Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Software recommendation?

Time to poll the collective minds of the LIT SOUP readers again! =)

I'm looking for a piece of software to organize the phone numbers and addresses of editors that I deal with on a daily basis. I don't need it to necessarily record their e-mail addresses, since Yahoo does that for me. I just want it to be like a searchable Rolodex; just phone numbers and snail mail addresses. Anybody have an idea, if something like this is out there on the market?

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

plaxo?
yahoo?
outlook?
gmail?
thunderbird?

Jenny Rappaport said...

Perhaps I should have been more specific... I want a piece of software that's NOT dependant on my connection to the internet.

Katie said...

Yahoo lists Outlook and Outlook Express among the programs it can sync with. So if you have Outlook Express, you can probably import your existing Yahoo address book, update it, and set it up to sync automatically -- you wouldn't have to be online, but when you were, changes you made to either would be updated on the other. I say "probably" because I haven't worked on a PC in years, and I can't remember if Outlook Express has an address book.

Linda Adams said...

Why not use your word processing program and puts the addresses in there? It doesn't require any new learning (or additional costs)--and it's easy enough to search with the existing search features.

Liz Wolfe said...

If you google "rolodex software" you'll find a lot of software that might work. A lot of it's relatively inexpensive and most allow you to use a trial copy for a whileto see if you like it. From my search results, I guess "rolodex" is one of those brand names that has become a generic.

Haynes said...

I wrote something called Sonar which is designed to track submissions to publishers & agents. However, it does have a spot to add editors and publishers with their contact details.
www.spacejock.com/Sonar.html - it's free software, but works on Windows only.

Dan Gamber said...

ACT was the 'professional' solution for years. I don't know if it's still 'all that'.
http://www.act.com/products/all/why/index.cfm

I just use Outlook and set up all my information in Contacts.

Tattieheid said...

If you are using Windows, Access, Excel or Outlook will do the trick.

Otherwise there are plenty of Open Source equivalents. You don't need to buy software for this.

Jenny Rappaport said...

Oh cool, the Sonar guy posted on my blog! I use that to track my own submissions of writing to editors, etc.

I'm going to browse around looking for some good open source stuff; I'm all for that, especially if it means I don't have to pay money. =)

Ben S. D. said...

Why don't you just use Excel? After all, it sounds like you simply want a spreadsheet, and that's exactly what Excel is.

It's easily searchable, completely customizable, and very easy to deal with overall. You can arrange the publishers in one column, the numbers in another, or whatever.

Honestly, that's what I'd do. No need to overcomplicate things here, and even if you wanted more, a lot of people don't really understand everything Excel can do...

Joshua Minton said...

Easy enough--get a Blackberry and have it sink with your e-mail account--that way, you're never without the Internet, your calendar or your contact list (assuming you live in an area with blackberry service available). My Blackberry is like my third hand.

Agent Kristin said...

Take it from an industry veteran Jenny.

You'll find no better organization database than Time & Chaos.

It's what I've used for years and often WOW all my agent friends with my editor reports by category that I do in a blink of an eye.

And the best news? Time & Chaos 7 is a non-microsoft item and costs $45.00 to download and use.

You won't find a better deal. I think Outlook is the pits.

http://www.chaossoftware.com/

Enjoy. Seriously, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it.

Simon Haynes said...

I'm the Sonar guy AND the Hal Spacejock guy - multiple hats. I'm glad you're using the program - I see it mentioned in the most unexpected places sometimes.

Hey, when I read Kristin's suggestion of 'time and chaos' I thought she meant the process, not the solution ;-) And yet she seems so organised on her blog ...

Yasamin said...

microsoft access does that. i hate outlook. i use it at work and had a trial addition on my home pc which was the first thing i removed. lol
but access is a program that is used to combine, sort, organize, and search data of any kind. i know quite a few business people who use it as a means of contact organization.

hope that helps.