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ScheduFlow offers networked, enterprise-class scheduling for free

Create and share business-quality calendars and appointments with this powerful freeware.

What's better than business scheduling software for keeping you on time, on track, and on your toes? How about business scheduling freeware? Duoserve's ScheduFlow 12 is an enterprise-quality calendar, scheduling, and contact management program that replaces paper-based calendars and appointment books. You can share calendars, appointments, and other data with networked users via a LAN or the Internet using e-mail or Web posting. It offers a full range of top-drawer features, including mobile device integration that syncs data with Outlook and most devices, Reports, Resource Utilization features like 3D Charts, and productivity applications such as Contacts, Timelines, and Appointment History.

ScheduFlow's setup wizard involves several important steps, including different installation options such as whether to install both the ScheduFlow Client and Server, depending on whether the software will be installed on a single computer or multiple computers and different network configurations. Since we installed the program on a single PC, we needed both parts. Given that it's freeware, you get a lot with ScheduFlow, and it takes a little longer to install and set up than more basic tools; for example, it includes specifying whether you use a firewall, and, if so, what type. We could configure port settings manually, too. ScheduFlow's installer offered clear explanations of every step. The somewhat lengthy and detailed setup process finished with a server connection option (for networked installations).

With its Office-style Start button, ribbon toolbar, and tabbed menus, ScheduFlow 12 will fit right in to most business environments. The user interface is based around an efficient, colorful daybook view that we could configure in sample themes or customize to suit. We could click Templates on the right-hand toolbar to call up a list of available calendar templates, including a sample Appointment template. Once you've configured your templates, you can drag and drop them into ScheduFlow's main window. You'll still need to add your Contacts and other data, but pop-up wizards make that easy, and you can access the data from other PCs once it's in your database. Ample help information is available. We were more than impressed with ScheduFlow 12 in our brief but productive time with this powerful, flexible business tool.

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