Chandler: Calendar & Note Organizer

by JL Beeken on 4-10-2009

I’m always on the look out for better ways to keep organized. Chandler is an OpenSource calendar and note-organizer.

You enter a note to yourself, click Enter and it drops down into the main list where you can enter other information including locations, dates and additional notes. It doesn’t have to be an appointment, just anything you’re thinking of when you think of it. Most of the noise in my head isn’t appointments, it’s just things I’m thinking of doing. Someday.


What I especially like is how it splits your notes to yourself into Now, Later and Done. By clicking the colored buttons you can change the status. The Later section means it’s not a hopeless case, just Later. I like the Done section because it’s good to reflect on what I’ve done, not just feel the pressure about what I haven’t done Yet. A lot of us live in a crazy place of continually driving ourselves forward. Nice touch for a calendar, I think. And there’s more.

You can make different calendars for different purposes (called Collections) and then overlay them to make sure there’s no conflicts. You can set alarms. You can share your calendar or parts of it. You can import and export calendars. You can keep your calendar online.

For me, it was about an hour learning curve. It took the longest time to figure out how to get the notes into Collections and onto the calendar.  Duh.  Just drag and drop them.

It’s still in the early stages of development but it’ll be interesting to see how it goes.

Go to the Chandler Project and watch the 3-minute video tour (twice). The voice pauses occasionally so just be patient. Then download it if you’re interested and find out. It looks like fun! And for the chronically disorganized there’s still Hope.

Compatible with Windows, Mac OSX and Linux.

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JL 6-29-2009 at 11:56 AM

Having tried this again, and even updated to Version 1.03, I’ve had second thoughts. It’s still in the very early stages of development. The calendar is unstable and there aren’t enough import and export options to make it truly useful yet. I’ve moved over to EssentialPIM in the meantime which has both free and paid versions, Desktop or Portable. I like Chandler a lot, though, and will be keeping an eye on it for the future.


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