Daylite 3 provides an efficient way for professionals to manage their contacts, time and teamwork. The beauty of this application is how it integrates contacts and calendars and then brings a variety of useful business tools into the mix. Daylite can be used to place a call to someone on your contacts list, track its duration, and add it to your list of tasks for the day. Follow-up calls or meetings can be added to your calendar, making it easy to organise your time.
As good as Daylite is for single users, it really shines in a collaborative setting, allowing group members to review and synchronise information. Set up one computer as a server, and anyone on the office network or internet can share project and scheduling information. Password-protection keeps your information safe from prying eyes.
Daylite will synchronise with Address Book, as well as with a variety of handheld devices, including BlackBerry and Palm PDAs. However, although the records migrate between Daylite and Address Book seamlessly, groups do not. Also Daylite will import information from iCal, but it can’t synchronise with it on an ongoing basis.
The final piece of the OS X-integration puzzle is the Daylite Mail Integration module, a £26.50 option that connects emails with Daylite contacts and projects, giving the user a powerful way to track and review email correspondence relating to specific projects.
The single biggest problem with Daylite is its complexity, for which you get little help. There’s no built-in help system or tool tips, and the PDF manual (the printed version costs £20) is remarkably patchy. The dilemma with Daylite is that to see why it’s worth its pretty steep price tag, you need to understand its power-user features, but without better documentation, these will remain opaque to the casual user.
Daylite 3 demands a certain commitment from the user but this is an application with serious depth and power. Built-in compatibility with Address Book and iCal are distinct pluses, but the near-essential £26.50 upgrade for Mail integration, and the poor quality of the PDF manual, detract from the overall value.