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Personal Information Management

A personal information manager (PIM) is a hardware or software tool to manage your contacts, anniversaries, diaries, appointments, tasks, notes or any other information. Some PIM software and services also give you a low cost network solution for sharing your data simultaneously with others. With professional success you soon discover the inadequacies of pencil and paper for staying on top of everything you have to do. A PIM can take over, but spend some evaluation time to avoid disappointment when you discover that the device or services you purchased don't do what you need them to do.

PIM software can come packed with everything from Web browsers to document creation. Define your tasks and prioritize what you need the software to do for you. Many PIM programs require substantial memory. If you're using a handheld device be sure it has the necessary resources. PIM software generally includes: Contacts, where you can store e-mail, home and work addresses, phone and fax numbers, birthdays, photo and family members, individual and business Internet addresses; Calendar to schedule appointments and events, with hourly, daily, weekly, monthly and yearly views; Diary and Notebook for composition; Task Manager to track progress of your tasks, set priorities and due dates; and some can function as email clients.

They all say user-friendly! It's very subjective. Take advantage of product demos that let you test-drive before you buy. Allow time to plug in all your information and learn how the program works on its own and how it interacts with your other applications. Good PIM software will work seamlessly with your other programs to save you unnecessary keystrokes.

Commercial software include: Unforgettable!, EssentialPIM, ABIX, CardFile Pegasus, MultiCalendar, C-Organizer Pro, and Power Notes.

Open Source software include: Citadel, Brim, Simple Groupware, eGroupWare, Evolution, Group-Office, and Open-Xchange.

Devices include: BlackBerry, Palm Treo, Sidekick II, and iPhone.

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