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Software Notes (Mac Edition)

Soon after Alcor released the source code, Ankur Kothari cleaned up Quicksilver, improved the memory footprint, and fixed a bunch of problems and bugs. Download it here.

The 1.4 beta of iNdependence was recently released. It allows for (nearly) one-click jailbreaking and unlocking of iPhones running 1.1.3 software. I tried it this weekend and it worked great and was pretty easy.

Things is a neat and full-featured todo manager app. It’s sorta pricey, though, and doesn’t talk to iCal, plus I was having some trouble getting my head around how I’m supposed to use it to be more efficient. Now I’m giving Anxiety a shot. It is cute, simple, free, and integrates with iCal and Apple Mail using Leopard’s built in todo support.

3 replies on “Software Notes (Mac Edition)”

  1. One of the problems that I have with most todo list apps is that I want the satisfaction of checking the “Completed” box, but then I want the task to fade away (not literally, just that it has no need to be in the list anymore). I want to be able to get to it, but over the course of, say, a lifetime, if things don’t disappear from the list it will grow to an unmanageable size (like my inbox). I still want to be able to go back and review things that I have done (“when did I complete my TPS report?”), just not have them clogging my screen. Have you found any apps that have dealt with this in an elegant way?

  2. I feel quite as you do, Adam. That’s one of the reasons I still jot down paper lists on the weekend – nice satisfaction from seeing so many ‘crossed out’ items. 🙂

  3. Well, for my emails I send everything to an Archive folder as soon as I’m done with it (often immediately), which sort of follows the GMail model. For calendar items, there is a clear temporal component that makes it somewhat irrelevant. Since iCal, Apple Mail, and now apps like Anxiety use the Leopard built-in Calendar Store (a data store API built on top of their CoreData framework), the to-dos created in those apps behave the same way — in Anxiety, it disappears from my list, in iCal it displays how I tell it to (on the day it was completed), and in Mail it acts stupid (showing all past to-dos in one big list). But because its using a central store, I can decide how I want to use the data in whichever app I choose, assuming the app gives me options.

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