Review Rehash: TimeTo

Software: TimeTo
Developer: David Berman Communications
Original Review: 8/15/2007

Review Summary: Every week I discover something about TimeTo that makes me wonder how I made it through the week before.

I originally reviewed TimeTo a little over a year ago, and much of what I said there is still applicable. This is some powerful software. After talking with David Berman, however, it’s necessary that I clarify some issues regarding the pricing structure because I was flat out wrong in my assessment of what the cost of the software is (you can follow the beginnings of our conversation in the comments of the original review).

There are four different Licensing Options in place that range in cost from the Competitive Upgrade ($59.95) to a Single License for Business or Government ($129.95). Tucked in the middle is the one I am most interested in, the Personal or NFP option, which David specifically states on the website order page as “Whatever donation you can afford: we suggest US$79.95.” Make note of the “whatever donation you can afford” part of that. How I missed that when writing the first review is beyond me, and I offer David my sincerest of apologies for that error.

Rather than rehash the rest of that initial review (since the positives I mention there remain firmly in place in this year’s release) allow me to expand on a few new things I discovered about TimeTo.

I’ll state right up front that I am a fiddler, not a power user. I dabble and experiement with what I am able to figure out by exploration. My most often asked question seems to be “wouldn’t it be cool if….” and then flipping to the detailed manual to see if that cool thing is actually possible. More often than not, I have discovered that the cool thing is not only possible, but not even that complicated. The tutorial items were plenty to get someone like me up and asking questions. With software as robust as TimeTo is, this kind of approach makes really getting into and learning everything about the software a very long process. Long enough, that after two months of use, while I have a firm grasp on the majority of the major features, I am also certain that I am still only scratching the surface of what TimeTo is capable of. But even that scratch has made managing my day-to-day and week-to-week activities amazingly more efficient. As the school year begins next week, I am actually looking forward to becoming insanely busy, as I am convinced I have now have a tool that will help me get through it without losing my sanity.

I also became more involved with the user and developer community this time around. Rather, I found them, subscribed to their conversations and eavesdropped on everything that they were talking about. The developers encourage questions and discussions about features and capabilites, and share the direction future development is taking the product. The resulting dialog has led me to more advanced usage on my end much quicker than I would have normally achieved.

The single drawback I discovered this time around with TimeTo may not even be a TimeTo issue. For some reason, the software seems to crash quite often. I think that it is the result of a conflict on my end, but I haven’t had an opportunity to track down exactly what or where the conflict is.

This drawback, however, led me to discover something quite remarkable about TimeTo. There were several occasions where I was editing or creating entries in a hurry, moving calendar items from one day to another, marking an item partially complete, assigning items to various projects, whatever. During these moments of rapid data entry/modification is when it seems the application would crash. Upon re-launch, I was very happy to discover that TimeTo’s autosave feature is extremely robust. Never did I lose more than one minute’s work, and most often I didn’t lose any data whatsoever. TimeTo even knows when to enter a kind of safe mode after a crash and verifies the integrity of the recent data entries.

The Bottom Line remains much the same. TimeTo is powerful, dynamic software aimed at both the personal and business enviroments. The user and development communites are extremely involved in communication in and among themselves and eager to not only support the product, but help everyone get the most out of it. In short, I’ll be keeping TimeTo firmly in place on my system and delving deeper into the manual whenever it tells me I have the time to spare.

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