Goalscape.com takes a unique approach to the act of setting goals. The system uses a circular goal chart. The user’s main goal appears at the very center. The user can add secondary layers and list sub goals that fall within the larger one. The user can continue to add layers as much as they have to. Goalscape also accounts for the fact that time and resources are limited. The user can shift a goal to make it larger on the chart. As the goal grows wider, the other goals shrink accordingly. This allows the user to get an overall picture of where they are allotting their time and energy to make sure their chart is realistic. As the user completes tasks for each portion of the goal chart, that portion begins to fill in and all related areas do the same. The user can click on layers to view a separate goal map that includes only that item and all related items. When viewing individual goals, the user can always see the larger chart which appears as an icon on the page. Goalscape is available for Safari, Internet Explorer, FireFox and Google Chrome browsers. Users can also download a desktop version for Apple and Windows computers as well as an iPhone app.Show more screenshots »
Goalscape.com was created in 2006. The application was intended to give internet users an improved way of keeping track of all their goals. The team behind Goalscape is based in Kiel, Germany. The application has been officially patented in the United States. Many users have discovered that Goalscape takes an in depth approach to goal setting. Rather than listing tasks, the user can also see how many resources they can devote to a specific area and how that will affect their ability to work on other aspects of their goal.
The approach taken by Goalscape is what makes it so unique. There are a number of applications that allow users to manage goals and build to do lists. Goalscape offers a similar service but in an improved way. The user can actually see how the number of tasks they have affects existing tasks. The application also records progress on individual tasks as well as broader areas that affect the user’s main goal.
The goal chart created by Goalscape is where it all happens. The user is presented with a circular chart. Additional layers can be added, that cause the chart to resize. The user can drag the corners of each item added to their chart to increase or decrease the amount of size that item takes up (which effectively represents the amount of time and resources required for that item). A list of tools can be found along the right side while a small icon depicts where the chart falls on the user’s overall goal chart.
A new user can try the free trial of Goalscape by clicking the green and white “Register for Free Trial” button found near the center of the homepage. A second button to the left allows the user to install a free trial directly onto their desktop. After clicking the first button, a pop up box appears and asks the user to provide an email address. The user must also successfully enter a CAPTCHA code before clicking the blue and white “Create New Account” button at the bottom of the box. Once the form has been submitted, the user must check their email inbox for an activation message to complete registration.
A desktop version is available for purchase on the Goalscape website. Users who would like to buy the desktop application can access their goals while offline. The purchase includes a single user perpetual license that permits the user to install and activate the application on two computers. The desktop version costs around $130. Updates are included in the purchase price.
Goalscape.com could be interesting tool for anyone who is serious about accomplishing goals. The application can be accessed a number of ways and allows the user to tailor their goal chart to their specific needs. The interface is easy to understand and provides the user with a complete visualization that depicts their goal status and resource requirements.