We review a lot of free software, and most of it, though decent, isn't really anything to write home about. But every now and then we come across a program like EfficientPIM Free. Even though the word "free" is in the program's name, we actually had to go back and make sure that the program really didn't cost anything. We found it hard to believe that such a feature-packed program could really be had gratis.
The program's interface is attractive and intuitive, with a variety of color schemes to choose from. EfficientPIM's layout is very similar to that of Microsoft Outlook, with tabs for Calendar, Contact, Events, Tasks, Diary, and Notes. The program also has a search function, password manager, and desktop note feature. Everything about the program is both detailed and easy to use; for example, it's easy to create new events, but there's still a high level of customization, with settings for importance, recurrence, colored labels, flexible reminders, and even user-defined alert sounds. Contacts include fields not only for names and addresses, but for spouses, birthdays and anniversaries, hobbies, and even photos. The Notes feature is actually a mini word processor, with plenty of options for text formatting. Although this free version of EfficientPIM alludes to some of the features that are available only in the Pro version, like spell check, this version of the software still offers a very impressive array of features. The program's Help file is well-written and thorough. Overall, we find it hard to imagine a free PIM that's a better choice than EfficientPIM Free.
EfficientPIM Free installs and uninstalls without issues. We highly recommend this program.
Key Features: 1. Ten interface styles available for you to choose from. 2. Integrated password manager, desktop notes and diary. 3. Built-in editors similar to MS Word for writing diary and notes. 4. Hierarchical subtasks. 5. Custom fields for contacts. 6. Card view support. 7. Various calendar views: day, work week, week, month, year and time grid. 8. Adding attachments to contacts, events, tasks, notes and various other types of information. 9. Organizing your information by hierarchical grouping. 10. Full drag and drop support. 11. Searching information as simple and fast as Google. 12. Information safety safeguards: recycle bin support; backup and restore; encrypted information storage.
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