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Crystal Office Systems – Maple review

Review of: Maple
Software by:
Crystal Office Systems
Version:
8.02
Price:
Trial (30 days) - Free | US$23.95 single user license

Reviewed by:
Rating:

4
On October 22, 2013
Last modified:October 23, 2013

Summary:

Maple is a formidable and reliable document manager that can be utilised by any level of computer user.

Maple is a very pragmatic application for arranging your information (i.e. documents, images, notes) into a  systematized hierarchical structure. Imagine if you are working on a large scale project for work and you have pieces of information, drawings, and notes scattered all over the place. Not exactly an organised system! Maple places all of these items in a ‘tree’ style formation where you can readily access all parts of the project with minimal fuss. The built in word processor also enables users to have a greater control over the layout and design of their projects. Maple is compatible with Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8 and Windows Server 2003 and higher on both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems.

Features (v. 8.02)

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  • Word processor – full rich text editing of documents.
  • Tree editing – create any tree structure you want
  • Drag and drop – rearrange the tree by dragging nodes to another location.
  • Styles – support for rich text styles.
  • Hyperlinks – links to nodes, documents, folders and programs, websites, emails, Skype etc.
  • Node icons – mark each node with its own icon. 100+ built-in icons.
  • Images – insert, display, print, export and print pictures and photos
  • Import and Export – an extremely wide range of import and export capabilitiies
  • Portability – run directly from any external disk
  • Unlimited database size – store thousands of images and hundreds of Mb of data

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Interface

Maple’s layout is very similar to other Microsoft products which makes it easy to use for most people who have some form of background in computers. To start creating your tree structure all you have to do is highlight the Parent Node (Root) in the left hand pane and select the ‘Rename Node’ icon.

Maple-Rename-Root

We decide to rename our ‘Root’ to ‘Work Christmas Party’. Now we want to add an icon. Right click the Parent Node and select ‘Icon’

Maple-Change-Icon

We select the lightbulb icon and click OK. The Node now has a lightbulb as its icon.

Maple-Change-Icon-Lightbulb-Ok

Now we want to create a Child Node. We select the ‘+’ icon. And name the Child Node – ‘Catering Options’ as we know food and drink is one of the most important parts at an End of Year Xmas Party.

Maple-Create-Child-Note

We continue to create Child Nodes until we have a very well structured project. We have copied and pasted text, information, weblinks, pictures etc. Perfect!

Maple-Finished-Product

 

Support

If you are having trouble with operating Maple, there is a ‘Help’ section in the program that can provide you with further information on performing a particular action. Crystal Office Systems also have a Support page on their website with a variety of helpful options such as Frequently Asked Questions, Activation Code Troubleshooting and Forum. If you still require further assistance you can contact the developer’s directly via email or a contact form on their site.

Price

Maple is free to trial for 30 days. If you want to continue utilising Maple after this period, then you need to purchase a single user license which costs US $23.95. Crystal Office Systems also provide user’s with bonus features if they acquire the full license including: minimize to system tray, printing, bookmarks, full screen mode, one year of free upgrades and free online technical and customer support.

Final Thoughts

Maple is an ideal alternative to other organizers and it comes packed with an excellent variety of features. We genuinely liked how user friendly Maple is for any level of computer user and we managed to create our hierarchical structures with minimal fuss. Crystal Office Systems continue to impress with the release of yet another innovative and exceptional product. Highly Recommended.

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