Interfathom, New York, has released TaskMerlin 4.0, a project-management application for Windows designed to help teams organize projects, notes, tasks, and schedules, and share them with colleagues.

TaskMerlin runs on Windows desktops that are connected to the office LAN, and, according to the company. offers a significantly lower total cost of ownership than online project-management solutions. It also avoids the data security issues associated with storing sensitive information on the Internet.

Version 4.0 includes a set of detailed project reports that make it simple for line managers and project managers to monitor progress and identify bottlenecks. The grid-style report presents a snapshot of the entire project, with a list of tasks, statuses, priorities, progress, assigned workers, and due dates. TaskMerlin makes appointments, reminders, notes, and schedules completely searchable.

TaskMerlin offers flexibility for naming, structuring, and viewing tasks. Followers of David Allen’s Getting Things Done (GTD) workflow methodology can even tailor TaskMerlin to conform to the GTD structure.

The Personal Edition, for use on a single PC, costs $49. Prices for the Professional Edition, with simultaneous multiuser database access and individual passwords, e-mail settings, popup reminders, filter definitions, and display options, begin at $99 per PC, with quantity discounts available.

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