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TaskPaper: Simple, text-based task management
Merlin Mann | Aug 3 2007
Jesse Grosjean from Hog Bay Software has just begun sharing the first releases of a new task-tracking app which adopts a refreshingly stripped-down approach to managing action on a Mac. TaskPaper starts with the simplicity of text files then adds just a bit of Mac magic to make it both smarter and prettier, but without giving up portability and ease of use. Jesse says:
As Gina Trapani has shown, there's clearly a place out there for a smart, text-y task app. What a lot of folks need is not the taxonomical rabbit hutch of The Big GTD App™ -- they just need an easy way to structure tasks in a non-fiddly way. TaskPaper's easy tagging and fiddle-resistant stoicism could make it a go-to app for the overwhelmed knowledge worker (who's not quite ready to make the leap into the shell).
This is very young software, and Jesse assures us that it still needs some TLC before being ready for battlefield usage (context views are being balky, for one). But, I'll be keeping an eye on this, and -- if you struggle with rethinking your workflow around over-engineered productivity apps -- I encourage you to grab a copy.
If you do this stuff long and diligently enough, you eventually learn that when it comes to "task lists" you need to focus a lot more on the "task" than the "list" (cf.). I'm always encouraged to see an app that honors that arrangement from the get-go.
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