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  • Just converted to MAC

    Calling all Mac users, I just disposed of my third PC laptop in six years and got myself a macbook. I used to use Microsoft Outlook with my Treo 650 with the GTD method. I still like my Treo, but don't know where to begin with software for Mac. Any suggestions?

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    Here we go.....

    I'm a recent convert myself, and you made a great choice.

    Personally, I use entourage. DAC has a nice little booklet on using it for GtD. I personally found it a little basic, but worth the $10. Of course, my decision is largely made for me- my office uses an Exchange Server for email. Thus, entourage is really required for that. Aside from that, it has the calendar, notes, and even a project center that I liked alot.

    Another great option is KinklessGtD, which is really a set of scripts and templates for OmniOutliner Pro. I look at this briefly, and honestly, I really liked what I saw. It will Sync to your iCal and everything, and, if you worked on it, you could probably get it to sync with that Treo. Since I'm a blackberry user, I can't really help you out too much in that department.

    Smarter people than me have written on this topic, so you should check those people out too:

    http://www.macdevcenter.com/pub/a/ma...ductivity.html
    http://www.43folders.com/
    DA's take: http://www.davidco.com/blogs/david/a...d_the_mac.html
    http://www.hawkwings.net/2006/07/14/...g-things-done/

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    • #3
      Originally posted by muncie
      Calling all Mac users, I just disposed of my third PC laptop in six years and got myself a macbook. I used to use Microsoft Outlook with my Treo 650 with the GTD method. I still like my Treo, but don't know where to begin with software for Mac. Any suggestions?
      Welcome. I would start with the Missing Sync from Mark/Space. While not absolutely required, it's a very good alternative to Palm's sync product. For basic GTD methodology, I have used iCal, Entourage, and Life Balance. They all work, but are not perfect. If you try iCal, you really want the Missing Sync. I am down on Kinkless GTD (which is free, but requires the excellent OmniOutliner Pro). It is beautiful, but fragile. Don't bother with Palm's old desktop product.

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      • #4
        I recommend trying out Daylite. I have been using it for over a year, it syncs great with my treo 650 (I also use the missing sync) and it is awesome for managing projects. They have a 30 day trial which you can download at www.marketcirle.com. There is also an add-on for email (DMI) which is very helpful.

        Good luck and congrats on your macbook.

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        • #5
          Another vote for kGTD (kinkless) and OmniOutliner

          http://kinkless.com/

          http://www.omnigroup.com/applications/omnioutliner/

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          • #6
            EasyTask also looks promising and simple to implement:

            http://www.orionbelt.com/

            - MB

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            • #7
              My blog is in German, but the applications-list and reviews are full of links, Ive tested a lot of software for using with gtd-methods.

              www.macoholic.de

              Just feel free to visit.

              Cheers, Thorsten

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              • #8
                Look into NoteTaker from

                http://www.AquaMinds.com

                and NoteBook from

                http://www.CircusPonies.com

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                • #9
                  I use a hipster PDA for managing my next actions, since I spend most of my day away from my Mac.

                  But OmniOutliner is wonderful for brainstorming and planning. I use it for keeping track of the higher levels of GTD (20,000 feet and up).

                  If I worked primarily from my Mac, I would definitely use kinkless GTD, which is about as elegant a GTD solution as one can find.

                  (Tomorrow, OmniGroup will be releasing the beta of a new project planning program called OmniPlan. According to rumors, it will incorporate elements of GTD. But from what I've seen so far, it looks like it's designed for industrial-strength business planning rather than personal productivity.)

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                  • #10
                    A bit tardy, but...

                    TidBITS, a weekly Mac email newsletter just had a pair of articles on doing GTD on the Mac. It focuses on really doing it on the Mac, so there's nothing on adding a PDA into the mix, but it's a good overview:

                    Part 1
                    Part 2

                    I second the recommendation for The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile from Mark/Space. Here's the link. I've just recently begun using it with my new Sharp W-Zero3 es, and it seems quite functional.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by muncie
                      Calling all Mac users, I just disposed of my third PC laptop in six years and got myself a macbook. I used to use Microsoft Outlook with my Treo 650 with the GTD method. I still like my Treo, but don't know where to begin with software for Mac. Any suggestions?
                      KinklessGTD, most definitely.

                      You may also want to check out Merlin Mann's site, http://43folders.com/. He's a big Mac advocate (as am I) and has lots of good stuff there.

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                      • #12
                        Before using Kinkless, please read the kinkless forum, and look at the problems people have had with the latest release. Also note that the pace of development has slowed. This is no slur on the author; it is very difficult to create a robust complicated program out of glue.

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                        • #13
                          kGTD and Omnioutliner
                          MailTags add on for Mail
                          DevonThink (expensive but a good collection device when browsing)

                          As for the PDA side of things you could try Shadow. It doesn't sync directly on a Mac but there is a script called OmniShadow that allows OO3 to read and export Shadow files. I've not actually tried a sync with my GTD file yet (I am still a relative newbie)

                          Finally don't forget an off-line collection device such as a Moleskine

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Zippy
                            As for the PDA side of things you could try Shadow. It doesn't sync directly on a Mac but there is a script called OmniShadow that allows OO3 to read and export Shadow files.
                            ShadowPlan (Shadow to its friends?) has desktop versions for PC, Mac, and Linux which work with the Palm. The Omnishadow script did not work for me. Personally, I have never liked Shadow very much, and greatly preferred Bonsai when I was using PC's.

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                            • #15
                              Try Vitalist

                              Try http://www.vitalist.com

                              It is free and works through your web browser so your GTD data is always available.

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