If a software program promises to organize me, there's a 98% chance that, one day, it will receive my undivided attention. Organization, when working for and by oneself, can become overwhelming, daunting, and make or break you. Even the simplest of tasks may elude you. As everyone will agree, organization = calm, oranization = no stress, and so forth. Therefore, we will always search for software that works as if it has been inside our head and knows exactly what we need to create. By the way, these programs do exist.
Software Developer PrimaSoft PC, Inc., maker of db Organizer Deluxe and other database/info management software, has written a genuinely hooky website OverView for this piece of software. The OverView promises db Organizer to be " ... the database software that allows individuals, small businesses, and corporations to quickly organize and manage virtually any kind of information. Our database management tool is intuitive and easy to use for the beginner, at the same moment feature-rich and powerful enough to satisfy the most advanced users..." I feel compelled to try any software that attempts to accomodate the needs of various sizes of businesses all in one package.
After downloading the db Organizer's full-featured, trial version, and reading through the short Tutorial, I found myself clicking back to the website to doublecheck that I had indeed downloaded the correct product.
I had, of course, but the software could not compare to the product advertised and featured at the website. Since I am an organizer addict, I kept an open mind and dove in.
Templates are wonderful - and all part of "organizing" fun. The db Organizer offers 50 free, ready-to-use templates available for download from the website Solution Center. The first template, Address Organizer, actually popped-up uninvited as I clicked on "Inventory Organizer", but I went ahead with my test.
The left screen side of Address Organizer contains two small columns, one large column, and rows going across for entering names, each word having its own column (e.g. Mr. Jim James = 3 columns). However, as simple as it would have made this task, you are not allowed to enter the data on this side. First, the user must enter the information, least of which is the address of Mr. Jones, on the right side, amongst an array of odd fields, such as "Catagory", "Keywords", and "Image", along with the usual Fax/Home phone fields. I felt this Organizer needed to be retitled "File Info Organizer", or something similar, because it basically had nothing to do with addresses, per se.
In addition, after entering as much information as I cared to, I decided to search, on my own, by dragging my mouse over odd symbols, for a button to "send" the info to the left side, where it would then look like a list of names and not much else. I did make the transfer, but I am not exactly sure which symbol actually sent it.
The Tool Bar consists of ten or more navigator buttons, all with drop-down tabs leading to various, non-descriptive areas. I could not move around without giving each click some very serious, pre-click thinking. The Catagories of Templates are less than representative of their catagory title. For example, "Office Database Solutions" , which I had great hope for, opens to menu listings such as "Password Manager 1 and 2", "Contact Manager 1 & 2", and "Terminology Glossary Manager".
The OverView does emphasize the fact that you can create your own templates and edit drop-downs, etc. You are allowed to create any database you so choose, with fields specific to your needs. This is a great feature, but it should be a bonus, not a necessity. Myself, and several of my Organizer-addict buddies, could not find one Organizer to utilize without having to edit.
On the other hand, if you are a Collector of Cars, Albums, Movies, CD's, Coins, Cars, and even Dictionaries, then db Organizer Deluxe would be the perfect choice of Organizer software to purchase. It has lists and lists of "things" or possessions - that you just might find necessary to keep track of.
The db Organizer Deluxe is available, after trial period, for $75.00 from www.primasoft.com, complete with extra downloadable Templates and other additional bonus features.