I recently had someone ask me; “Are there any software packages out there (for FREE) that I can use to manage events in my life (such as a calendar, task manager, notebook, reminders, etc…)? I was quick to the draw to the answer and immediately blurted out EPIM – Essential Personal Information Manager. I know there are many online options available today to help manage our life; however, there is just something about putting personal (and private) information about myself out there (online) that just does not sit well with me.
Folks, if you are looking for a software download, for FREE, that will help you manage calendar events in your life, help you manage tasks, help you keep notes, and help you keep contact information (addresses); I highly endorse EPIM. There is even an email client built into EPIM, which to be honest, I turned off and do not use.
I have been using EPIM for years and the most impressive feature that I love about this software is the powerful search feature that is built in. The amount of personal information (such as addresses, notes, tasks, events) that I have accumulated since I started using EPIM is quite a bit; however, I can bring up an information in EPIM’s database very, very quickly. As I type in the search box, the information starts to magically appear. Another draw to me about EPIM is the notekeeping component that allows you to keep unlimited notes in a tree-like multi-level structure.
EPIM is available as a full install on your PC or available as a portable application. It is impressive that such quality software is packaged into a file size of less than 10 MBs. I currently use the portable version of EPIM on my flash drive and would be absolutely lost without it. Oh, I forgot to mention, you can password protect access to your information, as well.
- Excellent usability. Shortcuts that are fun to use and boost your productivity. Easy, intuitive tools arranged right where you need them. Link any item to any other items. Email to Notes, Contacts to Tasks, etc.
- Security. All data can be password-protected and the database file is encrypted with multiple encryption algorithms, with the advanced industry standard AES (Rijndael), 128-bit key, and Blowfish 448-bit* key.
- Versatile import and export capabilities. You can import and export HTML, RTF, CSV, TXT and TreePad. You can perform complete synchronization with Microsoft® Outlook**; and you can import from Outlook Express.
- Available in many languages: Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Macedonian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, and Ukrainian.
- System tray icon with a hotkey for starting and configuring the software.
- Sticky Notes- place any of your Notes onto Desktop and get rid of yellow paper on your desk!*
- Open-source Firebird database. Advanced users and system administrators get great flexibility in managing databases.
- Color-coded, easy-to-read day, week, month, year schedules, with easy set up of recurring tasks or events.
- Completion date, priority, and category properties for each task.
- Integrated synchronization with Microsoft Outlook** and import and export with Outlook Express.
- Full drag-and-drop support for fast rescheduling.
- Easy printout by days, weeks or months, with saving to HTML.
To Do List (To Do):
- Tree-like, flexible to do structure that holds category, priority, completion status, due date, and even reminders for you.*
- Fast and powerful search to find your to do list quickly.
- Easy sorting and categorizing tools.
- Printing that gives you exactly what you see on your screen. Take your to do list with you as you run out the door.
- Tools to organize your data the way you want! Flat, table, tree-like multilevel data structure or any combination you want. Multiple tree and leafs* for each note allow a powerful hierarchical storage.
- No limit on the number of folders and notes. Don’t worry about running out of room.
- Inserting photos, drawings, any kind of pictures, tables, any nicely formatted text: fonts, subscripts/superscripts, colored text background, multilevel bullets and numbering, Unicode, background images.
- Quick searching for any note by its subject, date, word or phrase.
- Powerful printout and save features.
- Clickable (active) hyperlinks in any document.
Contact Manager (Contacts):
- Number of records that outstrip the Outlook Address Book.
- Flexible set of fields, allowing you to easily add your own.
- Complete import/export to and Windows Address Book and CSV format.
- Powerful and fast search and sort features.
- Adjustable views so you can see your information the way you want.
- Full support for POP3 and IMAP accounts.
- Integration with Conteacts and other modules.
- Signatures, mail sorting rules,- everything you need to work efficiently.