Reviewed by: Lianne
by: Plymouth Rocket, Inc., go to the web site
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is designed as a web-based service which allows organizations
to easily maintain their calendar of events online.
The main market for EventKeeper seems to be organizations such
as libraries, towns, churches, museums, galleries, sports teams,
schools, etc., which don't have the resources or expertise
HTML pages on a web site but still need to keep the public
informed of events. On the other hand, private companies and
even large corporations interested in maintaining a private
or public Intranet can also use EventKeeper both for private
and public announcements, schedules of events, exhibitions,
meetings and so on.
is a web application - you don't buy the software; you
buy access to the software running
on a remote server otherwise known as an application service
EventKeeper resides on the Plymouth Rocket Inc servers.
Getting started is simple - go to the web site, set up an
account and away you go. Logon and begin entering events
via data entry forms using any (reasonably up to date) web
browser. You can use keywords for organizing the events and
provide both an event listing and a graphic calendar view
for users. The EventKeeper calendar or schedule you create
can be easily linked to your web site either as a new page
or within a frame.
Adding and updating events online is a task which usually
falls to an overworked webmaster or web site manager. Considering
that it's fairly simple to maintain an EventKeeper calendar
once the initial data entry work is done, the workload can
be comparatively small. But keep in mind that most webmasters
and site managers are very busy these days and most small
businesses don't usually have the staff to dedicate to something
like EventKeeper. The point is that if you're going to do
this and reveal it to the public and your staff, make sure
you do regular (if not daily) updates and proofing. After
all our fiddling around with EventKeeper, one thing is absolutely
sure - it's easy to use. Once it's set up, any trusted person
in your office can be designated to keep the EventKeeper
calendar up to date.
Cons: We encountered the occasional bug such as the one
we hit when adding a new event for the following day - the
graphical calendar refused to appear in the browser window.
Unchecking the option to use the graphical calendar had no
effect - a pop-up message continued to appear, telling us
to select a date from the graphical calendar. We found that
checking the Save Multiple Events option forced the calendar
to appear. We hate Java or whatever it is that is supposed
to generate the calendar (and the horse it rode in on). The
problem turned out to be related to the pop-up window blocker
built into ZoneAlarm Pro (the firewall software running on
the computer we used to access EventKeeper). It's debatable
whether Plymouth Rocket should change that part of their
programming to get around pop-up blockers or whether ZoneLabs
should try to create a sub-routine which knows the difference
between annoying pop-up ads and legitimate programming. Aaargh!
It would be nice to have the Save Event menu bar shown at
the bottom of the page as well as the top while in the Editor.
It would save the time needed to scroll to the top to click
the Save button after adding or updating an event.
Pros: Works as advertised. We think it has lots of useful
applications in a variety of businesses, organizations and
environments. The testing and use in a busy property management
office was instructive and the overall effect was quite beneficial.
Nobody ever wondered where anyone was because all they had
to do was consult the EventKeeper schedule online. For people
familiar with server-based Outlook, Lotus Notes and other
workgroup software, this is all old news. But for individuals,
small businesses and other organizations who have neither
the time nor the resources to install and manage server-based
event and time scheduling, for internal or external use,
EventKeeper has some valuable applications. This is one of
the first ASPs that we find genuinely useful and well thought
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