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OS X task manager news - I'm sure you've all been waiting for the next instalment

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Mar. 27th, 2009 | 09:39 pm

Annoyed with Things messing up yet again, I downloaded the beta of The Hit List - http://www.potionfactory.com/thehitlist/ - which comes free with MacHeist, or at least should do when it's unlocked - and it's really, really nice. As or more comfortable to use than Things, very well done keyboard shortcuts, a nice little noise when you tick something off. If it grows the promised iPhone client I'm there.

I am pissed off with Things. If it worked properly I'd carry on, even though it lacks some features which are pretty significant (e.g. nested tasks, Applescript for import/export), because the iPhone client is good and I've got all my tasks in there anyway. But it doesn't. It messes up on sync, things move around, I don't have confidence in it - this time the Quick Entry system stopped working after a sync (that's the bit where you press cmd-shift-return and get a nice little box to enter stuff in wherever you are, which I find almost essential these days). And it's not scriptable so import and export are a pain in the arse.

Also I paid $60 for it and its iPhone client. For that I expect things to work, and developers to communicate what they are doing and provide regular updates, not suddenly vanish after they've gotten lots of good press in the beta and started charging.

For the moment I've moved back to TaskPaper, which doesn't have an iPhone client yet but is reliable and works and has some nice bits to it. I'm never going to be worried that a plain text file is going to get corrupted, and I can always print it out.

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from: fridgemagnet
date: Mar. 31st, 2009 08:25 am (UTC)

Usually the way round it these days is to symlink one's Application Support/(whatever) directory to Dropbox. I imagine there'll be a link to how to do it in their Google Group, it's not very hard, but it does make companies lazy about implementing sync.

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