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Sidekick has always been my PIM of choice. It's easy to work with and has numerous key functions that meet my needs. With Sidekick 98, Starfish Software has taken this program's portability to a whole new level. This program comes with TrueSync synchronization software for synching up your calendar, contacts and other information with portable devices, like the ultra-thin credit-card-sized Rolodex Electronic REX and 3Com's PalmPilot. This means Sidekick users can easily take their data on the road--while leaving their desktop computers at home. There's no need to even print out the information and put it in a traditional paper-based organizer. Once on the road with Sidekick, users can make changes to their data and then synch it up with the data on their desktop computers back at their offices.

Another new feature of this program is Sidekick Web Publisher for automatically generating HTML pages. With just a click of the mouse, I automatically created HTML files of all my contacts (or card files) and could view them from within my Netscape browser--a great feature.

Users can either use the defaults to simply post exactly what they have in their database or can opt to manipulate the data for appropriate on-screen viewing. There's also been an enhancement to Sidekick's e-mail functionality, so users can easily integrate their e-mail address book with Sidekick; support for Eudora Pro, Netscape mail, Microsoft Exchange and Windows Address Book are included. For those who cruise the Web looking for contact information, there's support for vCard--a standard that lets users easily drag and drop data from Web-based information sites (such as http://www.four11.com).

There's also a scheduling wizard for setting up appointments with numerous participants. All you do in Sidekick is enter the event, select the participants (who can be notified automatically by e-mail, phone or pager) and wait for the responses. The EarthTime module within Sidekick makes keeping in touch with associates around the globe fairly simple because you can quickly ascertain the time almost anywhere in the world.

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This article was originally published in the April 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Get It Together.

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