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Distraction Free GTD: 32 Todo List Web Applications

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The fine folks at LifeHacker have forced me to tip my hand with their post on using Web Runner as a distraction free browser. Web Runner is a tiny site-specific web application that runs using less resources than Firefox or Internet Explorer.

The whole idea behind a site specific web browser is that you want to access a web application without being tempted to access other sites. You want to access a site without being distracted by the rest of the Internet. A good example is an online todo list or GTD application. You want to be able to quickly access your todo list to add or checkoff items without getting caught in an Internet black-hole.

internet is a big distraction

(via Coding Horror)

To make things easier for everyone I’ve created a huge bundle of Web Runner web applications centered around accessing ToDo/GTD web sites. This is a list of the supported sites.

Want more sites added? Leave a comment.

Step #1: Install Web Runner

  1. Go to this page on the Mozilla Wiki
  2. Choose the Windows, Linux, or Mac installer
  3. Run the installer

Step #2: Download My “Distraction Free GTD” Web Bundle

  1. Download this zip file (Update 2007/10/10)
  2. Unzip the contents to a folder
  3. Click on a .webapp file to launch the web application you want

Every web app has hotkey history navigation (ALT+LEFT, ALT+RIGHT and ALT+HOME).

Leave a comment if you have any problems.

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  1. rk said, on October 05, 2007 at 2:08 pm

    there’s nothing in the zip file?…

  2. Adam said, on October 05, 2007 at 2:14 pm

    Hey, there was nothing in the Zip file, but great list either way!

  3. engtech said, on October 05, 2007 at 2:17 pm

    @rk:

    http://internet-duct-tape.googlecode.com/files/distraction_free_gtd_20071005-2.zip

    That’s embarrassing. Thank you for leaving a message :)

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  5. Adam said, on October 05, 2007 at 2:23 pm

    Awesome, thanks for fixing it! Great Job!

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  7. oronm said, on October 05, 2007 at 5:15 pm

    haven’t found a way to make a Taskbar Icon for the webapp. do you think its a possible ?

  8. engtech said, on October 05, 2007 at 6:45 pm

    @oronm:

    I tried playing with it using the favicons for the individual websites, but I didn’t get it working.

    I decided to push it out even without the icons. I’ll let you know if I get it fixed.

  9. Bluehark said, on October 05, 2007 at 9:34 pm

    The Remeber the Milk application is not working…

  10. oronm said, on October 05, 2007 at 10:08 pm

    to be honest there is an application that does it called bubbles by 3d3r and it uses favicon that shows up in the taskbar. it also uses less memory because it runs on explorer. BUT i can’t see myself using IE – its just wrong and i wouldn’t want to raise the stat of ie usage.

    its only a temp solution till mozilla get it right.

    BTW. i added that request in the mozilla webreader wiki :)

  11. Shane said, on October 06, 2007 at 5:54 am

    Can you add Zoho Planner, http://planner.zoho.com to the list.

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  13. WebRunner - Un browser sans distractions said, on October 06, 2007 at 4:23 pm

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  14. Peter van Teeseling said, on October 07, 2007 at 1:24 am

    How about Basecamp?

  15. tabreziqbal said, on October 07, 2007 at 3:45 am

    Wouldn’t it read better as: quick link to “WebRunner 0.7″ for Windows?

    I have been waiting for something like this for many years. All the potential of powerful web applications is severely affected by the limitations of a web browser. Adobe AIR, Google Gears, MS Silverlight, Mozilla WebRunner are the first steps of web applications trying to break away from browser’s typical limitations.

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  17. Beau Weaver said, on October 07, 2007 at 5:26 pm

    Yahoo Calendar…….must have for me….please show me how to make a webapp for Yahoo Calendar! Thanks.

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  19. syahidali said, on October 09, 2007 at 10:32 pm

    you are giving me too much good things too choose from (headache and happiness rolled out together).

  20. engtech said, on October 10, 2007 at 9:40 pm

    @Beau Weaver:

    I’ve added Yahoo Calendar to the zip as per your request. You can get the new one here: http://internetducttape.com/2007/10/05/distraction-free-gtd-32-todolist-apps/

  21. engtech said, on October 10, 2007 at 10:01 pm

    @Peter van Teeseling:

    Basecamp has been added. You can get a new copy of the zip file here: http://internetducttape.com/2007/10/05/distraction-free-gtd-32-todolist-apps/

  22. engtech said, on October 10, 2007 at 10:01 pm

    @Shane:

    Zoho has been added, you can get a new copy of the zip file here: http://internetducttape.com/2007/10/05/distraction-free-gtd-32-todolist-apps/

  23. engtech said, on October 10, 2007 at 10:02 pm

    @Bluehark:

    I’ve fixed Remember the Milk and you can grab the new zip file here: http://internetducttape.com/2007/10/05/distraction-free-gtd-32-todolist-apps/

  24. engtech said, on October 10, 2007 at 10:04 pm

    @oronm:

    So I gave the taskbar stuff another try… it looks like Web Runner doesn’t support it yet. But looking at the feature list and bugs they are talking about adding that feature.

  25. Peter van Teeseling said, on October 12, 2007 at 5:59 am

    Thanks for the Basecamp-file. Only problem is that this links to the default BasecampHQ page. Project sites hosted by Basecamp have a custom URL, like “companyname.grouphub.com”. Would it be possible to edit the config to change this URL?

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  29. Akash said, on October 16, 2007 at 2:30 am

    Hi,

    I wanted to use treedolist.webapp. But to login I need to go to myopenid. But I am unable to login there. Can you please help me?

    TIA

  30. engtech said, on October 16, 2007 at 9:13 pm

    @Akash:

    I’m sorry to say that Web Runner apps won’t work with openID. They’re set up to limit you to one domain name, unfortunately.

    I’m going to submit a bug about the openID issue though.. that’s going to be a bigger and bigger problem.

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  32. desrtfx said, on October 17, 2007 at 2:38 pm

    Great collection!

    Would it be possible to add http://www.netvibes.com to the list?

    Regards,
    desrtfx

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  34. Matt said, on October 17, 2007 at 7:21 pm

    Thanks for the pack, but there are a few issues. I’d really like to use Ta-Da list and Basecamp (both 37 signals apps), but as another commenter noted you need to go to a different URL to actually login to these. Anyway to have a user-definable config? Also, how about one for the hosted google apps? Thanks!

  35. BookwormDragon said, on October 17, 2007 at 8:35 pm

    Do you know how I could create a bundle for a local (on my computer/home network) html file? I tried the instructions offered on the Webrunner Wiki, but they didn’t work.

  36. Scott Annan said, on October 19, 2007 at 8:25 am

    Mercury Grove Web Groups offers free virtual team productivity tools including Project Management, To Do Lists, Calendar, Document sharing, and more…

    Check it out at:

    http://www.mercurygrove.com

  37. Joe said, on October 19, 2007 at 7:37 pm

    @Matt: I second that, Google Apps webapp would be awesome

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  42. Peyton said, on November 23, 2007 at 9:55 am

    I use Wrike http://www.wrike.com/. They offer a slightly different GTD consept, but I works for me, cause you a great part of your work is done by the system and I don’t have to do reviews very often. Here’s a post from their product blog http://www.wrike.com/blog/9/4/2007/Getting_things_done_with_Wrike_saves_us_hours

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  44. John said, on January 24, 2008 at 5:25 am

    Hi there,
    Is there a still a problem with Remember The Milk?
    The rememberthemilk.ico file seems to be corrupt.
    Thanks for your hard work.
    John

  45. engtech said, on January 24, 2008 at 10:46 am

    @ John:

    The icons don’t work for any of them… but other than that the RememberTheMilk webapp works.

  46. Cole said, on February 13, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    I know this is kind of irrelevant to the post but could i get the original picture you used for that title :P

  47. Compwiz said, on February 25, 2008 at 10:54 am

    Could u add http://www.zotodo.com/ to Distraction Free GTD? It’s a pretty new to-do list manager, but it’s nice.

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    Hope you like it.

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  51. Dan said, on May 06, 2008 at 7:45 am

    As with the last update, now Gtdagenda has due date for tasks (you’ll see in the calendar on the right if you have tasks due today), task notes, and Email & Print support.

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  52. Dan said, on May 20, 2008 at 12:28 am

    Now Gtdagenda.com has full Someday/Maybe functionality, you can easily move your tasks and projects between “Active”, “Someday/Maybe” and “Archive”. This will clear your mind, and will boost your productivity.

  53. Simon SC said, on August 07, 2008 at 10:08 am

    Found you through an ancient Lifehacker comment:
    http://lifehacker.com/software/featured-download/access-webapps-in-a-distraction+free-browser-with-webrunner-306444.php#c2575877

    Great list and thanks for a useful ZIP file.

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  56. djp said, on December 05, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    Today I discovered and tested Treedolist. It looked like the outlining web thingy of my dreams; simple, draggy-droppy and shareable.

    BUT

    it immediately began to lose things; first, a ream of fresh tags, then projects.

    no explaination, no recovery, no WAY I could trust it.

    damn

    djp

  57. Sai krishna said, on December 29, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    You can add one more app which runs in browser window

    http://whatsnextapp.com

  58. Manuel said, on January 05, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Thank you very much.

  59. harry said, on February 06, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    I personally use a goal tracking and to do list management web site GoalsOnTrack.com. You will see the instant progress update after completing a task on your goal.

    It’s free and worth a try. http://www.goalsontrack.com

  60. Mads Nygaard Pedersen said, on February 06, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Excellent list -made me rediscoiver Zoho planner as probably the most versatile yet simplistic and intuitive tool for my kind of projects.


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