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DayMate review

Review of: DayMate
Software by:
Crystal Office Systems
Version:
7.04
Price:
Free (Evaluation Version) | Single user license ($19.95)

Reviewed by:
Rating:

4
On March 4, 2014
Last modified:March 4, 2014

Summary:

If you are a relatively busy and stressful person, both in your business and personal life, then DayMate would be the perfect application for you. All events, meetings, appointments, scheduled operations (phone calls, websites etc) can all be organised within DayMate. Simple to use. Recommended!

DayMate could be considered your legendary mate (in Aussie terms) as it is your reliable and multifaceted daily planner. Always forgetful of when important meetings are on? Never remembering birthdays and relying on facebook to tell you whose birthday it is this week? Well DayMate is what you need. All those appointments, events, birthdays all into one. Although… it is loaded with many more features than simply scheduling significant events. For example, you can set it to open a particular websites or dial a phone number over Skype at a prescheduled time. Saves you time when everything is rolled into one isn’t it? DayMate is currently compatible with Windows (2000/XP/Vista/7/8/8.1) and Windows Server (2003/2008/2012). Sorry Apple operating systems… for the moment you miss out! Let’s have a quick run through of the features of DayMate.

Features

Key Features of DayMate:

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  • Time, all-day, and multi-day appointments
  • Recurring appointments
  • Customizable clock
  • Support for Skype
  • Current time announced by real human voice
  • Gantt charts
  • Powerful alarms with custom messages and sounds
  • Customizable calendar
  • Export to PDF
  • Support for Microsoft Outlook and iCalendar
  • Password protection
  • Backup and restore

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Interface

DayMate is similar to Microsoft Office programs in layout. The menu bar is located from the top left hand side and the operation icons are located underneath. The calandar is shown in the rest of the pane which can be altered to day/month/week/gnatt view.

DayMate-Interface-Example

Make a new appointment

Let’s generate a new appointment. Select the green plus icon.

DayMate-New-Appointment

A ‘New Appointment’ dialog box opens. We name the appointment ‘Pay bills’ and select what type of operation we want to carry out from the drop down list. For our example, we select ‘Open Website’.

New-Appointment-Type-Open-Website

This appointment is going to be recurring (monthly). We click ‘Recurrence’ which pops up to give us additional settings. We configure these and press OK.

Daymate-Recurrence-of-appointment

We add in the website we want to open at the prescheduled time. We click ‘OK’ to finalise the appointment.

Daymate-New-Appointment-Complete-OK

When it is 12:00 the website will automatically open. Simple!

After more configuring we have completely decked out our calendar. Looks like a busy week coming up!

DayMate-Appointments-All-Arranged

Import Outlook appointments

To integrate Outlook calendar appointments into Daymate, navigate to File – Import and Export – Import from Outlook.

DayMate-Import-Appointments-Outlook

Voila! the appointments have been successfully imported into Daymate.

DayMate-Outlook-Appointments-Imported-Successful

 

Cost

The evaluation version of DayMate is free. If you are satisfied with trialing DayMate then purchasing one user license is $19.95. Crystal Office Systems also offer a discount if your purchase multiple user licenses.

Registration provides access to advanced features on DayMate including:

* All-day appointments

* Monthly recurrence

* One year of free upgrades

* Free online technical and customer support

Support

For users that require assistance with DayMate, there is a ‘Help’ section in the application where you can check for updates and gather further information about particular components of the program. Crystal Office Systems offer a Support page on their website which contains a variety of useful options such as Frequently Asked Questions, Activation Code Troubleshooting and a Forum.

If you continue to experience problems, Crystal Office Systems can be contacted directly via email or a contact form through their website. 

Final Thoughts

DayMate excels at performing as a resourceful and reliable day planner for professional and personal use. We managed to sync our calendar appointments from Outlook to DayMate (and vice versa) with ease and no outstanding issues. Appointments/Operations we scheduled (such as a website opening, number to call on Skype, shutting down the computer) worked perfectly. Although it appears as a relatively simple program, it is packed with an abundance of features that make purchasing DayMate worthwhile. DayMate is suitable for any level of computer user. Recommended!

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