CNET Editors' review
Call them what you will -- task managers, organizers, or personal assistants -- but software designed to help busy people stay a step ahead of the competition (or disaster) is practically as old as computing, itself. It sometimes seems like we've tried them all, yet few have been "keepers." So we were intrigued by Dextronet's Swift To-Do List since other picky users seemed to like it. It's shareware, so it needs to offer a lot of features and performance to stand out from the freeware crowd -- and it does. But you can try it free for 30 days to see if it suits your needs. Swift To-Do List 8 is ready for Windows 8.
Swift To-Do List's welcome screen offered two options: Empty Database, to start a new database, or Sample Database, to view example data. While the program's neatly partitioned Explorer-style layout and attractive icon suite seemed easy enough to grasp, we nevertheless started with the sample data, which is one of the best and fastest ways to learn to use programs such as Swift To-Do List. The first page of a Quick Start Guide appeared next. For good measure, we also opened the extensive Help file and toured the other resources on the Help menu. The documentation recommends starting with the Basics overview, which describes how to set up the program's tree view-based to-do list, database, and encryption; configure pop-up reminders and alarms; import and sync e-mail, browser, and mobile data and devices; configure filters; and much more. The Import Wizard made it easy to import not only contacts but also tasks from Outlook. We like the ability to completely customize the tree view, icons, and so on; in fact, it seems like there's very little about Swift To-Do List that can't be customized or configured.
We're impressed by Swift To-Do List and don't doubt its claim to help reduce stress and bring "peace of mind" to busy people who take advantage of its many capabilities. The full version costs $44.95 -- not expensive, though more than similar tools. But Swift To-Do List's 30-day trial makes for a stress-free decision.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Swift To-Do List 8.052.
Swift To-Do List features both for tasks and notes, organize to-do lists hierarchically in a tree with icons, subtasks support, break down complex tasks into small action steps, zero learning time, superbly intuitive and easy to use, and all the fields you will need. Fully hide any fields that you don't need (unique feature). The supported fields includes Task Name, Priority, Type, Due Date, Start Date, Completion Date, Context, Assigned To, Time Estimate, Time Spent, Percent Done, Status, and Creation Date and Last Changed Date. Swift To-Do List is the best tool to enhance your productivity and to get organized.
What's new in this version: In version 8.058, attachments can be sorted by Creation Date.
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All versions:4.5 stars
out of 8 votes
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"Last to-do software you will need"
Version: Swift To-Do List 8.058
Simple, yet Powerful.
Seems like development is done by a small shop - so new version and new features seem to come out pretty slowly.
But, so much already there - not a huge deal.
Lack of mobile support via apps
Doesn't handle collaboration very well (assigning tasks and sharing lists)
I have spent almost 20 years looking for the ideal to-do application. I have tried many different pieces of software and many different systems.
Swift to-do finally hit the mark. This software does one thing and does it well. Manage your tasks. It is setup to work in many different ways and is very flexible in how you can use it.
Trust me - this is the one you have been looking for.
From the keyboard shortcuts to the various features - this will do just about anything you could ask of it...
I have probably had 10 different things I wanted to make it do. Each time, I find there is a way to do exactly what I want to - already there in the software.
Best of all - their support is simply outstanding. You Email them, they Email you back - and quickly. Anything I have asked - they have an answer for. If the program does crash (very rare), you send off a bug report - and they proactively contact you with the probable solution. I really can't say enough about these guys, their product and their support.
I would highly recommend you purchase a copy..... also, spend some time reading the various blogs and white papers (and E-book) they have written - they have clearly studied tasks and to-do lists - and they are experts.
I am running the Ultimate Edition and simply couldn't be happier.
I am the president of a 40-person technology firm - and have 2 of my assistants running the software as well.
In closing - this is how software should be written, how support should be provided, and how tasks should get handled.
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