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Pleasing PIM

Put a full-featured info manager on your USB drive with this sleek software.

Not too long ago we reviewed EfficientPIM Free and were quite impressed with the attractive interface and wide variety of features offered by the program. EfficientPIM Free Portable is exactly the same, but the portable version of the program comes as a ZIP file. This means that, at 9.79MB, the whole useful program can be popped onto a USB drive or other portable device, allowing you to manage your contacts, events, and more wherever you go.

The program's interface is attractive and intuitive, with a variety of color schemes to choose from. EfficientPIM Free Portable's layout is very similar to that of Microsoft Outlook, with tabs for Calendar, Contact, Events, Tasks, Diary, and Notes. The program also has a search function, password manager, and desktop note feature. Everything about the program is both detailed and easy to use; for example, it's easy to create new events, but there's still a high level of customization, with settings for importance, recurrence, colored labels, flexible reminders, and even user-defined alert sounds. Contacts include fields not only for names and addresses, but for spouses, birthdays, and anniversaries, hobbies, and even photos. The Notes feature is actually a mini word processor, with plenty of options for text formatting. Although this free version of EfficientPIM alludes to some of the features that are available only in the Pro version, like spell check, this version of the software still offers a very impressive array of features. The program's Help file is well-written and thorough. Overall, we find it hard to imagine a free PIM that's a better choice than EfficientPIM Free Portable.

EfficientPIM Free Portable installs and uninstalls without issues. We highly recommend this program to all people.

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