Nirvana vs EssentialPIM Pro - GTD software comparison

GTD Software comparison: Nirvana vs EssentialPIM Pro

 

Nirvana

vs EssentialPIM Pro

Company Nirvanahq, Inc. Astonsoft Ltd
Company name Nirvanahq, Inc. Astonsoft Ltd
Rating ★★☆☆☆ ★★★★☆
TRO Ready 𐄂
Key features
  • unlimited contexts
  • reminders
  • projects (inline, field)
  • 1 date
  • auto sync
  • email (autoprocess)
  • unlimited contexts
  • reminders
  • projects (inline, subtasks, hierachy)
  • 2 dates
  • calendar tasks
  • auto sync
  • email (notifications, link)
Description Advanced personal TRO and GTD in a simple, sleek, and easy-to-use web interface. Tasks, email, contacts, notes, password manager, and calendar all in one.
Home page Nirvana EssentialPIM Pro
Tro training No TRO training available. No TRO training available.
Platform Windows 98, Windows XP, Windows NT, Windows 2003, Windows XP, Windows Vista
Requires
Version released: 2016-02-17 8.6
released: 2019-10-15
Release date 2016-02-17 2019-10-15
Type Commercial Commercial
Has free version
Free version notes Free feature-limited version Free feature-limited version or Free 30 day trial
A paid version is available
Full price low $39 $39.95
Full price high $39 $49.95
Made specifically for GTD 1 0
Syncs with Outlook, Google Calendar, other computers running EPP (manual import/export/sync), Toodledo (Folders); EPIM (Android, iPad, and iPhone); EPIM Cloud; Dropbox
Sync methods Export
Automatic Sync
Import
Export
Manual Sync
Automatic Sync
Mobile access Mobile App Mobile App
Thumb Drive Version
Email-to-task support Emails are automatically tasks Automatic Send (Reminders, etc.)
Link to Task
Categories Unlimited contexts Unlimited contexts
Time boxing No time boxing support No time boxing support
Number of date fields
Has reminders
Can automatically prioritize tasks 𐄂 𐄂
Project support Supports simple projects Projects can be nested within other projects
Calendar integration No support for integration between the tasklist and calendar Tasks can be scheduled directly in the calendar
Features URL www.nirvanahq.com/tour www.essentialpim.com/?r=products&pr=provsfree#
Screenshots URL
GTD setup notes
Data can be manipulated via an API 𐄂 𐄂
Short details Nirvana has evolved into an excellent personal GTD and GTD solution, worth looking at.

Particularly nice is its ability to pause or schedule projects (and all tasks within them) and designate project steps as sequential or simultaneous. You can also star tasks to create an instant "must do today" list as taught in TRO Online training.
Priacta Coach's Review:
A low-cost alternative to Outlook, EssentialPIM does tasks, email, calendar, contacts, and notes. With a mobile (non-install) version and synchronization to Windows Mobile and Palm Smartphones, it's easy to take your information with you on the road.

EssentialPIM supports a vanilla GTD system, though people using more automated time management systems (such as TRO) may feel hampered by limited features--such as single categorization and no saved task views. Pro version includes "collaboration" by allowing multiple users to see the same task list. EssentialPIM does support limited task-assigning to other Pro users but does not support automated follow-up or reporting.

Users migrating from Outlook may be frustrated by missing features such as saved task views, email-to-tasks and note-to-task capabilities, advanced searching, advanced email filtering, default appointment reminder settings, etc.

EssentialPIM is a good option for students or businesses on a budget.
Category dimensions 1 2
Persistent reminders 𐄂 𐄂
Number of priority levels 4 7
Number of prioritization dimensions (besides dates, categories, etc.) 0 0
Collaboration and team support
  • Nirvana does not support teams or collaboration.
  • EssentialPIM Pro does not support teams or collaboration.
Date last reviewed 2016-05-01 2019-10-27

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