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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?

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Org-mode - hands-down the best GTD tool out there

I'd agree with the comments about org-mode. I was a die-hard vi(m) fanatic until I tried org-mode. This little bit of elisp was so powerful that I switched to emacs for all my notetaking and writing (though it was a bit painful on my hands until I got the hang of it). To those of you who used to use OmniOutliner and kGTD: think of org-mode as these programs on steroids.

Org-mode offers multiple ways to manipulate and access your data. Outlines + tags + chronology/calendar/diary + links + tables + todo keywords + (of course) the all powerful grep. The best feature: you can put unlimited, free-form text under any outline point. The second best feature: it's a piece of cake to export your outline (or any portion thereof) to html, with all links nicely preserved.

The plain text outline format is great because it enables me to work on small tidbits of text within my project outlines, to jot notes to myself, to keep simple tables, etc. Then I can gather all my loose ends with the very flexible agenda commands. The extra bonus: integration with web-browsing and email within emacs. Using remember.el, I can clip any snippet from another document/website/email into my main outlines--together with a nice link to the original.




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