CNET Editors' review
While there are plenty of programs that help manage your daily tasks, many are terribly expensive. EssentialPIM offers a free way stay organized, and we found it to be a fairly effective program.
This freeware heavily mimics the display and functionality of the popular Microsoft Outlook program. This, however, is not a bad thing. In fact, it makes EssentialPIM very intuitive thanks to the toolbar along the left side that allows users to easily cycle through the calendar, to-do list, contacts, notes, and trash. Inputting data into any of these fields is fairly easy. Anyone with prior experience with time management software will leap right into creating reminders on the calendar, recurring to-do events, and more. The menus that create such items flow well, with versatile pull-down menus, fillable fields, and dates.
We had a simple time managing nearly all aspects of this program, but we did find that although the program is listed as free with no limitations, the freeware version lacks numerous features found in the paid version. Users looking for advanced features to sync with other programs, add advanced encryption, and filter task lists and events won't find those features in the free program. Still, if users don't need these options, EssentialPIM covers the basics and its price cannot be beat.
EssentialPIM Free is the award-winning, absolutely free personal information manager that makes it easy to control your appointments, to do lists, notes, email messages, password entries and contacts. In addition to that, EssentialPIM Free offers portability, speed, intuitive interface, and the ability to synchronize all your information with Android and iOS devices. Supported by a large community of users, EssentialPIM Free has been widely acknowledged as the best personal information management system on any desktop or USB flash drive.
What's new in this version: Version 5.57:
- Added: Ability to insert the current date and time into any item
- Added: Option to quickly disable/enable all shortcuts
- Improved: EssentialPIM main window handling on systems with two or more monitors
- Improved: Compatibility with some rare SMTP mail servers
- Improved: Handling of email attachments
- Fixed: EPIM still running in the background after existing the program in some cases
- Fixed: Some Android sync related issuesSee all new features
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All versions:4.2 stars
out of 113 votes
Current version:5.0 stars
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"Miles better than Outlook"
Version: EssentialPIM Free 5.57
Easy to use. Uncluttered interface. Can import Outlook, and other, data.
ICS files have to be imported using EPIM's calendar function. It would be nice if the files could be associated with EPIM to open with a double click. But that is a minor thing to be added to a wish list, not a real criticism.
I needed to open a .ics file I had ben sent by an Outlook user. Not wishing to use Outlook, which I find annoying, I looked for another (free) program and found EPIM. I didn't expect to use it for anything else but I now find it indispensable. Highly recommended.