| By Ian “Gizmo” Richards |
I’d been waiting years for the final version of the Chandler personal information manager to be released.
When version 1.0 became available, I went to the site and downloaded the software, full of hope and expectation that here at last was the program that would help me get organized — only to be disappointed by its 1.0-itis.
A PIM with a different take on time management
Chandler is a free, open-source personal information manager (PIM) designed to help you organize your time. The program resulted from a project started in 2001 when Mitch Kapor, designer of the Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet, decided to create an open-source PIM that would make use of the latest software-design principles.
In other words, Kapor set out to create a PIM that was as much a leap forward in usability over Outlook and other PIMs as Lotus 1-2-3 was over the first electronic spreadsheet, VisiCalc.
In the ensuing seven years, the project has had several changes of direction and leadership. The changes were clearly evident when I started playing with version 1.0. (Note that the current release is version 1.02.)
The early Chandler releases were e-mail-centric. That is, they built on the idea that for most users, it’s e-mail that drives their work, so a 21st-century PIM needs to work from e-mail outward rather than the other way around.