TaskUnifier is all about Getting Things Done

Get it done with this free task management tool based on the GTD methodology.

Benjamin Leclerc's TaskUnifier is a free task-management tool based on David Allen's Getting Things Done (GTD) method, which itself is based on the simple premise that recording a task frees the brain to focus on performing the task instead of remembering it. GTD's key concepts include tasks, folders, contexts, and goals; each helps you organize and prioritize your tasks in different ways. For example, contexts help you organize your tasks depending on where you are, such as at home or the office. TaskUnifier can synchronize data with Toodledo, the free to-do list, and similar apps. TaskUnifier requires Java, which is free but a separate download. You should install Java before installing TaskUnifier.

TaskUnifier's installation process includes a Setup Shortcuts tool and an optional automatic-installation script generator. A wizard walked us through the process of setting up TaskUnifier, including language options, time zone and date formats, proxies (including passwords and log-on tools), and optional synchronization with an external database or application (such as Toodledo) via a plug-in. The program's setup process finished up by opening the main window and displaying optional tool tips.

The user interface is an attractive and businesslike take on the basic Explorer layout, with three main tabs for Tasks (the default view), Notes, and Calendar views, and a navigation sidebar to the left of the main window, which itself is divided horizontally.

In layout, features, and primary function, TaskUnifier is like most task management tools, with features for managing Contacts, taking Notes, and synchronizing data. Right away, though, we noticed differences, starting with the color-coding of entries and data for instant visual reminders and prioritization. Setting up a task in TaskUnifier involves not only setting a priority but also the estimated length of time it will take to complete the task, whether the task is to be repeated, its due date, and other critical factors.

It sounds like a lot, but we found TaskUnifier clear in both its design and functionality, with plenty of Help information available, including new-feature requests. Whether the GTD method is for you, we can't say, but TaskUnifier seems well suited for getting things done.

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