I’m happy to have found like minded (frustrated) searchers for the holy grail of what I like to think of as “Life Management”. I am still searching with a few prospects left on my list.
I also just found iTaskX.
And Chronos is coming out with an upgrade soon called SOHO Organizer (they’ve announced it and there is just a bit of info on their website). Their StickyBrain Product showed some promise though not very well integrated with other apps. But they say their new organizer will be tapping into the existing Mac apps (iCal, Address Book, etc.) as well as integrated with their other apps. And there appears to be an improved and integrated StickyBrain replacement coming called SOHO Notes.
Also, OD4Contact Looks promising but they are several months away from a full rev update.
I looked at DayStar but it was too clunky and unreliable for me, though their support forum has it’s evangelists. It is a “big” product, lots of abilities and maybe worth another look but the cost gets in the way. Perhaps worth it if you are a big bucks business. It just missed what I would have like to have for the price.
For those of you looking for a well integrated answer, Palm Desktop for Mac (the old Claris Organizer) was and is possibly the best ever product. It’s only weaknesses (IMHO) include a) no current integration with Mac apps, b) no apparent current development efforts, and c) (always a weakness) no ability to nest tasks/projets; everything is on the same level. One con only use two “Categories” to differentiate items. Chronos improved on this by allowing more categories. I still use Palm as I never left it, but am transitioning to the Mac apps because I see them as the only hope for full integration. If Apple doesn’t improve on them, I’m counting on a 3rd party to eventually come through.
Another two products not mentioned include: a) FastTrack-a project manager that hasn’t been updated for quite some time and shows no sign of intending to do so anytime soon. b) CRM4Mac- attempting to integrate with the Mac apps and making some good progress, but hard to tell what kind of progress they’re going to be able to make anytime soon.
I was hoping DT was a possibility but it seems not, at least not as fully as I would have liked. For what it’s worth, I am down to these 5 possibilities (all having significant shortcomings) in order: 1) Chronos-I’m hopeful they will offer the best integration and they’ll be the 1st out the door; 2) iTaskX, because it just looks so good already, I might just use it in conjunction with what ever I settle on. 3) OD4Contact, because from what I see, they are headed in the right direction; 4) The Mac apps, because one never knows what Apple might pull out of it’'s hat 5)DayLight, just because they are so close, (even if all isn’t perfected).
I think it’s worth noting that I am going to transition to Chronos now because I’m counting on them and even if they disappoint I’m betting their demo will get most of my stuff into the Mac apps where I can then use something else. I guess my bottom line is Mac app integration (which also offers the best prospect for export capabilities to Palm, phones, etc.)
I hope you all will stay active in this search, and will perhaps use this forum to continue to share your thought and experiences. If something doesn’t show up soon I think someone is just going to have to write an app.