Here are a few hints from the Mac360 Value Vixen™. First, your to-do list? It’s really just a part of task and project management.
Second, all those free online services which are all the rage? They really want you to use them and love them so much that you’ll pay money for the privilege. Three, if you choose wisely, and exercise a little self restraint, you can get scads of cool online products that sync everything from heaven to earth, and do it for absolutely freakin’ nothing, nada, zilch, zero, free.
Productivity Management Tool For Free
Here’s the general trend in online tools. Some guy with an idea gets investors
suckers to fund an idea for a free service which starts out free, but, as you use it more and more, becomes so valuable that you’re willing to pay money to keep using it.
Does that sound to you a little like the corner drug dealer who gives free samples?
Or, the dentist who gives out candy to kids after cleaning their teeth?
Or, the politician who promises to do anything you want for a vote? Of course it does. There is no free lunch. Even Yahoo! mail and Google mail come with a price tag of annoying ads and they search your email and give up details to the FBI or CIA or NSA or PTO or whoever asks and is willing to pay (even a little bit).
Producteev On The Mac Desktop
The latest online gimmick to grace the Mac’s Desktop is Producteev, a slickly composed online service that brings together all those loose ends into one Mac or iPhone app.
Producteev, at a base level, is a to-do task list organizer, an online platform that manages and syncs Mac and iPhone generated to-do items. But there’s a lot more going on behind that pretty Mac interface.
It’s very cool, highly exciting, and more than just a little scary. It’s also free. Unless you use it too much and then there’s the aforementioned price tag.
Producteev brings together to-do list management, upgrades it to tasks and then project management, then adds on multiple user teams, blends the whole mess together with email, deadlines, online files, text, chat, twitter, calendar, collaboration, and branches headlong into workspace, and the Producteev Academy, where disciples compete to see who can get the most done.
Not bad for a single, all-inclusive sentence which describes everything Producteev does, except for the last part. The part where you pay money.
Free is free for up to two users who also get 100 megabytes of storage space and someone in the Forum to talk to when they get lonely (or, need support). $5.00 a month gets that, plus double the storage, plus email support, and some customization tweaks.
Then, for the financially endowed, Premium and Platinum Producteev lays out the red carpet with enough storage to compete with Dropbox or Evernote, and gives phone support. All that emphasis on support tells me Producteev is cool and all, but requires some brain power to figure out how to use it beyond two users.
But it all starts out free. So, choose your to-do list wisely.