63 of 76 people found the following review helpful
on June 21, 2000
OK, first off, I like this product. As a matter of fact, I use it all the time and if I didn't have it I would grow extremely anxious and start acting out, so it is a big part of my daily routine. That being said, here are the probems. First, it is very hard to get it to print your notes (or some of the more complex reports), and your relationships, although all this stuff is perfectly visible and available and linkable in the computer, which makes for a certain amount of swearing all around. If you have no problem keeping all this stuff in the database and then exporting it via the always popular copy-and-paste method, that's one thing. But I've got over 5,000 records in this database after only a year and I must admit that the old reliable copy'n'paste is growing a tad stale. On the good side, Daytimer continues to provide freebie updates over the internet. On the bad side, you have to accept their cookies into your machine for them to do this, which makes the more paranoid among us a tad nervous. But hey, it is much more natural for me than the Franklin Planner software, which was a kind of "Hal open the pod bay doors" experience," so that's good. And it's made for people like myself who thought ACT was just way too complicated, so that's also a positive thing. I think it is a good product as long as you are prepared to accept the above conditions, and of course the fact that Daytimer's software techies are really hard to get ahold of, so don't even think about it. But overall I think my world is better with this product than without, and having gone through a fair number of its competitors, I think it is a decent use of the money. The price is reasonable. It's just these little niggling annoying faults that make me think no one really tested this by using it, they just slammed together a bunch of different modules and said, hey, it looks good to me. Oh, right, it also links reasonably well with my Palm V. It's definitely easy to link and my issues are more from the software interaction there (i.e. you can't display the information in the same way and some of the info of course doesn't make it over to the Palm) than any shortfalls in the Daytimer software function. About every other time, after my Daytimer software closes, it announces to me and the whole world that it has had a fault and is closing (duh). The one techie I finally managed to get ahold of after making the phone pilgrimage to Utah or wherever they do this stuff said something along the lines of "oh yeah, we're working on that," but this fault has done nothing to the integrity of my data and really doesn't seem to be more than an annoying cosmetic fault.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 2003
I started using DTO 2k in 1997. It is an excellent program with a lot of perks. Until now (Feb 2003) I would consider it a 5 star plus program. However I've dumped it because the Day-Timer company no longer supports the program. Therefore, Day-Timer is a dead end unless some other enterprizing software company takes it over. Hopefully that will happen. Until that time I will use another organizer that is Palm compatible, namely, Palm Desktop.