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ListPro: Because Life Is One Long List Of Things...

There is one business application for my Treo called ListPro to which I have become completely addicted – in fact I wonder how I ever managed to track and get things done before…

As its name suggests, ListPro (available for both PalmOS and WM5) allows you to create lists of pretty much anything you want – from your daily schedule to your shopping – and can be used for all types of information management.  The Professional Edition that I use has the added benefit of an essential desktop client which I update constantly throughout the day.

I currently have four top-level folders with over 50 lists each (left column in the image below) with tens or hundreds or items.  Among others, I use ListPro to keep track of all the accessories and applications that I want to evaluate and I particularly like the fact that I can simply and easily drag & drop any item within the list.

You can easily add Notes for each individual item and also have the option to customize an unlimited number of column fields.  There are also many pre-built templates from which to choose with simple checklists to more complex travel and expenses lists.

   

  

After using ListPro for a while I realized that I could create a simple template to keep track of my daily/weekly tasks in a way that I found much more practical than the standard PalmOS or Outlook ‘Tasks’.

I devised a simple list (below) with a Weekly header and indented Monday to Sunday sub-levels each of which contain the same four daily repetitive tasks – Quick Calls/To Do’s, Post, Project(s) and Long Calls.  I can then easily tick or delete completed tasks or instead drag and drop them to another day if I need to postpone a particular activity.

            

Having previously tried all sorts of other solutions – from a simple Excel sheet to more expensive and complex programs – this is the first time that I’ve actually managed to have a tool truly adapt to my needs.

  

Using ListPro on your Treo (screenshots above) is equally simple.  I personally prefer to input all the data on my laptop and use my Treo to view the data on the road but I can easily add a couple of items here and there while on the go which will be synchronized on my next HotSync.

Overall I couldn’t recommend ListPro more highly – particularly if you’ve been struggling to make sense, keep track and actually take care of the hundreds if not thousands of things that make up your daily work and personal life.  At least for me ListPro is a fabulous application that I’m not uninstalling anytime soon – it fully deserves to be in my Top 100 Treo Applications list.

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Posted by Andrew on May 4, 2006 at 01:24 PM

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by Craig | May 4, 2006 2:21:10 PM

It looks like a wonderful program, but it's not available for Mac, despite having information on how to install it on a Mac.

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by Dou Boehme | May 4, 2006 9:02:40 PM

Natara's Bonsai is another great list program worth checking out!

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by Sheriff of Ballsville | May 5, 2006 11:40:48 AM

I love ListPro! I have my comic boo...uh, graphic novels organized and catalogued through this software.

Also, Andrew, I don't know how to e-mail you! I started a "Treonaut" Group on MySpace at http://groups.myspace.com/treonauts

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by kc! | May 5, 2006 2:18:30 PM

Personally I like SplashShopper as my list manager (and they make a Mac client for it). HandyShopper is a free alternative that does not include a desktop client, but which works well.

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by ggeoffre | May 6, 2006 11:17:34 PM

Ilium Software's ListPro desktop software is for PC only.
Natara's Bonsai desktop software is for PC only.
SplashData's SplashShopper software is for Shopping Lists only.
DataViz's SmartList To Go's desktop software is for PC only.
Handmark's MobileDB-Excel/Access desktop software is for PC only.

So what options really exist for the Mac?

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by Hawk | May 8, 2006 1:01:54 PM

Ggeoffre: Ultrasoft Brainforest + OmniOutliner + some applescript to convert OO to BF, or something. I tried it once. Was a bit of a pain.

Other option: Virtual PC (your mileage may vary... including 'sorry, hotsync just won't work under XP in VPC'). Maybe Parallels - I have an Intel mac and I haven't tried it yet, since I usually just put stuff into ListPro on my Treo itself anyway.

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by Marge | Sep 14, 2007 4:35:43 PM

I've used ListPro for many years and didn't come up with that great idea for to-do lists -- listing the days as subheadings and then just dragging an incomplete task to the next day. Wow! Can hardly wait to try it. But, I do need (NEED) to have ListPro for Mac. Iliumsoft products are the only things keeping me in a PC environment and I long to be a Just Mac user!

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by Stu | Jan 15, 2008 11:31:53 PM

Does Listpro have a 2Day plugin?

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by Kevin | Feb 7, 2008 7:08:06 AM

Marge I'm also looking for a Listpro to Mac solution for a small business. Maybe an export to Mobile Excel then sync to Mac via Missing Sync? Should work with Mac's office suite or Office for Mac. Maybe drag and drop between Mac and Windows via VMfusion? Any way, still working on getting a Mac first but doing my research along the way.

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by Kevin | Feb 7, 2008 7:09:21 AM

Marge I'm also looking for a Listpro to Mac solution for a small business. Maybe an export to Mobile Excel then sync to Mac via Missing Sync? Should work with Mac's office suite or Office for Mac. Maybe drag and drop between Mac and Windows via VMfusion? Any way, still working on getting a Mac first but doing my research along the way.

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