Scheduling Software Review

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Why Scheduling Software?

The array of scheduling software applications assembled here is some of the finest time management software out there. Time management personally and at the office is vital for the busy professional. The programs reviewed here focus on software that does a lot more than just show you a calendar and a task list: look for task management, email clients, mailing labels, office functionality, and compatibility with some of your most popular office hardware and consumer electronics.

Ask anyone and they will tell you there is no perfect time management software. Usage, users and desired result determines the program that will be best for your organization. You really have to test these programs to find out if they have what you need and if you feel comfortable using them. If you don’t feel comfortable using them or they are too difficult to learn, you won’t use it and your time will remain un-managed!

Some of the programs on this list are downloads, others are software and yet others are software as a service (SaaS). Be sure to visit our top-ranked products, Chaos Intellect, VIP Task Manager and WorkEngine and our articles on employee software applications.

What to Look for in Scheduling Software

Task Management
This category is weighted the heaviest on our side-by-side matrix because if you are looking for a program to manage time and tasks, these are the bare minimum requirements: views – everyone has their favorite/most natural-seeming way to view a long list of things to do or files to open, etc. List, tree and calendar views should all be available in a good scheduling software program.

You should also be able to filter, sort, group and prioritize tasks in the program. Being able to set task duration is another key element in this category. You won’t see the programs on our line-up missing more than one or two of these.

Features
On our side-by-side matrix, design features, email functionality, office functionality and import/export/output compatibility are the major categories we looked at. Again, fairly basic but so much of choosing one of these programs depends on how it feels to you personally.

Ease of Use/Setup
This category is self-explanatory but we take it seriously when comparing these time management software products side-by-side. Is it a download? Is it SaaS? Is it complicated for the beginning user?

Is it a breeze and a pleasure to use? Is it so overwhelmingly huge that it’s intimidating? These are the questions we ask when adjudicating how each program works and what makes it tick.

Help/Support
Again, self-explanatory yet taken very seriously is the amount of support available. Could you get a hold of a human if needed? Will your questions/problems with the program be answered in an online forum, built-in help menus or online knowledge base? Is there a free trial? Can you purchase or obtain add-ons that could enhance the program further?

All of the scheduling software programs featured here offer a free trial of their program. This is ideal and it shouldn’t be any other way. These sort of programs are most beneficial when they work with you – make your work seem easier and the path less tangled. If you couldn’t try them first before buying that wouldn’t inspire a whole lot of confidence in any software.

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3-2    Poor
1-0    Bad
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Design Features
Reminders
Customized Sort Criteria
Hierarchical To-Do Lists
 
Spell Checker
 
  
  
Customizable Form Layouts  
  
  
 
Brainstorming Tools  
 
   
Create Custom Fields  
 
  
Email Functionality
Business Card
 
      
Email Client
  
  
  
Email Spell Checker
  
  
  
Client-Specific Email Linking
  
     
Spam Filter
  
      
Merge
  
      
Task Management
Tasks in List View
Sort Tasks
Group Tasks
Task Prioritization
Set Task Duration
Filter Tasks
 
Tasks in Calendar View
 
Tasks in Tree View
  
Office Functionality
Hotkeys
 
Networked Data Sharing
  
  
Find and Replace
    
  
Search
 
 
Import/Export/Output Compatibility
Schedules
To-Do Lists
Notes
Contacts
 
Emails
 
  
Other
 
 
XLS
     
Outlook
  
 
Export to iPod
 
    
  
Synchronization Options
 
 
Backup Prompt  
 
 
 
Customizable Reports  
 
 
 
XML  
 
   
Security Features
Data Encryption  
 
  
Password Protection  
 
 
Help/Support
Email
Telephone
 
   
Online Knowledge Base
 
 
Updates/Add-ons
 
Video Tutorial
 
 
Forums  
 
 
Blogs  
 
 
   
Sample Project   
 
  
Supported Configurations
Windows 8
     
 
Windows 7
 
 
Windows Vista
Windows XP
Macintosh