|Company name||Potion Factory LLC||Astonsoft Ltd|
|Description||Easy to learn, easy to use application that keeps lists of things to do. The Hit List is Mac's most powerful task manager.||Tasks, email, contacts, notes, password manager, and calendar all in one.|
|Home page||The Hit List||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||Mac OS X 10.5 or higher and an Intel processor|
|Has free version||✓||✓|
|Free version notes||Free 15 day trial||Free feature-limited version or Free 30 day trial|
|A paid version is available||✓||✓|
|Full price low||$49.95||$39.95|
|Full price high||$49.95||$49.95|
|Made specifically for GTD||0||0|
|Syncs with||The Hitlist for iPhone, iCal||Outlook, Google Calendar, other computers running EPP (manual import/export/sync), Toodledo (Folders); EPIM (Android, iPad, and iPhone); EPIM Cloud; Dropbox|
|Sync methods||Automatic Sync||
|Mobile access||Mobile App||
Thumb Drive Version
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 a single level of subtasks||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||𐄂||𐄂|
The Hit List is the definitive and impressive response to Mac's general lack of powerful task management software.
Able to support a wide variety to systems and styles, The Hit List can be as simple as written notes or as powerful as a search-and-destroy task list. Powerful search-lists allow for almost anything you can imagine with the simplicity of click-to-search.
The Hit List supports either GTD or TRO work styles and is highly customizable to fit a wide range of situations. Browser plugins, Gmail and iCal integration and a good iPhone app make this a great task list.
For Mac users looking for a powerful task manager that works offline, The Hit List should be the option you take most seriously.
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||10||7|
|Number of prioritization dimensions (besides dates, categories, etc.)||0||0|
|Collaboration and team support||
|Date last reviewed||2012-02-28||2019-09-22|
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