, just use google, download.com has some free todo software (Windows primarily I'm sure). Outlook calendar?
  • Bugzilla (Score:2, Funny)

    by Aliencow (653119)
    Might be a bit overkill but I love it.
  • Omni Outliner! (Score:4, Informative)

    by viper21 (16860) <scott@@@iqfoundry...com> on Friday June 18, 2004 @04:54PM (#9466994) Homepage
    I really dig Omni Outliner [omnigroup.com] from The Omni Group [omnigroup.com]. It is, of course, for OS X--My platform of choice.

    They also have some teriffic charting software, OmniGraffle [omnigroup.com], that I use to do flowcharts for all of my coding. You guys all do flowcharts, right? :)

    -S
  • MS Project (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 18, 2004 @04:54PM (#9467000)
    We use MS Project to manage our to do lists.

    Sincerely,
    Duke Nukem Forever - Dev Team
  • Palm Pilot. (Score:3, Informative)

    by Eric_Cartman_South_P (594330) on Friday June 18, 2004 @04:55PM (#9467004)
    Just get a cheap palm ($149 USD gets you a color screen now-a-days!) and use the todo list in it. Hotsync to backup or use the Palm Desktop also, with a UI somewhat similar to the palm. Super simple and super powerfull at the same time. <p>
    • better yet get a Palm Pilot emulator - there is one for Linux, mac, and PC - they are free too and you can load any ROM from just about any Palm out there + if you have a palm you can even sync between the two.

      OR

      You could just download the Palm Desktop software - it works too.
  • by GypC (7592)
    vi todo
  • I just use a .txt file and delete finished parts. Failing that, I jot it down on a bit of paper.

    Sometimes Occam's Razor is a good guide. Simplicity works wonders.
  • I just type mine up in Vim. I'll usually keep three files for high, normal, and low priority. When a task is complete, I move it to done section of the file using "dd;G;p"

  • by winkydink (650484) * <sv.dude@gmail.com> on Friday June 18, 2004 @04:55PM (#9467015) Homepage Journal
    I've been a student of time management practices for some time, always looking for that perfect app, that will make me super efficcient. I've read many books on the topic. There is no silver bullet. Becoming an effective time manager is more akin to making a lifestyle change.

    It really boils down to self-discipline, much more than some specific methodology. I'm a fan of Covey's methodologies, but unless you really, really, really commit to it (or some other one more to your liking), you're no better off with a slick app than you are with to-do lists on the back of a Dilbert calendar page.

    • by Lodragandraoidh (639696) on Friday June 18, 2004 @05:09PM (#9467208) Journal
      The key with any tool - take CRM tools for example - is to actually take the time to use them on a consistent basis. One of the biggest barriers to consistent use I have seen is the variation of standards and interfaces of the tools that I like.

      I think the future will see more XML and RSS based tools that allow you to integrate all of your systems (calendars, todo lists, issue tracking lists, blogs, etc etc) into one interface without regard for proprietary formats. Those companies that do put their eggs on the proprietary format basket will either be run around by smart filters, or wither on the vine as people see the lack of interoperability and go elsewhere.

      That is the space where information management will reach a new plateau, imho.
  • by Adhemar (679794)
    Specifically, I am trying to find a simple freeware/open-source todo list manager.

    You do know that the TODO-list is patented [slashdot.org], don't you?

    All your base to do are belong to MS.

  • freemind (Score:2, Informative)

    by freq (15128)
    i happen to be a big fan of freemind [sourceforge.net].

    a little more complex than a traditional to-do list, but you can interconnect tasks and lay out projects in a freewheeling yet ridiculously detailed manner.

  • Omni (Score:4, Informative)

    by aarku (151823) on Friday June 18, 2004 @04:56PM (#9467033) Journal
    OmniOutliner [omnigroup.com] and OmniGraffle [omnigroup.com] work pretty sweetly for me.
  • Mozilla Sunbird (Score:5, Informative)

    by Aliencow (653119) on Friday June 18, 2004 @04:56PM (#9467036) Homepage Journal
    Still a bit buggy, but with calendar, shared calendar support, publishing through webdav, it has the potential of being as good as iCal !
  • Booby PHP App (Score:2, Informative)

    by SlongNY (766017)
    Its great.. and you can view it anywhere with web access...

    http://www.nauta.be/booby/

    oby provides Web-based management for bookmarks/favorites, contacts, todos, notes, and news, allowing the user to import and export to common standards (Netscape/Opera bookmarks, Opera contacts/vCards, etc.).

    The application is fully themeable (by using phpSavant) and has support for multiple users and languages.

    Booby is written in PHP and is database independant (sort of) by using the database abstraction layer 'ADOdb'.
  • Could be done in any given database/front end language pretty easily. If you're not satisified with any of the applications you've tried, make a list of what you like and dislike about them, and just do it. The basic fields are, ID, Flag, Complete, Description, DueDateTime, StartedDateTime, CompletedDateTime, ProjectLink, and BackgroundColor (for highlighting). Additional fields can be added, compound fields use a child table. Write and compile for your favorite OS, it's not like it's something you can
  • This software has completely changed my life. I use it as a TODO list, I use to to manage developers, I use it to manage myself, and I'm now using it to manage the process of renovating my house (will eventually require my contractor to use it). I will never go back to the days of using a TODO list that's bound to a particular phone, handheld, laptop, or desktop.
  • by Greg@RageNet (39860) on Friday June 18, 2004 @04:58PM (#9467059) Homepage
    I find the best to do list manager is a yellow legal pad. You never have to worry about the batteries running down on it; it won't lose your data due to a system crash; accessable even when you don't have internet access; it features an intuitive user interface (dubbed a 'pen'); it's ease-of-use is well documented; and best of all it is compatable with open standards such as english, french, and japanese.

    One caveat, it's not freeware; it could be as expensive as a dollar, but you'll recoup that quickly with the electricity savings.

    -- Greg

    • 3x5 cards. You get all the advantages abouve, plus they're random-access.
    • I've done the yellow legal pad, I've done Franklin-Covey / Day-Timer, I've done PalmOS.

      What works best largely depends on what your job function is like.

      Franklin planners and Day-Timers excel where you have things to be done on a specific date, or need to keep track of your time / appointments. The pain of carrying over tasks from day-to-day is supposed to make you want to either classify them as "never do" or "do it so I don't have to copy it to another day again". The system does well if your job is
  • My understanding is that Microsoft has patented this technology [zdnet.co.uk] - so you might have a difficult time finding a version other than that in Outlook...
  • ActionOutline (http://www.actionoutline.com/) is nice for Windows users. It's got a hierarchical view and you can add arbitrary rich text for each node. You can also add hyperlinks and flag things in various ways.

    The best, in my experience, was Ecco. After NetManage bought it and destroyed it, it died. Luckily, they still (ostensibly) offer it via FTP, but I haven't been able to access that link for a long time. Plus, it's the last build, so it's a very stale Win16 app now. Still usable, though, if long in
    • Ecco URL (Score:5, Informative)

      by buckminster (170559) on Friday June 18, 2004 @05:35PM (#9467500) Homepage
      Ecco is still the best. You are correct that it hasn't been updated since 1997, but it's definitely a Win32 application. I've heard rumours that it runs under WINE as well.

      Netmanage essentially abandoned this product although you can still download for free from their ftp site:
      ftp://ftp.netmanage.com/support/pub/utilities/EC40 1/

      Users manual should be included as well.

      This is way more than just a simple outline program. Think unlimited relational outlines connected by user definable columns. All fully integrated with the calendar and address book.

      As I contemplate switching to various other platforms this is still the one application I cannot live without. No other outliner/pim comes close to ECCO.
  • by nukey56 (455639)
    If you want to format your notes into a hierarchical outline, ecco [compusol.org] is awesome.

    Disclaimer: I've used the old version, which is no longer available from normal distribution channels. No idea if this one requires the mouse or not.
  • Wiki (Score:5, Insightful)

    by mcbevin (450303) on Friday June 18, 2004 @05:01PM (#9467107) Homepage
    I simply use a private wiki. The advantage being I can access it from work or at home or when travelling. Flexible enough to store a to-do list or store some bookmarks or whatever information you want to store. Lots of easy-to-install wiki software out there. I had previously quickly coded a simple PHP todo list but using existing wiki software is simpler and more powerful. Its not like a todo list requires some specialised software.
    • Re:Wiki (Score:3, Informative)

      by truffle (37924)
      Excellent recommendation, a great wiki for this purpose is
      TWiki [twiki.org]. Makes for a great Web accessible todo list.

      The interface may not be as fast as dedicated todo list software, but it has the benefits of being good for taking notes, colaborative document editing, file upload, definable users lists for reading and editing documents.
    • Wiki - seconded (Score:3, Interesting)

      by coljac (154587)
      I also use a private wiki. I have a ToDo topic which is my to do list, and as a bonus I keep any other information I need there. It's perfect. I even have a couple of cron jobs set up to copy my bookmarks over and so on, so it's a great information "home base" that I can get to from anywhere, even my smartphone. I use VQWiki.
  • Sex (Score:3, Informative)

    by Silvers (196372) on Friday June 18, 2004 @05:02PM (#9467120)
    SafeSex!

    Yay Nullsoft.

    http://www.nullsoft.com/free/safesex/
  • I use ToDoList (Score:5, Informative)

    by telstar (236404) on Friday June 18, 2004 @05:02PM (#9467121)
    ToDoList [thecodeproject.com] ... currently on version 3.6.4 is a great To-Do list manager. Incidentally, the site it's offered through (TheCodeProject.com) is a great resource for Windows developers as well.
  • by mboedick (543717) on Friday June 18, 2004 @05:03PM (#9467130)

    My TODO list is ~/TODO. I edit it with vim. Sometimes I grep it. When I get things done I dd that line.

    I can access it anywhere with ssh.

  • http://loban.caltech.edu/stickynotes/

    It comes included with most Linux distros under Gnome. KDE has KNotes.
  • my favorite tool for todo-lists is my palm. I have tried many different task list programs, and even with a good one (like omni outliner for OS X), I find myself rarely using them. Having something that is sitting right there on my desk where it is always visable and I have instant access to it all day long is far more usefull than an application than I have to start up. When I don't have my palm I end up like you, resorting to sticky notes (which are too small) or notebook paper (which gets lost in all the
  • I'm currently using HNB as my calendar and TODO-List. HNB is a text-mode app:

    HNB Screenshots [sourceforge.net]

  • I use a wiki to keep track of my to-do list. I document all of my projects on separate wiki pages.

    I currently use Twiki [twiki.org], which is sort of a pain to set up, but has a lot of features. One plugin for it is called the Action Tracker [twiki.org], and it can be used to auto-generate a single to-do list from the action items on various wiki pages.

    Sometimes I get lazy about the action lists, and a simple wiki page with a text to-do list works fine.
  • by Angry Black Man (533969) <vverysmartman@nosPam.hotmail.com> on Friday June 18, 2004 @05:08PM (#9467192) Homepage
    I use this, Agendus [iambic.com] a powerful to-do list solution for a palm if you've got one.

    I know you wanted a PC solution but let's face it - they all mostly suck. I need something super-portable and syncable if it's going to be my to do list for the entire day. That's why I prefer the PalmOS software.

    It costs a bit of money but you know, who pays for these things anyway? Well it should be you.
  • Alternatives (Score:2, Informative)

    A couple of task apps that I've used in the past are Postive-G's Task Tracker [positive-g.com] or Dev Planner [devplanner.com].

    What I've resorted to now is using Microsoft's OneNote and creating sections for the products I'm working on, with pages for TODO lists, Wish Lists, R&D, code snippets, etc. Easy to use and probably one of the best applications Microsoft has released in years.
  • by GillBates0 (664202) on Friday June 18, 2004 @05:10PM (#9467224) Homepage Journal
    PINE works great for me. I write myself a todo list and "Postpone" it (Ctrl-O). This way PINE asks me if I want to continue my Postponed message, or write a new one. That acts as a gentle reminder everytime I send a new message - which is often enough.

    Here're a couple of screen shots:
    PINE 4.58 MESSAGE INDEX Folder: INBOX Message 2,444 of 2,444 ANS
    .
    .
    Continue postponed composition (answering "No" won't erase it)?
    Y [Yes]
    ^C Cancel N No

    N 127 Jun 18 xxx xxxx (4422) To Do list
  • devtodo (Score:3, Informative)

    by Janek Kozicki (722688) on Friday June 18, 2004 @05:13PM (#9467264) Journal
    apt-get install devtodo

    it proved to be so good that even my wife abadoned small sheets of paper and started using it.
  • JPilot (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Devlin-du-GEnie (512506) on Friday June 18, 2004 @05:13PM (#9467267)
    JPilot [jpilot.org] is an open-source, freeware organizer. You get a calendar, to do list with categories and priorities, address book, dialer, and memo pad. It is designed to sync with Palm devices. However, it can export to other calendar and address book formats (iCalendar, vCard, LDIF).

    If you just want a free-as-in-beer organizer, the Palm Desktop is free for personal use on Mac or Windows.
  • by Xerp (768138) on Friday June 18, 2004 @05:19PM (#9467340) Journal
    It really depends on the sorts of tasks you are handling. If you are, for example, a builder then you will have a critical path and (hopefully ;-) strict deadlines. For something like this a calendar based task scheduler is fine. Things like KOrganizer or Plans [planscalendar.com] could be used.

    If there is a great number of tasks with no critical path, for example a call center, then you will want something a little more complicated. You'll need to be able to log a task quickly, give it an urgency, tie it back to a particular caller, be able to assign it, maybe even have a searchable knowledge base. For this area things like OTRS [otrs.org] are great.

    Then you could be a developer, where critical paths vary daily and tasks need to be assigned to specific modules and versions. The obvious choice here is bugzilla [bugzilla.org]

    Desktop or web-based is also a consideration. You may require access from multiple locations; maybe you are an off-site engineer; so that needs to be taken into consideration too.
  • Dude! (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Saint Aardvark (159009) * on Friday June 18, 2004 @05:25PM (#9467391) Homepage Journal
    It's like you read my mind. Come cower before the greatness that is...JobJar! [freshmeat.net]

    From the description:

    Jobjar is a Small but Useful (tm) utility to manage a list of non-critical jobs to do...you know, like a job jar. You can add a job to the jar, you can remove a job, or you can just print out a job for you to do. In the grand tradition of Unix, the list is called ~/.jobjar and is a simple text file. None of your binary Windows nonsense here...no, sir! And in the grand tradition of GNU software, it's released under the GPL. What more could you possibly want?

    JobJar: Because if you need more than Perl, plain text and a command line, you are a heathen and must die.

  • by cioxx (456323) on Friday June 18, 2004 @05:25PM (#9467394) Homepage
    On OSX, I use iCal. Don't think anything else comes close. With the built-in WebDav functionality, it can be combined with .Mac, or OSS PHPiCalendar [sourceforge.net] which makes a great to-do/calendar package for those who like to access their information from elsewhere. Works with Mozilla Calendar [mozilla.org] and KOrganizer [kde.org] too.

    On Windows, there is a shareware app called Biromsoft To-Do List [biromsoft.com]. Pretty simple and straightforward.
    I recommend it for those who are looking for a listmaker without all the bells and whistles that might otherwise come with aformentioned calendar apps.
  • by IGnatius T Foobar (4328) on Friday June 18, 2004 @05:26PM (#9467398) Homepage Journal
    Sorry folks, you're not allowed to do TODO lists. That has been patented by Microsoft [slashdot.org].

    Perhaps you should consider circumventing the patent by making a list of "Stuff I gotta remember not to forget" ?
  • Oh Yeah! (Score:3, Funny)

    by Bingo Foo (179380) on Friday June 18, 2004 @05:32PM (#9467461)
    ...I was going to get around to compiling a list of them one of these days...

  • Emacs Diary! (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Greyfox (87712) on Friday June 18, 2004 @05:46PM (#9467625) Homepage Journal
    I put all my reminders in Emacs diary now. I usually have Emacs open (I read mail with vm) and it's pretty good about telling time and stuff. It'd be interesting to hack out a separate todo list generator that can export data to a palm pilot type device. Hmm... (Adding "investigate palm conduits in emacs" to todo list...)
  • RequestTracker (Score:4, Interesting)

    by rainmanjag (455094) <<moc.xoblaerym> <ta> <ghsoj>> on Friday June 18, 2004 @05:47PM (#9467629) Homepage

    I'm a big fan of the web-based software RequestTracker, affectionately known as RT.

    Homepage [bestpractical.com]

    It is similar to Bugzilla, except it's not software bug oriented so much as "Stuff To Do" oriented. It has a simple email gateway, it keeps track of absolutely everything, it allows you to add custom fields quite easily, it changes priorities of your events over time, and it allows you to keep track of how much time you've spent on various projects. Around my office, it's pretty key.


    -jag
    • Re:RequestTracker (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Eil (82413)

      It is similar to Bugzilla, except it's not software bug oriented

      We use bugzilla where I work as a kind of task tracker and don't find it at all "bug oriented". With a small amount of planning and the right configuration, Bugzilla works great as a general issue or task tracker. You could seriously do a global search on the source code and replace every instance of "bug" with "task", nobody would be the wiser. It was a little strange at first to be asked how you were doing on a particular "bug" when the "b
  • *NIX: at (Score:3, Interesting)

    by gellenburg (61212) <george@ellenburg.org> on Friday June 18, 2004 @05:48PM (#9467648) Homepage Journal
    If you have access to a *NIX machine, or use one for your daily work, then what I do may work for you.

    I simply use the at scheduler to schedule an email to remind me on specific days. I have a rule set up to automatically flag the messages and to ensure they won't end up in my Junk Mail folder.

    Something simple like:
    at "6/21/2004 19:00" mail -s "TODO: TAKE OUT THE TRASH" [userid]

    Of all the apps on my Mac, the one I'm in the most is Mail.

    Free. Simple. Searchable (using my mail program). Not perfect, but it works.
  • by Akilesh Rajan (121685) on Friday June 18, 2004 @06:05PM (#9467843)
    There are some very interesting pieces of software out there that combine task management with personal information databases -- places to store bits of information collected from documents, web pages, and so on. Some go far beyond the information organizing capabilities of Outlook and other standard personal information managers (PIMs).

    One such piece of software is a cult-hit, Zoot [zootsoftware.com]. See reviews here [theatlantic.com] and here [llrx.com]. Find out more at the Yahoo Group for it [yahoo.com], which also happens to have excellent lists [yahoo.com] of other excellent but often underappreciated PIM software.

    Also consider web-based task managers like Yahoo Calendar [yahoo.com]. The advantage is that they are easily accessible from anywhere and there's no need for backups. Yahoo task management also syncs with a lot of other stuff, I think.

  • by mooman (9434) * on Friday June 18, 2004 @06:40PM (#9468168) Homepage
    I wanted to have something similar, but one of my prioirities was global accessibility. I tried notebooks, daytimers, postits, etc, but invariably it would always be at home when I was at work, or vice versa, or left behind when I travel.

    So my first step was an online note tool called NoteToSelf [sf.net] that I use to keep all those interesting articles, recommendations for movies, homework assignments, job descriptions, consumer ratings, etc. I wrote it in PHP and love it. It's pretty primative as I haven't put any extra work into it since I got it functional. But it's great for me and I use it throughout the day.

    My next step is the to-do list. As an interim, I just use a note in NoteToSelf to keep the tasks, but really want something with priorities and reminders. So I've looked at various ones, and I think I'm going to integrate Horde's [horde.org] Kronolith [horde.org] for calendaring and Nag [horde.org] for task lists. They're all PHP and MySQL so I can integrate or tweak as much as I feel like.. With those 3 things I think I have most of my "PIM" needs met and accessible from any internet-connected device around. I've been mulling over a PDA, but only to act as an offline copy of those 3 apps, and not for their own native PDA apps.

  • by strudeau (96760) on Friday June 18, 2004 @07:38PM (#9468696) Homepage
    I love OmniOutliner [omnigroup.com] for OS X. I also used hnb [sourceforge.net] (Hierarchical Notebook) which is a commandline outliner, for awhile. Otherwise vi/emacs/notepad.exe/whatever is great.
  • by rwa2 (4391) * on Friday June 18, 2004 @11:28PM (#9470303) Homepage Journal
    As an anonymous coward has mentioned, Progect [sf.net] is a good one for palm. This is very close to pen-and-paper simplicity (as are most of the best PalmOS software). It's the only thing that threatens my use of paper todo lists. Yet it sports:
    • flexible hierarchical organization. In fact, I end up using it as a general purpose outlining tool as well (are there even any good ones under Linux, outside of a word processor?)
    • manual sorting (I really hate trying to sort by meaningless arbitrary "priority" numbers like in just about every other PIM sw)
    • several simple forms of progress & completion reporting

    HandyShopper [freewarepalm.com] is another good one for tracking non-hierarchical things that have costs and quantities associated with them. It does nice things like let you tally up totals, as well as maybe schedule recurring need-to-do/buy items. It's bizarre that it doesn't really have a desktop equivalent yet :/

    For the Linux desktop, you might want to take a look at MrProject [codefactory.se], a nice Project clone that's part of GnomeOffice. I've only played with it a little bit under Mandrake, but it looks fairly competent when you want to add hierarchical schedule and resource loading data to your task list. Sadly, there's little else that I've seen that comes anywhere close, and I've been searching for one fairly recently for a project management class I took last semester. Oddly enough, I don't even like MS Project for doing this kind of thing, it just doesn't give me enough flexibility in rearranging things, scheduling parallel activities, automatically sequencing constrained resources, etc.

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