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  • 4.0 stars

    "Um, what's the point?"

    January 7, 2006  |   By tahoerob

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    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Wow. Where to begin??? What's the point of this big mess they're calling SOHO Organizer? Like Apple's bundled applications (ie: Address Book and iCal), SOHO Organizer is actually several programs.

    The address book, SOHO Contacts, is by far the most useable. SOHO Calendars makes no sense to me. It simply provides a list of events and To Dos. Clicking the Day, Week, or Month view opens iCal. Um, am I missing something? SOHO Notes is a half-baked version of StickyBrain I imagine. Whereas Contacts and Calendars have a brushed metal look, Notes looks like Tiger's Mail. There's no consistency anywhere. Maybe this can be changed in a preference, but, honestly, who cares?

    I'm not a big fan of the monolithic contact manager application, but Chronos's solution is equally poor in my opinion. You have to jump between too many applications and, unlike Apple's bundled solution, there's no elegance to the process.

    In Organizer's defense, I will say that SOHO Print Essentials is a great little program for printing envelopes, labels, etc. I'd gladly pay for just this if it worked directly with Address Book. I also like the way one can link information to a contact, such as events, to do's, notes, etc. This is the biggest problem with Apple's solution. However, I can't imagine that Apple won't remedy this sometime in the not-too-distant future.

    So, unless Chronos makes some major improvements to Organizer, I can't see any reason to abandon Apple's apps, Entourage, or your PIM of choice. Organizer's UI needs work and SOHO Calendars is a joke. It's just a list of iCal events and To Dos and feels mighty cumbersome.

    I'm sorry, but I just can't see any real advantage to Organizer.

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