Database Software

Found this site back in April '06 and immediately downloaded templates and created hipster. Have since resized to business cards (3.5" x 2") and use screw/post to keep it together. Thank you for this site, it is one of a few sites that I check daily.

In conjuction with my "Cardster", I keep my contacts and calendar in a Palm device and sync with Palm Desktop.

My question regards database sofware used for personal and small, home business. I am looking for a database that is more robust than the simple, but limited, Palm Desktop. Any advice on Palm OS vs MS Outlook, ACT! or any other favorites? I would like some flexibility to create new fields, modify layouts, customize reports & templates, etc.

Thanks in advance.

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I use !ntellect (Intellect)

I use !ntellect (Intellect) from Time & Chaos (www.chaossoftware.com). It has contacts, calendar, appointments, todo list, notes, memos and an email client. If you don't want the email, go with Time & Chaos v6.

You can add custom fields to the contacts records. For example, I've got fields for a contact's spousal overunit name and my billing rates for that client.

You can also assign contacts to multiple categories and then do group emails or mailmerges to Word.

There are some customizable reports but I confess that I don't really use that feature that much

The nice thing is that you can have the contacts, calendar, etc display all at once on the screen, so (unlike Outlook) you're not always switching views around.

I use it together with my DIYPlanner pages in my Dayrunner. (If I spent all day in my office at my computer--which I don't--I might not even need or use the paper planner, or I'd be using it a bit different in conjunction with T&C).

Lawrence Fox
AccountngWizard Solutions ("The Paperwork Guy")
Thornhill, ON Canada
Bookkeeping, Accounting, Databases

Database Software

Hi Lawrence ~ Thanks for the reference. I followed your link to chaos and it looks very similar to Outlook except for the additional bonus you mentioned about the ability to view multiple screens (contacts, calendar, etc) at once.

As Office came bundled with my MS Office and as I have since discovered that it has many of the customizable features about which I was concerned, it looks as though I'm heading in that direction unless someone can convince me otherwise.

With Palm now producing devices with MS Office Mobile, I wonder if Palm Desktop will soon go by the wayside? Any thoughts or predictions?

Thanks again, Colleen

It's true that the newest

It's true that the newest version is very "Outlook-like" (without the bloat and the virus attacks ). I still use the "classic view" of Time & Chaos 6.x.

Lawrence Fox
AccountngWizard Solutions ("The Paperwork Guy")
Thornhill, ON Canada
Bookkeeping, Accounting, Databases