Vladimir Djuric – RedBox review

competent shareware PIM
Photo of Vladimir Djuric – RedBox
$40 (approx. £25)

RedBox is, in essence, a personal information manager. It incorporates a Calendar, To Do list, Planner, Address book, Notepad, Anniversary reminder and report-writer, all packaged into a compact little interface that even a monkey could use with relatively little training.

As is usually the case with such packages, RedBox allows you to create meetings and other appointments, complete with alarms. Repeat appointments can be added, as can yearly anniversaries, birthdays and other important dates. The address book function lets you store names, addresses, e-mail addresses and phone numbers. The database can be searched, and field headings can be changed as required.

One of the most powerful features of the program is its ability to link one entry to another. For example, a meeting can be linked to an address entry which can be linked to a note, and it’s all handled via the built-in Link Manager. There is a slight American bias to some aspects of RedBox, which is evident in the fact that the pre-entered calendar dates include Thanksgiving but not UK bank holidays. On the whole, however, there’s no problem for UK users wanting to plan their lives with RedBox.

Compared with programs such as Organizer and Sidekick, RedBox performs pretty well. It’s easy to use, powerful enough for single users (but not workgroups), and has a component that can be run in the background to notify the user of appointments or other events. It’s a shareware package, which means that you can try it out for a while and see whether it suits your requirements before parting with your hard-earned beer tokens. It can be downloaded, and paid for, via the inKline Web site, and supports input from other PIMs and contact managers via the .CSV file format.

Company: Vladimir Djuric


Verdict
Shareware packages can sometimes be pretty dire, but RedBox is a shining gem in the shareware firmament. It's compact, powerful and user-friendly, which is really all you can ask from any piece of software. It's definitely worth evaluating if you're in the market for a new PIM, particularly as the trial is free of charge.