1. Is anyone using the above Mac apps for managing academic workloads?
2. What are Windows and Linux users using?
Thanks for your suggestions and comments!
P.S. There are academic discounts for OmniFocus and Things.
Unlike other task managers that I've tried, org-mode is extremely
flexible- the kind of data that you enter into it is really up to you.
Since it's basically working within a text editor (emacs), your
org-mode files are just large, structured, text files (and not
collections of predefined fields)- which makes it very easy to work
with large amounts of textual information.
Of course, emacs takes a non-trivial effort to learn; in my case, I
decided it's worth the effort after playing with org-mode, and now I
actually use emacs as my main text editor for almost everything.
> To answer your 2nd question- I'm using org-mode on Linux:
> and would probably use it on any other OS as well.
I've used org-mode on Emacs, and I like it quite a bit. I'm not using
it this year, but I wonder if I should.
BTW, I've been using Emacs since 1986 or thereabouts, and it's the most
effective way I've found to create and organize words on a computer. It
has a built-in tutorial and good, built-in help; I've not found it hard
What I really like for organizing work (or most anything) is Lotus
Agenda. I still use it, but it is a bit hard to get stuff into and out
of old DOS apps.
I use the DosBox emulator to play with Agenda. I never had the time to
learn how to use it well, but Org-mode seemed like a suitable
Also, Beeswax (mentioned earlier) attempts to re-create the Agenda
feel/functionality in a shell environment.
Task Warrior is also shell-based. Have a look at the interface for the
next version (seems Agenda-like).
And finally, the infamous todo.sh shell script.
2009/11/9 Eric Durbrow <dur...@gmail.com>:
> 2. What are Windows and Linux users using?
I can recommend Task Coach (http://www.taskcoach.org), which is an
open source and free task manager for Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, and
iPhone/iPod Touch. It supports hierarchical tasks and categories,
notes, and effort tracking. It's aimed at people that need more than a
simple list of todo's but less than a full-blown project management
tool. Full disclosure: I'm the lead developer for Task Coach.
> I have been reconsidering task managers for managing research,
> writing, and courses. On the Mac, it seems OmniFocus, Things, and The
> Hit List are most popular. Two questions:
Perhaps I should note that I've tried several automated tools, including
several in Emacs (org-mode and diary, and I now see that Emacs gnus has
nndiary [I do everything else in Emacs and Gnus; why not manage tasks?])
and Partners Planner inside Lotus Agenda , but I've been happily using
my Hipster PDA for the last 9 months.
Geekier students give me knowing looks when they see it.
They are free and you may download as many copies as you wish. They
are for use in web browsers, though IE requires some tweaking to get
them to work right.