In this thread we were discussing "flat-file" list management of serial #s.
Serial Key Storage for Windows https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=25868.0
TucknDar and I mentioned :
ListPro by Iliumhttp://www.iliumsoft.com/listpro
And I realized that the reason I liked it for the purpose is that it is able to function:
*** not with the specialty of a task manager or a planner or project manager ..***
but simply as a "FLEXIBLE LIST MANAGER" -- which is a type of flexible database function.
ie. It is strong on the database idea of quickly designing your own fields to meet the needs. And heads-up data entry. I went back and looked at the traditional "ToDos" such as ToDoList of AbstractSpoon and TaskCoach and realized that they would have great difficulties in this type of flexible list management. They are really very different. They are "thinking" in their terms of dates and times and categories ... and have a hard time giving you a tabula rasa ... and building up many different types of lists.
The point is that field design, and placement, and sorting, in ListPro is flexible, powerful and extremely quick.
ListPro can do some minor calendar and reminder and planning and project functions, but if you really look for that, then the other programs are better, as are various PIM and Calendar paradigm programs.
So the question comes, is ListPro the leader of the pack ? Short of the one alternative .. your own custom design with MySQL or Alpha5 or some some database project. The database idea is fine if you want to tie tables together, but if you are not doing that, it could be slower and overkill and harder to establish and quick-launch.
So I wondered if some of the other List management software was similarly capable to ListPro.
(this is quick, local heads-down data entry, not web entry).
Quick To-Do (Capstralia) mentions flexible printing and
Swift To-Do (Dextronet-sometimes on Bits) came to mind
MyLifeOrganized (these two may be two bulky)
Maybe InfoQube ?
AgendaAtOnce - seem pre-designed too much for Task and PIM rather than for flexible list management.
With most, I tend to doubt that their design is as flexible and quick for dozens of lists.
The point is you have to be able to end up with many totally different table designs.
Without going through any hoops.
Folder (multi-level .. by drag-and-drop)
Lists (the individual designed tables)
Items - (columns within the table .. with flexible and quick field creation and sorting within the Item.)
Fields - String, Category, Number, Yes/No, Date. 3-State, Linked (hot link)
- Notes fields
The category field functions as an auxiliary table where you quickly choose an existing category or create a new one.
The design idea is superb.
You end up tweaking your list (data base) super-quick. The list can be some type of todo or calender, or your accounts or expenses, or your books or the posts you plan to answer or just about anything. You get a real confidence that you will design quickly, without headache, and data entry is fast.
It does work very nicely as a "ToDo" list when you design a table for that. (They have templates too.)
*** The one big lack is that the printing is only servicable. ***
And one important point of lists is to print them out. You can landscape, but you can not quickly say .. print those eight fields. It breaks the fields off to a second page on overflow. Since you are able to use the scroll bar on data entry .. wide -- you can end up with long rows.
Flexible printing is a real need. Possibly the workaround is FinePrint or PriPrinter and making sure the 1st page is what you want and deleting the other when it is wide-field.
LISTPRO MAJOR LIMITATION
1) Flexible Printing --> along with
2) Automated Printing - saving a print procedure of various lists.
(1) is the big lack.
LISTPRO MAJOR IMPROVEMENT
Tab structure would help, - giving another dimension to your overall view.
Also, no web forum, no immediate developer response.
Email goes to somebody who sends it to the developers.
So, are there any List management softwares that are similarly capable, with good printing ?
Short of database programs (or if you use a database, which one and why ?)
How about InfoQube and others that are unique ?
Your thoughts appreciated.