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Time and Chaos

CNET Editors' review

We review a lot of programs, and it's not often that we come across one that we like well enough that we want to keep it for our own use. Time & Chaos is one such program. This planner and contact manager offers plenty of features without becoming cluttered and unwieldy.

The program's interface is sleek and very intuitive, and we absolutely love how everything is displayed in separate panes in one screen. At a glance we can see our calendar, contacts, appointments, and tasks. Need to schedule a meeting with George, or put calling Betty on your to-do list? Just drag and drop your contact's name into the appropriate pane, and the program will open the dialogue to set an appointment or task. Users can also view each function separately, including a daily view with a summary of the current day's schedule and to-do list. Unlike many similar programs, Time & Chaos does not try to pack in a lot of useless features for the sake of looking comprehensive. Every feature we came across was well-designed and useful. We loved the memo feature, with its options of text, tables, and file shortcuts. We loved that contacts can be assigned to groups and categories and associated with one another. The program's networking capabilities make it a fantastic choice for users who need to share information. The online Help file is thorough and well-written.

Time & Chaos has a 21-day trial period. It installs and uninstalls without issues. We highly recommend this program for users seeking a powerful and intuitive way to manage their time and contacts.

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All User Reviews

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Good, but."

    January 13, 2014  |   By EACowboy0697

    Version: Time and Chaos 8.0.6.5

    Pros

    Nimble, interactive between contacts/appointments/tasks. Works well with my android DejaOffice via Companionlink [once set up].

    Cons

    Version 8.0.5.0 allowed user to print today's and the next several days' appointments AND the task list on one page. Starting with V8058, had to choose today's appointments and the task list. If user wanted to print the next several days' appointments, had to reset the 'starting day option' to today which made the calendar shift to the new starting day [what Gregorian calendar starts with Wednesday?]. Tried to download 8050 from the T&C archives but even tech support says 'not available'.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "easy come, easy go"

    October 24, 2013  |   By zachariasd

    Version: Time and Chaos 8.0.6.5

    Pros

    Quick and easy, inexpensive program. Version 7 has been a terrific program. Light and quick on its feet.

    Cons

    Version 8 feels much more bloated, moves slow, sometimes doesn't update across the network without a manual refresh and took away many things that I come to depend on in version 7. I had to revert back to version 7 after a week. The knowledge base was unhelpful. The online support was not very satisfying.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "good, but so many bugs"

    June 7, 2013  |   By fotoflo

    Version: Time and Chaos 8.0.6.4

    Pros

    Does things no other program does at anywhere near this price. Miles. Its fast, easy, efficient, I've used Legrand, Outlook, ACT!, none of them have the clearheaded streamlined interface this does. For small businesses, its a godsend.

    Cons

    And for that I have to put up with tons of bugs that when reported they say "Oh, that, well don't do that, OK?" as if I was using the program incorrectly. Nothing like "Oh that, that's on our bug list". I am sorry Chaos but "Send Now" means "Send Now" not "You're using the program incorrectly".

    Summary

    Infuriating program. They have great person-to-person tech support, but the guy kinda always ends up saying the user did something wrong or used the program incorrectly. They closed down the users forum a while ago, it needs another one. I learned a lot from the first one and didn't have to rely on tech support so much. They did a major rewrite not too long ago but as far as I can see, just exchanged one set of good features for another equally good set of features. I don't normally write software reviews, but I use this program 24/7 and have touted it in the past. Not so much any more.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Excellent Product"

    November 14, 2012  |   By krus54

    Version: Time and Chaos 8.0.5.6

    Pros

    I have been using this software since it first released (early 90's?) and I can't imagine using any other.

    I have tried other PIM's but this one tops them all. I keep everything synch'd up on my Android phone.

    Their tech support has been extremely responsive to help with problems either by phone or email.

    Cons

    While this is incredible, there are some things I do NOT like:
    1) I had to purchase a 3rd party software CompanionLink in order to synchronize T&C to the phone...that was an additional $50.

    2) The Android (or iPhone) needs a 3rd party software called Deja Office which holds the T&C info. It's free, but I have yet to figure out HOW to get Deja Office to be the primary contact list on my phone.

    Summary

    Summary: Despite only a few bugs I've found (which got fixed, pronto), if I didn't REALLY like the product, I wouldn't have paid for the shareware upgrades over the past couple of decades. It's got great appointment features, contact/address features, and to-do features, along with the notes, appointment alarms, etc.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Looks Great, but HUGE amount of bugs make it unusable."

    November 12, 2012  |   By mattCnetLA

    Version: Time and Chaos 8.0.5.6

    Pros

    CHAOS INTELLECT 4.0.5.6 This is a nifty desktop contact manager with notes, appointments, tasks, search filters, user defined fields and a flexible import utility, and what's cool about it is you can access everything on one screen and get where you need to quickly.

    Cons

    HUGE number of user interface bugs make this product unusable, however it has never crashed on me. All of a sudden you will find it is not saving data you have entered when going to other screens or data does not import correctly. I have emailed technical support descriptions of dozens and dozens of bugs and while they have acknowledged these and fixed some, this is obviously a half-baked attempt. They obviously have no in house program to do "torture" testing of their own product and to me, that's a sign of a LAZY software company you DON'T want to buy from.

    Summary

    Looks great, easy to use, many features, concise, good for leads management or those doing marketing/ prospecting. If only it worked correctly.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Not as good as it used to be"

    October 30, 2012  |   By Tasko1

    Version: Time and Chaos 8.0.5.5

    Pros

    Not many, used to be a good program!

    Cons

    Have been using for the last 13 years. Like most software companies they have to keep changing the way it looks & works (and not always for the better) For example in the current version the calendar doesn't wrap anymore so you can't see the whole appointment when looking at the month view. I would not have wasted my money if I had known that. And now I have recreate my 13 year database if I change programs.

    Summary

    Chaos Software are like fussy people, they can't quit tinkering just for the sake of tinkering.

    It's also strange that they have no online forum for users like most software products and no search bar on their website.

    I don't recommend wasting your time with this overpriced program.

    And now

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best PIM I've found!"

    July 7, 2012  |   By snottgaard

    Version: Time and Chaos 8.0.4.9

    Pros

    Have been using T&C since version 5. Every version is cleaner, better and has more features without compromising the nice interface. Once tried, would never go back to Outlook. Installs & uninstalls without problems. Good help.

    Cons

    None that I've found.

    Summary

    Very good PIM!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Contact Options Limited"

    May 20, 2012  |   By Miep.Visser

    Version: Time and Chaos 8.0.4.4

    Pros

    It looks pleasant to the eye, and seems simple to use

    Cons

    But why on earth should I pay USD 50 for a product that can ONLY import contacts from OUTLOOK?

    Summary

    Even as a FREE product it is useless for me when I would have to re-CREATE MY ENTIRE DATABASE AGAIN FROM SCRATCH.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Much more than I expected. Upgraded to Intellect."

    December 13, 2011  |   By brownes321

    Version: Time and Chaos 7.0.4.5

    Pros

    Task management; Connectivity between contacts, tasks, and projects; Nice looking and intuitive interface; shortcuts to files in other software an extra that I wasn't looking for but like very much; Extremely helpful tech support. There are lots of options, yet the interface is not overwhelming or difficult to use. My expectations have been exceeded.

    Cons

    A couple of quirks, but I have firm belief they will fix- 1. cannot set start date on task series (it starts on the day you open it). It's meant to be initiated in that way, but I have tasks in my series set both before and after a target date. The program will let you set tasks in a series before the '0' date, but will not let you determine when that date should be upon opening a series. 2. I've frozen the program a couple of times by selecting large batches of inbound email to 'save sender to contacts.' Probably only important while setting up initially, and I've been selecting in smaller batches and it seems to be ok.

    Summary

    I am VERY pleased with this program. I will likely be following it up soon by trying/adding the options for syncing with my mobile devices now that I am satisfied with the desktop version.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good network capable task & schedule manager"

    December 30, 2010  |   By MixFixer

    Version: Time and Chaos 7.0.4.3

    Pros

    Network capable, links tasks, appointments and contacts. Relatively inexpensive. Installs quickly with no problems. Appointment alarms can be set to function even if program is closed.

    Cons

    Label printing is near useless. Can't choose placement on label sheet or print less than 2 labels at a time. This is the biggest problem with trying to use it as a contact manager. Search engine is a little convoluted.

    Summary

    Great as a task manager and appointment scheduler. Weak as a contact manager

    Updated on Dec 30, 2010

    Phone help can be impatient and resistant to criticism

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