EssentialPIM Pro EssentialPIM Pro 9.4.1 for Windows

by Astonsoft Ltd.

Avg. Rating 4.0 (246 votes)

File Details

File Size 59.5 MB
License Shareware, $39.95
Operating System Windows 7/8/10
Date Added
Total Downloads 31,440
Publisher Astonsoft Ltd.
Homepage EssentialPIM
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Publisher's Description

EssentialPIM handles all your scheduling, contacts, to do lists, and notes with easy-to-use, intuitive tools.

EssentialPIM Pro is the advanced version of Personal Information Manager that will handle all your calendaring, contact, to do, and notes needs in an easy- to- use, manageable form. Ever dreamed of an easy- to- use, but powerful interface? Try EssentialPIM. All data can be easily imported or exported or even synchronized to Outlook, iPOD, Palm, Windows for Mobile, Google Calendar, TreePad. Formats supported: HTML, RTF, CSV, TXT, vCard, iCal.

Latest Reviews

uv_catastophe

uv_catastophe reviewed v3.12 on Oct 26, 2009

Thunderbird+Lighting is nice but it doesn't do everything EssentialPIM does. For one, Mozilla doesn't offer a year-at-a-glance calendar... In fact, I don't think anyone else but Essential does that and I've some to like it so much that it's become by default view for planning. Life doesn't happen in one-month buckets.

Diam0nd

Diam0nd reviewed v2.51 on Apr 16, 2008

One of the best and most light PIMs I've seen, as I said below.

Love it

tp

tp reviewed v2.5 on Apr 14, 2008

epim is a great app and continues to improve. I've had nothing but positive experiences and benefits from years of usage and always using the latest betas.

pjb

pjb reviewed v2.5 on Apr 12, 2008

Rating the application for what it is for. It does the job it's designed for very well.

comeoffit

comeoffit reviewed v2.5 on Apr 11, 2008

WHY would anyone buy this when Thunderbird with Lightening addon will do EVRYTHING this does, AND email. Jeebus people are stupid.

Diam0nd

Diam0nd reviewed v2.5 on Apr 11, 2008

I personally think this is an excellent program. Best of its kind.

Those who say it's bad simply did not check it out.

One point tho: it is EXTREMELLY overpriced and it's getting more and more so...

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v2.01 on Jul 20, 2007

As I said before, terrible support coupled with a lack of functionality found in common PIM's leads me to rate this a 2/5.

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v2.0 on Jul 5, 2007

This program, while OK in functionality, lacks in support. The developer takes over a week to respond to a basic inquiry be it web based, forum based, or email based. The program lacks many commonalities found in other PIM's at the same price range and lacks the "Polish" I am used to in my applications. 2/5. +1 for program functionality, -3 for support.

Diam0nd, The fact that you claim Do-Org is an "All-but-windows-included tools" app shows you have never used it. It is modular and can have as much or as little functionality as you require. Your "response" seems based on what I TOLD YOU do-org was and not your own experiences.

Blaxima

Blaxima reviewed v2.0 on Jun 27, 2007

This has always been a 5 BUT when I load an old database it converts it with no troubles until I restart the program. The boxes for the tasks are there but no text and when I click them it has no info on the task. A mistake like that shouldn't be in an alpha version let alone a "finished" one.

Works fine databases it creates but no dice on my old ones, thanks alot

Diam0nd

Diam0nd reviewed v2.0 on Jun 26, 2007

Well, here is is, v2 final. I guess a lot of people been waiting for this, at least I have been. A lot of work and beta testing has been put into this and I really do think that result is an amazing PIM application.
For those who think I'm in some way associated with EPIM are wrong, I just love the product.
I must say that Outlook is great by itself, especially the 2007 one, BUT try to install it on a pen-drive to carry with you... ;P

Avg. Rating 4.0 (246 votes)
Your Rating
uv_catastophe

uv_catastophe reviewed v3.12 on Oct 26, 2009

Thunderbird+Lighting is nice but it doesn't do everything EssentialPIM does. For one, Mozilla doesn't offer a year-at-a-glance calendar... In fact, I don't think anyone else but Essential does that and I've some to like it so much that it's become by default view for planning. Life doesn't happen in one-month buckets.

Diam0nd

Diam0nd reviewed v2.51 on Apr 16, 2008

One of the best and most light PIMs I've seen, as I said below.

Love it

tp

tp reviewed v2.5 on Apr 14, 2008

epim is a great app and continues to improve. I've had nothing but positive experiences and benefits from years of usage and always using the latest betas.

pjb

pjb reviewed v2.5 on Apr 12, 2008

Rating the application for what it is for. It does the job it's designed for very well.

comeoffit

comeoffit reviewed v2.5 on Apr 11, 2008

WHY would anyone buy this when Thunderbird with Lightening addon will do EVRYTHING this does, AND email. Jeebus people are stupid.

Diam0nd

Diam0nd reviewed v2.5 on Apr 11, 2008

I personally think this is an excellent program. Best of its kind.

Those who say it's bad simply did not check it out.

One point tho: it is EXTREMELLY overpriced and it's getting more and more so...

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v2.01 on Jul 20, 2007

As I said before, terrible support coupled with a lack of functionality found in common PIM's leads me to rate this a 2/5.

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v2.0 on Jul 5, 2007

This program, while OK in functionality, lacks in support. The developer takes over a week to respond to a basic inquiry be it web based, forum based, or email based. The program lacks many commonalities found in other PIM's at the same price range and lacks the "Polish" I am used to in my applications. 2/5. +1 for program functionality, -3 for support.

Diam0nd, The fact that you claim Do-Org is an "All-but-windows-included tools" app shows you have never used it. It is modular and can have as much or as little functionality as you require. Your "response" seems based on what I TOLD YOU do-org was and not your own experiences.

Blaxima

Blaxima reviewed v2.0 on Jun 27, 2007

This has always been a 5 BUT when I load an old database it converts it with no troubles until I restart the program. The boxes for the tasks are there but no text and when I click them it has no info on the task. A mistake like that shouldn't be in an alpha version let alone a "finished" one.

Works fine databases it creates but no dice on my old ones, thanks alot

Diam0nd

Diam0nd reviewed v2.0 on Jun 26, 2007

Well, here is is, v2 final. I guess a lot of people been waiting for this, at least I have been. A lot of work and beta testing has been put into this and I really do think that result is an amazing PIM application.
For those who think I'm in some way associated with EPIM are wrong, I just love the product.
I must say that Outlook is great by itself, especially the 2007 one, BUT try to install it on a pen-drive to carry with you... ;P

Diam0nd

Diam0nd reviewed v2.0 RC3 on Jun 21, 2007

EPIM is cheap? Hmmm, OK, I aint gon be argueing. Seems mad expensive to me though.

do-Organiser is crap, imho. It's one of those everything-except-for-windows-included tools. Well, all power to you man.

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v2.0 RC3 on Jun 21, 2007

EPim is good for people who need a quick cheap program. I prefer Do-Organizer which, while a tad more expensive, is far more functional and offers so much more in terms of a PIM. You can truely make it your End-All, Be-All PIM.

I registered on the EPim forums and attempted to get tech support for their product and betas, however, it took well over a week to get any sort of response to my posts. This, to me, is unacceptable. The program itself is fine, however, the support is terrible.

And Diam0nd, since I know you are going to reply directly to this as you cant stand someone who bad mouths your favorite product, please remember I am not requiring you to agree with my opinion. This is my personal experience and my personal opinion. I dont expect you to agree.

tp

tp reviewed v2.0 RC3 on Jun 21, 2007

epim is great software and always improving

Diam0nd

Diam0nd reviewed v2.0 RC2 on May 21, 2007

chrisvi: FTFM.

Best PIM around, imho. And yes, v2 kicks ass.

chrisvi

chrisvi reviewed v2.0 RC1 on Apr 30, 2007

Its looks great.
This is a hugh stap forward.
Only how wil the database working on a network

Diam0nd

Diam0nd reviewed v2.0 RC1 on Apr 27, 2007

Blaxima
You need to get your facts right. v2 gives you completely new GUI (which looks way better), new faster db format, palm syncronisation, ability to work over the network, and MANY more. You said you didnt see much. What did u see exactly?

Blaxima

Blaxima reviewed v2.0 Beta 2 on Mar 21, 2007

***BE WARNED***
Loading an existing database will corrupt it for use with non BETA versions

This and a few annoyances keep this from being its usual 5.

and Yes I know its only beta but isn't that what we are reviewing, not what it was or is going to be?

P.S - Didn't see the "HUGE" step forward that diamond sees. Always makes forward progress though and I would expect the final release to be 5*

Diam0nd

Diam0nd reviewed v2.0 Beta 2 on Mar 21, 2007

Best PIM ever. v2 is a HUGE step forward!

tp

tp reviewed v2.0 Beta 1 on Mar 5, 2007

i've been using epim since mid 2005 and it just keeps getting better and better... only complaint.. if you are going to let me beta test from here then let me beta test on the forum so I can get involved... I am getting errors with my existing database but have nowhere to report it..

Ain Soph Aur

Ain Soph Aur reviewed v2.0 Beta 1 on Mar 5, 2007

the best pim you can get!!!

Diam0nd

Diam0nd reviewed v2.0 Beta 1 on Mar 5, 2007

1. brusco you are retarded.
2. great pim, i simply luv it.

brusco

brusco reviewed v1.95 on Nov 22, 2006

Hey Diam0nd, stop reviewing your own software.

Diam0nd

Diam0nd reviewed v1.95 on Nov 22, 2006

Great. As always.

P.S. brusco, you dumb waste of life, I dont work for EssentialPIM. I don't even own a license, f dumbas$.

Diam0nd

Diam0nd reviewed v1.92 on Oct 17, 2006

This quick fix release corrects the problem with AV error when sorting contacts by Membership.

Diam0nd

Diam0nd reviewed v1.91 on Oct 12, 2006

New in EssentialPIM 1.91 (Pro & Free)

Added EPIM Online Beta (Pro Only)
Added Location field in PPC synchronization
Improved Options window is now larger to accommodate some languages
Fixed bug with 1.7 -> 1.9 database conversion
Fixed sorting by Location field in To Do
Fixed MAPI error when synchronizing Notes with Outlook
Fixed "Private" flag is now being honored upon CSV export in Contacts
Fixed Enter button opens an item in EPIM Free now
Fixed incorrect cursor movements by TAB button in Schedule table view

Blaxima

Blaxima reviewed v1.9 on Oct 2, 2006

This is a great piece of software. I've tried others but I always come back to this(the portable version).
For those of you complaining Im really not sure why. There is a free version available with just a few fewer options.
The only knock on this is the interface. It could look a little nicer but then again thats not what its for and what its for it does extremly well.

4.5*

Diam0nd

Diam0nd reviewed v1.9 RC1 on Sep 7, 2006

Fixed:

Language changes for Trash label
To-Do deleting behaviour
Some labels increase for translators
Ctrl+5 now acts as shortcut to Trash
Global shortcuts get EPIM focus now
Ctrl+Z behaviour in Notes
F3 now acts as search button in Notes
Trash module shows number of items in the bottom of the window
Table default font in Notes
Contact export into CSV/TXT
Contacts Edit Group window

zridling

zridling reviewed v1.9 Beta 2 on Aug 21, 2006

I agree, the price is fair. Many programs that begin as freeware eventually become shareware around version 2, and for good reason. With as many people using EPIM, it would be near impossible to pay the costs of maintaining the web resources needed to sustain it as freeware. EPIM isn't a seldom-downloaded program. I'm sure hundreds of thousands, if not more, have downloaded it at least once over the past 2-3 years. But now that it's shareware, just keep improving it is all users will ask. (Well that, and keeping the price reasonable.)

epim1

epim1 reviewed v1.9 Beta 1 on Aug 20, 2006

As developers of EPIM, let me clarify some points- USD 29.95 is not a yearly charge at all. You can use EPIM as long as you want. In Addition, you will get free updates for 1 year or until the 2.99 version of EssentialPIM Pro, whichever is longer.
As for the price: USD 29.95 is pretty standart for try-before-you-buy software, and we put singnificant resources into developing EPIM.

outofspace

outofspace reviewed v1.9 Beta 1 on Aug 7, 2006

Great program but price! aghhhh!

Diam0nd

Diam0nd reviewed v1.9 Beta 1 on Aug 7, 2006

Best EPIM. But, the price is simply unbelivable, and that is NOT for a life-time license, yearly. But again, its one of the best I've seen.

Price sucks. No discounts. Greed? What else can it be?

I'll stick with Outlook 2003...

zridling

zridling reviewed v1.9 Beta 1 on Aug 7, 2006

Actually, it's a refinement of Outlook XP. Most people will go back to Outlook 2007 when they see its expanded calendaring and note taking features. Still, EPIM will do.

Raven Sati

Raven Sati reviewed v1.81 Beta on Jun 12, 2006

Pretty standard proggie, actually. Obviously no underlying design concept - just a mish-mash of this and that borrowed from what's already out there. Playing with this little dog is almost more trouble than it is worth.

zridling

zridling reviewed v1.81 Beta on Jun 12, 2006

I got nothing.

Diam0nd

Diam0nd reviewed v1.8 Beta 3 on May 3, 2006

Excellent. BUT:
1. WAY too expensive for that kind of functionality (i mean it IS useful and well done, but it is still a simple application)
2. No student discounts. Very strange. Greed?

zridling

zridling reviewed v1.8 Beta 3 on Apr 26, 2006

Nice updates, and the progress of EPIM Pro is great to date.

mackley

mackley reviewed v1.6 on Sep 28, 2005

What a software!
I think this will the best PIM for MS Windows.

Not mature for professional calendaring, I use Calendarscope http://fileforum.betanew...lendarscope/990478772/1

Not so good for outlining / notetaking as KeyNote
http://fileforum.betanew...ail/KeyNote/983902873/1

But here, we've a future to grow !

I've bought the "Pro" version, portable on USB stick

zridling

zridling reviewed v1.6 on Sep 28, 2005

Am I the only one who hates the notes feature? Why EPIM doesn't do simple, intuitive outlining is beyond me. It is nice that you can fully hide the clock and side panels now.

kinbud1

kinbud1 reviewed v1.6 RC1 on Sep 9, 2005

"The key you entered is already expired. Please enter a new key."

lame

dzjepp

dzjepp reviewed v1.6 RC1 on Sep 9, 2005

The key posted above does not work anymore, it needs a new beta key.

yokozuna

yokozuna reviewed v1.6 Beta 3 on Aug 30, 2005

EPIM is a very good program and gets even better.There are some things which I would change but I think they are the matter of my personal taste only.
I have to write that the support and the forum of EssentialPIM are extremely helpful. It does not happen every day.

googun

googun reviewed v1.6 Beta 2 on Aug 16, 2005

This is a good solid piece of software but it has far to much unused grey space, which needlessly reduces the amount of space available for the calendar. Stack the icons and get rid of the acres of grey. Otherwise it is looking very good.

zridling

zridling reviewed v1.5 on Jul 8, 2005

The only disappointments for me in this final release are too much wasted screen space and the lack of a 2-3 month calendar view. Otherwise, an excellent effort.

ibr

ibr reviewed v1.5 RC1 on Jun 13, 2005

Don't agonize.....Organize with EssentialPIM. Best PIM in market.

Shakespeare Man

Shakespeare Man reviewed v1.5 Beta 4 on Jun 6, 2005

I've found Essential PIM Pro Beta 4 to be one of the most useful AND user-friendly programs I've ever tested. I'm a nonprofit administrator and the program does everything I need it to do and does it quickly and accurately. Additionally, the staff is very responsive to user input and suggestions, which has not been my experience in the past with other developers. I'm totally sold on Essential PIM (both the free and Pro versions) and give it an unqualified and enthusiastic recommendation! Well done, Essential PIM!

celticjonny

celticjonny reviewed v1.5 Beta 4 on Jun 5, 2005

ePIM pro is a thing of beauty. It is simple to use, well structured and thought out, and has all the features I need to juggle work and family commitments.
The additional features of the pro version, more than justify the time it takes to do a bit of beta testing, (or for that matter the minimal cost of the forthcoming realease version).
Although I have only been a betatester for ePIM for a short time I have found an enthusiasm and team spirit which can only bode well for future developement.

To keep your head when all around are losing theirs use ePIM.

zridling

zridling reviewed v1.5 Beta 4 on May 31, 2005

It's really nice to watch this app evolve, and few developers are as responsive to their forums as this one.

ibr

ibr reviewed v1.5 Beta 3 on May 30, 2005

If you are in need of a software to organize your personnel/work stuff i.e. to-do list, tasks, contacts and other notes, this program is a GEM. You can attach pictures and files also. The great thing about this program is its synchronization. So DON'T AGONIZE..., BUT ORGANIZE WITH ESSENTIAL PIM

winfidel

winfidel reviewed v1.5 Beta 3 on May 25, 2005

After trying out the free version, I joined the beta to help improve the product and try out the more advanced features. I use it for organizing my projects at work (programming), and I find it useful to have the tree-structured notebook with rich text. I can paste in code snippets and retain the syntax highlighting, which is nice. I also like having the organizer/calendar/task manager right there.

It's small, straight forward, and simple to use; most features are very direct - you can type right into the calendar, and drag the length of an event to the correct time length. You don't need to bring up other dialogs to enter the info.

Also, the contact manager allows you to customize all the fields to however you want, which I like. Once the planned features are all implemented, I think it will be a killer app in its category of small PIMs.

zridling

zridling reviewed v1.5 Beta 3 on May 24, 2005

I love the unique fact that one can enter a task directly into the calendar, but I wish the calendar view had more options, e.g., a 3-month calendar view in the side panel instead of only one month.

SmokeDookee

SmokeDookee reviewed v1.5 Beta 3 on May 24, 2005

*yet another update :)
now they are all suddenly all nice and sorted. and no i'm not stoned. now that i'm all nice and organized, i can go get my head straight :)

*another update:
ok, importing my contacts, to-do, ect; it WAS NOT complicated at all, but its all out of f*cking wack now. my contacts are all jumbled non-alphabetically. is there a way to resort the contacts and stuff?

*updated review:
wait wait wait, now i see what happened. i was using an older build, 1.0 or something, and it was installed to programs/essentialPIM, while the newer version installs to programs/essentialPIM PRO

*original review:
umm, i love this prog, but, when i just updated it to 1.5 beta 3, half of my contacts disappeared. wtf................... good thing i have them backed up.

epim1

epim1 reviewed v1.5 Beta 2 on May 12, 2005

Hello, starting from EPIM Pro Beta 2, we have re-made the work with IE. IE now is called only when you actually need to print, not at startup of EPIM. If that solves some problems, same feature will be introduced in EPIM Free 1.6

testerx

testerx reviewed v1.5 Beta 1 on May 7, 2005

A very lean, to-the-point progam, size below 1.3K. No unnecessary bells and whistles, but practically everything a PIM-user wants, and more (e.g. physical or linked attachments to Notes and To-Do items). The Notes function is also excellent for organizing all sorts of information in a tree structure. The developer reads, and quickly reacts to, comments made in the forum. A highly promising program, and one I have been looking for for a long time.

ogman

ogman reviewed v1.5 Beta 1 on May 6, 2005

Great Developers, Excellent program. Gets better all the time.

yokozuna

yokozuna reviewed v1.5 Beta 1 on May 6, 2005

Sorry to say, but darthbeads you are COMPLETELY wrong. If you browse the forum of EPIM you will see that the Pro version was planned around 3 months ago (i.e. very beginning), even more there have been discussions what should differ both versions. The basic version (I mean the current one) of the program was, is and will be free. I received the following e-mail two days ago (some fragments).

"(...)Development for EPIM Free version will continue, as it was before.

(...)

Additional features in PRO version:

Editable Categories. To-Do- module and and Tasks have common categories list. You can now add/remove categories, move them up and down and custom colours can be assigned to each category!

Advanced To-Do. Hierarchical To-Do list. All to-dos can have sub to-do tasks.

Database sharing. Each database can be used simultaneously by several users, concurrent access is allowed.

Attachments. Users can now hold their files directly in EPIM database! You can either save links to the files, or files themselves! Each Note/Task/To-Do/Contact can have unlimited numbers of files attached/linked.

Assignees. Each To-Do/Task can have assignees, selected from Contacts module (or added customly)

Backup. That's a robust backup solution, keeping adjustable number of copies of the database and made in adjustable periods, on the fly.

(...)

Please backup your database before opening it in Pro version!

For those who for any reason may want to switch down to EPIM Free version, we will be providing a converter to get your Pro database down to free one."

PS (I mean, it is written by me, yokozuna, and expresses my point of view only) You are asked for donations. If you will give them to the authors of the program no paid version will be needed. I am neither the author nor the developer of the program but I understand that the authors do not feed their children with air.

darthbeads

darthbeads reviewed v1.5 Beta 1 on May 5, 2005

Pro?

I dig the regular, free version of this. No word on the offical website as of today about a pro version.

Hmmmm....

dzjepp

dzjepp reviewed v1.5 Beta 1 on May 5, 2005

Has this program gone the pay route?

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