Version: 0.5 Web: https://zanshin.kde.org
Many KDE users get nervous at the very mention of the word akonadi and prefer to turn this information management service off. Despite this prejudice, Zanshin –a Plasma- centric organiser – works like a charm and proves that Akonadi is more useful than you might expect. From the end-user perspective, it looks like a neat, smart and superproductive tool for getting things done. Zanshin is powerful, yet it has a very low entry barrier, which means that you just launch it and start adding new items instantly.
The design of Zanshin implies integration with a resource entity such as Google Calendar and Tasks, Microsoft Exchange Server, a DAV groupware resource, or a local iCal calendar file. Once you’ve added the resource, you can add projects and contexts (semantic links) and populate it with your items. An item is simply any string you type in the central part of the Zanshin window, just like in a chat. An item can have both a start date and a due date and you can also set it to recur at set intervals – daily, weekly, monthly, and so on. It’s better to experience the workflow than to describe it, so if you feel you need a helping tool for putting things in order, Zanshin can be a perfect companion.
The application features an ‘Inbox’ folder where you can receive to-do tasks from other sources. For instance, this will integrate with KMail and lets you turn an email into a task in your mailbox and see it later in Zanshin’s inbox. There’s a simpler path, though, too: just press Alt+F2 and write anything with the ‘todo:’ prefix, and this will also work. As long as Zanshin has ties with KDE PIM and KRunner, it benefits from running in Plasma, but it still keeps all its core features elsewhere. The reason Zanshin is so effective is because of its design, which guides you the right way and keeps everything tidy, without any chance for a mess.
Recently Zanshin became a part of the KDE Applications bundle, so most Linux distros already have it and you don’t need to bother building it from source.
Zanshin integrates nicely to the KDE’s heads-up display and provides a quick way for writing down your thoughts and tasks.