Tangled tasks

Get ready to spend some time figuring out this confusing program.

It's not always easy to keep everyone on the same page when you have multiple employees working on the same projects, but with different tasks, appointments, and deadlines. We love the idea of a networked task manager that lets employees keep up with both individual and team tasks and activities. Unfortunately, A VIP Task Manager Professional Edition does a terrible job of executing this concept. Any time that could be saved by keeping employees abreast of each others' activities will surely be lost trying to figure this program out.

The application's interface is a disaster. It's cluttered with various modules, some of which are so crammed with columns that you can't even see what's in them without resizing them. The program comes with some precreated tasks that we think are meant to be a tutorial of sorts, but it's hard to make any sense of it. The whole thing is overwhelming to look at and difficult to navigate. The program does come with a detailed Help file that includes plenty of screen shots, and for that we are grateful. But task management isn't rocket science, and we don't think it should be necessary for users to spend so much time trying to figure out a program of this sort. A VIP Task Manager does have some useful features, including the capability to set permissions for multiple users and pretty advanced filtering options. We just wish that they came in a more easy-to-use interface.

A VIP Task Manager comes as a ZIP file. It installs without issues but leaves a folder behind upon removal. We recommend this program with reservations.

Editors' note: This is a review of the full version of A VIP Task Manager Professional Edition 4.1.1 build 634. The trial version is limited to 30 days trial only.

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