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Shadow Plan 4 beta for OSX

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The new public beta of Shadow Plan 4 for OSX came out today, and it looks pretty neat (more in terms of functionality than the Java-y interface, but that’s a small quibble).

In the same way that Tinderbox is the ideal mental model of Getting Things Done for many Mac users, I understand that Shadow Plan’s combination of flexible desktop outliner and Palm app has performed a similar role for PC users. I’d downloaded a much more primitive beta in November or so, and, even then, could definitely see how it would eventually be pretty cool. Now we finally get a taste of the real deal.

I wish I had more time to play with this this week (even this post will be a lot shorter than I’d like), but I do encourage OSX fans of Palm and GTD to at least give this a spin. There’s an awful lot to like here, especially for the less tech-y, command-line-y folks out there. Be sure to look at all the stuff in the un-archived folder. There are tips, contributed materials, and a getting started guide in html.

My very first impression is that if I can automate a MacNoteTaker style sync [in this case from txt to xml and back on the fly], this could very well be my killer app. Time will tell, (and time will have to wait until at least this weekend, I’m afraid).

(Thanks: Matt Morss for the timely tip.)

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Merlin Mann is an independent writer, speaker, and broadcaster. He’s best known for being the guy who created the website you’re reading right now. He lives in San Francisco, does lots of public speaking, and helps make cool things like You Look Nice Today, Back to Work, and Kung Fu Grippe. Also? He’s writing this book, he lives with this face, he suffers from this hair, he answers these questions, and he’s had this life. So far.

Merlin’s favorite thing he’s written in the past few years is an essay entitled, “Cranking.”




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