Ghacks Christmas Giveaway: Do-Organizer And TexNotes Pro

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 5, 2008
Updated • Apr 14, 2016

We are in full swing on the fifth day of the Ghacks Christmas Giveaway. After handing out such illustrious and popular software such as Kaspersky Internet Security or Newsbin Pro it is time to fill the first user request. You might remember that I have asked you to suggest software that you wanted to see in the giveaway. It was RG who suggested Do-Organizer and GemX, that's the company producing the software, was generous enough to not only give us 5 copies of Do-Organizer but also 10 for TexNotes Pro for the giveaway.

One copy of Do-Organizer will be awarded to RG who made the suggestion. The other copies of both software programs are up for grabs. Lets start with a review of Do-Organizer first:

Do-Organizer is a Personal Information Manager (PIM) that helps the user stay on top of everything. The company is offering a fully functional 30-days test version on their website. The personal information manager will run on Windows 2000, XP or Windows Vista.

The first thing that users will notice is the clean but stunning graphical interface. First time users will have to get accommodated to the plethora of icons in the main interface but it should not take long until they feel comfortable especially since everything can be moved around and hidden like in Microsoft Office 2007.


Probably the first step after starting the organizer should be data import from other sources.

Do-Organizer can import Contacts, Tasks, Appointments, Resources, Emails, Bookmarks or Finance Transactions from files. There is always the option to import the data from csv files with additional file types available depending on the data that should be imported.

There is one special import option for Outlook users which makes it even easier for Outlook users to import contacts, appointments or tasks into the personal information manager. All data can be managed in several ways. Contacts for example can be placed into folders like friends, work, important or family with the option to add new folders to the mix. Each contact can be edited to add or change information. It is furthermore possible to use flags to be able to identify items more easily.

Do-Organizer is a general, very comprehensive, all purpose personal information manager that is covering all the basics from managing contacts to appointments and tasks. One of the unique selling points of the software is the ability to link (or associate) items. It is for example possible to link an event with contacts which aids the information flow.

Other modules that Do-Organizer ships with are planners, journals, a password vault, a mind mapping module or a finance and spreadsheet module.

The software comes with a small toolbar that acts independently from the main program. The toolbar docks by default to the top center of the computer screen but it can be moved around freely or closed. It provides quick access to the most important modules of the personal information manager.

Do-Organizer is a very comprehensive personal information manager. It can be installed to a USB device as it does not write information to the Registry which makes it an excellent travel companion that keeps all important data in one secure place.

TexNotes Pro is the second application that is up for grabs today. TexNotes Pro is a feature rich productivity tool, some would say text organizer. What it basically does is that it can store all kinds of data giving the user the means at hand to organize it the way he wants.

Data is divided into so called Notebooks and Notes. Notebooks are folders that contain notes. Notes can contain all kinds of data that the user adds to them while Notebooks are simply the table of contents.

The productivity tools provided by TexNotes Pro are quite extensive. They range from templates and styles to hyperlinks, annotations, anchors, bookmarks and OLE objects (for example Microsoft Office, Open Office documents, PDF documents or even sounds)

The formatting options are as extensive as the productivity tools. Everything that's in Rich Text Editors is also available in TexNotes Pro. Users can add tables, paragraphs, change fonts and styles, add images and more.

One of the most interesting options of TexNotes Pro is the ability to publish a document as a executable ebook. That's basically an ebook that can be executed on the computer right away without needing any additional software. Content can also be exported into various formats such as html, rich text format, html with css and even doc or docx.


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  1. Sam said on December 5, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    Nice giveawy. would like to try this.


  2. garbanzo said on December 5, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    ha! i just came here to search for a nice PIM, and here you are giving on away. this one is a bit complicated for my needs though, i’m looking for something simpler…

  3. IanG said on December 5, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    Oh yes, please do it,do it now!

  4. Kim Allen said on December 5, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    Now this looks useful………………and fun

  5. LM7 said on December 5, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    This is a splendid offer – Do Organizer is one of the most powerful and versatile (and beautiful) info managers available!

  6. Wan said on December 5, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    It seems that’s interesting applications.

  7. Aziz said on December 5, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    let’s give a try!

  8. techandlife said on December 5, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    Two more excellent apps today. I’d really like to try TexNotes Pro

  9. Linasi said on December 5, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    Sounds great- mayby I could get all my life in order for once lol! Thanks x

  10. soviel said on December 5, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    This looks like a really nice offer, it sounds great. Thanks for counting me in :)

  11. mickay said on December 5, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    My experience with PIMs is always a flash in the pan. At the beginning of using a PIM it’s great, but after a couple of weeks I don’t use it so often and finally quit using it. But why not start again with an another PIM… ;)

  12. fi said on December 5, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    this look good as a novice with limited idea on comps i’m now thinking hay there is more to this than typing and searching the net

  13. Dmitrij said on December 5, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    I am in :)

  14. Dotan Cohen said on December 5, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    With the exception of the mind mapping application, this looks like a rip off of KDE-PIM, the aptly named KDE PIM application:

    In fact, almost all the software that we’ve seen in the past few days is included in KDE by default, for free. Can someone please tell me why people pay for this stuff? Is the commercial stuff really better? I would probably give them a shot if they ran on Linux, but they seem to lock the user into Windows which is yet _another_ reason not to start using the software. I’m not one of these silly freetard zealots, but now that I’m following this site with all it’s Windows software suggestions, I’m starting to see why the Windows converts become Linux zealots.

  15. WhACKO said on December 5, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    Sounds nice, count me in!

  16. linusr said on December 5, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    Well, windows users will need these

  17. Bob said on December 5, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    I’d like to try a copy

  18. Hannah said on December 5, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    well it beats my old diary I never remember to fill in! OH uses outlook and gets on all right – but finds it limiting – this sounds pretty good! thanks for the great comps!

  19. Lindsay said on December 5, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Do-Organizer looks like just what I’m looking for! Please pick me!!!!

  20. Paul. said on December 5, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    Would be ferry nice to win this.

  21. Dotan Cohen said on December 5, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    I just gave TexNotes Pro a fair look, and either it is a clone of Basket, or Basket is a clone of TexNotes Pro:

    Needless to say, Basket is _another_ KDE app.

  22. Kevin K said on December 5, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    Software looks ideal to get my self organised.

  23. Bloggliv said on December 5, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    I’m in for a copy. Looks very useful and helpful for me.

    Have a nice day!

  24. Cindy said on December 5, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    God knows I need all the help I can get with organization. The ADHD meds just don’t seem to help with the scraps of paper on my desk and the articles and clippings on my computer desktop………please put me out of my misery.

  25. Mark said on December 5, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    I would very much like a copy of these programs. They could prove to be very useful.

  26. Mark Meckel said on December 5, 2008 at 3:07 pm


    Without a long sorry story, I just landed a job after 6 mos of unemployment. Both of these programs would help me immensely. Do-Organizer would be a wonderful Christmas present to start me off.

    Thank You


  27. Wesley said on December 5, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    This looks interesting!

  28. HNicolai said on December 5, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    Great! (Just what I need !)

  29. Mezan said on December 5, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    I’ve once tested do organizer trial version, and i really felt its power! The texnotes pro looks like a very usefull application for me, please consider me too as i really in need of them. Thanks for all these useful applications! Ghacks is the best site! Keep up your good work! :-)

  30. karla said on December 5, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    wow this looks great, sounds perfect for me , would love to try this. its just what i’m looking for. xxx

  31. Phosita said on December 5, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    Really nice! This would be perfect for a control-freak like me :p

    Keep up the good work Ghacks!

  32. Tony said on December 5, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    That is really cool. I will have to try them out. Thanks for such a great website.

  33. Spala said on December 5, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    I’ll do my best and try to run it with Wine…

  34. dug said on December 5, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    sure why not

  35. Dan said on December 5, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    Very nice! This is the most enticing offering to me so far. Thanks!

  36. Philip Paradisis said on December 5, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    One of my resolutions for the upcoming year is to get more organized and these tools will come in very handy indeed :)

  37. Sheila said on December 5, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    Both of these apps look VERY interesting to me! I dl’d do-organizer to try out as I am sorely in need of a PIM! I hope that I win one of them!!! :-)

  38. barney_gl said on December 5, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    Dunno that Do-Organizer would be all that appealing – been using InfoSelect since before it _was_ InfoSelect – but TexNotes is something I’ve been looking at as a nice adjunct to InfoSelect. Now, if they’d just make it portable …

  39. tinwheeler said on December 5, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    OK!, OK!, I’ll try again. Count me in.

  40. tomq said on December 5, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    Fingers crossed here

  41. deaddogsmoking said on December 5, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    Yes please

  42. Pam Richardson said on December 5, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    This looks good. Count me in please.

  43. Johnwge said on December 5, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    count me in too!!

  44. Matthias said on December 5, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    maybe I’m lucky this time.

  45. Cristina McDowall said on December 5, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    Me too!

  46. job8 said on December 5, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    These applications look not only professional but useful. I would love to add them my ‘tools’. If anyone needs help getting organized it is me.

  47. chief said on December 5, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    sounds like 2 great programs. would love to play with do organizer

  48. sarana said on December 5, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    I’m in. Thanks!

  49. Hestia said on December 5, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    I could really DO with this prize

  50. Bob Clark said on December 5, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    handy software

  51. Jim said on December 5, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    TexNotes Pro seems a very capable note recording application. Little information has been provided, however, on how data is retrieved.

  52. RG said on December 5, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    Thank you so much Martin and GemX :)

  53. giglmania said on December 5, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    one more try …

  54. Steven said on December 5, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    I’ve tried many PIM tools but never really used them properly & end up uninstalling them as I tend to keep important details/contacts etc as simple .txt files. So Do-Organizer although it looks like a decent app, would be of no use to me.
    But as I do keep many .txt files, TexNotes Pro looks to be something I would actually use regularly. I see it has a Rich Text Format function which could be good for me as I’m one of the rare people who don’t have Word or any other kind of Office app installed (& don’t know how to use them).
    It could be useful for storing snippets of code which would be good for programmers & web devellopers (particularily useful for someone who doesn’t make code all the time, as a good support to keep the important data used to create a program or site, like my one).

    Okay, I’ve given a good spiel, wonder if that will get me a freebie ;)

  55. offbyone said on December 5, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    I could sure use somewhere to put the hundreds and hundreds of quotations I’ve collected…..

    I have GemX Wizquote but it seems to have fallen by the wayside with the newer programs.

    That’s progress though and progress is good.

  56. DawnLouise Metcalf said on December 5, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Wow this looks like something that come in very handy for a pea-brain like me!!

  57. Katy H said on December 5, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    God knows I need to get organised! Not currently using any software to help me in this mission, as is probably abundantly clear to anyone who knows me or has ever tried to keep an appointment with me!

  58. Joel said on December 5, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    I’m interested in the free software too. Thanks for thinking of your readers!!!

  59. yooman said on December 5, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    I’m in…

  60. MerleOne said on December 5, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    Count me in also. Thanks.

  61. dj said on December 5, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    Great Choice!

  62. AWz said on December 6, 2008 at 12:04 am

    Count me in.

  63. greg said on December 6, 2008 at 12:08 am

    I’m in

  64. Jeff Miller said on December 6, 2008 at 12:31 am

    Another great giveaway

  65. pavid said on December 6, 2008 at 1:19 am

    TexNotes Pro looks like a great tool to help me organize my research for and write a book.

  66. Matt said on December 6, 2008 at 2:38 am

    Does TexNotes do hex editing? If so, I definitely want it… if not… well, I always like trying new text editors, but I do like notepad++…

  67. cicom3nd3z said on December 6, 2008 at 2:46 am

    full swing indeed :P

  68. Scott said on December 6, 2008 at 3:24 am

    I’d especially like TexNotes Pro, and may take a look at their product anyway. I just can’t settle on a information storage/organization tool. Thanks.

  69. Nessa said on December 6, 2008 at 6:48 am

    Texnotes Pro please. Maybe a promising replacement for onenote?

  70. Inza said on December 6, 2008 at 11:01 am

    I hope i’m not late ;-)

  71. tux said on December 6, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    Being a bit greedy, I would love licenses of both. Hope I’m not late.

  72. Venki said on December 7, 2008 at 1:37 am

    Would like to try out Do-Organizer, seems to be a good PIM application

  73. Vicky said on December 8, 2008 at 10:46 am

    I would like to try TexNotes pro. Maybe too late now?

  74. Steven said on December 15, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    Just wanted to thank Martin & GemX software for the free copy I received of TexNotes Pro.
    I’ve installed it & am pleasantly suprised that it is definitely a tool I’m happy to use & have so far been exploring its possibilities & see a lot of potential for it.
    Thanks for this nice Xmas giveaway.

  75. Ehsan said on December 18, 2008 at 11:09 am

    Can’t wait to dig my teeth in

  76. Elpey64 said on December 10, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Oh, Lord, if ever a person needed a Do-Organizer, it is this old lady. However, if it is too complicated, never mind. TextNotes Pro is just what I need to finish writing “Letters To Ted,” my first grandchild. Teddy’s parents asked me to write to him about all sorts of things so that he can read it later (at 7 months his reading skills are not quite developed), or for storytelling now. I am a retired columnist, now embarking on this new writing career. Quite a change from my old manual typewriter to keyboarding on my computers.To write an ebook for my family, friends, and perfect grandson born with Down Syndrome, would be a thrill for me. Hurry; I’m old and he is young. Throw in a good working laptop just for this purpose, and I will love you forever.

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