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-- by Hailey Lynne McKeefry
I thought little could be done to improve version 2.0 of Day-Timer Organizer. Its plain and uncomplicated interface allows access to every sort of business tool, including scheduling, contact management, task management, notebook and expense tracking. But, to Day-Timer's credit, version 2.1 adds some bells and whistles that are music to my ears, including Web browser and e-mail support.
It automatically launches Netscape Navigator or Microsoft Explorer to take you to a Web site noted in a contact record. Click on an e-mail address and Day-Timer will start up your VIM or MAPI e-mail system.
Version 2.1 integrates several new printing options, such as report titles, headers and footers. Quick fill data entry (a favorite à la Microsoft Excel 95) speeds data entry by offering possible completions based on previous entries you've typed.
A problem in the earlier version of Day-Timer, searching, remains a problem here. Although it's simple to perform-just type in a name and the program jumps to the address book entry-it becomes unacceptably slow once you've accumulated a large database.
Despite its new features and elegant simplicity, Day-Timer Organizer 2.1 doesn't replace ACT 3.0 on our Recommended List. Day-Timer doesn't allow customization, while ACT lets you set up unlimited customizable fields and includes a customizable report writer and forms designer. However, if you like its similarity to the paper-based Day-Timer and are looking for ease of use and a straight-forward interface, Organizer 2.1 is a good choice.
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