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Beeswax: Free Productivity App in the Spirit of Lotus Agenda

Beeswax - Mind Your Own Beeswax

Wow, this looks like a really interesting project to watch — a GNU-licensed, command line productivity app that finds inspiration in a bona fide classic:

Beeswax is an information management system inspired by Lotus Agenda. It aims to recreate Agenda’s flexibility and efficiency in a clutter-free, text-based (ncursesw) user interface with vi key bindings. Beeswax views & reports will have specifications for sections, columns, filtering, and sorting…

The relationships between items of information are highly flexible. An item can be easily assigned to several different categories and the view immediately displays the new relationships. An item can just as easily be detached from categories. As you move items through Beeswax, their relationship to each other remains highly flexible.

You still hear a lot of people saying Agenda is the closest they ever got to their dream productivity app. And, depending on who you ask, Agenda's endless flexibility was either incredibly powerful or infinitely fiddly.

Beeswax is a very young application, but I’ll definitely be giving it a spin. There's certainly a long-standing itch for Agenda that lot of folks would love to have scratched.

The Question to You

Any of the old hardcore Agenda folks tried out Beeswax yet?

[via Anarchaia]

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Installed... but it wasn't easy

I got the program installed on my Ubuntu server, but it wasn't easy. You need to install the -dev versions of all the packages listed on the Beeswax page as requirements, because they provide libraries that are referenced as the program files are compiled.

In addition, I had to edit a header file (beeswax.h) because it was referencing a standard ncurses library file improperly. (It was trying to include <ncursesw/curses.h>, but at least on my system the proper syntax is just <curses.h>).

Finally, you need to run it with your TERM environment variable set to "xterm", or the lines in the ncurses display are rendered oddly.

Basically, the setup is definitely not end-user-friendly-- at least, not yet. It's probably even tougher in Mac OS X, since the prerequisites aren't just an "apt-get install" away.

The program itself seems easy enough to get around in, and extensible enough to be very easy to tweak the system to your liking. However, the printing function leaves a lot to be desired.

But it's just version 0.2. I can see this shaping up into a really cool tool, should it receive the development resources it needs.




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