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12 February 2005


Jonathan Marks

Just been playing with NEO Pro and very impressed. I note that when you buy it, they give you a licence to use it on both the PC and the laptop. Smart. The search function is MUCH faster than Outlook and it will find that e-mail lurking in your archives. Took about 35 minutes to catalogue my archive of 35,000 e-mails. In short, brilliant.

Neville Hobson

It really is a good deal, Jonathan. Being able to use it on more than one PC is especially good.

As you've noticed already, the search functionality is excellent. I find it spot on: rarely does it mismatch anything I'm looking for.

Even so, I'm still a piler!

Andrew Marritt

I'm a piler who uses folders as well. Mostly my folders are linked with rules that sort incoming mail - well subscription emails - into folders depending on sender, subject matter etc. I use this so that I can deal with the important ones instantly without wading through stuff which can wait.

There are a few email changes I would love to see (I am a Mac user so use Apple's mail app which has a pretty good search in it).

First, I would love folders to work like Playlists in iTunes. It is quite easy for a mail to have several logical 'homes', eg emails about a particular project and about a particular subject area. The playlist type structure could mean the mail stays in my inbox but is also aligned with several folders. (it looks like the next Mac OS, due in the coming months will have this - http://www.apple.com/macosx/tiger/spotlight.html)

Second I would love a 'send and remind' option. I don't know about anyone else but lots of my emails are asking for responses. This option would instantly put a reminder in my diary that I am awaiting a response and remind me in X days (and when the response comes the mail app would take the reminder off, unless I say not to.) I would love my mail app to let me know a list of 'mails that I am waiting for a reply'.


Thanks for the kind words, Neville. You've got me interested in NeoPro now... :-) I currently use a combination of tools for Outlook that provide similar functionality (namely MailFiler and the GTD Outlook Add-In), but I'm always interested in tools to help me be more productive in general, and in Outlook specifically.

Andrew, the Send and Remind idea is a good one, and it's one I use often from the GTD Outlook Add-In. I'm not sure if there's a Mac equivalent, but good ideas usually pop up over and over again. Have a look!

Neville Hobson

Thanks to you, Jason, for your article that prompted my guilt trip! And NEO Pro is definitely worth a look.

Andrew, re the working like playlists concept, that's exactly what NEO Pro does. Take a look here - scroll to lower part of page to see a visual depiction:


Unfortunately, no Mac version. The solution of course - you can switch to a PC... ;)

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