The first Mac task list software I have for your consideration is TaskPaper from Hog Bay Software. It is simultaneously a simple and powerful task manager. It meets both of the criteria I outlined in the first part of this series of articles, Keeping a Genealogy Task List, Part 1:
- Unobtrusive storage
- Simple, powerful retrieval
The developer has created an elegant design that enables entry of tasks in a natural way. Projects are inserted by typing a line of text followed by a colon. Tasks are lines of text preceded by a hyphen and a space. Anything else that’s typed is a note. It doesn’t get any easier than that.
Retrieval is simple too. You can list tasks by project, tag, or arbitrary searches. Complex search language is supported for those that need it, but it stays neatly out of sight otherwise.
There’s even a quick entry window that allows you to add tasks to a project while in another application, without switching to TaskPaper first. This helps you stay in the zone.
In this video: Keeping a Genealogy Task List in TaskPaper, I walk you through where to get a free trial copy of TaskPaper, and then how to use it to store and retrieve genealogy tasks. Please note that in the screencast I say “Hogs Bay Software” when it’s actually “Hog Bay Software.” Hog is singular.
Give it a try and let us know what you think in a comment.