GTD mac app: iGTD

Bartek Bargiel is another one in the race for the best Mac GTD application. In good Apple style it’s called iGTD and has some very nice features (and some annoying shortcomings as well).

iGTD screenshot

The two things I like the most: Syncing and Quicksilver integration. Syncing worked flawless on my Mac. I had a few tasks in iCal already, synced from another GTD app; Actiontastic, which went open source some days ago. When I synced iGTD, it got these tasks from iCal with no problem.

And this is a good lesson if you are developing a Mac GTD application: Syncing with iCal. One GTD application that doesn’t have this is Midnight Beep Inbox. So there’s no way to get my tasks over to another app. Bah.

I also like that I can use Quicksilver to enter tasks into iGTD. And a nice menubar item with direct access to the app.

The date entry (for entering due dates) is very old fashioned. There’s no pop-up calender to click dates, and you can’t type “today” or “next monday” as some of the other apps can. It doesn’t even recognize 20.3.2007 as 20 March 2007, but as 20 March 2020. Weird.

So the race for the best Mac GTD app is still on. In my heat of possible winners are now five:

Actiontastic
iGTD
OmniFocus (not out yet)
Ghost Action
Midnight Beep Inbox

Which one do you like the best so far? I have big hopes for OmniFocus, based on the quality of the other apps Omni make. Of the other four, I think Inbox looks beautiful, but it’s soooo slow. The other three are great apps, and all have syncing that works. It’s too early to pick a winner for me.

  • http://brandscribe.com Dirk

    I like the simplicity of Actiontastic, although iGTD looks good. As you say, to early to tell who is best. For me the entry level requirement is QS integration. Without that it is not workable for me.

  • http://brandscribe.com Dirk

    I like the simplicity of Actiontastic, although iGTD looks good. As you say, to early to tell who is best. For me the entry level requirement is QS integration. Without that it is not workable for me.

  • http://www.brilliantdays.com Oyvind

    Quicksilver is important for me too. But even more important: An easy way to add files. If I would like to add files to a task, it should be drag and drop, and nothing else.

  • http://www.brilliantdays.com Oyvind

    Quicksilver is important for me too. But even more important: An easy way to add files. If I would like to add files to a task, it should be drag and drop, and nothing else.

  • Ben

    I’ve been using Actiontastic for the past two months, and love the simplicity and QS integration. The problem I’ve been having, and what keeps me from being a trusting user, is that more than a few times it has lost my actions or projects. Very unhelpful.

    The UI of iGTD seems cluttered, and I didn’t like that the QS action only sends it to “Inbox”, unlike Actiontastic in which you can detail what project and context you want to place the action.

    Inbox was too complex to Get anyThing Done.

    I didn’t like GhostAction because there was no inbox or QS integration.

    Omnifocus, please be the one!

  • Ben

    I’ve been using Actiontastic for the past two months, and love the simplicity and QS integration. The problem I’ve been having, and what keeps me from being a trusting user, is that more than a few times it has lost my actions or projects. Very unhelpful.

    The UI of iGTD seems cluttered, and I didn’t like that the QS action only sends it to “Inbox”, unlike Actiontastic in which you can detail what project and context you want to place the action.

    Inbox was too complex to Get anyThing Done.

    I didn’t like GhostAction because there was no inbox or QS integration.

    Omnifocus, please be the one!

  • http://natebeaty.com/ nate

    actually, iGTD can drop things into context/projects via QS now (not sure how new this is, he seems to be a frenetic updater):

    http://bargiel.home.pl/iGTD/quicksilver/index.html

    so far iGTD has been my fav.. i like the keyboard shortcuts and clean interface. tho i’m new to GTD, so… agreed that Inbox was WAAAY too complex.

  • http://natebeaty.com/ nate

    actually, iGTD can drop things into context/projects via QS now (not sure how new this is, he seems to be a frenetic updater):

    http://bargiel.home.pl/iGTD/quicksilver/index.html

    so far iGTD has been my fav.. i like the keyboard shortcuts and clean interface. tho i’m new to GTD, so… agreed that Inbox was WAAAY too complex.

  • http://www.brilliantdays.com Oyvind

    Inbox got a new version a few days ago. The FAQ says the speed has improved a lot. I’ll do a test and post about it.

  • http://www.brilliantdays.com Oyvind

    Inbox got a new version a few days ago. The FAQ says the speed has improved a lot. I’ll do a test and post about it.

  • http://www.brilliantdays.com Oyvind

    I’ll check out the new version, Nate. Looks like lots of improvements.

  • http://www.brilliantdays.com Oyvind

    I’ll check out the new version, Nate. Looks like lots of improvements.