List of personal information managers

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The following is a comparison of personal information managers (PIMs) and online organizers.


PIM application Platform(s) Software license Notes
Evolution Linux, Windows,[1] Unix, GNOME GPL Included with GNOME
ical Cross-platform GPL
Kontact Linux, Windows, Unix, OS X, KDE GPL Included with KDE
Leo Linux, Windows, OS X MIT Python-scriptable folding editor/IDE organized around multiple views (clones) of underlying text spread across files. Inspired by literate programming and similar to org-mode.
Lightning Linux, Windows, OS X, others MPL, GPL, LGPL Addon for the Thunderbird e-mail client
OneModel[2] Cross-platform AGPL Used to record, manage and share any knowledge at an atomic level, removing the confusion of using only words at the base level. High efficiency for GDT, note-takers, technologists.
org-mode Cross-platform GPL Integrates with Emacs BBDB for contact management support, web browsers for hyperlink storing support. Free iPhone and Android app available (MobileOrg)
Osmo[3] Linux, Windows[4] GPL
Planz Windows MIT Provides a single, integrative document-like view of personal information as an overlay to the user's file system.
TiddlyWiki Cross-platform BSD 3-clause Browser based, single web page application.
Zim Cross-platform GPL Graphical text editor designed to maintain a collection of locally stored wiki-pages.
Calendar Web Freeware Has a freeware offline client (Windows Live Mail) for Windows only
CintaNotes Windows Freemium organizes information as notes, grouped using tags
eM Client Windows Freemium Personal information manager, Email client, Calendaring software
EssentialPIM[5] Windows, iOS, Android Freemium
Free Address Book Windows Freeware Contact management software
Google Calendar Web Freeware
InfiTrac[6] Web, Android, iOS Freeware Sync with major calendars/contacts; sharing; passwords; lists; notes; free text;
Rdex Windows, Android Freeware Freeform database
Remember the Milk Web Freemium
Yahoo! Calendar Web Freeware
3D Topicscape Windows Commercial organizes information into 3D landscapes
Backpack Web Commercial Todo list and calendar
Calendar OS X Commercial Included with OS X
Chaos Intellect Windows Commercial Manages contacts, projects, email
Contactizer OS X Commercial previously known as "OD4Contact"
DEVONthink OS X Commercial
Evernote OS X, Windows, Web, Android Commercial
FileMaker OS X, Windows Commercial
FileOne Windows, Linux Commercial treeview based email client, note taking organizer with multimedia support for music tracks and movies
Franklin Planner family Windows Commercial Modeled on Benjamin Franklin's writings; includes earlier "Ascend" and current "PlanPlus" products
GroupWise Linux, OS X, Windows, Web Commercial
IBM Notes Linux, OS X, Windows Commercial
Meeting Maker Linux, OS X, Solaris Commercial
MicroLogic Info Select Windows Commercial Free-form info repository; high-speed search, notes, calendar, email client (Originally "Tornado Notes" on DOS)
Microsoft Outlook Windows, OS X Commercial
mobile PhoneTools Windows Commercial
MyBrainMate Web Commercial A personal knowledge database management used for organizing, planning, learning.
MyInfo Windows Commercial Free form personal information manager
OneNote Windows, OS X Commercial
Outline OS X, iOS Commercial
Personal Knowbase Windows Commercial Freeform note-taking organizer. Portable.
Plaxo Web Commercial
TeamWox Web Commercial organizer, todo list, reminders, email client, file storage, mindmap editor, contact book, ip pbx
Things OS X Commercial Task management and scheduling
Time & Chaos Windows Commercial Contact & project management
Tinderbox OS X Commercial
TopXNotes OS X Commercial Hybrid personal note and information organizer
Whizfolders Windows Commercial Hybrid Note-taking software and outliner
Windows Contacts Windows Commercial Included with Windows 7 and 8
Wrike Web Commercial
Yojimbo OS X Commercial "Personal information manager"

Discontinued applications[edit]

PIM application Platform(s) Software license Notes
Chandler Linux, OS X, Windows Apache Free form approach based on Lotus Agenda
Ecco Pro Windows Freeware organizes information via full power outline and tag assignments. (Tags can contain text, numeric, or date data. Date data automatically mapped to calendar.)
Google Notebook Web Freeware deprecated by Google Docs, Google Keep
Haystack all operating systems with POSIX and Java MIT
Hula Linux GPL Replaced by Bongo project
IBM Lotus Organizer Windows Commercial 2003–2013
Lotus Agenda DOS Freeware deprecated by IBM Lotus Organizer
Microsoft Entourage OS X Commercial deprecated by Microsoft Outlook for Mac
MORE, GrandView Mac OS, DOS Commercial 1986–1990
Mozilla Calendar Project Linux, BSD UNIX, OpenSolaris, Solaris, OS X, Windows, OS/2 MPL deprecated by Lightning
Mozilla Sunbird Linux, BSD UNIX, OpenSolaris, Solaris, OS X, Windows, OS/2 MPL, GPL, LGPL deprecated by Lightning
Palm Desktop Mac OS, Windows Commercial
Sidekick DOS, Windows Commercial 1983–1999
Spicebird Cross-platform GPL, LGPL, MPL deprecated by Lightning

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External links[edit]


  1. ^ S. Ravagan (2008-10-03). "Windows version 2.24 (the only one published)". GNOME. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  2. ^ "OneModel Web Site". Retrieved 2016-01-28. 
  3. ^ "Osmo Web Site". Retrieved 2015-11-05. 
  4. ^ "Osmo, Windows version 0.2.8". Retrieved 2015-11-05. 
  5. ^ "EssentialPIM Web Site". Retrieved 2015-11-05. 
  6. ^ "Best Free PIM". Gizmo's Freeware. Retrieved 4 August 2015.