Mindful is a multifeatured reminder and password manager that provides users with a variety of ways to keep track of things. The intuitive interface makes the program easy to use, but we did notice a few annoying quirks.
Mindful's interface isn't beautiful, but it's easy enough to understand and navigate. The program's main screen displays a simple list of upcoming events; there is no calendar or planner-style display. The password manager allows users to store log-in information for their various accounts in one place, protected by a master password, and the Hot Keys feature is a nice bonus. With this feature, users can have the program log in for them automatically with a simple, user-defined key combination. For example, we logged into a Web site by pressing Control+Shift+L; the program typed our username, tabbed over, and entered our password. This eliminates the need to remember multiple log-in and password combinations. A few other tools--a calendar, password generator, countdown time, and date calculator--round out the program. The built-in Help file provides adequate instructions.
Our main quibbles with Mindful have to do with its functionality. It seems that when it's running, our screen periodically flashes, as if it's refreshing. And the shadow associated with one of the program's drop-down menus remained after the menu--and the program--were closed, which was annoying and hard to get rid of.
Mindful has a 30-day trial period. It installs and uninstalls without issues. We recommend this program but with reservations; we like its features, but a couple of irritating habits mar the user experience.
Mindful combines an event reminder, password manager and many related tools into a simple system tray application. The event reminder in Mindful helps you remember appointments, meetings, anniversaries, statutory holidays, TV shows, payments due or any other events that occur over time - repeatedly or not - and that you don't want to miss. The password manager in Mindful provides a secure central repository for all the logon details for your Internet accounts and password-protected applications.
Instead of using the same password over and over, you can use complex passwords that differ between accounts, making it much safer than using the same password everywhere without the need to remember any of them except your master password, which gives you access to your entire list of user accounts. Mindful is simple, but loaded with features and tools that can be used day after day, all year long. It consumes very few resources and resides in the notification area when minimized.