TouchDown vs EssentialPIM Pro - GTD software comparison

GTD Software comparison: TouchDown vs EssentialPIM Pro

 

TouchDown

vs EssentialPIM Pro

Company NitroDesk Inc. Astonsoft Ltd
Company name NitroDesk Inc. Astonsoft Ltd
Rating ★☆☆☆☆ ★★★★☆
TRO Ready 𐄂
Key features
  • reminders
  • projects (inline)
  • 2 dates
  • linked appts
  • auto sync
  • email (manage)
  • unlimited contexts
  • reminders
  • projects (inline, subtasks, hierachy)
  • 2 dates
  • calendar tasks
  • auto sync
  • email (notifications, link)
Description Mobile application that allows access to email, contacts, calendar, and tasks. Tasks, email, contacts, notes, password manager, and calendar all in one.
Home page TouchDown 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 Android 1.5 or above, Outlook 2003/2007 running on windows XP or above, PC must have .Net Framework 2.0
Version 6.1.0007
released: 2010-06-30
8.6
released: 2019-10-15
Release date 2010-06-30 2019-10-15
Type Commercial Commercial
Has free version
Free version notes Free feature-limited version and a Free 5 day trial version (fully functional) Free feature-limited version or Free 30 day trial
A paid version is available
Full price low $19.99 $39.95
Full price high $19.99 $49.95
Made specifically for GTD 0 0
Syncs with Google (contacts), Outlook Outlook, Google Calendar, other computers running EPP (manual import/export/sync), Toodledo (Folders); EPIM (Android, iPad, and iPhone); EPIM Cloud; Dropbox
Sync methods Manual Sync
Automatic Sync
Import
Export
Manual Sync
Automatic Sync
Mobile access Mobile App Mobile App
Thumb Drive Version
Email-to-task support Manage an email as a Task Automatic Send (Reminders, etc.)
Link to Task
Categories Single context only Unlimited contexts
Time boxing No time boxing support No time boxing support
Number of date fields
Has reminders
Can automatically prioritize tasks 𐄂 𐄂
Project support Projects can be nested within other projects
Calendar integration Tasks can be linked to the calendar Tasks can be scheduled directly in the calendar
Features URL www.nitrodesk.com/dk_touchdownFeatures.aspx www.essentialpim.com/?r=products&pr=provsfree#
Screenshots URL www.nitrodesk.com/screenshots.aspx
GTD setup notes
Data can be manipulated via an API 𐄂 𐄂
Short details Android application with a comprehensive coverage of Exchange features such as categorization of events, tasks and contacts, as well as setting and clearing Out Of Office messages. 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
  • Tasks can be assigned to others
  • TouchDown does not support teams or collaboration.
  • EssentialPIM Pro does not support teams or collaboration.
Date last reviewed 2010-09-30 2019-10-27

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