Lotus PIM gets in sync with portable phones, handhelds

Lotus PIM gets in sync with portable phones, handhelds

Lotus' Organizer has kept a loyal user base, and the latest version of the personal information manager has Web tools, including a section for storing URLs and log-ins.

By Susan M. Menke

GCN Staff

Lotus Organizer 6.0, the latest version of the company's personal information manager, can synchronize its information with most makers' portable digital telephones as well as with handheld devices.

Lotus officials said Notes Release 5 is their designated information manager for enterprise use, but Organizer has nevertheless kept a loyal user base.

The company will continue to sell Organizer 2.12 for users who still run Microsoft Windows 3.x. Lotus also will keep selling Organizer 4.1 as a $49 add-on for Notes 4.5 and 4.6.

Small world

Lotus spokesman John Ellsworth said Organizer 6.0 comes ready to synchronize with all Palm computing devices from 3Com Corp. of Santa Clara, Calif. For Windows CE devices, it bundles Harmony99 synchronization software from Extended Systems Inc. of Boise, Idaho.

It has IntelliSync from Puma Technology Inc. of San Jose, Calif., for other personal digital assistants.

For updating contact data in digital phones through a special cable, the package includes FoneSync from Paragon Software Corp., also of San Jose.

New Web tools in Organizer 6.0 include a section for storing uniform resource locators and log-ins, a form prefiller, and Hypertext Markup Language tools for posting calendars and contacts on intranets. The new version supports Internet iCalendar, vCalendar and vCard scheduling and business card functions.

It also can download and print postage using the online services of Stamps.com of Santa Monica, Calif.

Ellsworth said the $79 program makes it easy to find and change outdated telephone area codes in contact data. He said Lotus is looking into automatically updating area codes in the future.

Current Organizer users receive a $20 rebate on the new version. Their PCs must run Windows 9x or Windows NT 4.0 and have 24M of RAM, at least 17M of free storage and a mail client for Internet scheduling. To download a free trial copy of the program, go to www.lotus.com/organizer.

Contact Lotus' Kathy Wilson at 703-284-9666.

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