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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