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This is the least-known of the products reviewed here. Published by Baseline Data Systems, Info Accelerator is slowly making its mark as an impressive alternative to more well-known products. Available only via the company's Web site, Info Accelerator is an impressive contender for the top PIM slot.

My favorite feature of this software is its omnipresent tool bar that makes hopping in and out of the program incredibly convenient. The tool bar resides in your start-up folder in Windows 95, letting you access your phone book, calendar, notes and so on. More impressive still is its SmartLink technology, which lets you easily transfer data from one application to another. From within Microsoft Word, for example, users can highlight text and place it into Info Accelerator's phone book or grab a name and address from the phone book and import it into a Word document. It's seamless. Similar functionality is available for such programs as Quicken, QuickBooks, Timeslips, Eudora, Excel and more. This is a very powerful tool.

The phone book feature offers more functionality than the same feature of the other PIMs reviewed here--it has more contact management functions. The calendar feature is also incredibly strong--it's easy to navigate and gives you plenty of options so you can organize the way you want to.

If your office is networked, you can opt for the network version of this product, which is capable of running under any Windows network. With this version, you can share data and schedule meetings.

Baseline also shipped me QuickNotes, a separate program ($59.95) that, on a very basic level, is like a "Post-It" program for your computer. But QuickNotes is much more than that. First, the notes can be up to 10,000 characters long, you can place notes in an unlimited number of file folders with subfolders if you choose, and you can search for notes, color code them, set alarms and more. This is a program I could quickly integrate into my daily work style.

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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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