PIM me please

Take control of your life with a really efficient PIM.

A while back, a Personal Information Manager, or "PIM," was a handheld gadget that did what cell phones and BlackBerrys now do better. PIMs live on in the form of their software, which refined and combined the daily diary, planner, Rolodex, address book, and other wads of paper that once shackled busy people to cluttered desks, thus helping spark the transformation of the workplace. For busy people, they are essential, period. EfficientPIM is simply one of the best we've seen.

It's organized around a familiar and attention-getting subject: today. Tabs manage your calendar, contacts, events, tasks, diary, and notes. The Calendar tab has an especially useful feature: you can view today's entries highlighted in relation to the work week, week, month, year, or customizable time grids, showing you at a glance everything from how long until so-and-so's birthday to your whole life, organized.

You can also customize the layout and look of EfficientPIM, such as adding buttons or changing the color and style. There's a password option and a search feature, naturally, and extensive multilanguage support. The fully functional trial version is free to use for 30 days, after which it is $39.95 to buy, which is way cheaper than hiring a personal assistant. It uninstalls just as efficiently as it does everything else, should you find yourself able to give it up, which may mean you're either an organizational whiz or a lost cause! For the rest of us, resistance is futile: EfficientPIM is just the easy-to-use, all-in-one solution for bringing order to chaos.

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