Users tell us they save time and are more productive with ActiveWords!

February 2011 

I'm still learning how to use the app but have been incredibly happy with it so far.

I first heard about ActiveWords on a GTD podcast offered by David Allen's folks.  And to be perfectly honest, after about a few minutes of listening to the podcast I was not impressed.  I didn't see the value in ActiveWords and thought to myself, "I can just as easily do those things by switching to the application I want and opening a browser and typing in the URL, or by navigating to my window shortcut menu with the mouse, etc."  I just didn't know why anyone would pay to be able to use the keyboard for shortcuts.

Then I listened to the full podcast on the way to work one day earlier this week and decided to actually pay attention to how much time I spend doing the same repetitive tasks.  If the GTD folks thought highly of ActiveWords then it had to have some value.  Later that day while I was at working doing the same things repeatedly and thinking about how much cumulative time I was wasting, I started getting annoyed.

So I downloaded the program and programmed an ActiveWord to open an URL I use many times throughout the day.  After just one use I realized I'd been wasting a lot of time I didn't have to waste.  In that single moment I did a 180 degree turn with regard to my opinion about ActiveWords.

I've been adding more ActiveWords as I find uses for them, and I can't begin to describe how much more efficient my work has become in just 2 days.  I plan on introducing ActiveWords to my coworkers some time soon after I've had more time to play with it.  However, we are a small startup company so if there are any additional purchases, there won't be a lot of them.  ;)

I absolutely LOVE the scripting feature.  I used that (with some help from a Google search) to figure out how to open a personalized email template with just a few keypresses.  That is just amazing.  And after creating just one text replacement ActiveWord and using that to input the full path of a commonly used directory in an image upload form, "giddy" probably best describes how I was feeling.

Thank you for developing ActiveWords and continuing to support it.

I'm sure I will be getting a lot of use out if it in the years to come.

Melissa C