[Review] LeaderTask 6.4

Giveaway of the day for May 1, 2009 is:

LeaderTask 6.4

Version reviewed:

v6.4.1

Software description as per GOTD:

LeaderTask is a business organizer for a modern person. LeaderTask has a smart system for managing projects, tasks, contacts, events.

Want to complete more? Get tired less? Earn more? And permanently improve the quality of life, work hard less and contemplate peacefully more? LeaderTask will help you with that! LeaderTask = Scheduler + Personal Information Manager + Calendar + Address Book + Organizer!

Set your goals. Achieve them. Enjoy the time you’ve just saved. Work more effectively and have more free time than ever with LeaderTask! Forget the traditional task organizers. They are good if you live to work. They are great if you just want to plan things and be reminded. Have a life! Try the new generation organizer that helps you plan your work so efficiently that you have more free time than ever. More family time for you with LeaderTask!

This organizer will help you get rid of various time killers, see a clear life perspective, have a detailed view of tasks so you will set higher goals and achieve them. Make plans and stick to them. Think and find solutions. Measure and manage any resources in your life.

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Full Review (or lack thereof)

Registration and installation went fine. While on the GOTD page it does not list “Vista” as supported, LeaderTask works on Vista just fine.

LeaderTask was last given out as a giveaway on 1/23/09. It was v6.1.3; today’s giveaway is v6.4.1. However I am unable to find a changelog for this version. Therefore I can’t pinpoint and tell you the exact differences between v6.1.3 and v6.4.1.

The good news is that I wrote a really extensive review on LeaderTask in January so you can get a good idea about LeaderTask from the review – I suggest you read it if you would like to learn more about LeaderTask. Don’t worry that the review is on v6.1.3 and not on v6.4.1 – I highly doubt that the newer version has some super-duper feature that will make or break the program for you. You will either like the program or you won’t and the review will help you decide that. One thing I can say, though, is that it seems like the bugs w/ Vista have been fixed.

For convenience sake (and because I know some dT readers just skim down to the final verdict anyway *cough*Liam*cough*), I am going to post the free alternatives and final verdict on this post also.

This review (or lack thereof) was conducted on a laptop running Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit. The specs of the laptop are as follows: 3GB of RAM, a Radeon HD 2600 512MB graphics card, and an Intel T8300 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo processor.

Free Alternatives

Rainlendar

Rainlendar is an alternative to the schedule/task feature of this program.

Rainlendar is an excellent, excellent tool that helps you keep track of your events and tasks. With Rainlendar, you can:

  • Create a “To Do” list, and an “Events” list.
  • Set Rainlender to remind you of your task or event X amount of time before it happens (days, hours, minutes depending on what you choose.
  • Set priorities to each tasks (high, medium, low, none) to help prioritize yourself.
  • Once a task is completed, you can make it go away by Right clicking the task -> Completed.
  • Set a task or event to be reoccurring.
  • Display both lists directly on your desktop alongside a calendar in the form of “widgets” (kind of).

The interface is very easy to use and adding/removing a task/event is also easy to do. Excellent program!

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Rainlendar and LeaderTask are aimed at two very different audiences. Rainlendar is for those people, like college students, who just need a to do and an event list to help them keep on track. LeaderTask is for those business people or the people who are extremely busy and involved in many thing; the type of people who have so many things going on, they would get lost unless they categorized everything.

Sunbird

Sunbird is also an alternative to the schedule/task feature of this program. Sunbird is a calendar/task/event management/reminder program by Mozilla. It is very much like Rainlendarbut different interface.

EssentialPIM

EssentialPIM is a very similar program to LeaderTask. If Rainlender was on the left, LeaderTask on the right, I would place EssentialPIM in between the middle and the right. It does a lot of what LeaderTask does, but LeaderTask has a bit better integration and organization abilities (like associated tasks with contacts and projects not just with categories like EssentialPIM).

Final Verdict

I really like LeaderTask; two thumbs up. For the forever busy and the people who are involved in hundreds of activities this program is great. With a capital g (G?). Its ability to allow tasks to be associated with projects, categories and contacts is unprecedented. Being able to filter your tasks according to your criteria is nice. The interface is a bit overwhelming but nothing you can’t get use to. If you are one of those people who are so busy that you will be lost if you don’t categorize each task, this program is definitely for you – highly recommended. For other people, like my self, who just need a simple to do and event list to help us keep on track, Rainlendar is the way to go.

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8 comments

  1. vortex

    madr,

    EssentialPIM Pro has a WM6 add-on (which is free during its sale).

    Creative Notes also syncs with WM6.

    It should be noted that EssentialPIM (not Pro) is freeware (but NOT crippleware/adware).

  2. Jean-Luc Picard

    Ooh when will it come? I knew you’d bought it, so who’s it from? Have you got enough space (: ? Are you going to reimplement forums? Are you going to…? Or…? Or [fill in the blank]?

  3. Liam K

    For convenience sake (and because I know some dT readers just skim down to the final verdict anyway *cough*Liam*cough*), I am going to post the free alternatives and final verdict on this post also.

    Haha :)

    I tried Rainlendar before my last reinstall, and it sort of worked. I think I’ll give LeaderTask a go.

    Btw, you should add a “Preview Comment” feature, if possible.

  4. madr

    Is there a PIM that can by synchronized into Windows Mobile?

    I use Outlook mainly but I do find Leader Task’s task tabs layout a lot more convenient than Outlook. However, for that task list, I find keeping Stickies on my desktop more useful. Stickies is just a post-it-note type of software but the ability to see all the notes all at once is more convenient to me than having to click each tab to see my tasks. The other reason I’ve come to rely on Stickies for a task list is because Outlook takes longer to load although I do like the fact that I can open and access Outlook in my PDA.

  5. dave

    Hi Ashraf
    Sorry to go off topic but while looking back at your review of the (same?) giveaway on 230109, I read some of the comments there. I totally agree with Goivanni about the GOTD rating system. I think that before rating thumbs up/down you must make some relevant comment on the program and preferably have actually tried it!! I have tried several times to get over the point in GOTD forums, with no sucess. How often do we get a huge thumbs down for programs such as screensavers only because the rater “doesnt do screensavers”.
    Another thing I hate is when people ask for help with the program, and are given minus marks. Why? Isnt the point of forums to discuss the program and get help where needed? While allowing for a reasoned comparison such as yours,I believe that it is wrong to allow comments about other programs which then get plus points.
    Well that my rant for today. Please keep up the good work, Ashraf.

    regards, dave