Life Balance
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Life Balance is there to help if y find that your life's getting really busy. Every day there are conflicting demands on your time from work, family, and half a dozen other sources. How do you achieve a lifestyle that works for you? Life Balance is personal coaching software that helps you to decide what to work on, so that you can put your effort into the goals, projects and tasks that really matter to you.

Benefits:
  • Get Organized: goals are easy to break down into projects and tasks
  • Prioritize: know your time is well spent where it will count the most
  • Be
What's New
Version 5.6:
  • Fixes a bug in 5.5 that could delete a Life Balance document when the application is relaunched.
Requirements
Intel, Mac OS X 10.6 or later



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Lumac52 commented on 04 Dec 2012
Now at 5.7
[Version 5.6]


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scottgsmith62 reviewed on 26 Aug 2009
The Bad:
1. The company is slow to update the product - the application ostensibly works just like it did five or six years ago, and it shows in the clunky feel of the application. The developer has a good core idea, but good ideas are not going to gain users of the Life Balance application.
2. The price of this application is really a joke, especially when you realize that you have to pay $80 for the Windows version as well as $80 for the Mac version (if you are one of the millions who use a PC at work and a Mac at home). If the price were $80 for both versions, then it would STILL be overpriced by about $30, when comparing the software to competitors.

The Good:
1. The company has a good reputation for support, and with the interface not being updated in such a long time, you will probably need support if you purchase the application.
2. The fact that the application is cross-platform, and allows a user to go back and forth between a PC and a Mac without troubling with conversion issues, really is nice.

Overall:
Even with the fact that this application is cross-platform and has good support, it cannot clear the hurdle of an interface that is ancient in computer terms, and is seriously overpriced. Before you consider purchasing this, do yourself a favor and look at competing products; there are a lot of them out there.
[Version 5.1.1]


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BumbleB reviewed on 10 Jul 2009
I use the iPhone app, which has a much more modern UI than the desktop version. I think the desktop version should have been rewritten in Cocoa a long time ago. I recommend Life Balance though, since it works productivity-wise. Much more for me and other sensible beings than the robotic GTD approach.
[Version 5.1]


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Zo219 commented on 01 Apr 2009
It is to laugh.
[Version 5.0.5]


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WCityMike commented on 10 Dec 2007
Just got Life Balance spam in my inbox which contains a claim that blows me away:

"The releases on Windows and Palm are free updates, the Mac release is a paid upgrade. [...] Give yourself a prezzie that will support everything else you need to get done during this busy holiday season.

"Upgrade now to version 4 from version 3.x for Mac for a limited time for just $52.95."

First, they have the chutzpah to bill a point upgrade as number jump ... and then they're trying to charge $53 for it?!?!

Llamagraphics is getting more and more and more laughable.

I mean, WOW. I've gotten ticked off at developers before, but I've never seen a company shoot itself in the foot THIS well.

Bye-bye, Llamagraphics!
[Version 4.0.4]


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WCityMike commented on 21 Nov 2007
A long time ago, I bought Life Balance. As the commenter below me said, after an incredibly long amount of development time, they have now rolled out a point upgrade and billed it as an integer upgrade -- the "improved" feature set should make this 3.3 or 3.5, not 4.0.

The sad fact is that Llamagraphics appears to be a company that thinks an absolutely glacial, plodding development cycle is sufficient enough to keep them competitive in the virtually EXPLODING world of webapps and apps that manage to-dos.

If you don't even try, you might as well give up and go home.
[Version 4.0.3]

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BumbleB replied on 21 Nov 2007
I don't know why Llamagraphics bothers to keep Life Balance alive, except for their old customers, of which there should be quite few. Or maybe all their customers are Windows and Palm users. They're used to ugly looking interfaces being the norm.

But we Mac-users on the other hand, EXPECT an application anno 2007 to be Cocoa, and as a result of that, behave like any other modern app does: Spotlight integration, drag and drop, sexy clean UI, system integration (iCal somes to mind) etc.

But Life Balance is still as ugly and cumbersome as it was back in the "good" old pre-historic OS 9 times.

This 4.0 upgrade is a joke so bad it ain't even funny.

Why do I bother then? Honestly, because I'm ADD and need the kind of solution Life Balance provides. Only a true ADD person will know what I mean by that.

Luckily, OmniFocus has now delivered exactly what I always hoped Life Balance could be.

LB=RIP.
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lev commented on 14 Nov 2007
Can't see a great deal of change from the last version - certainly it doesn't feel like an integer upgrade. The main problem with Life Balance has always been the inability to change a group of entries. You have to do each one individually, which can be a pain. The organisation of "places" (what GTD types would call "contexts" is excellent; Contexts can contain other Contexts (for example "Mall" can contain "Kinko's") and hours of business can be set for every Context/Place. Very fine. But the interface seems clunky, and there's no way to get stuff in rapidly as there is in iGTD and the (still in alpha) OmniFocus.

In short, it's a decent app with some unique features - particularly the "life balancing" algorithm which gives it its name - but it's being rather overtaken by other newcomers. I suspect they really need to give it a major overhaul.
[Version 4.0.1]


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WCityMike commented on 09 Nov 2006
Wow! What an amazing upgrade! A restored 30-day expiration dialog and updated documentation! (I'm not kidding. That's the extent of the upgrade.)
[Version 3.2.9]


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olipower reviewed on 09 Aug 2006
I got interested in Life Balance a few years ago. That was before the whole David Allen Getting Things Done GTD wave started.

I've been wanting to use Life Balance for a long time. They offer a unique approach to life management and general productivity.

However, I've got stuck on many attempts to use it, because of a multitude of issues, issues which other users / testers, have also asked the developers to implement:

Syncing with iCal. Why? That would enable me to sync todays to-do list with a multitude of other things, including my cell phone. I don't want or need a PDA. PDA's are for business people. And geeks. Normal people just don't need PDA's after cell phones have become to refined and advanced.

Interface overhaul. The interface is too cumbersome to use daily. I cannot be scaled down in any way.

Easier input of tasks. For example via a menu in finder.

More frequent updates. This would bring more attention and momentum to the application. And a chance for them to weed out the illegal serial numbers floating everywhere. Let's face reality.

A lower price. Follow the market - sell more!

The developers response is, and always has been, a combination of denial, know-all, conservatism.

To the above, their response would probably be:
"Well, Oliver, we are very dedicated to the continued development of Life Balance. Actually, last month we received an intel-mac to be able to work on the universal binary, and we're also developing some AppleScripts now. And about our business model; well we have been in business for so many years now, so we know well how to stay in business... blah blah"

Well, just tell me straight that your cup is full, and you don't wanna listen.

Ok - what bugs me is just that Life Balance could be so cool, and a lot more usable, would they just listen to their users. I've seen on their forums many times, I'm not the only one voicing these needs. And has been for like ... 2+ years!
[Version 3.2.7]

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Andrew-Scott replied on 10 Nov 2006
I think you've hit the nail on the head. I've owned a copy of LB for a few years and have just become sick of their failure to implement obvious improvements, like iCal integration. And the attitude in the forums tends to be quite patronising.

The thing I don't understand is that if they use LB themselves why aren't they more productive in the development of their software?

I still have hopes: the software is solid and works well within its limitations.
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Stainboy commented on 12 Jul 2006
i was looking for a to-do list that could sync with my Palm-based PDA, and i evaluated this program for a day. my conclusions:

1. i didn't need the "life manager" aspects. just an outliner or to-do list app to sync between my Mac and PDA.
2. Mac/Palm/Conduit bundle = $80. way, way too expensive, especially for my needs.
3. outliner/to-do feature far less robust than other options.

i ended up purchasing Shadow Plan. while the desktop edition is not nearly as Mac-like as Life Balance, it had the most powerful to-do list features on both desktop and Palm apps, and it was far, far less expensive.
[Version 3.2.7]


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Date:22 Sep 2011
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Life Balance is there to help if y find that your life's getting really busy. Every day there are conflicting demands on your time from work, family, and half a dozen other sources. How do you achieve a lifestyle that works for you? Life Balance is personal coaching software that helps you to decide what to work on, so that you can put your effort into the goals, projects and tasks that really matter to you.

Benefits:
  • Get Organized: goals are easy to break down into projects and tasks
  • Prioritize: know your time is well spent where it will count the most
  • Be Flexible: get started quickly, then move, add and revise details as projects evolve
  • Get Realtime Feedback: to do list changes dynamically in response to what you get done
  • Stay Focused: long term goals don't get lost in the shuffle
  • Be Efficient: routines schedule themselves and patterns are easy to change
  • Relax: carve out time in the most hectic schedules to relax and have more fun


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