|Company name||Nirvanahq, Inc.||Astonsoft Ltd|
|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|
|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|
|Mobile access||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||✓||✓|
|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|
|GTD setup notes|
|Data can be manipulated via an API||𐄂||𐄂|
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.
|Number of priority levels||4||7|
|Number of prioritization dimensions (besides dates, categories, etc.)||0||0|
|Collaboration and team support||
|Date last reviewed||2016-05-01||2019-10-27|
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