Actiontastic
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Actiontastic aims to be a Lean Mean Action Contextifying Machine.

It is a GTD (Getting Things Done) application that allows Inbox collection (including Quicksilver support), Processing into Actions, Projects, and Contexts, and acting on these items in their Context views. All of this is aided by filtering to show only the very next action for each Project if desired. The latest version also syncs with iCal allowing iCal-friendly PDA support, as well as iPod export.
What's New
Version 0.9.3:
  • The 0.9.2 list (below) plus bugfixes
  • Quicksilver updates
  • Complete Project, Context, and Action filtering
  • Better Inbox processing
  • New Anti-Drawer
  • Mail Integration
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later



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Espiridion commented on 21 Mar 2007
I have to disagree with the previous review based on my experience.

Other developers understand GTD quite well. In fact, this knowledge is more evident in other applications such as ThinkingRock which incorporates ‘Delegate‘ as well as the related ‘Waiting For‘ into the application.

I don't need my GTD app to be Cocoa. I need it to be cross-platform (Mac and PC). YMMV.

Regarding the User Interface, I was unable to view multiple actions from different projects at the same time.
Not to mention the strange text I got when entering a new action in the Context window. It doesn't make much sense to me to be able to enter actions within the Context window, but it is available as an option, so I tried it.
As I add a New Action, the Project selected is actually an action from a previous project, and I have the option to select “{ archived=0; completed=0,...webid=0;}” as a context. I did not criticize the app too harshly in my previous review, and this is clearly a bug. This is to be expected since this is a pre version 1 release.

I do hope that it becomes an amazing application, but to call it “the most comprehensive GTD for OS X available” and give it a 5-star rating is misleading.

I'm actually abstaining from rating the application since it is more of an early beta than a polished program.

By the way, since I'm not going to register just to reply to your blog:
-Frictionless is a self-contained version of Kinkless.
-Although you mentioned that “Nobody actually needs to search for a specific action in GTD,” a search function within a GTD application can be extremely useful. Not only for pending actions, but also for reference regarding past actions.
[Version 0.9.3]

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minimal design replied on 22 Mar 2007
Sounds like a comment on my blog post, not on Actiontastic, if you want to continue the conversation, I invite you to post over there, no registration required, just put in a fake email if you worried about that.
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Espiridion replied on 22 Mar 2007
It was a response to both your post here and at your blog, since you mentioned it. :-)
If I find some time I'll visit your blog again and will post there as well.
Best wishes.
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Kymm replied on 14 Nov 2008
Cocoa > cross-platform
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minimal design reviewed on 20 Mar 2007
I wrote a full review on my site so I won't go too much in the details but Actiontastic id as of now the most comprehensive GTD for OS X available.

It's not at 1.0 yet, so it doesn't have all the features in yet (hence the 4 stars) but it good enough to replace kGTD. I'm not even sure I'll consider OmniFocus when it comes out.

The major advantage this app has over the other GTD solutions out there (besides kGTD) is that the Dev really understands GTD, and it shows... Every single UI choice is right on, and I feel confident that whatever new feature makes it in future versions, they will thoroughly thought out and well implemented.

And with the promised online application to go with it, the circle is complete.

At last, a real Cocoa solution for GTD has arrived...
[Version 0.9.3]


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hced commented on 20 Mar 2007
Here's a wicked (?) thought:

How about Jon and Bartlomiej (Actiontastic / iGTD developers respectively) teamed up? Instead of working on two different (and free) apps, intended for the same purpose.

I'm certainly not a GTD boffin, but to me, the concept and layout of Actiontastic and iGTD do not look too divergent.

Still, of course, I somehow realize why there would be an understandable reason not to consolidate these projects, judging from the developers' standpoints. I'm not sure how easy it would be to just let go of (or reform beyond recognition) something that one spent countless sleepless hours to come up with...

Just a thought (or wish, I should say). I find the idea especially intriguing, since it would be great to see something truly potential, yet free/donationware, hold its ground against the forthcoming GTD app (habanero) cooking at OmniGroup's.
[Version 0.9.3]


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Espiridion commented on 16 Mar 2007
Good beta version. I will keep my eye on this one.
Unlike the previous reviewer mentioned, I don't find it to be better than Thinking Rock or other GTD programs I've used, but it certainly looks promising.
It has a clean interface, and is easy to use.
I would like:
Pop-up help when placing the cursor over an item
Preferences (?)
The ability to view multiple projects at once
Support for delegating actions
Support for ‘Waiting for' items
Etc.

For me, Thinking Rock is by far a superior application. For starters, it's one of the few applications that actually follows David Allen's GTD methodology. In addition, it allows me to view my actions in different ways, sort it using a variety of criteria, view various projects simultaneously, categorize Projects by color, it works on a Mac and a PC, etc.

Again, this is a good beta version. I got interested in it after reading that it was fully compatible with GTD, better than Thinking Rock, and so on.
After trying it briefly, for me it is certainly not better than Thinking Rock, and does not seem to incorporate the whole GTD methodology.

It may be better than many other GTD applications, but that's because some of them are really poor programs. Hopefully this one will evolve into something great. After all, it's still a beta.
[Version 0.9.3]


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Steppke reviewed on 15 Mar 2007
Great Application. Easy to use. Very efficient.

Best of all GTD-programs, which I tried.

Two things, I am missing:
- find an item from the menu
- print a project or a context (which Ghost Action can do)
and the look is a bit too Aqua (but still the best).

Actiontastic is invitating and better than ThinkingRock, iGTD and Frictionless.
[Version 0.9.3]


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Sam Applebaum reviewed on 15 Mar 2007
Actiontastic is the best GTD software I have tried. It is the only one that is both stable and fully compatible with the GTD system. Most supposed GTD applications don't even have inbox processing. The Quicksilver support is fantastic and the developer is truly devoted to the project and to listening to any feedback that might make it better. He has recently announced that the software will be free and open sourced.
[Version 0.9.3]

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OldCorpse replied on 15 Mar 2007
You may want to compare this to a new GTD app that's being developed with great speed - iGTD. Also has QS integration and iCal functionality. The more the merrier.
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jsuplido commented on 15 Jan 2007
Awesome iCal syncing! Now Actiontastic is always in sync with my Treo and iCal.

This is by far, the best and nicest looking GTD app I've used.

Great job!
[Version 0.9]


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Luhmann commented on 27 Dec 2006
The thing is, this app won't have iCal integration until the 0.9 build - and by that time OmniFocus should be out ... so while it looks like a great app, I think I'm going to wait for OF.
[Version 0.8.3b]


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Schmelding commented on 28 Sep 2006
Very "GTD." I look forward to trying. Thanks for attaching a screenshot!
[Version 0.8]


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Type:Business : Project Management
License:Free
Date:14 Mar 2007
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
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Actiontastic aims to be a Lean Mean Action Contextifying Machine.

It is a GTD (Getting Things Done) application that allows Inbox collection (including Quicksilver support), Processing into Actions, Projects, and Contexts, and acting on these items in their Context views. All of this is aided by filtering to show only the very next action for each Project if desired. The latest version also syncs with iCal allowing iCal-friendly PDA support, as well as iPod export.


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