IQTell Worth a Try for me too
Glad to find some other IQTell people here on my first day on the forums. I just found out about GTD and listened to the book on tape an have been experimenting with all the tools I can find (I've been a little obsessed actually). After trying everything out for a few weeks I realized a tool that can be used directly from within my inbox is pretty critical for the sheer amount of my work day that's spent in email. My current employer uses gmail so I installed ActiveInbox a few days ago and was able to get to Inbox Zero for the first time ever. But I don't think it's got enough robustness in the process and doing side of GTD long term and I'm hoping to change employers soon and wouldn't have access to gmail any more.
I tried IQTell out for a few days but got frustrated by a few things. It's got a pretty clunkly UI that's more about list management (good for GTD I know) than it is for the processing and daily management side of life. It's fairly outdated UI wise and since I design software for a living I suspect it's because they've focused on the very flexible database structure underneath the covers. If they hired a functional designer I think he or she could take the product to the next level and it would be head and shoulders above what everone else has got. It really has everything you could possibly think of and if they keep adding features and listening to customers at the pace they're doing now I think it will evolve into a fantastic product. I agree that their support and community are top notch as are their getting started info, webinars and tutorials. That UI is just so darn ugly though, like something hacked together in Access. And it's all monochrome so very hard to visually differentiate.
I really like the design and function of Nirvana but after a couple of weeks found that having to handle my email inbox separately was a pain. I"m also worried about their viability, very little communication and not many new features. I also like the iPhone app Walker. FascileThings is terrific if you're new to GTD, it's got a built in GTD training and tutorial mode. GetItDone is similar to Nirvana with different UI aesthetic. I loved how GTDAgenda has more than the doing level incorporated with goals and vision, all the horizon stuff.
I think what I'm going to do is keep using ActiveInbox with gmail for the next few weeks for my work stuff. And in the meanwhile I'll get IQTell going with Outlook and my home productivity and hope that'll ramp me in to using it well by the time I have a new job and find my worklife back in Outlook too.