Outlook 2007 may soon be on its way courtesy of the recently RTM-ed Office 2007 suite but if you don’t want to shell out hundreds for extra functionality check out this remarkable online alternative.
Called ‘Scrybe’ it is designed to rival organiser software from the likes of Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! yet it offers something fundamentally new for this sector: the ability to work offline.
Yes, odd as it may seem this Flash based solution enables users to add, remove and edit appointments, contacts and preferences without being connected to the web. Once you do connect however all data changes are synchronised. Now this may not have much value to the average desktop user but for those using laptops on the move the restriction of not being able to update one’s schedule while travelling has tied them to Outlook.
Furthermore, though Scrybe is Flash based it offers a full right click context menu, drag and drop functionality and an animated interface that is right out of Mac OS X or Vista’s Aero. Documents too can be imported from Word, Excel, PDF and text files along with web pages direct from Firefox, IE or Safari browsers and rearranged with automatic formatting.
An advanced take on the ‘Tasks’ feature in Outlook also lets thoughts and To Do lists be jotted down with accompanying file attachments, jpegs and embedded graphs and charts.
Finally one feature that really caught my eye – outside of the usual import and export options – is the ability to sync with a powerful age-old yet often overlooked medium: paper. Scrybe can print schedules, notations and file contents to either ‘Pocket’ or ‘Booklet’ formats which are unique foldable printouts designed to fit neatly into a pocket or wallet. No cuts, staples or glues required.
In all Scrybe looks to be a revelation in online/offline organising and a mouth watering video outlining its primary features can be found on he company’s homepage here. The first beta (with limited functionality) is available now and a final product is predicted to arrive before the end of the year.
Now software has a nasty habit of failing to live up to its promises but I have to admit, I’ve got high hopes for this one.