Getting more Producteev

Recently, I have really taken to using “Producteev“, an application designed to increase your productivity.

Here are my pluses:

  • It is absolutely free for personal use and does not require you to pay anything unless you are planning to use it to manage a group of people. It enables you to collaborate with one other person per workspace for free. That’s quite enough for me, as the only person I collaborate with in this right now is my wife.
  • It allows you to create unlimited workspaces, and arrange your tasks into workspaces. I have one for work, one for personal stuff, and one for things I do with my wife.
  • It has clients for Mac AND Windows, and that’s great because at work, I have to use a Windows 7 station.
  • It also has a very neat web application, the use of which is entirely free.
  • It sends you daily reports via email.
  • On Mac, you can create subtasks for each task.
  • You can neatly label tasks, and it also has a text-processing feature (though the developers love to call it natural language processing 😉 ) that enables you to insert task metadata right into the title.

The negative side is that it will not work offline. That’s really bad, but they are promising a future — hopefully a near one — that’s designed to function offline. Also, the fact that some functionalities are not available in Windows is kind of a bummer.

THE Blog Client for Mac?

The past few days have been a very critical time for my blogging experience. I have been trying different blog clients for Mac, and I was slowly, albeit surely, coming to the conclusion that there is no good blogging client for Mac. On my Windows 7 PC, I used to blog with Microsoft Windows Live Writer. It actually downloaded my WordPress blog theme and let me type as if I was writing on the blog itself. It could add annotations, had plugins to provide Wikipedia quick-links, and in short, anything I would have wanted from a blog client. So, when I started my search, the standard was set pretty high.

Here is a list of all the different applications I’ve tried on my Mac:

  • Ecto: didn’t even come close to satisfying me. The WYSIWYG editor was buggy and annoying. And I really didn’t like the UI.
  • Qumana: Didn’t support online drafting, had no way of inserting multi-media content, and didn’t provide a friendly user-interface.
  • MacJournal: didn’t do me much good, as a blogging client. As a replacement for my note collector software (OneNote on Windows) it did great. But it’s lack of support for correct media uploading left me disappointed. Sure, I could configure FTP access for my website, but that would have required tweaking the user permission settings from the server side and I wasn’t going for that.
  • Blogo: it was great. Except it didn’t allow me see or edit WordPress pages. Also I had some problems uploading. The UI was awesome. I particularly loved the Fullscreen view which allowed me to write without being distracted by everything else.
  • MarsEdit: MarsEdit wasn’t that much better than Blogo; but it currently is my editor of choice. It allows me to do most of the things I used to do with Windows Live Writer and the UI isn’t bad. There are currently no uploading problems and the spellcheck works just fine. It also has a Preview option, much like Windows Live Writer.

MarsEdit Main Window

Well, that’s it for now. I hope by reading this you can save some wear and tear – and some bucks of course :-).