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While I really like DayMap (see my review below), I must say that I am startled about the recent design decision to colour the toolbar in light grey – it looks as if the window is inactive! That's really unnecessarily confusing and I wonder what the developer had in mind when coming up with an idea like that! (also strange: instead of icons we got flat buttons in the rounded shape of pre-Lion buttons)
I think this app is dead now.
I am no professional genealogist, the only use I have for an app like this is to make a family tree of my own family – just for fun. Therefore, apps like MacFamilyTree or Reunion seemed to much of an investment, because I would most probably never need all those features. So I bought Family Tree in April 2013 – there was no demo, but it was just cheap enough to give it a try, and well, it was a surprisingly positive experience when I opened the app for the first time. Some things not entirely "mac-style", and well, some improvements possible in regards of UI and speed, but I guessed that would happen over time. It is a very straight forward app, quite easy to use, simple, exactly what I needed. Of course, the tree view – in which everybody in the family is always displayed – got terribly cluttered the more people I added. Lines and names collided, it was cumbersome to rearrange family members; but I was OK with it – considering the price, I would have recommended the app, even I didn't use it all to often, probably because of the shortcomings of the UI and the performance. However, for over six months there were no updates, and under Mavericks, the app doesn't really work as it should. UI elements get missing, gestures suddenly stop working, glitches in the displayed content (lines all over the place, names missing, boxes incomplete, etc.), "undo" often not working, when trying to close the app the file always pops up again (so you have to force quit the app), immediate very slow performance. Shame on me, I haven't contacted the developer about the bugs – instead I just bought MacFamilyTree, which is 50% off until July 13th 2014. I discovered that I really like the extended functionality of MFT, so it would be even worth the 50$. And well, it's just fun to play with an app that actually works. However, shame on the developer of Family Tree selling an app that has so many bugs at this point WITHOUT PROVIDING A DEMO VERSION.
So, no demo… I am sorry but productivity is such a personal thing that a demo is really required. I wonder why the developer doesn't provide one. Hmm, let's look in the FAQ at the dev's website: "Is there a demo version or a video demo of TaskInsight?" "No. Imaja would like to produce a TaskInsight demo version and a video demo, but for now the features page and the large slide show is the best presentation. Almost all of the features, views, buttons, menus, controls, etc. are displayed there. Please check out the large slide show in combination with the TaskInsight Help for more details on the features in TaskInsight." Well, OK, at least the developer "would like to produce a demo" – so what's the problem? No time? Technical issues? …or something to hide?! There's more to read in the FAQ: "How stable is TaskInsight? Does it crash?" "While crashes have been reported in earlier versions, Imaja worked immediately and diligently to resolve crashes. The current version 3.2.1 has no known crash bugs. We recommend reporting crashes to email@example.com for the best results. Please do not report crashes on the Customer Reviews page of the Mac App Store; instead, report them via E-mail support below." Now this is one of the funnier questions I've ever read in a dev's FAQ, I am surprised he answered – actually this is exactly one of the reasons why we need a demo. So, dear developer, if prospective customers read about crashes of your app; these are a thing of the past, now everything is perfect. I see. And you don't want your customer's to write about crashes in their reviews. I see. Well then, let's read some of those MacAppStore's reviews: "has crashed on me 5 times in the last 10 minutes" "keeps crashing on me. frustrated." "Extremely Disappointing" "This is a joke – right?" Umm… I see. I guess I know why you can't provide a demo: bad for your business. You write: "The features page and the large slide show is the best presentation" – yes, probably so… If I am wrong, you can easily prove me so: by delivering a demo.
DON'T BUY THIS!!!! I've just bought this app over the app store. It crashes every 30 - 80 seconds, so it is barely useable. Contacting the developer is impossible, both the Mac App Store links for the developer’s website, as well as the link for support are dead. Also the link here at MacUpdate is dead and a Google search doesn't bring anything. Seems to be non-working abandonware. So if you like the app I recommend to use the demo with popping up nag-screen, because it's still more comfortable to click on a button every 60 seconds than having to restart the app all the time…
OK, this is by far the best value-for-money outliner for the mac. It is really feature rich, so that we OmniOutliner users get jealous: for a tenth of OmniOutliner Pro, you get features like cloning/aliasing, all sorts of parameters for the columns, embedded video, text zooming and hoisting, etc. etc. etc. Although NeO is much more powerful, I still use OmniOutliner because of the UI, ease-of-use, look and feel – the UI of NeO reminds me of Open/LibreOffice, and I don't get so easily along with it. However, this is just a matter of taste, and you can customise NeO so it fits your needs. Verdict: NeO is a great, powerful pro-app at a ridiculously low price.
Funny, on the developer's website is written: "For USA Mac App Store customers, to get 150% re-fund, please do as following: - write your review with suggestion / evaluation in Mac App Store - send your "Paypal email address" to firstname.lastname@example.org" What is the business idea behind this? They pay for reviews? Is that the beauty of the Mac App Store, no demos but you get paid by the dev for writing a review?
Well this got to be the GTD app with the best UI concept ever. Actually I downloaded DayMap only because it was on sale, well, it looked interesting from screenshots and videos. I am a heavy OmniFocus user and didn't think I'd have much use for it. But now after trying, I find this app completely convincing, and ever since downloading I use it daily. As Actwolf described below, it's a brilliant UI concept, look and feel. And it has to be mentioned, while DayMap follows minimalist principles, projects can go surprisingly "deep", splitting up tasks into sub-tasks, sub-sub-tasks, sub-sub-sub-tasks (etc. etc. etc.). Of course, DayMap is no OmniFocus, so if you need something really complex, DayMap isn't for you. But even then it might prove useful as a companion app: I use DayMap for one specific part of my work-life and for that it serves me very well. DayMap has one killer feature for me: it shows recurring tasks in the calendar as multiple items, so for example you can have one task repeated from Tuesday to Friday and DayMap will show an entry for every day (Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday-Friday). Other apps (like OmniFocus) generate the next (repeated action) only after the first one is completed. This way, DayMapThis is ideal if you have tasks that take longer, and you want to work on a task every day a bit. So unlike the other to-do apps, you don't just get to see a frightening due date, but instead you see when you will work – more like with planing software. That is really great for motivation. Regarding the feature requests of other commentators here: Personally, I wouldn't need these, and with every new feature the developer runs risk of ruining the clean interface. "All in one place" is usually a way to get things cluttered. I hope the developer goes here his/her own way and won't sacrifice UI for features. This is not to say that there isn't anything to improve with this app, I see quite a few things where the developer could work on – before adding new features. Anyway, one more thing, it has to be said: at 13$ this really needs a demo version, and I find it rather mind-boggling that the developer doesn't provide one. DayMap is a well-done, polished app! I really have a hard time trying to understand that. Productivity is an individual thing, one has to be able to evaluate what works best for his/her needs. So, dear developer, it's very simple: if you don't want to offer a demo, you have to sell at 5$-8$. If you want to sell your app at 13$ you need to provide a demo. It is true, you can always find new customers by setting your app from time to time "on sale", but this is actually pretty unfair to those customers who payed full price.
Sorry, I meant: "Amadeuswolf"
Just a comment about the paid syncing service: The Mac version of The Hit List costs 50$, the iPhone app 10$ and syncing 20$ per year. So one year using The Hit List costs 80$, +20$ for each year. (no iPad app?) OmniFocus costs 80$ the Mac version, 20$ the iPhone version, the iPad version costs 40$. Syncing is free, and there aren't "must to" updates all that often – it is still at version 1 for years. So the complete package of OmniFocus cost 140$. That is the same like four years of using The Hit List. Organize Pro costs 50$ for the Mac, iPad app for 13$, iPhone app for free, syncing free. So all of it for 63$. Things costs 50$ for the Mac, 10$ for the iPhone version, 20$ for the iPad version, syncing free. The whole package costs 80$ (it won't do sub-sub-sub-tasks as far as I know, so no deal for me). 2Do costs 40$ for the Mac version, 10$ for iPhone/iPad app, so about 50$ for the complete thing (sync via Dropbox). No sub-sub-sub-tasks, so nothing for me.
@MacUpdate At the moment the link downloads OrganizeMe instead of OrganizePro.