The Hit List
The Hit List
1.1.32

3.9

The Hit List free download for Mac

The Hit List1.1.32

27 September 2018

Advanced reminder application.

Overview

The Hit List manages the daily chaos of your modern life. It's easy to learn - it's as easy as making lists. And it's powerful enough to let you plan, then forget, then act when the time is right.

Your life is complicated enough as it is. The tool to manage your life shouldn't be. The Hit List keeps things simple by not forcing you to learn a system. It can be as simple as just keeping a list of things to do as you would on a piece of paper. However, if you do have a task management system such as Getting Things Done by David Allen, The Hit List is flexible enough to support you.

Forget what you need to do--with confidence.

What's new in The Hit List

Version 1.1.32:
  • macOS X 10.14 Mojave compatibility fixes
  • Improved handling of sync push notifications

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136 Reviews of The Hit List

3.5
Xenophile
26 March 2011
Version: 0.9.3.26beta

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Suffers from GTD developer conundrum: the developer needs a completed GTD app to give him that extra little push to finish developing his GTD app, but as long as his GTD languishes in beta, he cannot get the things done needed to get his GTD app done. No GTD app, no things get done. The solution is elusive but exceedingly simple once executed: the developer must first develop a GSD (Get Sh!t Done) app which will then enable him to complete his GTD app. Of course many people find Getting Sh!t Done more than adequate, and once a GSD app is completed, most developers see little point in continuing development of the GTD app. Instead they find that once a critical mass of sh!t is done, they urgently need to get their sh!t together, hence the forthcoming market for GST apps. As for THL, until the developer finishes his GSD app, it's not going to be much of a GTD app.
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thomaschoppy
19 January 2020
Version: 1.1.32
best task management app ever. And I regularely test Things, 2Do and Omnifocus as native MacOS + iPhone alternatives THL has the cleverest sync system, using MacOS Reminder (aggregating all account allowing you to share reminders). in order to allow you to share task with various context (work, family...). Event if - since Catalina - sync is not working any more :( the integrated mobile app sync still works. My prefered feature : you can build smart list (any parameter, combined as you wish). Every action you can make on a task has a shortcut (keyboard), you can start a timer when working on a task (miss the limit time and the addition of all time you work on a task to be complete) to me, THL is missing : dark mode, alarm, geographic based tasks (as in Reminder) the only real problem is KARELIA the editor do not put enought effort to adapt or make THL evolve (change are too slow and the developper seems sometime to have abandoned it.
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Kerry-Dawson
09 January 2018
Version: 1.1.31
The Hit List is a great program that's functional and easy to use but since it is not crosss platform (Android) it lives in the last decade. I'm not sure like Omni they're myopic but lack resources.
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4.5
xbteng
17 October 2016
Version: 1.1.26
非常棒的App
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Anon-Bud
19 December 2015
Version: 1.1.17
Meh.. Pretty app. But not reliable. Doesn't really work well trying to have repeated tasks that have subtasks. Sync got messed up between my Mac and mobile devices and had to delete and then reinstall on the mobile devices to get the sync to work. Documentation is lacking and support is only half there [they helped a bit on the sync issue, but not at all on the repeating task issue]
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5
FreeWizard
18 June 2015
Version: 1.1.10
Wonderful task management app with Finder-like smart folder and a beautiful timer. Sync is light speed; AppleScript support is great.
Oh, plus the iPhone/Watch version is almost perfect.
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Dingdongdaddy
10 March 2015
Version: 1.1.12
Like that it will organize in an outline, but then allow sorting by other criteria that breaks tasks into a list. I like to sort by date modified to work through tasks Mark Forster style, http://markforster.squarespace.com/. Omnifocus can do this, too, but it always confused me. Hitlist makes it simple and clear.
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5
Matt-M
01 February 2015
Version: 1.1.10
This app works well for me, doesn't crash, syncs reliably, has been around for a long time, continues to be developed, and is completely keyboard navigable.
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Matt-M
01 February 2015
Version: 1.1.10
This app works well, doesn't crash, syncs reliably, has been around for a long time and continues to be developed, and it's completely keyboard navigable.
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Ajmac25
11 January 2015
Version: 1.1.10
A great app that is now back. I have used THL, OmniFocus, Things and Firetask. All have pluses and minuses and I think it depends on the user and what you need. THL is an easy program, and now it is finally being updated. I too appreciate honoring previous purchases, the iPhone update and the included sync. Now, PLEASE get an iPad version. I am still using Omifocus for my primary "To-Do" app but I think THL could replace it, IF an iPad version ever comes out.As for price, all of these apps are pricey, but if you truly need a to-do app, the time they save and keeping me on-track with multiple daily tasks is priceless.
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Steve K
11 January 2015
Version: 1.1.10
I just wanted to say THANK YOU to the developers for honoring our Hit List serial numbers from the Mac Heist Bundle all the way back in 2009. I always loved the app but I just didn't like the subscription-based model that was introduced after I purchased it. So I kicked it to the curb and tried every other app in the same category but none of them were as much of a joy to use as The Hit List. So now, I'm back. I'm not going to review the newest version just yet because I haven't used it enough to make an honest go of it. But I will.
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Celtkin
11 January 2015
Version: 1.1.10
A $49.95 reminder program seems way too expensive.
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ctt1wbw
04 January 2015
Version: 1.1.9
I have finally found The One. The iPhone version is super duper slick and the desktop version is too. I very much love this app, the ease of use as well as the GUI, and the cards layout is great. Super app!
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Jazzyguy
04 January 2015
Version: 1.1.9
This version is simply great in every way. Love the GUI Randall of the features.
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Jazzyguy
04 January 2015
Version: 1.1.9
This version is simply great in every way. Love the GUI Randall of the features.
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Mhoutman
28 December 2014
Version: 1.1.7
Latest version in both MAS and Karelia web store is now 1.1.9 ! Also release of new iOS app 2.0 last week. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hit-list-simply-powerful-tasks/id948328681?l=en&mt=8 Sync between iOS and OS X is now FREE !! I really would like to see some cross upgrade option for Things users :0
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Sparrowhawk
28 August 2014
Version: 1.1.3
Note to MacUpdate admins: 1.1.5 is out (20th August)
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Sigil
28 July 2014
Version: 1.1.3
Paying for sync is a deal breaker. Using Dropbox, and iCloud are arguably better alternatives. Many people want WiFi sync, The most paramount reason being privacy. However, they won't offer WiFi sync, because there is no legitimate way to monetize it. That is the only reason I can see why it hasn't been implemented. The advent of DropBox and even iCloud has made the legitimacy of charging for sync dubious unless you offer a higher level of security or something.
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Anon-Bud
05 March 2014
Version: 1.1.3
Just a note: Karelia Software has acquired The Potion Factory. So maybe there will be movement here again! Let's hope so!
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lemon-kun
30 December 2013
Version: 1.1.3
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.
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Jazzyguy
17 December 2013
Version: 1.1.3
I just want to add the fact that there is no better reminder app on OSX or on any platform than this app.It has been honed to Perfection
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Jazzyguy
05 December 2013
Version: 1.1.3
I agree with onamac this is a well thought out application. The GUI and everything in it is great.I use it daily.
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Mhoutman
05 December 2013
Version: 1.1.3
Is this a joke ?
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onamac
31 May 2013
Version: 1.1.2
Owned this app for a long time, back when it was a beta. Since then I also demoed the competition, but I still come back to this one. It's just a very well-implemented, thought-out app IMO. I like that you can have regular tags and contexts too, and more than one of each if you want. The Smart folders are great as are the way it handles projects too, similar to OF but Hit List just feels better to me. Archiving is done well too, that it is still accessible and 'live'. I do sort of like the context columns in OF but it's just as easy to enter the details in THL and seeing them right next to the task instead of a column is fine with me. The subfolders / nesting is essential to me in organizing my things. I agree there's a security in knowing a product is actively developed, but since this one works so well, that's not a big concern for me. I figure in 10 years if it's not around, I'll have to adapt to something else. I'm sure there will be plenty of apps not around in 10 years and lots more to replace them. It's not like I'm worrying about future importing my projects to a new app, because if my projects are still going on 10 years from now then I've got bigger problems than finding a new app. I've used some old old well-coded software that still worked long after it was abandoned. Remember NotePad Deluxe? That thing would still be working if Rosetta were still around. Anyway we don't know that this app is abandoned. Plenty of stuff that is working hasn't seen an update for a year, not just this. That said though, I do hope Andy still has the desire to keep it alive, because even with what else is out there, THL just does everything so smoothly and is very flexible. It really is a gem. Anyway, I too would like it if syncing wasn't a paid option, and up until recently I got around that by syncing to iCal and letting iCal show me the events on my iPhone. However, I did decide to try out the iPhone app and pay for the syncing just to see what I was missing, and I think it's really well-implemented. I personally don't like iOS apps where the only option is to sign up and pay from there, so was glad this wasn't the case. I'm also glad it isn't an autopay. I was impressed with the way THL handled the whole thing—quite elegantly, actually. And the sync is crazy fast. As soon as I'd type something in THL it would appear on my phone. I feel this app is the best out there for the way I want to work.
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Monkeyjunkey
13 December 2012
Version: 1.1.2
Nice app, but having to pay for an app AND having to pay a monthly fee, for syncing between OS X and iOS, is not cool. Deal breaker. Either charge for the app and allow syncing for your paying customers or make the app free and charge for syncing.
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4.5
Dingdongdaddy
22 October 2012
Version: 1.1.2
Long time OmniFocus user here. Every single time I opened that program up, I'd groan, and die a little inside. Technically sound, it just felt hard to look at, and (especially on the iphone) convoluted to use. I'm in the early days of The Hitlist, but what a breath of fresh air. To open a task in card view and do some some serious brainstorm writing is great! Tags and tag filtering--Omni swears we don't need that, and I believed them, till I used them here. Tags are great and easy to use in The Hit List. Multilevel outlining--another plus. It's reminding me a bit of the old program InControl, which was basically an outliner with a built-in calendar. That would be a sweet addition to The Hitlist. But even as is, I'm loving it.
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FTBZ
30 May 2012
Version: 1.1.1
Unable to use the sync service from two weeks now. I get an error "The operation couldn’t be completed. (OSStatus error -25300.)" and the support does not respond to my emails. Boring.
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Lodestone
27 May 2012
Version: 1.1.1
This is a great todo app for keyboard enthusiasts. The keyboard mappings are intuitive (especially for someone who has ever used Vi/Vim). Sync with iOS (payed service) is not where I'd like it to be but I understand sync is a hard problem to solve. I'm willing to be forgiving for an app I enjoy using so much.
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5
Blloyd
26 April 2012
Version: 1.1
The 1.1 update to The Hit List brings one of my most needed features: Context-sensitive quick entry (via integration with OS X services). It makes a huge difference in usability to me. THL is beautiful, well-designed software, and the sync service is fantastic. It's noticeably faster than OmniFocus sync for me. The main knocks at this point are a couple things: * There's no iPad version yet. Potion Factory says it's on the way, but things often take longer than people would like * Between releases, Andy can go kinda quiet. This is fairly well documented in the comments below. With the large number of changes in 1.1 and the improvements, it's pretty clear to me that he's investing a lot of time in it, and it's worked reliably for me for the last couple releases so I don't have much bad to say about it. It really is nice and flexible to use, and it doesn't frustrate me like Omnifocus does.
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FTBZ
24 April 2012
Version: 1.1
Having tested many competing software, I never found a replacement as good as "The Hit List". OmniFocus have an old-style interface and the pricing is unacceptable and Things suffers from a lack of features. I love how the "context" and "tags" are simple to use with The Hit List.
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Pdwal
23 April 2012
Version: 1.1
The Hit List is the best solution I have found for the rapid, powerful processing of notes, ideas, and tasks. The implementation of keyboard shortcuts is particularly excellent, as is the overall elegance and speed of the application. It is clear that a great deal of thought went into the design of the Hit List. I confess I hesitated because of the price -- it is on the hefty side -- but the nature of my job leaves me with a long, complicated set of tasks, notes, and things to track, and, in my opinion, only Omnifocus rivals the Hit List in power, and pales significantly in ease of use and elegance.
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Bayard
09 March 2012
Version: 1.0.6
STAY AWAY FROM THIS APP! Forget all the discussion of features, functionality, etc. Its disabling factor is the total, inexcusable lack of tech support. I go a message on 7 Feb. 2012 that it coudn't open my library, went to Potion Factory's website & found instructions for how to repair a corrupted library, but then found they didn't match AT ALL what they said I would in my App Support. What's more, I couldn't find a backup file on my iMac that was less than 8 mos. old. Sent PF 4 increasingly frantic messages asking for help (including the relevant files, screenshots, etc.), but have STILL (03/09) gotten NOTHING except their original auto-reply to my original message. Had an earlier parallel experience with them over a less incapacitating problem (duplicate appearances of tasks, bloating sorted to-do lists. At least that time I got into correspondence with Andy Kim, but after I sent him the files he requested I NEVER heard back. This SW is simply too unreliable and unsupported to depend on as a tool for daily use. A shame, because it has some useful features, especially if they worked the glitches out. But absent support (and, apparently, a robust system for backing up your data), just too undependable. DON'T TOUCH IT! Something's wrong w. MacUpdate's rating system: I want to give it a 0 rating for value & stability, but MUD won't let me; also to lower the Features rating because they don't work properly.
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Mhoutman
06 March 2012
Version: 1.0.6
IMHO one should stay off this software. Sure it is nice, but again its developer seems in a very deep sleep. No updates for months on both Mac OS and iOS, so why even bother. FYI his last tweet was 207 days ago ! Sync should be free or at least have give us a product which had continuous support like OmniFocus, Things or Firetask
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2.5
Macgruder
12 February 2012
Version: 1.0.6
There are many good things about this app but unfortunately the only way to sync is to pay for it. While having a paid syncing service is fine, what is not so fine is the fact that you can't use a WiFi to do the job if you wish. Given that the mechanics of sync have been developed there seems to be no good reason to not have WiFI syncing - unless the developer is hoping to make more money by forcing users to use the cloud sync. I don't want to put my data on the cloud if I can avoid it for security issues. Also depending on where you are you may not have a web connection.
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Fibric
09 October 2011
Version: 1.0.6
after years of being not satisfied with many of myself tested to-do and task planing apps but finally the hit list changed my mind. it does not force me to stick to bloated and inconsistent gtd system. it supports me in using tro (total relaxed organization). there is only one missing thing. syncing over the air or at least an api extension for the paid sync service. oh and the price is ok but syncing costs extra per year but thats okay actually i do not use sync because of lacking possibilities on syncing. ical is no good interface for syncing with other apps and services. the last sentence. the hit list fits bests to my requirements :-)
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FlyinRyan7
27 August 2011
Version: 1.0.6
Solid 4 star app considering the price (50$ at the time of this writing). How anyone could rate this app 1 or 2 stars is mind-boggling to me. There are a lot of things I love about The Hit List such as: * keyboard shortcuts (very intuitive…awesome job) * reasonably priced iOS app w/ sync * intuitive layout with containers (folders, Inbox, Today and upcoming) * tags and contexts are easy to use and effective for organization * The Hit List doesn't force you into using a system - you can use it how you'd like * the hints at the bottom are great! Some things I don't like: * developer makes me nervous… he doesn't really respond to email. Also from what I read it was 3 years of promises before this app finally made it out of beta. I understand that software development isn't a straight-forward process, but good grief. * the price is slightly high for what it does. This is more of a 40$ piece of functionality in my mind. However, there really aren't a lot of GTD alternatives that do what I want and I've done trials on quite a few of them! Sooo… I just paid the 50$. * no dropbox or alternative syncing. What would make this a 5 star app (or if the price were lower… obviously you expect more from a 50$ app than a 40$ app): * rules - for instance, if I mark something with a certain tag (ex: /important) then automatically make it a priority 1. Or if it has a certain tag, move it to this list automatically. * the ability to drop a file into a to do (instead of it just linking)…..more of a "nice to have" * being able to iCal sync based on priority (I guess technically you can if you create a smart folder for high priority items and then set it to sync w/ iCal) * a preferences setting to sync every X minutes. Instead I have to manually sync. If there is a way to automatically do this, I am unaware of it. * ability to customize a few things: folder colors, list backgrounds, text colors….etc. The blue folders and yellow notebook paper are great at first… and then get boring. I'm happy with this app and it does about 90% of what I want it to do. If you are considering either Things, Pagico, or Omnifocus, you HAVE to check out The Hit List.
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Sw-tester
11 August 2011
Version: 1.0.6
What I like: keyboard commands and the smart lists. what I dislike: sorting sucks (no way to not sort without headers, it waste too much space), notes access are a little clunky, more options to customize interface like turn off tabs (don't need them we have the side bar), cloud sync (give me a break, and paid? not only that but I would not trust the developer with him having access to my todo lists, (also apple provides free cloud now) missing: collaborative or network share todo. is dev going to do the separate iphone/ipad apps, probably since he only released a the iphone one. i think a universal app show the dev is considerate. company: hard to trust a developer that took almost 3 years to get out of beta and sold to people like it was almost ready 3 years ago.
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Xplicit
10 August 2011
Version: 1.0.5
The Hit List adds something to the help viewer so that every time the help viewer is started it wants to connect to static.potionfactory.com even when it's started from an app other than The Hit List. The developer doesn't respond to eMails regarding this. As I said before, very unreliable app and developer, sorry but that's how it is for me.
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signalprocessor
18 July 2011
Version: 1.0.4
Incredibly well done app. I've been wanting to write my own to-do list application for a long time, and now I don't have to. I just switched from OmniFocus, which was decent, but hasn't changed much in a few years and didn't handle synchronization well at all. As a developer, I appreciate the considerable recurring costs of maintaining servers, and the need to charge for sync. You only pay for the app once- but you could use the sync service for years. Developers get billed monthly for servers, bandwidth usage, and also have to pay people to maintain, backup, and manage the servers- so you continue to have a seamless sync experience. At $20/year for sync, this is a steal!
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Mar6473
16 July 2011
Version: 1.0.4
Dev, don't listed to the cheapskates on here complaining. The sync service is fast and reliable and a deal at $19.99 a month. You deserve to make some cash of this great app. Thanks!!!
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Bimmerman
08 July 2011
Version: 1.0.4
Pay to sync?
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Mjkphoto
08 July 2011
Version: 1.0.4
The iPhone App has been released. I'm disappointed to see that it, too, requires use of Potion Factory's Cloud syncing. HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT. Other apps sync without the need for a Cloud service. I've waited two years for this promising program and now it goes in the TRASH.
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Xplicit
22 June 2011
Version: 1.0.4
Actually I find THL is more complicated to use than OmniFocus now that I've tried it. Especially entering and handling contexts is much worse in THL and the possibility to enter more than one context doesn't make it easier to use. Also OmniFocus omits tags completely, which is a good choice. Because of my past experiences with THL for iPhone, which I've been waiting on for years, hearing promise after promise, and the sync service which suddenly requires a fee (why no sync via MobileMe/iCloud?), I think THL is not a very reliable system.
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Steven-Goodheart
21 June 2011
Version: 1.0.4
I've never enjoyed any PIM's interface or found a more useable interface than The Hit Lists. I try to use OmniFocus but I keep coming back to THL for ease of use, even though OF is arguably more powerful. It's great to have the program *finally* out of beta and to see these bug fixes appearing so regularly now; it seems the program has finally got its feet under it, and I'm glad.
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FTBZ
09 June 2011
Version: 1.0.3
Why The Hit List ? Because OmniFocus is too complicated to manage properly and the interface is very repulsive. Because "Things" was unclear with the classification of tasks (the tags are not a good solution). Because TaskPaper is a good product, but still too limited. The Hit List is the best software to manage its tasks properly and easily.
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4.5
Ricoblues
08 June 2011
Version: 1.0.3
Early user. Elegant, easy, fast. Perfect to store my ideas on web development for every project. It store all my to-do: about music, graphics ... everything I must remember and organize. A fantastic vale. Thanks
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Mathias-Rhein
06 June 2011
Version: 1.0.2
well, about one year short of delivering... sad to see though, because the interface looked and felt really promising- so if You're not already sold to one of the competitors that offer free syncing over WebDAV (Omnifocus) or the web (like Toodledo), test run this one to see whether it suits your needs...
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Raddle
03 June 2011
Version: 1.0.2
I'm delighted to see this app back in business - it was always my favourite To Do application and I only moved away reluctantly because it failed to go iOS, now coming any day. It's not for the droning GTD obsessives out there, and that's precisely why I like it: it doesn't constantly force me to mess about with contexts and tagging. It helps me get things done, rather than Get Things Done. It's clear and attractive and very, very direct to use. The sync is *blinding* fast between Macs. Twenty bucks a year is *not* such a big deal to pay for this. And I could care less about whether it has industrial level encryption, as my work reminders will bore cybervillains to tears. Anyone who stores really important information in their GTD app is ignoring the fact that anyone could walk in, fire up the app, and copy it off the screen. Face it, nobody cares about your To Do list. Store your CC numbers and Secret Spy Name somewhere else. If the iPhone app integrates with this as well as I hope, my search for To Do software is finally over, and my work on this planet is done.
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Jim-Leff
03 June 2011
Version: 1.0.2
Here's an excellent 3rd party Tip Sheet for The Hit List. On this page, download the link for "THL Tips Second Edition: http://www.zyxnet.co.uk/tips
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Itistoday
03 June 2011
Version: 1.0.2
Great app with a lot of thought and love put into it, but I'm deeply disappointed with the new sync feature. I don't think enough thought or care went into that. The author wants me to *pay* for the convenience of sending my THL items to be stored on his servers in the clear? You'd have to *pay me* to convince me to do that! Have we learned nothing about the value of our data and what kinds of disasters can happen? (Looking at you, Sony, and a thousand other compromised companies.) Previously, I rated this as a 4 or 5 star app because it is my favorite GTD app. Now, I can only give it 3 stars, because to me, this is a much asked-for sync implementation is a step backwards.
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Steve K
02 June 2011
Version: 1.0.2
I've loved this app since day one. But paying extra for syncing is absolutely out of the question. And that really bums me out.
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Espiridion
02 June 2011
Version: 1.0.2
(For a summary just read the last 2 paragraphs :) ) Although Jimleff calls this app perfection, and Dystopia agrees so much that in just the past two days has rated it with 5-stars three separate times in addition to his previous 5-star rating, the app has not been perfect. Fortunately the developer has quickly addressed the problems starting with version 1.0. One issue that I can’t test until a new version is available is automatic updating. From 1.01 to 1.02 automatic updating on a PPC is flawed, since it downloads and installs an Intel-only version. Going to the developer’s website and doing a manual download gave me the correct Universal version. By the way, just as I disagree with their 5-star reviews I also disagree with 1-star reviews based on the application’s price. The Hit List (THL) is an application used for making lists, which may include tasks. It adds a lot of useful features that, to a degree, support David Allen’s Getting Things Done (GTD) methodology. For people following GTD, Midnight Inbox, Ready-Set-Do!, or Thinking Rock may be better choices. Of those 3, my favorite is Thinking Rock, but I haven’t spent much time with the most recent version of Inbox. Both Thinking Rock 2 and Inbox 1.5 are free. For something perhaps more powerful, there’s JIRA. It has a steeper learning curve, but the time spent learning JIRA can really pay off. Just as an example, it’s possible to automatically create a task for each email that gets to a specific address (e.g., support@xxx, sales@xxx, etc.) THL’s User Manual covers very basic concepts, but there’s a lot of room for improvement. For example, pointing step-by-step how to accomplish tasks such as entering an item, moving an item, choosing a context, changing a context, removing a context, etc. I’ll mention that a context is just a tag. THL is fairly intuitive, but a more comprehensive manual would be beneficial. The “Learn The Hit List” item is good, but seems inaccurate. For example, under Hit Lists I could not move items around using the w and s keys, although d and a worked. Every key worked fine under Inbox. Contextual Menus are limited, but by going to the Menus or displaying hints it is easy to accomplish simple things with THL. For my needs it still lacks a lot of functionality. For example, GTD aspects such as Delegate and Waiting For are not properly covered, so I prefer to use other applications. As mentioned, THL is more useful for creating lists and/or managing certain tasks. I can achieve some GTD functionality by using tags, but I did not find a way to filter all of my tasks simultaneously. In contrast, Thinking Rock allows me to filter using multiple criteria (e.g., status, project, context, time, energy, priority, etc.), with multiple options for each one. That makes it easy to focus on ALL tasks for Project X that I’ll work on from @OfficeComputer due in the next day or 2 days or a week or a month. Although initially THL is visually pleasing, the eye-candy did not enhance my work. All contexts use the same color. I found no way to change Font type and color (for font and background) per project. This simple formatting option allows me to quickly view all my tasks and immediately know their respective projects. Printing can be very useful and THL is quite capable. Let’s say I want to print a list with all my @errands or @computer items for specific dates. I can create a Smart Folder and select the appropriate criteria. This seems to work fine and is a powerful feature. I often print by @PersonName, and generate a list of all the items I need to address with a specific person. Overall, this is a capable task manager / list creator. Looks nice and is relatively easy to use. After the 1.0 release, the developer has been responsive and fixes have been made available quickly. Is it worth $50 or more with syncing? That’s up to each user. There are plenty of free or cheaper alternatives, as well as more expensive ones. THL has some limitations, including that it does not seem to import/export from/to other formats, URLs are not always treated as such, email addressees are treated as plain text, etc. I also could not find a Trash for deleted items. For my needs, I’ll still use something like Entourage/Contactizer Pro/Daylite for tasks, Thinking Rock or JIRA for a more robust GTD system, and NeO for my lists and outlines. I was enthusiastic about THL a couple of years ago. In spite of the eternal beta my rating is as though it was just made available today. For me, THL just doesn’t add much value considering the available alternatives. It is good for some basic stuff and that may satisfy the needs of many users. For a "1.0" release it shows potential, but it's not something I would use every day or that will replace the applications I already use.
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Jim-Leff
02 June 2011
Version: 1.0.1
The dev is a perfectionist. The upside is: his app is perfection. The downside is: it took him longer than anyone expected to finally release the software. Which made some customers hissing mad. And rate a perfect app down just because they were mad they'd have to wait for it. The app, just one more time, is perfect (which is why so many people fell in love with the beta...and got so hissing mad that the beta testing lasted so long). I've tried them all, from OmniFocus to Things to a bunch of less well-known apps. This is the one. Try it and love it.
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mfhead
02 June 2011
Version: 1.0.1
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Mjkphoto
01 June 2011
Version: 1.0.1
Very surprised to see the releases of Version 1.0. And now version 1.0.1 a day later! My hopes were quickly dashed by the subscription sync fee! Given this software's track record, there's little reason for me to spend money on an unproven service. The developer might have considered generating some good will for those of us who have been waiting for more than two years for the release of this program. And why not consider allowing users who have MobileMe to sync via that service instead of having to pay for it? Is there one last task for The Hit List to accomplish? Perhaps you can figure it out.
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Jeremyan
01 June 2011
Version: 1.0.1
I do not think the developer has proved himself/herself to be trustworthy. Whoever pays $70 for this app, is likely to suffer int he long run.
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Asian
01 June 2011
Version: 1.0.1
Is it not possible to select a specific font and size in task and card notes?. and font color?. To the developer: please, consider also basic features !!
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Shidong
01 June 2011
Version: 1.0.1
i hope i can give it 0 star :-) 1. price too high 2. what's its unique feature? Maybe the 20 bucks sync fee?? 3. he kept silence in the past two years and then bring the sync function, which is not free. how can users trust him? i will never use it again.. so happy that buy it as a bundle. then i can throw it away
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Anon-Bud
01 June 2011
Version: 1.0.1
Count me as one who is very hesitant to use a paid sync service to synch THL to my iPad or iPod, especially when I don't see the corresponding app for those devices. Why not use WiFi or MobileMe? I really like THL, but the developer's silence, lo these past two years, gives me cause for concern about spending money on this and cloud syncing. I tried Things [even bought it for my Mac and iPod] but it doesn't do all that I need. I've been using OmniFocus now for over three years, including on my iPad and iPod [costing me over $120 for all three] and just love it. It does all that I need to do and syncs seamlessly [at no extra cost]. THL is slick and robust, but I won't pay to have my tasks synced through the cloud. Sorry PotionFactory...
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Aetnaria
01 June 2011
Version: 1.1
THL's website states that this update (the one adding back PPC support) is 1.0.1, not 1.1.
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Frevoi
01 June 2011
Version: 1.1
Not only is any info about the subscription fee for cloud sync missing on the product page so that buyers might remain unaware of the follow-up costs involved when the mobile client is released. It currently even looks like there isn't support for free local WiFi sync at all. So you either have to pay the subscription fee of $20 a year or you can't sync at all...
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Hitme
01 June 2011
Version: 1.1
Reading all these reviews I'm starting to get feeling sorry for this developer. Sure, the last years he could have done a lot better in communication. But there are more indie developers that have that problem. (Like Allan Odgaard/Textmate). Overall The Hit List is a great GTD application. Even the last years when it was in beta. And I'm glad Andy continued developing THL and even happier it is finally out of beta. The quick respond to earlier problems with the library conversion an PPC support with version 1.0.1 is making me hopeful for the future. I tried all it's main competitors: Things, OF and a few others but somehow at the end I always came back as this is the one that suites me best. (btw. at this point the version should be 1.0.1, not 1.1)
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Alexl
01 June 2011
Version: 1.0
I was eagerly waiting for the 1.0, bought it years ago. I thought the flexibility was a feature and a better looking alternative to OmniFocus but after using Things for a while, THL is too complex (like OF). I'm sure there are people that need the folder/sub-folder architecture. I was one of those, but it turns out that I don't and Things made things easier. The other thing is, THL is what, a year late? How reliable is the Software and the Sync? I'm glad I bought it in a bundle, it's too expensive for what it is. It's a decent ToDo manager, and it'll work for many, but it wasn't worth the wait :(
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Abugirges
31 May 2011
Version: 1.0
Oh boy... the price IS ridiculous! 50 bucks for what? 20, maybe 30 USD. Sorry, but this is a no go!
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scottwild-co
31 May 2011
Version: 1.0
50 bucks plus a fee for syncing!!!!!!!!!!!!! i wouldn't touch this app with a shotgun.
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Mstudios
31 May 2011
Version: 1.0
It's the most fluent GDT app. Period.
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0.5
Espiridion
31 May 2011
Version: 1.0
Unbelievable. It's finally out of beta, and unusable for those of us using PPC Macs. I have at least two dozen applications that I installed or updated just this month and all support PPC. Every beta of THL supported PPC. My paid license now became unusable, since this release dropped PPC support and the beta no longer works. If it's hard for them to support PPC Macs, perhaps they should refund the money they took from PPC users. If/when I buy a new Mac, THL will not be a part of my workflow. Very disappointing.
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Cocoanut
31 May 2011
Version: 1.0
I've been waiting years for this and I'm pretty excited that development is continuing. It is polished and professional and even the beta has worked exceptionally well for me. I think I can speak for many others that only one question remains, what the hell took so long? Now for a feature request. Alarms, good alarms with lots of snooze settings like Outlook.
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JamesHarrisPhoto
31 May 2011
Version: 1.0
I love the fact that The Hit List 1.0 has finally been released. I hate the fact that you have to buy a subscription for syncing.
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3.5
Xenophile
26 March 2011
Version: 0.9.3.26beta
Suffers from GTD developer conundrum: the developer needs a completed GTD app to give him that extra little push to finish developing his GTD app, but as long as his GTD languishes in beta, he cannot get the things done needed to get his GTD app done. No GTD app, no things get done. The solution is elusive but exceedingly simple once executed: the developer must first develop a GSD (Get Sh!t Done) app which will then enable him to complete his GTD app. Of course many people find Getting Sh!t Done more than adequate, and once a GSD app is completed, most developers see little point in continuing development of the GTD app. Instead they find that once a critical mass of sh!t is done, they urgently need to get their sh!t together, hence the forthcoming market for GST apps. As for THL, until the developer finishes his GSD app, it's not going to be much of a GTD app.
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Whitemere
01 March 2011
Version: 0.9.3.26beta
Just as a question, and quite aside from the lack of an iPhone app, has this product had any kind of substantive update at all in the last two years (beyond extending the expiration date every few months)? Looking at the site it seems like 7 Jan was the last communication and 1.0 was 'nearly there' then. It's now nearly 2 months later and nothing. I ask because I took a little look at this many, many months ago and it looked interesting. But I went with Things and thought I'd check back once the iPhone app was done. But, now I'm thinking that, even if v1.0 hits soon, and even if it comes with an all-singing, all-dancing iOS app, this is essentially a piece of software that has been out of active development for 2 years. So looking at its history, including the minimal engagement from the developer with his customers, it seems like I'd be better off sticking with Things, imperfect though it is, as it is at least being supported. I suppose I'm concerned at the potential of shelling out 50+ USD for a product when it goes live, even with a companion app, if there's little evidence to suggest the developer will do much more than bank the money and then walk away from development for another 2 years.
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scottwild-co
27 February 2011
Version: 0.9.3.26beta
I really liked this software but it's poorly supported at the moment. I understand developers are human and have problems in life or just cant be bothered with stuff but this does impact on the devs credibility IMO. I wish there was more activity in the development of this app, i cant justify spending $50 on something that has the potential to be abandon-ware than a non beta release. When that day comes i would gladly support the Dev with a purchase.
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JamesHarrisPhoto
27 February 2011
Version: 0.9.3.26beta
The tagline for THL says: "Forget what you need to do with confidence." Well, it seems that the developer has forgotten that he needs to finish this app and release version 1.0. I just hope has hasn't forgotten this "with confidence".
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ehd
27 February 2011
Version: 0.9.3.26beta
I've used THL for over a year and I've finally decided to switch to OmniFocus. My task lists are so important I can no longer have confidence in this poorly supported app. For those considering switching, there are templates for OmniFocus that can mimic some aspects of THL graceful appearance. The learning curve is steeper but at least it is better supported and better integrated with the iPhone/iPod/iPad. My comment is meant to help concern THL transition to more reliable apps. Good luck to all.
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r37
21 February 2011
Version: 0.9.3.25beta
I love this app! I have tried all the others (including Things, OmniFocus) and nothing compares to this. Try it out at least... I'm also wondering, where can I get a discounted license?
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Elmarco
13 February 2011
Version: 0.9.3.25beta
Hello, I'd like to give this app a try (if I have time while it's still in beta). BTW where do you find a discounted license ?
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Buligwyf
04 February 2011
Version: 0.9.3.25beta
Very nice. A worthy contender to Things, but why oh why no Growl support? What about synching to an iPad?
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Lumac52
31 January 2011
Version: 0.9.3.25beta
Superb app! Software preferences are always personal, of course, and all the more so with task management apps. For me, anyway, this app is perfect. It has the difficult-to-attain balance between sophistication/power on the one hand and ergonomic sleakness/efficiency on the other. At a GUI level, it gets out of the way, behaving rather like a simple piece of paper, but then it supplements the task management experience in range of powerful ways: fully configurable smart folders, intelligent tag-guessing (optional), brilliantly quick keyboard navigation, etc. There's a lot to love in this app. Incredibly, the app is still free, as it's still in beta. But buying a discounted license at this stage isn't a bad idea, as, contrary to lots of comments here, the developer is still maintaining the product. As for the issue of an iPhone app, it's easy to get The Hit List sync'ed with the excellent iPhone app 2do (this works via THL's built-in ability to sync with iCal tasks). So, aside from the lack of a help file (which doesn't really bother me, since the app is easy to use and self-explanatory), this outstanding app already brings solid enough performance to be 1.0+.
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anonymous-aardvark-2083
07 January 2011
Version: 0.9.3.25beta
Seems I was right… http://www.potionfactory.com/blog/2011/01/07/potion-factory-and-mac-app-store I had a feelin' we could trust this guy
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Flash413
28 December 2010
Version: 0.9.3.25beta
I was curious to see what all the discussion was about... it seems like I've demo'd practically ever productivity tool like this out there. So I downloaded it to try it despite the comments regarding the developer's hiatus. Well I am a bit amazed, what a nice interface, and very well thought out! Potion Factory, you've done a VERY nice job here... perhaps outsourcing the completion would be wise? It would be such a shame to not finish this out with a non beta version and an iphone app. Surely you will be able to direct someone's efforts, give it a shot! (Can't hurt!) Optimistic...
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Macd
27 December 2010
Version: 0.9.3.25beta
oh come on already... stop this version fapping. just extend it a year at a time, or better a decade. or just remove the expiration at all?
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Espiridion
27 December 2010
Version: 0.9.3.25beta
The last beta to add any real features was Version 0.9.3.14 back in May 30, 2009 It's nice to see that the application is not completely abandoned, but 2 years in beta seems excessive. The software itself is promising, and the features I've used work fine. I just don't feel comfortable using beta software that may someday expire for good. (I do use NeO, which is also beta software but rapidly evolving.) The previous beta extensions were for 1 month, and this one is for 2 months (Beta expiration extended to March 1st, 2011)
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Tjerja
03 December 2010
Version: 0.9.3.24beta
hahahahha, there's an iphone contest on the website, calling for iphone sync ideas... deadline : September 21st, 2009... come on dude, do something with this great software idea, or take the old stuff offline. ... Still in beta??? after sooooo long???
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Maclover1-1
01 December 2010
Version: 0.9.3.24beta
HitList.. todo.. finish and update to version 1.0 just in time for 21 12 2012
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JamesHarrisPhoto
30 November 2010
Version: 0.9.3.24beta
It would be nice to have the author explain why this is taking so long. It seems stable enough. Just release it as version 1.0, remove the expiring time limit, and when the iPhone app is ready, update it to 1.1. Simple enough from my point of view. Now if we can have the author's point of view.
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anonymous-aardvark-2083
30 November 2010
Version: 0.9.3.23beta
For some reason Macupdate didn't let me rate -- but here it is :)
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Gazman
31 October 2010
Version: 0.9.3.23beta
Another beta that does nothing except extend the beta period for another month. Where is version 1? Where is the promised iPhone app? Until both these things happen I won't be give THL another look.
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Macgruder
04 September 2010
Version: 0.9.3.21beta
The smart folders are what makes this app. I have no problem with the extended beta as it works well for me. The main downside is a lack of iPhone companion app.
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Webnuts4u2
01 September 2010
Version: 0.9.3.21beta
It's a very useful program for me and I've worked around the iphone issues by running todo on my iphone and appigo synch. I purchased it in the MacHeist bundle two years ago and think I got my money's worth even though it's been in an extended beta. From what I heard of Things issues and the complexity of omnifocus, this simple fast and attractive program is my tool of choice.
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R1000m
11 August 2010
Version: 0.9.3.20beta
This app is effectively dead with zero communication, zero support and no updates from the developer. Even if v1.0 magically appeared today, with all the promised features, and the iPhone companion, you would have to ask yourself whether you'd want to entrust your data to an app that's basically unsupported. Yes, the developer might extend the beta expiration date one more time, or he might not. This is a bummer because the app looks and works pretty well (hence the fairly high rating here). But it won't ever get to version 1.
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Fishscale
30 June 2010
Version: 0.9.3.20beta
I got a free license to this app and have no idea why it has taken over a year to get out of the beta stage. I would be furious if I had bought this app for it's listed price of $50. If you are looking to buy this app and want to get the "beta" price, do not worry, there is no rush for them to get out version 1.0 it seems so the beta price will be available for a few more years at this rate. It is almost if the app has been abandoned but minor fixes are put up every few months to bring the app back to user's attention on version sites like this. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ If you need a "GTD" app I would take a look at Omnifocus if you want the most feature packed app; if you want a smooth interface but a little less robust check out Things. I have a license to both, I only use Omnifocus but Things is a nice app none the less, both have iphone companions if that is important to you.
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Tekl
30 June 2010
Version: 0.9.3.20beta
What a shame. Ages between updates and the only change is the expiration date. What about adding some needed features like: - column for measured/actual time - a way to edit the measured/actual time ...
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Cocoanut
24 June 2010
Version: 0.9.3.19beta
I cannot speak better about this app. After frustration with the extremely limited syncing of Things I rediscovered the Hit List and fell in love with it. It syncs with iCal very, very well. It has tons of options and possible configurations; unlike the extremely limited and rigid syncing of Things and OmniFocus. The look and feel of this application is extremely nice and real pleasure to use. I still cannot find much fault with it except for the fact that the developer is awol and there is no companion iPhone application. It's amazing that this app, which hasn't had any meaningful updates in quite some time and is apparently made by a single person is still far ahead in features and usability than Things which has a small team of people working on it every day for years. That speaks to the talent and inspiration of the developer and I sincerely hope he decides to finish this, add an iPhone application and create a really useful task management package that the Mac is sorely missing.
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E101
03 May 2010
Version: 0.9.3.19beta
THL suffered from the same iPhone-sucks-all-your-developer-time (even apple's) problem as did Things from Cultured Code. They too promised lot's of functionality and attention to detail but did not deliver. Things too (the Mac OS X version) is mostly stalled since before its 1.0 release. IMHO Potion Factory should completely bump its iPhone companion and instead make The Hit List a professionally usable, stable Getting Things Done application. As far as I can see into the design and technology decisions, The Hit List shouldn't be far from this (as opposed to Things with its silly slow XML-store and unreliable business logic).
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Pedro-Fardilha
30 April 2010
Version: 0.9.3.19beta
I'm assuming that the main reason for this "point-point" update is simply the fact that the previous beta was going to expire on the next month. I'm glad to see some bugs fixed, but like most who bought this thru MacHeist I also moved along to another app. THL was indeed a promising product. Maybe someday the dev will either restart the proper development of it or pass it to someone with the time to do so.
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Rawn027
30 April 2010
Version: 0.9.3.19beta
Taking 50 dollars from people and shipping a sub par product is unacceptable. I don't care if the developer has stuff going on, if you get to the point where you have a decent project and want to spend more time on it by accepting pre-orders. Then fine. Otherwise don't pull that BS. Weak. Just Weak.
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Mjkphoto
30 April 2010
Version: 0.9.3.19beta
It has been one year since The Hit List beta was released. (Seems much longer.) Yes THL is an elegant program. It just may be my primary GTD program if I could sync it to an iPhone App AND if it were a full release. But with no iPhone App, the program sits unused. Things is my main GTD program. Like others, I'm disappointed that it is taking so long for a final release of THL AND an iPhone App to sync it to. While it is a pleasant surprise to see the update listed, I am not very confident that the program will be released or that I'll be able to use an iPhone app with it. I'm sorry the developer is having so much trouble. I wish him well.
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Lev
30 April 2010
Version: 0.9.3.19beta
Poor Flounder. What rotten timing. Update seems stable, but a point point point beta upgrade is a little bit... well, leisurely. I was rather hoping for maybe 0.9.4 beta but I'm just a silly optimist. My point? Oh, okay, yes. THL isn't abandonware. The previous beta, and this one, do what they say they'll do, and do it well. It is, however, leisureware. But good.
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Welded
07 April 2010
Version: 0.9.3.18beta
I got this app a year ago as part of MacHeist 3 and it's actually a pretty good app. Like others here have said, if you use it and it works for you, then by all means keep using it. If you haven't bought or tried it, then, again like others, I strongly recommend that you NOT. The updates have slowed to a trickle, the mobile app is vapourware, and the author is not forthcoming with information. At this point the only confidence rebuilder is a solid update and the release of the mobile app. Their word means basically nothing. Check out Things-it's a little more expensive, but Cultured Code have proven they can ship products and good ones at that.
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Frosty
05 April 2010
Version: 0.9.3.18beta
For all intense and purposes its an abandoned project. Moving to Omnifocus. See ya, The Hit List. I wish it'd worked out... good $50 down the drain.
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Ctyankee
18 March 2010
Version: 0.9.3.18beta
The Hit List does many things well. It does not do other things very well, and certainly has some bugs. Data loss to name one that is a serious issue with any software. However the developer has ceased working on it. Sure every now and then a post on twitter or in the Google group will say "still working, be patient". But thats it. Just a post. No new versions, no iPhone app as promised. Nada. Sorry, but a photoshop mockup does not count. Long story short...this App should be avoided by new buyers. Those who already put down money for it can of course continue to use it. I STRONGLY recomend people buy from developers with proven records of support, development, and dedication. This app has seen none of those. Just plenty of cashed checks from unsuspecting buyers.
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