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Track your calendar the easy way with Hot Plan for Mac

Keep your schedule and to-do lists in order with Hot Plan for Mac.

Those trying to track home and work schedules on their computers have a number of options. Hot Plan for Mac fully functions as a calendar and to-do list program, but its price may make it undesirable in light of free options available.

Hot Plan for Mac can be used for free for 21 days, and the full version can be unlocked for $12.99. The program downloaded and installed quickly. The native installer performed well and prompted us for actions at the appropriate times. The initial setup required clicking through pop-ups regarding registration and the full version payment, but this is expected from a freeware program. Available support was better than expected, with upgrades to the application available. The simple interface lags behind that of other freely available time management apps in that it lacked any color or graphics. Colors may be added to the calendar and to-do list based on priorities, but not to the interface itself.

You have the ability to create different lists, such as those for shopping or housework, as well as take and save basic notes. In addition to a basic to-do list, longer projects may be tracked through a separate feature, which includes progress and deadline management. The program's ease of use is welcome, and it functions well without delays or glitches. Unfortunately, many of these features may be available at no cost via Web or smartphone apps, which function nearly as well.

For those seeking to work exclusively with their computer for time and project management and are willing to pay a small cost for full use, Hot Plan for Mac may be a good application.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of FotoMagico for Mac 4.2.

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