You are right, FranklinCovey's PlanPlus product has some very major serious flaws. It is a pity, as there are a lot of very good features in it for those who adhere to the FranklinCovey school of thought on time management. It's bad enough that the program has so many bugs in it. However, they add insult to injury with such a terribly deficient uninstall routine. It's terrible!Originally Posted by dgorecki
Achieve Planner DOES have some great features, and I really WANTED to like it. However, at the end of the day -- actually after a week of using it everyday -- I just found it too difficult to navigate around in. The developer, Rodger Constande, seems to like keyboard shortcuts, which is okay; however, as a long-time Windows user, I like using intuitive menus/icons wherever possible. I found MLO to be much more user friendly.
As far as MLO's PPC app, I cannot really comment, as am still using a Treo 650 (Palm OS) device. However, I can see moving over to that platform in the near future and I am very confident that by the time I do the developer, Andrey Tkachuk, and his team will have a very fast, functional and robust app for PPCs. I don't know what the actual time frame for the beta version going full production, but my guess is that it will be fairly soon ( a few months at the latest). You can find out more about both at their Google forums (MyLifeOrganized and myLifeOrganized-ppc).
Also, to clarify, the gentlemen I referred to (Bob Pankratz) is NOT on the MLO development team "per se". To the best of my knowledge, having frequented the LifeBalance forums while I was an LB user, Bob was a LifeBalance power user who spent an enormous amount of time trying to help the LB community (and developers) with suggestions and, most importantly, some very excellent templates for GTD implementation.
At some point, I believe, he must have gotten frustrated with LB's lack of responsiveness to their user base, especially those, like Bob, who were looking for a PPC app (LB only had Windows, Palm and Mac apps). So, when MLO arrived on the scene, and once Bob felt sure enough that its developer was committed to adding needed functionality not in LB, as well as a commitment to a PPC app, Bob jumped ship from LB over to MLO and has been one of the key power users, beta testers and proponents for MLO. He's really incredible.
I think you are absolutely wrong regarding the MLO <> Outlook synch. My experience is that it is top notch. They have built about every type of option into it that's possible. They have made it so people like me, who are not on the PPC platform yet, but still using a Palm PDA, can easily sync up with their Palm devices through Outlook. I actually use Chapura's KeySuite on my Treo 650 as a replacement for the standard Palm apps, and to better mirror what I have in Outlook. It works great! With MLO's robust sync capabilities, I am able to port virtually everything over to my Treo 650 from MLO.
To rate LB, AP and MLO in terms of their developer's responsiveness to their users and speed of development (with 0 being terrible and 10 being the best), I would rate LB a 3, AP a 7.5, and MLO a 9.5.
Hope that helps and, again, good luck! If you start using MLO regularly for GTD, please share your experiences here or at the MLO forums on Google groups. Thanks!