CNET Editors' review
Chaos Free is actually a good name for this freeware version of Chaos Software's Time & Chaos CRM tool since keeping busy people free from chaos is its mission. To that end, Chaos Free focuses on the basics, omitting some features and support options offered by Time & Chaos (better) and Chaos Intellect (best). Chaos Free organizes and manages your contacts, phone book, schedules, appointments, notes, and task lists. It syncs with the Cloud and connects with a wide range of e-mail clients and other apps, including Microsoft Word. Chaos Free even handles everyday tasks like printing labels and calendars. Yes, it's free, and yes, it does more than some expensive tools. Chaos Free runs in both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows XP to 8.
When we first opened Chaos Free, we chose the option to create a new database, though we could also import data. With its light blue tones, "Start" button, and efficient, well-rendered layout, Chaos Free's Classic theme will fit in with many business environments and mesh well with most productivity suites, including Office, though many other themes are available under Appearance on the Options menu. Like most tools of its type, Chaos Free attempts to pack a lot of windows and data in the available space, including a calendar, search field, Contacts, Appointments, and a subfield tabbed for Phone, Notes, Field, and Photos. Unlike many such tools, Chaos Free succeeds. Its workspace is busy but businesslike and efficient, with welcome touches like draggable frames and full, separate toolbars for subwindows, many with icons directly opening Word. It's not difficult to just start adding Contacts, creating Appointments, and so on, but many users will find the Help menu's resources a good place to start, not just because of its indexed Help file and training video but also its submenus of database tools and reset options, technical support details, and more.
As we noted, there are similar tools that do much less than Chaos Free, and not nearly as well, yet cost money. If you're looking to tame the chaos of your contacts, appointments, and other critical information, this is a good place to start.
From Chaos Software Group:
Chaos Free is free version of Time and Chaos contact manager CRM to organize your telephone book, appointment schedule, and to do task list for better time management, all on one screen. All users on a network can even use the same databases at the same time to collaborate without being locked out or requiring expensive server software. Appointments on your calendar and to do items on your task list can be linked back to the matching contact in your telephone book to help you keep a complete contact history of every meeting or telephone call, including the notes you took about each event. Print mailing address labels, calendars, address books, and connect with email, fax and web applications, and mail-merge with Word.
What's new in this version: Version 220.127.116.11 has fixed a bug that would cause program to restart rather than shutdown during a program update.
More Products to Consider
- Take an open-source approach to office productivity.
- View, navigate, and print PDF files.
- Convert PDF files to Microsoft Word format.
- Open, edit, and save files using the new file formats in 2007 v...
- Convert JPG, BMP, TIFF, PNG images to PDF files.
- Create and share content with the help of a comprehensive set o...
- Get a comprehensive library of 4500 sample business letters and...
- Prepare any business documents from 6000 professionally written...
- Transform PDF documents to Excel documents.
- Create, encrypt, and merge PDF files.
- Keep track of how you use your PC.
- Render PDF files within applications that support the print fun...
- Develop your own custom solutions visualizing various data.
- Read, create, and save files seamlessly in Office 2007/2010 and...
- Recognize text from images using the open source Tesseract OCR ...
- Create, manage, and collaborate with others on presentations.
- Create logos, ringtones, startup images, and screensavers for y...
- Automate and simplify your sales process.
- Manage & track your phone calls.
- Have a meeting scheduler integrated with Google Calendar.
- Track accounts, contacts, leads, meetings, compelling events, p...
- Take notes of your needs in different purposes.
- Convert Word, RTF, and TXT files into PDF documents.
- Design and print out labels and barcodes.
All versions:3.0 stars
out of 1 votes
Current version:3.0 stars
out of 1 votes
My rating:Write review
Results 1-1 of 1
Version: Chaos Free 18.104.22.168
This is ok if you're fine with it not having email.
The thing that turned me off was not really knowing what information is collected when you click the update button. In today's world, privacy is on the top of most peoples list and lets face it, we have too many nosy people.
I would find something else.
Add Your Review
Submit your reply
E-mail this review
Report offensive content