Frictionless
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To-do list manager in the GTD style.   Free
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Frictionless is a to-do list manager just like the many other GTD programs out there. Te main thing that makes Frictionless unique is that the developer is designing Frictionless around linking it to the many other programs you use in your digital life. To facilitate this, not only is Frictionless open source, but it's written in Ruby Cocoa so that it can be easily extended by others, and so that it can reach out to connect to data stored on the Internet as well.

The user interface is also quite deep and flexible, designed around the person who has 100+ item to-do lists, of which
What's New
Version 2.0d18 fixed the problem bringing up NSAlerts that was hitting a few newbies.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 or later



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Appscout commented on 06 Mar 2010
Doesn't work under 10.6.2

Seems to be abandon-ware. Too bad.

Will try again later.
[Version 2.0d18]


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ibsteve commented on 28 Jun 2008
Still can not open this program. What is going on????

10.4.11. Is this a 10.5 app??? It says 10.4 and up.
[Version 2.0d18]


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Syed Ali commented on 17 Dec 2007
The program crashes instantly on my Core 2 Duo MacBook running Leopard.
[Version 2.0d15]


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boxers commented on 20 Jun 2007
There is no information anywhere about how to use this app. which is a pity because on first glance it seems to be a great addition to the GTD process. But after downloading it only took 30 seconds to get lost, so for me it is useless and in the Trash :(
[Version 2.0d14]

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aljuk replied on 08 Jul 2007
You obviously didn't look very hard then did you...
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Twin Forces (developer) replied on 21 Mar 2008
Dunno what you're talking about there should be a built-in quick start guide. There's not a lot of docs, but what do you want for free?
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slade95816 reviewed on 11 Apr 2006
As a David Allen enthusiast, I really wanted to like this app... and it has some great things going for it: one window lets you sketch out your projects and a separate window lists all the next actions of that project in their own "contexts" (at home, at work, online, calls, etc.) without the project hierarchy cluttering up your thinking... this allows you to focus on your next actions and so not even think about why you're doing them, which is the essense of the David Allen GTD system, to free the mind from thinking about too many things at once. This feature alone makes this a great product.

I did, however, find several UI problems:

1) the button navigation was not very intuitive (i.e. the up, down, left, right arrows), as they are, say, in in OmniOutliner (note: OmniOutliner is not a comparable software -- I mention this only for its intuitive navigation design).

2) I could not find an easy way to create items on the fly without having to add these items in a *project* window. Perhaps I didn't read the instruction manual enough, but creating a simple list, and then reorganizing it later, seems to be a better work flow for the mind, rather than having to assign all its attributes as you enter each item. Besides, not all items are a project -- some are simply Next Actions, so this is a slight digression from Allen's GTD philosophy.

3) There was no way to change the extremly small font size of the GUI. I had to squint to see what each window said.

4) finally, the kiss of death: it crashed twice in 30 minutes. As much as I would have liked to use this app, I'm not willing to invest time in an application that isn't stable on my OS 10.4.5

Nevertheless, I'll be looking for updates to this software in the future -- there is great potential with this application!
[Version 0.8.4]

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Twin Forces (developer) replied on 27 Apr 2007
Well we're on the 2.0 development version now. I'd love to hear feedback on what you think of the new UI.
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slade95816 replied on 27 Apr 2007
Great. I'd be happy to review it!
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supernitin commented on 07 Mar 2006
It looks descent but I just got a MacBook Pro and am being a snob about running PPC programs on it. Any chance of a MacIntel version?
[Version 0.7.1]

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MacUpdate-Lon commented on 07 Mar 2006
The developer can be contacted here.
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Twin Forces (developer) replied on 10 Mar 2006
Yeah, I can look into that. I think I just have to tweak how I build it. I won't be able to test it, because I don't have an Intel machine though.

E-mail me and I'll do a universal build so you can test it.
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Twin Forces (developer) commented on 23 Feb 2006
I tried the one-window thing, and it added more friction because I was constantly having to switch the window. It turned out to be better to have multiple windows but be able to switch between them via a command key.

Otherwise, yeah, the UI needs to be cleaned up. I'm just concentrating on features and stability right now. Keep those suggestions coming. :-)
[Version 0.7]

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Luhmann replied on 03 Mar 2006
Have you tried a tabbed interface?
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Twin Forces (developer) replied on 04 Mar 2006
Actually, I had a brainstorm on how this will look, and it probably won't be tabbed, but it will be even better then the current one, AND in one window!

Just have to get it done...
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dudehey reviewed on 23 Feb 2006
I agree with the previous review. This is a GREAT start. The GUI does need a little cleaning and a one-window setup would probably work best for this. iCal integration would be nice, but not 100% needed (although just using Applescript to call iCal to add events would be rather easy to implement, so - that would be nice). Overall a great start with tons of potential, thanks.
[Version 0.7]


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Luhmann reviewed on 23 Feb 2006
This is very nice. Having a standalone app has some advantages over KGTD. However, it needs to clean up the GUI so that there is only a single window. Also, it needs iCal integration.

Great start!
[Version 0.7]

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epstein replied on 22 Mar 2006
Suggestion: a tabbed interface (with keystrokes for moving between tabs) could provide the advantages of both single-window and multiple-window interfaces.
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ibsteve had trouble on 13 May 2007
I am having the same problem. Application won't open.
[Version 2.0d8]

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Twin Forces (developer) replied on 18 Jun 2007
Sorry, PowerPC vs. Intel thing. d9+ should be ok on PPC now.
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Sleek had trouble on 12 May 2007
I downloaded version 2.0 but application does open
running Mac OSX tiger 10.4.9 fully updated system on Power Mac G4 @ 800 mhz 1 GB memory, 2, 120 and 250 GB HD, Super Drive
[Version 2.0d8]


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Type:Business : Personal Info Managers
License:Free
Date:27 Jun 2008
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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Frictionless is a to-do list manager just like the many other GTD programs out there. Te main thing that makes Frictionless unique is that the developer is designing Frictionless around linking it to the many other programs you use in your digital life. To facilitate this, not only is Frictionless open source, but it's written in Ruby Cocoa so that it can be easily extended by others, and so that it can reach out to connect to data stored on the Internet as well.

The user interface is also quite deep and flexible, designed around the person who has 100+ item to-do lists, of which only perhaps 10-20 items could actually be performed at any one time. That is, the interface is designed to let you quickly filter out all the items you don't want to look at in favor of the items you could actually be working on right now.


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