- I am a Project Manager for 20+ consulting
projects and a larger number of consultants - all
managed remotely thru telecommunications and travel.
- My responsibilities vary: Project delivery &
performance, Contracts, Personnel, Time Reporting,
Tracking & Billing, Client Satisfaction, Recruiting,
Business Growth, Profitability, etc.
- Current snapshot of overall Action Items and
Milestones (Usually 50+) - along with more detailed
status, schedules, notes, checklists. etc. regarding
- Central index of a large variety of electronic
documents - historical as well as in progress; my
own as well as shared with others. Many documents
need to be related to other documents as well as to
projects and actions.
- Quickly accessible history of activities,
- Listing of a variety of descriptive parameters
regarding each project: funding, contracts, status &
progress, stakeholders & personnel, objectives,
issues, related documents, etc.
- I have tried a variety of spreadsheets, homegrown
databases, commercial PIM's, MS Project and Outlook.
Also several note tree tools.
- All were too simple, rigid, restrictive or
inflexible or required too much effort in organizing,
finding and retrieving information.
- I started using SmartOutline a little more than a
week before writing this. It's intuitive interface
helped me implement or figure out how to solve most
of my above needs using the Outline coupled with
Notes, Links, Folders and Checklists. This appears
to be a very small portion of the tool's real
potential that includes Forms, Stickies, Drawings,
Add-Ins as well as web capabilities - most of which I
have not had time to explore.
- An interesting side note is that I'm finding that
I need real discipline to balance getting my work
done against playing with SmartOutline to find other
ways in which it can be useful. I'm also considering
teaching myself web development in order to explore
the form advantages.
- All in all, a young but very well thought-out and
executed product with a huge amount of potential.
Keane Federal Systems, Inc.
I found SmartOutline to be
very easy to use. As an instructor, I used it to manage
lesson plans. It was very easy to simply just place
lessons directly into the note pad and then relate
other meaningful items to it. Even though I've only
used it for short time, the ease of use is why I
purchased it. I wouldn't trade it for anything else.
Sheryl B. - Teacher
SmartOutline is essential
to the timely development and launch of my team's
application. We utilize the "TODO" features to capture
and prioritize requirements. Each requirement category
has its own todo list, so delegating the work
responsibility is a breeze. Each task is prioritized
and marked in list. As the developers complete their
tasks, they update the outline. As the lead on the
project, I can tell at a glance our progress for each
Documenting is also handled inside of the same outline.
We link any design and external documents along with
the project's help system to create a project
repository that is portable and comprehensive. The
outline format just naturally organizes and displays
this project into a way that makes sense.
Lee Griffin - Senior
I looked everywhere for a
tool like SmartOutline. I stumbled across these guys
after a few searches on yahoo. I had questions that
were answered very quickly. It was almost like someone
read my mind and created SmartOutline. I needed it to
manage my clients sports playbooks. Our client used the
HTML forms to create a video rating pad. Our clients
were able to click from item to item and review
different video clips of the football plays. We plan to
create a tighter partnership with the folks at
Mark D. - Playbook Sports - Coordinator
At first I thought this software to be just another old
tree-pad. I was definitely wrong. SmartOutline 2005 has
taken the concept of tree-pad to another level.
This is Satej from
University of Maryland. I spoke to you 2 days back.
We are using your software to share information on a
research project within our research group. We are
super enthusiastic about using your product.
Satej C. - University of Maryland - Student
My husband and I manage
hundreds of billboard advertisements. We previously
used a database to track things, but we need more
flexibility to append field issues and schedule "tear
downs". We use it daily.
Susan, Mark B. - Clear Channel - Sub Contractors
SmartOutline is like having
about 20 applications in one. I was able to use various HTML forms to handle just about all of
the needs of my construction business. I tracked concrete
pours, labor contractor conversations. This tool is a
good find for my business. Thanks
Jim Reid - Halvert Concrete - Owner
We placed all project
information and later generated a client access site
and project documentation. Both in minutes using Info
Portal and Help file builder they have. These folks are
really putting their all in this brilliant application.
David S - xCode - Sr.
I trade daily for a living.
I used to keep all of my research in a word document.
After I saw what a friend could do with his project
task using SmartOutline, I had to try it to see if it would work
for my stock research. It worked like clock work.
I can quickly access my
stock research, watches, news and analysis without
scrubbing through a linear document. It just makes good
I'd like to tell
everyone to try it.
Anonymous - Stock Trader
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