by: Thomas V. Kappel, July 2004, send
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something appealing about a small, inexpensive, mission-specific
piece of computer software. This type of product is usually
not bloated with features that you’ll never use,
is often faster and smaller as a result, and the learning
curve is mostly manual-less. The downside to all this is
the same reduced functionality. But at the correspondingly
low price, the main question is whether or not there are
enough functions and features in the software to do what
you need it to do.
At Once purports to be exactly all of the best for scheduling
software: the right features and a great price. It’s
a shareware organizer program that has a scheduler (calendar),
a to-do list and a Quick Notes feature. All this for only
$19.95 and it comes with a money back guarantee. You can
try it out for free of course, with only a few features
blocked. This will allow you to see if it answers the big
question of whether it will do what you need it to do.
is small and fast. The entire installer is only 1.7MB and
the program itself will install on and run from a floppy
disk or a flash drive. The startup screen is divided into
three parts. The scheduler takes up the majority of the
window from center to the right. The to-do list takes up
the top left with the Quick Notes on the bottom left. The
window menus and commands are not presented in the normal
familiar Windows format or style, but they are somewhat
intuitive and you can jump right in and start to work.
If you are familiar with other schedulers it will take
you only a short time to get used to the functional processes
for the schedule entry and inputs.
There is always
some good and bad about any program. One of the Agenda
At Once features that can be extremely handy
is the ability to create and use multiple databases. This
allows separate schedules (calendars) for work, children’s
sports schedules, homework schedules or anything else.
This prevents you from having to use only a single a schedule
junked up with a lot of different times and tasks. Mission-specific
calendars work just like mission-specific software; neat
and to the point.
Here are the most valuable features:
list hierarchically organized as tasks & subtasks
by due date
and drag and drop task scheduling and planning
to-do & schedule items
schedule views (daily, weekly, monthly)
- To-do & schedule
memory & disk requirements
That’s more features than you usually need if all
you’re looking for is a simple calendar and scheduler.
Still, for the price there are a good deal of extras and
they do seem to work as advertised.
functions are different and one area that may be a little
disappointing or disconcerting. You cannot
print all that is on the screen for a single day on a single
page. The scheduler, the to-do list and the Quick Notes
page all print separately and in a report format style.
The monthly scheduler doesn’t print the month in
box format either, just a report format list. The print
preview button is hidden on the print instruction window
and is not in the usual place on the Windows drop down
menu. You must select print, then the item to print separately—scheduler,
to-do list or quick notes—then hit the preview button
on the bottom left of the print dialog box. The print selection
box does allow choices such as page ranges, dates and other
selections which help focus the printing process on the
data that’s needed.
minimizes, but it doesn’t show up as
open on the Windows task bar. You have to click on a quick
start icon to bring it up again. It’s these few small
differences from the more standardized interfaces and functions
in most Windows programs that may throw you off for a moment,
but you should settle in pretty quickly.
So the bottom line is that Agenda At Once is a small,
efficient, inexpensive program for maintaining your individual
schedules. It may not work for you in a shared environment
at work, but if you need a quick, stand-alone program to
schedule work, sports events for the kids, band practice
or any other of the home and children-specific schedules,
Agenda At Once is probably right up your alley.
Agenda At Once is Shareware and is free to try and experiment
with before you buy. If you have the need, the interest
and the time, do so.
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