Organizer Programs That Work With a BlackBerry

by Steve Aycock
Organizer programs for the BlackBerry help you stay organized on the go.

Organizer programs for the BlackBerry help you stay organized on the go.

BlackBerry devices come preloaded with a personal information manager, or PIM, that has basic functions like a calendar and a contact manager to keep you organized. If the built-in BlackBerry organizer tools leave you wanting more, a third-party organizer program may be just what you need. General organizer programs help keep tasks, contacts and projects organized, while specialized organizer programs are tailored for organizing a specific type of information, such as accounts, ideas, notes or receipts.

Pocket Informant

Pocket Informant extends the native BlackBerry PIM application and includes expected features like agenda, day, week and month views, as well as more advanced features, such as a search view and a today view. Professionals who bill their time will appreciate the journal feature for appointments, tasks or contacts, which allows detailed notes to be stored for appointments and tasks to help document time billing. Pocket Informant also supports task sorting and the Getting Things Done (GTD) and Franklin Covey organization systems.

Calendar Pro

Calendar Pro includes advanced calendar and organizer features for professional users, such as a daily view with the day's events on a single screen and a recurring items engine to create and manage recurring items. Those who frequently organize and attend meetings will like Calendar Pro's capability to view a complete list of all attendees invited to meetings as part of the appointment display. By using the default BlackBerry databases, Calendar Pro is compatible with any synchronization method you wish to use. The weekly view shows a full week of your agenda in a single screen with vertical bars for each appointment and a bottom preview pane showing details of a highlighted agenda item.

Agendus

Agendus extends the built-in Contacts, Calendar, Tasks and Memos BlackBerry apps and integrates with the native BlackBerry PIM applications, so Agendus is populated with the data already present in your BlackBerry. Agendus features a today view and a one-tap dial/email. For those who frequently switch between a desktop computer and the BlackBerry, a desktop companion version of Agendus is available so that you can have the same organizer on your BlackBerry and desktop computer.

Pageonce Money and Bills

Keeping financial accounts organized can be a challenge. Pageonce Money and Bills lets you keep tabs on credit card transactions, bank accounts, bills, investment portfolios and frequent flier accounts in one application. With this kind of information in one application, security can be a concern. Security features include a four-digit passcode and a remote deactivation feature that allows you to deactivate Pageonce remotely from the Pageonce website to prevent unauthorized access to your sensitive data if your BlackBerry is lost or stolen.

IdeaMatrix

IdeaMatrix organizes notes and ideas and includes a "Inject-to-IdeaMatrix" menu that captures information in emails or calendar items without retyping. Notes and ideas can be organized by drawers, folders and subfolders, which can be nested up to 10 levels. An online backup and recovery service is available, and IdeaMatrix has a freeform search feature to help find notes fast.

AddTo

With AddTo, you can create appointments, tasks or memos from your emails and text messages with a single click. AddTo is a simple, focused utility application that can encourage information organization in your BlackBerry by eliminating copying, switching applications and pasting and by enabling easy interchange of data between PIM apps.

About the Author

Steve Aycock has a background in engineering and law. Writing since 2002, Aycock has been published in "IPLaw360" and BNA's "Patent, Trademark and Copyright Journal." Aycock earned a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering from the University of South Florida and a Juris Doctor from The George Washington University.

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