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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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GetItDoneGuy's picture

Agenda automagic was amazing

I project managed integrating a piece of software into six simultaneous other software projects using Lotus Agenda and continued to run/use Agenda for over a decade on various DOS emulators. It was an amazing product.

The magical assignment of items to categories was totally key for being able to do so much with it. I could type in:

Talk to Greg about next Monday's QA results for integrating Peter Pan into Zebra and Leopard.

That item would go into my "Greg agenda," my "QA agenda," the "Peter Pan" project agenda, the "Zebra" project agenda, the "Leopard agenda," and next Monday's calendar. Then at the various one-on-one meetings, project meetings, etc., the item was simply present in the meeting's agenda.

As far as I could tell by using it, Ecco's was Agenda with a Windows interface but without the automagic assigments. The need to use a combination of mouse + drop downs + explicit category assignments detracted a lot, in my opinion. Agenda the DOS app had been hyper-optimized for rapid data entry. Ecco could structure the information the way Agenda did, but they didn't get the easy-of-entry anywhere near the level of Agenda.

If you're bringing back Agenda, I will be eternally grateful! (Though as an OS X user, I'm hoping you'll have an easy Mac install :-)




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