is the first product from “Computer Aided Life Management” (CALM) software developer Sciral. It runs natively in OS X and is now available for download as a demo.
Sciral Consistency provides a new way to track regularly performed tasks that aren’t associated with a rigid deadline. Routine tasks you usually do alone, and find yourself needing to be reminded of. Watering houseplants, for example, exercising or doing the laundry.
“If you already use a calendar and a to-do list, you’re probably trying to wedge these tasks into those tools, without realizing that they really call for a new kind of tool,” explained the developer.
Consistency provides you with a spreadsheet-like matrix where tasks occupy rows, with calendar days spread in different columns. The intersection of each row and column contains cells that are marked and color-coded depending on whether you completed the task and whether it was due, overdue, or not yet due. You can specify “target ranges” of days when it makes the most sense to perform that task on a periodic basis, and as you mark tasks as complete, the color-coding automatically updates.
Consistency 1.0 costs US$25 to register. More details are available from the Web site.