Review: MasterList Professional
Safari Software, Inc.
If you're like most developers, you're doing seventy-leven things at once.
Or, more precisely, you're responsible for seventy-leven things, and often find
that a few of them have fallen to the floor because you forgot that they needed
to get done this particular week. Task lists, appointments, scraps of paper,
on-screen sticky notes...most of us have tried more than one system for keeping
track of the various things we need to get done.
MasterList Professional offers a new way to organize your tasks, and it's a
flexible and useful one. For starters, tasks get allocated to projects, and each
task gets a set of useful properties, including the task's difficulty, its
importance, and the time that you estimate it will take you to complete. You can
define as many projects as you like, and concentrate on the tasks in an
individual project or view them in a master list.
You can mark any task as "current" to have it turn up on a special tab of
things you need to concentrate on right now. You can also make "task
appointments" for things that need a longer block of time, to ensure that they
don't slip through the cracks. MasterList can also automatically schedule tasks
for you, based on the information you've supplied on their importance and the
time they will take you to complete.
In addition, MasterList Professional will communicate with the outside world.
It can take existing word processing documents and bring them in as checklists
of tasks to be completed. It can also integrate in both directions with
Microsoft Outlook, lettting you share both tasks and appointments with your
existing Outlook installation. If you'd like to give it a spin, you can download
a 14-day trial from the Safari Software Web site.
Mike Gunderloy has been developing software for a quarter-century now, and writing about it for nearly as long. He walked away from a .NET development career in 2006 and has been a happy Rails user ever since. Mike blogs at A Fresh Cup.