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Posted by Leib Moscovitz
Jan 23, 2013 at 01:47 PM

 

See: http://ponder.mindsystems.com/mindsystems-amode-is-undergoing-a-major-redevelopment-in-2013/#.UP_ppR0qbxg

 


Posted by Dr Andus
Jan 23, 2013 at 02:15 PM

 

LM7 wrote:
See:
>http://ponder.mindsystems.com/mindsystems-amode-is-undergoing-a-major-redevelopment-in-2013/#.UP_ppR0qbxg

Thanks for that, that is great news! I do hope they will retain the project management capabilities (tree+Gantt+calendar integration), as that is pretty much the only thing I use it for and I haven’t found another PM software that has it integrated to the same extent.

The academic pricing is very reasonable, especially if you’re buying it from outside of Australia, in which case you don’t need to pay the tax:

https://portal.mindsystems.com.au/index.php#amode

 


Posted by Dr Andus
Jan 23, 2013 at 02:57 PM

 

Dr Andus wrote:
> I do hope they will retain the
>project management capabilities (tree+Gantt+calendar integration), as
>that is pretty much the only thing I use it for and I haven’t found
>another PM software that has it integrated to the same extent.

Although the term “project management” doesn’t feature in the description, which is a bit disconcerting (to me). I didn’t think its ” information management and list building capabilities” were its major strengths.

 


Posted by Dr Andus
Jan 24, 2013 at 10:31 PM

 

Dr Andus wrote:
LM7 wrote:
>See:
>>http://ponder.mindsystems.com/mindsystems-amode-is-undergoing-a-major-redevelopment-in-2013/#.UP_ppR0qbxg
> >Thanks for that, that is great news! I do hope they will retain the
>project management capabilities (tree+Gantt+calendar integration), as
>that is pretty much the only thing I use it for and I haven’t found
>another PM software that has it integrated to the same extent.

Mindsystems got back to me today and confirmed that “the multi-view will be a strong feature of the new design.” Glad to hear they’re preserving that feature.

 


Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Jan 25, 2013 at 12:56 AM

 

I must say that their post does nothing to illuminate us on the ‘clear’ direction of the program. “Information management and list building capabilities” is not a direction by any means, unless it is associated with a specific operational method/framework such as GTD or Mission Control. Yet Mindsystems has repeatedly said that Amode (at least previous versions of it) is ‘method neutral’.

The apparent fuzziness is supported by the highlighted features in the post: from over 300+ features they have chosen several that are ontologically mismatched, such as ‘allocate resources to tasks’, ‘set alarms and reminders’ and ‘export to Word, Excel & more’ (the latter actually listed twice in case we miss it).

I believe that in another thread we more or less agreed that Amode is a very good personal project management tool, positioned as a general information manager, in which duty it doesn’t seem to offer any particular advantage. Now Mindsystems seems to want to (re)develop it as an information manager, and I am very much afraid that they are going down the same rabbit hole—or a parallel one at best.

The blog mentions that Amode has become “extremely popular with people needing to organise and keep track of information”. This seems really very odd to me. If it is extremely popular, why has it seen so little development in the past years? Why hasn’t it been featured more in mind mapping and information management blogs? Why hasn’t it been discussed more previously in Mindsystems’ own blog?

Seriously, these days who doesn’t want to “organise and keep track of information”? Is this a real description of a target group?

Sorry for the rant; maybe I am just doing it because I secretly want Mindsystems to visit this forum, be flabbergasted by the brilliance of my insights and hire me as a consultant at a generous fee…

 


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