CodeTwo Public Folders

CodeTwo Public Folders


Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.9
out of 9 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
5.0.5
File Size:
73.1MB
Date Added:
December 28, 2012
Price:
Free to try (30-day trial); $160.00 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
Total Downloads:
2,560
Downloads Last Week:
7
Additional Requirements:
Microsoft Outlook 2013 / 2010 / 2007 / 2003

Editors' review

Microsoft's Outlook is the world's favorite e-mail client, used by giant corporations and Net-surfing grannies alike. Many users have more than one PC, and it's not uncommon to have several under your control: work, home, laptop, etc. Whether you're a busy executive or just someone who checks their e-mail on more than one machine, one of your biggest challenges is keeping everything together, up to date, and backed up. CodeTwo's Public Folders is a powerful application that's up to the task. It's an Outlook extension that lets users securely share Outlook documents over any network, public or private. It lets you synchronize and share e-mails, contacts, calendars, tasks, and other Outlook-compatible folders and documents in real time. It also mimics Exchange Server for seamless offline work mode.

CodeTwo Public Folders' download includes two installations, the Syncing Master and the Outlook Add-ins. You generally install the Syncing Master first, on the main PC, and the Outlook Add-ins on each target machine; however, you can also install just the Outlook Add-ins and use CodeTwo's server to try out its synchronizing features. There's also a helpful Tool Tip pop-up and other assistance for first-timers, including online video tutorials, all of which do a good job explaining how the program works. We opted for the standard installation, which quickly and seamlessly integrated itself with Outlook's add-ins toolbar. It's designed to be extremely easy to set up and use, since a productivity enhancer that takes too long to learn isn't doing much "enhancing."

This is a sophisticated tool for online collaboration, managing far-flung resources, keeping work groups up to speed, or simply bringing order to e-mail chaos and ensuring that you always have access to your Outlook resources, no matter which PC you're using. It has too many features to describe, such as Public and Private Folders options and Access Rights Management, giving a fine level of access control. If you need its considerable capabilities, it certainly delivers.

Editors' note: This is a review of the full version of CodeTwo Public Folders 4.5.9. The trial version is limited to 30 days only.

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  • 5 stars

    "Simple and functional"

    March 15, 2011   |   By AllinOneHead

    Version: CodeTwo Public Folders 4.6.3

    Pros

    Product was purchased to allow members of different departments to communicate easily and fast - share tasks, contacts, calendars, etc.

    Cons

    Recommended for a business environment.

    Summary

    We've decided to buy CodeTwo product again as the other ones from this company haven't failed and that was a good choice.

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  • 5 stars

    "The best multi-user scheduling software I have used"

    December 09, 2010   |   By tgeddes

    Version: CodeTwo Public Folders 4.5.9

    Pros

    Synchronisation virtually instantaneous
    Fine in off-line mode
    Synchronises reminders
    Uses outlook
    Simple setup
    Works with 64 bit Windows
    Since Outlook based synchronises with Android & Symbian phones
    Online video tutorials very helpful

    Cons

    None yet after several weeks of use

    Summary

    I have worked with mulitiuser PIM programs for 4 years and this is the best I have come across. I used WinPim for several years until I upgraded to 64 bit Windows 7 and WinPim was not compatible. So I went searching for a replacement.
    I tried a range of products - don't like those that use email to synchronise and some were simply too non-intuitive.
    Pimero looked good but would not synchronise reminders - which meant my PA could not set up my appointments with reminders on my laptop.
    Then I came across CodeTwo Public folders and it meets all my requirements. I like MS Outlook and it uses all the strengths of Outlook. It is also competitively priced.

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  • 5 stars

    "Perfect tool for teamwork - very, very simple to use"

    June 10, 2010   |   By MargaretThu

    Version: CodeTwo Public Folders 4.5.9

    Pros

    It's very simple to install and use. We connected 22 computers without any server software and it is working smoothly. Allows for syncing multiple calendars, Nice access rights manager. Big plus for option to sync documents.

    Cons

    Haven't noticed any.

    Summary

    We had problems organizing teamwork in my company. We were looking for a program that would let us sync tasks, calendars and mail. Since we're using Outlook, we were looking for Outlook tool that would let us share all outlook items. We googled for solution and found CodeTwo Public folders. We tested it for free for 30days and then bought the license. It's about 40 dollars for each seat - couldn't be better. The only problem I had was syncing categories - but CodeTwo offers additional freeware tool for that CodeTwo Catman. CodeTwo - it's a job well done!

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  • 5 stars

    "Safe and reliable"

    June 08, 2010   |   By jeff_bl

    Version: CodeTwo Public Folders 4.5.9

    Pros

    Easy installation and setup. They've put a video on their YT channel explaining everything. Real-time sharing works smoothly, no issues noticed. It really integrates with Outlook perfectly - no additional windows etc..

    Cons

    None so far.

    Summary

    What I like about it the most, is that I share everything in my own network and therefore I'm sure all information is safe. It really seams to be a reliable software..

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  • 5 stars

    "Easy Synchronization of Outlook Across Network"

    November 21, 2009   |   By michaelk_ek

    Version: CodeTwo Public Folders 4.1.2

    Pros

    - Ease of Use: easy configuration (incl. custom permissions for each user)
    - Flexible (Share any Outlook Tasks, Calendars incl. custom forms created in Outlook)
    - Real time synchronization of Outlook clients
    - Expandable (add licenses as required)

    Cons

    - Manual is adequate, but specific tasks such as creating "custom forms" in Outlook requires specific knowledge. A video would help or a section that describes "Advanced topics" such as the one described.

    Summary

    Using this software in our consulting business; employees adopted new functionality quickly; cost effective yet powerful solution.

    Updated on Nov 21, 2009

    Quick and competent response of support staff to questions on configuration issues.

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  • 5 stars

    "Program helps share outlook data in a simple way"

    September 11, 2009   |   By Ivanovos

    Version: CodeTwo Public Folders 4.1.2

    Pros

    - 30-day trial with full functionality,
    - sharing of folders can be easily done;
    - it merges with Outlook ? no additional windows
    - real time synchronization works really well

    Cons

    Video tutorials would help me set this up, I don?t like delving into manuals

    Summary

    This app aids my business in having updated data on several computers in outlook.

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  • 5 stars

    "Fantastically simple in use & deployment Outlook addon"

    August 03, 2009   |   By jhall8

    Version: CodeTwo Public Folders 4.1.2

    Pros

    Uncaps group work between multiple Outlook like exchange, fairly priced

    Cons

    no I suppose

    Summary

    Actually, if you want to use this software to share Outlooka data over the internet, you can connect over the Net with VPN, see their knowledgebase for more, keyword ?Internet?

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  • 4 stars

    "nice piece of software"

    July 20, 2009   |   By losif2

    Version: CodeTwo Public Folders 4.1.2

    Pros

    I can share all Outlook without Exchange server in real-time and this software doesn't send emails to sync the data!

    Cons

    The same as Alpha_3 wrote in his comment, security mechanism desn't allow sharing data over the Internet.

    Summary

    Slick application that shares all outlook items with no server, smoothly and seamlessly merges with outlook, I can sync my laptop with desktop to work on data at home.

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  • 5 stars

    "Exactly what I was looking for"

    May 06, 2009   |   By Alpha_3

    Version: CodeTwo Public Folders 4.1.2

    Pros

    I don?t need to buy Exchange to share contacts folders and have company address book.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the sharing of data over the Internet is not fully supported.

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