MindJet Releases MindManager 8, GBM Is Giving Away One Free License!

image MindJet has officially unveiled MindManager 8, the latest installment to their very popular mindmapping program. There are a ton of new features under the covers that help keep you inside MindManager while brainstorming, researching, planning, and managing projects — keeping all the information you need just a topic away.

I’ve been beta testing MindManager 8 for about a month now, and although there are no new tablet pc features, I think mind mapping folks will be quite impressed. A free 30 day trial is available. Upgrades are $129, while a new license costs $349.

Contest Time: We think   MindManager is such an indispensible tool for the Tablet PC user, we are giving away one license to a lucky GBM reader.   All you have to do to enter is post a comment to this article about how mind mapping and the new features in MindManager 8 will help you in your day to day work. We’ll pick a winner sometime on Wednesday, so hurry up and get your entries in!

Meanwhile, stay tuned for an InkShow as I demo all of these new features, as well as go over the tablet pc features.

Mindjet Player

Communicate your vision and ideas with the world by transforming your map into a fully interactive Adobe PDF file. Or publish it as an interactive Adobe Flash file to a Web page or blog. Recipients do not need to download and install any software — most desktops are already equipped for consuming these standard file formats.

Automated Task Management

Get a quick overview plus ongoing progress on all project tasks—automatically. Visual cues and status indicators allow you to quickly determine the status of critical activities. View the ripple effect of any changes to a map and even run ““what if” scenarios to see the resulting outcomes.

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Integrated Microsoft Office File Editing

View and edit attached Microsoft Word, Excel, Project and PowerPoint files within MindManager. No need to disrupt your focus by constantly switching between applications — it can all happen from your map.

Integrated Web Content

Fully leverage the incredible information resources of the Internet by initiating Web searches right from a map. Real-time search results will appear whenever you view your map. Build your own Web service to add information from your company’s information systems.

Embedded Web Browser

View Web pages and Adobe PDF documents without leaving your map. You’ll retain your train of thought by staying focused on work at hand.

Database Linker

Setup and display real-time information in your map from databases, Excel spreadsheets, CRM systems and other company resources. Just imagine how much more productive and focused you’ll be with your most critical business data right at your fingertips.

Powerful Search

MindManager now lets you search through your maps and all attached documents with ease. Or use one of today’s popular desktop search applications. Rest easy, knowing any bit of information you may need is just a quick search away.

Mindjet Connect Ribbon Tab

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Comments

  1. Luis says

    Love the MindJet! New features look very cool! Can’t wait for your inkshow. The 2 features that would be a real gain for me are the Integrated Office File editing and the Embedded Web Browser. I link many documents and do a lot of research while on MindJet. Thanks for your coverage of this great product.

  2. Gavin Miller says

    I do a lot of energy and environmental consultancy, a lot of which is trawling the internet for up to date product or best practice info. The ability to browse and then map this info into a manageable mindmap would be a real boon!

  3. Denys LEVASSORT says

    Hi !
    As I’m an daily user of MM V7…I’m so excited about this new version. Especially when you mention a database linker….wouha !! I want to try ASAP. All other improvments come in a collaborative vision for MM and that’s really great.

  4. Kasper says

    Uhhu the real time Database information would be a perfect gem for my work. We do graphics work and have lots of coordination happens through our own flow software, so getting data from customer records and flow status inside MindJet would be perfect for us. If it works like I hope, it can cut down management time on new client training and help us do followups.

  5. Yonatan says

    I am yet to delve into the world mindmapping, but here is where I see it becoming extremely useful in my life:

    I am a 3rd year medical student and my entire day is spent thinking about my patients and what the best next step is. Many times the best next step is based on the outcome of a diagnostic study that has not yet been completed. With mindmapping software I would be able to have my plan for each patient mapped out in a logical way. When a case gets complicated or a hospital stay gets long I could simply refer back to my original plan that I mapped and see exactly where the treatment plan stands.

    I’ve read about many different types of people using mindmapping software, but I am yet to hear or see any of my medical colleagues using it. I think it would be an interesting experiment in practicality and usefulness .

  6. Simon says

    As a daily user of MM7 to monitor and track multiple projects, the task tracking and Office editing features of MM8 sound like must-have reasons to make the move to MM8. Anything that allows me to spend more time doing the work, not just updating the status, and still have a solid overview of overall progress can only be good.

  7. Evan Brammer says

    Well, let’s see. I use my TC1100 (which I picked up about 8 months ago on eBay) pretty extensively to teach my English and Geography classes at an international school in Indonesia. With a projector on my desk I am able to work through grammar lessons and Google Earth using my pen instead of constantly having to erase the whiteboard. Plus, it allows me to save my work!

    Now on to MindManager. One of the activities that I like to have my students do are mindmaps combining all the ideas of a particular subject together… i.e., how do the five themes of geography relate to the destruction of rainforests, etc. As of this point I just use inking in M. Word or sometimes Bubbl.us. However, such a powerful program such as MindManager would allow me to precreate my lessons tying in the websites with the embeddable browser.

    I’d love to see if I could mash together the web services of Scribd and Slideshare into a mindmap as I guide my students to the discovery of knowledge .

  8. JWFisher says

    I think this would be a very interesting product to use to document software product specs. I’ve been looking for something to break the old paradigms and show the relationships and dependencies of the various pieces of our product. A won copy of this product would be great!

  9. Mario Filipe says

    I do a lot of brainstorming and notes taking and I’m intrigued by the concept of mindmaps. I’ve only tried Freemind and I must say that it isn’t very pratical and has no support for tablet pcs, and Mindmanager is too expensive for me so a free copy would be really great.
    Love the GBM blog.

  10. WGLaRue says

    The new features of MindManager are spectacular, and will extend the ability of users to apply mindmapping techniques in different ways. Not to be forgotten are the underlying principles that change the fundamental way we can create, view, and interact with information. People using this software change the way they look at problems, workflows, and the glut of information that we face each day. Sharing the “goodness” inherent in the maps that can be created is the next step; allowing users to remain in the platform for more of their daily activities is icing on the cake.

    I have seen and have helped others experience the transformation that takes place when a group (company, workgroup, department) adopts this product. The increase in efficiency, both in absolute terms, and in terms of efficiency in use of information is astounding. Good job, Mindjet. Keep up the great work!

  11. GeoffreyM says

    I’m an account manager for a software company and have 13 clients I have to help with rolling out our software, creating corporate policies and procedures, and enforcement. Mindmapping software could really help me juggle all of the ideas and concepts I have for my clients.

  12. Nigel Wilson says

    I already use mind maps as a task list, to brainstorm and to collate project information. The couple of new features that standout for me are the embedded office editing and the automated task management which would allow Mindmanager to become even more of an ‘dashboard’ application and with more complete integration into my work flow.

  13. Utkarsh Seth says

    I have been in the field of Human computer interaction since the last 1.5 yrs. I have been dealing with research and brainstorming sessions and coming up with design alternatives. Ive tried mindmanage in its trial version for one of my class projects but as the project was not funded we were unable to buy a license. I have found the software to be very helpful in the domain i work in and I look forward to have a full version of the same.

  14. Anthony says

    As a current MM7 User, it was the first time that I was exposed to mind-mapping application and I fell in love with MM7 immediately. I use to it manage a lot of my projects and tasks, and seeing MM8 to include “Automated Task Management” feature is a big plus to me. I’ve been using the Filter + Task (Complete %) Flag function to filter out completed tasks in MM7. And I’m hoping that this new “Automated Task Management” feature in MM8 will provide a more streamline capability for its Users.

  15. archiwiz says

    I’m currently working on my undergraduate Capstone project in Structural Engineering analysis and design for a 20-story office building. I bought MindManajer 7 recently to help keep me organized because of the breadth and depth of information I have to delve, and sort through daily while analysing this information into tasks I have to complete. I’m very glad to see the Mindjet Player feature as I had been considering how to do my required presentation using the map I’m developing. This means that I can have all the information for my presentation in one place (because of MindManajer’s great integration with Microsoft Office) and present without any hiccups, need to switch to any other program, and give my presentation from any computer.

  16. Brian says

    I use mindmanager on my tablet to help me plan out my writing. I’m working on four different research papers this semester, and mindmanager had been absolutely indispensible for keeping my thoughts,notes, and sources separated, tagged, and organized.

  17. G. W. Brown says

    I’ve been sitting on the fence for some time with regard to purchasing MindManager software- mainly due to price!
    However, the increased useability of the new version in terms of cross platform functionality, database linking, ease of searching and inter, as well as, intra program communication via the web will make it even more difficult for me to resist!
    My work invariably requires extensive/intensive web searching, idea analysis/synthesis, seamless communication of same and the need to manage both time and effort- MindManager 8 appears to check all these boxes.
    Looking forward to the InkShow.

  18. Jose says

    Even though I am a hardcore user of M. Manager I am still stuck in version 6. I use it as my main planner for my marketing consultancy business. A must-have ;)

  19. ani saraf says

    I am a student, and I have been experimenting with notetaking in OneNote and MindManager; As my holidays loom up I really want to streamline the process of using both of them. Both of them by itself fall short of certain goals. While Onenote makes it easy to collect ; MM makes it easy to review. I am highly interested in writing a program to automatically convert my OneNote notes ( in Ink – following some color schemes) to a MM map. I was planning to work against the trial versions ( being a student I can’t really afford a full license) so a full license for MM8 would make my task so much easier :). I think MM and OneNote could really enhance the way students take notes. Hopefully, you guys can spare me one :)

    Keep up the tablet love :)
    Ani

  20. ynohtna says

    Hmm, I remember when mindjet first came out and it was all the rave for Tablet PCs. I just never had the opportunity to try it out on my m200.

    A few years later, I find I’m in a mess trying to deal with multiple clients and I’m thinking there must be a better way :) I’m at the limits of my M200, I’m hoping my impending purchase of a x200t will be quite the jump and maybe I can have a new piece of software to get me going right into it!

    Thanks for the contest and updating us on tablets and all things mobile!

  21. Andrew Wilcox says

    Its a great set of new features. I have been using the Save As > Mindjet Player e.g. Flash file today. You can see an example in the link to my blog.

    The database visualiser is something I want to explore. It could make managing a network of people easier.

    The built in browser also works for folders if add a folder link to the map.

  22. Frick says

    I started with Mindjet when it first came out. I use the program on my tablet every day. The new features are awesome especially the office integration and the updates to tasks. I’ve been waiting for them for awhile now.

  23. motosync says

    I am student who uses Microsoft Office applications. I especially use OneNote and Outlook daily. I have used free mind mapping software in the past but they goes by the wayside because they don’t integrate well with applications I use on a daily basis. I imagine using MindManager 8 in class by creating a mind map for each subject and linking mindmap files to my To Do lists in Outlook. When I get the system in place, I will want to not only share the creation with the MindJet community but will become archived for my children to see 10 to 15 years from now when searching online for mind mapping methods. Either way, I am glad you mentioned the update. I am downloading the 30 day trial now.

  24. Frances says

    I am a graduate in biochemistry and structural biology. The concept of mind mapping is not something popular among my peers and thus, I’m curious to explore how this tool can complement our way of thinking. With my tablet PC, maybe mind mapping can become more instinctive to me and maybe I can experience the increase in productivity that others are raving about. Maybe. If only I can afford to it. =)

  25. wickedpheonix says

    As a student, I often have to write about various topics. In order to find insights and examples for my paper, I have to mindstorm and that is somewhere that MindManager can help me out.

  26. Ruud says

    Mindmanager and Evernote are two apps I have open all day, every day. Every decision tree gets mapped, my posts get mapped. I mindmap the work I do for people.

    I blog a lot (on Search Engine People) and have often wanted to use mindmaps: some patents and complicated processes would be much clearer that way. To be able to use SWF publishing would be so amazing.

  27. David Howard says

    I currently use MM 7 lite. As a product I like it quite a bit, and MindJet has excellent user / peer support via the forums they have. They have in many ways built a community around mind mapping.

    I use MM on an almost daily basis; it is open right now in another window. The tablet support is awesome when I want to go sit on the couch and really think. Using a tablet is more of a “thinking” posture than being at a desk. I can also go outside, etc. I believe MM is the only one that supports the tablet like that, to really “think in ink”.

    But I will point out that MM has fairly buggy activation process, which adds overhead and hassle, and has to this point kept me from upgrading. Buyer beware.

  28. Frank says

    i use MM as a better way to keep my PDFs organized with links in a Mind Map :), but I also use it to keep my ideas and improve them because a Mind Map is easier to handle than a list. The great thing about MM7 and now MM8 is that it supports tablet input which makes it even better for a tablet PC and more natural to use.

  29. Justin Sisney says

    I use Mind Maps for school. I am a pharmacy student and I find that mind mapping helps me to organize my notes and helps me to remember information much easier. The new integration would be great. I get many different files from my professors and being able to view them all in one place will be able to save me so much time both in class and outside of class. The interactive PDFs and flash files will help me so much as well. I share my mind maps with many of the other students to help them out. Instead of having to send them static PDFs they would be able to interact with them more.

  30. Rodney Jackson says

    The integrated web services is amazing. This will help me follow through on projects. Check out the tutorial videos to get a quick understanding of the new features.

  31. Nevin says

    I have read the many virtues of mind map on this site, but I have never used it. I have been intrigued by its capabilities and options it world bring to my work flow, but I have been hesitant to trying new software that requires a large financial investment. A free version would definitely remove my last reservation about using MM.

  32. LEo says

    I think is somehow sad that they didn’t included anything for the tablet users. For me, the tablet interface of Mindmanager is the killer application for tablets and one of the few reasons to remain a windows users. By not including new tablet features, they are clearly showing that their strategy doesn’t goes in that direction. Sad. Really sad.

    LEo

  33. Alberto Reyes says

    Better MS Office integration is what I’ve been looking for in MindManager can’t wait to try out ver.8 Didn’t see anything new for tablet users maybe in your inkshow.

  34. Toby says

    As a junior lawyer working on different pro bono projects, sometimes I really need mindmapping to help me to think constructively and also link these projects together. The new feature in Mindmanager 8 of producing interactive PDFs would be useful to then share maps with colleagues.

  35. JimAtLaw says

    I’ve been using MindManager since 1999 and think it’s the best app since sliced bread.

    I use it for project management and research, and the integrated web and database content will allow me to obtain updated project information from my team’s data sources live! This is incredibly useful.

    I also use it for presentations, and the ability to create an interactive PDF or Flash map will be light years ahead of the HTML and graphics export from previous versions. This will allow people to follow along with a presentation using a single viewer, integrating both the map of the whole presentation and the individual topic views. Can’t wait.

  36. Z says

    I use MS OneNote as a research tool to track meetings and tasks, describe progress on projects, scribble notes and ideas, work with MS Office files, and other project management tasks. MM integrated with MS Office looks like a more dynamic and freeform tool for collaboration and discussion, which I will be doing a lot more of when I start my postdoc. Being able to link in PDFs and other files would also be great for organizing the large amount of literature I have.

  37. Ken Wall says

    I have been using Mindmanager for about 5 years now on a daily basis on my Tablet PC’s. As a geographic information systems consultant I use the software for many functions including research, proposal writing and project management. I also use add-ons Results Manager and GyroQ and JVCGantt. I’m interested in seeing how the new task management functions differ from ResultsManager. We do a lot of collaborative work with technology tools, so Mindjet Connect ribbon toolbar is also intriguing, I’ve been using it primarily for collective task management.

    The thing that I am most excited about is the new PDF and Office integrations. I have been adopting and using Cliff Atkinson’s Beyond BulletPoints approach for designing Powerpoint presentations for clients incorporating maps and 3D models in Google Earth and other tools, telling an effective story with spatial GIS maps, using Mindjet mindmaps to organize, reorganize and develop the storyboard. I spend a lot of time going back and forth between Word, and PDF files to build the story with a client, adapting to their threshold for technology while getting the job done. I’m hoping the new version will streamline that process. I am also intrigued with the new geospatial functions of PDF in Acrobat 9 to integrate with the Mindjet PDF’s in version 8.

  38. Alec says

    I’ve been using MindManager for a while after finding out about it here. Before that I had used Inspiration/Kidspiration but found them limited.

    As a teacher, I’ve been using it to plan the curriculum as well as the course syllabus. I’ve also used the brainstorming function with classes.

    With MindManager 8, the interactive PDF’s seem like an easier way to share the maps with students and faculty. In addition, I’d love to get some more teachers using it so I can explore improved access to MindJet Connect with the free 6 month trial.

  39. Tom McKee says

    I have been using Mindmanager since 2003 to manage addiction treatment programs, personal projects and most successfully to help addicts get and stay clean. The visual mapping of high risk situations, relapse processes, irrational thought processes and brainstorming pro-recovery behaviors, problem solving and more rational thought processes is well suited to the addict in early recovery that is affected by the brain dysfunction of active addiction. Unfortunately I unexpectedly lost my job in 2005 and along with it my tablet pc, I visit your site almost daily dreaming of the time I will have once again a slate. My version of MindManager is X5 Pro and though I have downloaded each new version as a trial I have not yet been able to afford to upgrade. Currently I am managing a Drug Court for a Judicial District in Oregon, I have two teams of about 14 each, including 2 Judges, 6 District Attorneys, 12 public defenders, 4 treatment providers, 4 Probation officers and two child welfare workers. We are in the process of revamping the program to meet the requirements of our funding source. This is proving to be quite a project getting two separate teams in two separate Counties to reach consensus in order to move forward in a timely manner is quite frustrating. So I would put to use the Mindjet Player function of Version 8 as soon as it was loaded to move forward building consensus among this large diverse group of players. Automated task management would give me a leg up as I manage the weekly reports to the court, case-management of participants, grant writing, budget management, public relations work and team coordination that make up my daily tasks. Integrated MS office file editing would streamline my consent switching between word, excel, and PowerPoint. The Database linker would be great as all data is contained in MS Access. As for the Integrated web content and the embedded web browser these functions would be quickly put to use as I move forward with a web based recovery enhancement tool, that has been a project I have been working on for some time now waiting for just these functions to appear in MindManager. So as you can see I could really use this new version of MindManager. The only thing that would make me happier would be if someone would offer me a tablet to replace my well used Satellite Pro 6100. Thanks for the chance GBN and for keeping me lusting for a tablet once again.

  40. laowai says

    I am a happy owner of a laenovo x200t and cannot wait to use the mind manager in my new machine.

  41. John S. says

    You would be amazed at how this program helps someone like myself with learning disabilities and attention issues. I am headed back for full-time MBA school next year and had already decided MM 7 was not going to cut it and after reading these enhancements feel it could remain in the arsenal.

  42. andrew beery says

    I’ve been a fan and avid user for years now… I like very much the deeper integration with MS Office… Frankly I’ve always believed a MindMapper/OneNote hybrid would be the quintessential Tablet application

  43. Jeff Pollard says

    As a pastor, the overseer of six worldwide ministries, and the editor of a quarterly magazine, I use MM7 for numerous projects and planning, and MM8 looks like a great improvement. For the magazine I edit, MM let’s me plan authors, articles, sequence, themes in monthly and yearly formats. I can see at a glance the way a year’s worth of magazines came together. Being able to integrate file editing with Word and Excel would be especially helpful. Keeping track of schedules for projects is important as well. I also keep the membership of the church mapped out with personal information, prayer requests, members, ages and genders of family members. I can add and delete information with ease. Sermon preparation takes on a new perspective as I map out main and sub-points. I can easily arrange and rearrange sermon material as I exegete a passage. Dropping in notes and Biblical text has been something of a challenge, but the new integration file editing would probably take care of that! Being a pastor constantly presents me with the personal problems and challenges that the congregation faces. MM let’s me visualize the elements of an individual’s problems and then work toward resolution. It is truly amazing how helpful it is to think through problems in various aspects of the ministry visually. It’s also great for brainstorming with my fellow-elder. I have also used MM for planning conferences. Since we plan to rebuild our website, being able to browse while working in MM8 looks extremely helpful. Connection with our website would take on a new dimension. This is truly helpful program, and I look forward to the new version.

  44. Matias Mazza says

    I work extensively with lots of people in several projects as a volunter. I help entrepreneurs to get funded and manage their ventures. I’m late student (is that how you say that i’m univesity student at the age 32?). Also I work in for free with other 6 people organizing events for entrepreneurs in my city (La Plata, ARG). I manage lots of open loops and mindmaps is the best way to work for me. I’m working with free apps, but get access to licence of mindmanager could be great. Actually I can’t afford it right now. The best thing in the new version is the Player, I constantly share the maps in doc formats or pdf and the essence of the mindmap is lost. This could help me to share the info in an easier way with the people I work. Another thing that I encounter great is the new task management for projects, just my type of solution. Also the editing of the office files inside the software could help me to stay focused in the project couldn’t hurt, I hope that I can use the connect service, but none of the people I interact use MM, maybe I can promote the app in my circles of influence :). Thanks for the oportunity to get a licence.

  45. Rob B says

    Organization and time management skills are two key assets which transform the average student into an extraordinary one. MindManager has always been a smart way to stay organized; providing an easy and straightforward way to manipulate ideas for everything from essay outlines to exam study guides. However, Mindmanager 8’s new features enable it to be an indispensible tool to achieve both superior organization and effective time management. The automated task management system’s visual cues can provide an instant status report of multiple aspects of a project. The benefits of this feature to students are obvious; things get done when tasks are managed efficiently. But as we all know, time management isn’t just about organizing what time you have. It’s also about using time efficiently and this is where the other new features shine. First, the integration of both Office and a web browser allow me to do more in with one program running. And considering I’m using an X41 tablet, the less resources I consume, the better. But it also allows me to directly link to notes, articles, Powerpoint slides, library journals — you name it — directly to my project outline. I can easily move data from the linked source to the â€ŔNotes” tab for easy summarizing. Second, the new search feature complements this new integration by allowing me to search both my maps and linked files. Once again, this is a great timesaver, especially when I’m wading through a ton of texts when studying for exams. Finally, the new Mindjet Player application allows for easy collaboration on group projects. I no longer have to worry about compatibility across platforms. And the flexibility of posting files as Flash files allows access to my content from any pc. This flexibly saves even more time. On top of all that, it saves ink and paper (good for the environment and my wallet). Overall, Mindjet has put a lot into this update of Mindmanager and it has grown into a robust tool to keep organized. If you are a student, and you value your free time and sanity, do yourself a favor and download the trial. Thanks for the consideration for a license.

  46. Michael Wilson says

    I am a boy scout professional, I manage 2500 youth and the dozen plus events that happens each year. We need to plan in the office with mulitple people to make sure the event is well planned. I am exited to see how the editing within mindmanger of word and excel document will be. It will be great to be able to use my x60t and this program together to keep things flowing with inking. The key feature I look foward to trying in the next 30days and beyond is the seeing the critical tasks. We are called the professional jugglers from the volunteer boy scouts because the we are managing 15,000 youth as council with a paid staff of 15. We can use all the help we can to make our time the most effiective to make the program the best we can for the scouts.

  47. Eric says

    The new version of MM is exactly what I need. As a small university instructor, I have class sizes that allow for a lot of interaction. The linear learning of lecture is not always the best way for my students to get the info, so I use MM7 to give them a nonlinear approach to viewing/studying the information. I’ve lacked the ability to post my results for students to peruse later. But, MM8 will make it easy to have a dynamic map at their fingertips.

    I’m also intrigued by using OneNote directly from the MM interface. This feature will give me the best inking bang for the buck. I see myself making a ON document for each map, and then linking to that same ON document pretty much everywhere. The result is that I can ink from any place in MM in my favorite inking environment. The only better feature would have been allowing inking on the map during presentation mode.

  48. Robert D. says

    “How mind mapping and the new features in MindManager 8 will help you in your day to day work.”

    As a person how fixes computers at a major university, I keep track of a lot of information on my Tablet PC as I travel around. MM would be just the thing I could use to help me with organizing my team in meetings and when explaining problems to other.

    PS.
    I am Studying for the A+ Certificate, Network+ and I could really use a good software tool like MM to help me organize my knowledge I am learning.

    I love Gottabemoble…..You Guys/Gals are great!

  49. jasonz says

    I’m new to the tablet world and I have a sneaking suspicion that mind mapping would make me more productive, happier, and a better all-around person, thus making the world, by proxy, a better place.

  50. Eugene says

    Anyway, I’ve used an older version of MindManager, and loved it, but can’t imagine how it could take advantage of inking well. I hope it’s usable because I really like MindManager, and would love to use it on my tabletpc like I was able to use it on my pc.

    I’m glad you guys are looking into this further because I’ve been wanting to buy it for a really long time, and the people over at Mindjet haven’t been helpful at all on their forum.

  51. Marco says

    Hi,

    Have been using Mindmanager for a while. At home and at work.
    I’m looking formward to the Automated Task Management feature to help me with my daily tasks.

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