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Whilst not huge there is a slight gap in the market for a stand alone task management product. Outlook Exchange has task management facilities as do most hosted exchange plans but if you don't require the benefits of exchange such as shared calendars and contacts or remote access then you might find yourself with a good enough e-mail solution but lacking in something to help organise your business. If you use a free pop e-mail account such as gmail or hotmail, then a good free option might be something like Hitask but if you're a Mac user that enjoys using Mac Mail then a product you might want to try is Mac Things. Mac Things has even sleeker usability than Mac Mail, you can download a free trial of it from the internet, it doesn't really have an installation process, it just starts once opened and you can give it a spin for 30 days, when the trial finishes if you don't wish to continue then you still have access to the open tasks but you can't add new ones or look at the completed logs. Mac Things appears as a small icon represented by a blue and white pack of post it notes with a tick on it, like most things Apple it's stylish. It's a matter of seconds before you work out how to use it, it really is very straight-forward. Mac Things opens up a medium-sized window, you can create a new task with a single click, name it and create a schedule for when it should be finished by. If you don't know what to do with the task, you can leave it in the "Inbox" before deciding what to do with it, there are also sections for "Scheduled Tasks", "Today" and "Someday", by ticking a box you can make sure that a task re-occurs in a certain time frame. Below the section of tasks is a section called "Projects", here you can make a list of your projects and move certain tasks to different projects as well as schedule date sfor certain projects to be finished. Finally there is a section called Logbook which keeps a log of all the completed tasks until you delete them, if you delete them they appear in the trash can below until being deleted permanently which you can do at any time by emptying the trash can. Mac Things is a good looking product, it's easy to use and organise your ideas but there are no on screen pop-ups to remind you to do certain things, so you need to make sure that you open up Mac Things, ultimately if you have too much workload or want to achieve too much in too little time, it will not help you reach your targets but at least you will know what you intend to do. The seamless synchronisation with an Ipod touch or Iphone is a definite benefit, there is a one-off payment of 49.95 euros which might appear a little steep to some people but if you really need a task manager then it's a worthwhile investment.