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Suites for the Sweet: WordPerfect Office 2000 - page 5

Moving a Long-Established Suite to Linux

  • May 18, 2000
  • By Brian Proffitt

Don't let the name fool you; Corel Central is anything but centralized. This application is actually three separate apps, all components of an electronic Personal Information Manager: Corel Central Address Book, Corel Central Calendar, and Corel Central Memos.

Taken separately, these applications are okay. Corel Central Address Book is a pretty stable contacts manager that displays addresses as part of directory tree. Entering addresses is pretty straightforward as well, using a simple streamlined form.

The Calendar includes a listing of daily events, tied to an overview calendar that shows events a couple of months forward or back. There is also a tasks manager for handling the many 'to dos' we all face.

The final application is Corel Central Memos. This application runs up in the left corner of the screen, sans title bar. Memos are the electronic equivalent to sticky notes. Unlike their counterparts in MS Outlook's Notes, these memos cannot be "stuck" anywhere, such as on the desktop. They merely sit inside the Memos app.

Taken together-well, that's hard to do, as each application sits in a separate window. The only hint besides their name that these applications share anything is that they all can be started from within each other's Tools menus. This separate window strategy takes up a lot of screen real estate, both in the desktop and the taskbar.

Getting to the individual applications was difficult, too. The Applications menu in KDE only contained a link to Corel Central, which in turn just opened the Calendar. I could access the Address Book and Calendar tools via the console, but for some reason I could not access the Memos application on the command line. I ended up having to open Calendar or Address Book and then open Memos from the Tool menu.

The lack of an e-mail tool in this PIM mini-suite is still very glaring. Even PalmPilots can handle rudimentary e-mail functions.

If you need a plain vanilla PIM application, Corel Central will get you by. If you want more oomph in your PIM, you might try downloading stronger Linux offerings.


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