Debrief offers users a fast way to take down notes and stay on top of their ideas. With its simple layout and directions, this tool will find many fans.
The program's interface may initially worry some, but they will soon discover most of the icons crowding the top of this program are unnecessary. A few minutes of experimenting and clicking around will serve the user much better than a trip to the Help file, though it's available. The program functions primarily as a note-taker. Users click on an icon to write a note and treat it like a word processor (the program is complete with options to change font, color and other text options). The program's biggest asset is its ability to catalog these notes with simple files. Organized like a file tree, users create and save their notes in Personal, Business, or customized folders. The second component of the program is a calendar, which shows what notes are happening on each day. While we would have liked to see an alarm system, this is still a fairly good way to get a glimpse of your daily life. The program's best special feature is its ability to run off reports. Users can see all their personal or business notes run off, or can have specific days filtered into the report.
While the program initially appears cluttered, we found this freeware program to be an excellent tool for those trying to keep their lives simple and organized.
Debrief manages notes for ideas, journals, tasks, contacts, issues, meetings, changes, risks, decisions, milestones, research, and planning. Notes, folders, and calendars are handled intuitively for organizing work. It emulates spiral notebooks, file folders, work in progress, reference material, and action items. The note card view lets users rearrange the notes in any order. The calendar view can gather material for status reports and reviews. End notes can be produced for publications. Debrief can handle multiple notebooks to manage work, career, studies, and personal life.
What's new in this version:
Version 2.3 includes system changes (e.g. personal preferences move to configuration files), usability enhancements (e.g. changes sort order in some views), and installation changes to align with the portable version.