Review: Daylite Productivity Suite

Manage your products from a one window interface. (February 25th, 2008)

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Product Manufacturer: Marketcircle

Price: $189.00 US

The Good

  • Integrates with other business applilcations. Simple interface. Easy to learn. Excellent support.

The Bad

  • Requires Mac OS X 10.4.x and higher.

The Daylite Productivity Suite by MarketCircle is a tool that allows users to stay on top of employees, tasks, business prospects, and appointments. According to their President and CEO, Alykhan Jetha, "Daylite's been called CRM for the Mac, contact management plus, groupware on steroids, and a better way to manage projects, but at its core it's a holistic environment for Mac users to run and track the progress of their businesses."

Install and Set Up

Daylite 3.7.2 setup is very simple and requires a small amount of information in order to create a database. The database can also be placed on a network so that up to 50 employees can interact with the data, which adds to its convenience. The interface is straightforward enough that I didn't have any trouble learning the application without an instruction manual. All of the buttons and functions are readily visible, and clearly labeled. Entering tasks into the calendar is familiar to those that use iCal on a regular basis, and information for the appointment is shown in a small floating window.

Integration with Other Programs

The interoperability of the program adds a lot of convenience to your working environment, because of its internal functions and integration with external programs. Daylite synchronizes with other business services such as MoneyWorks, Filemaker, or LightSpeed. Tasks are linked within the application, allowing a single edit to apply across a number of different elements. This cuts down significantly on the amount of typing one has to do when changing a major event.

The latest patch fixes previous problems, so now Daylite functions perfectly in Leopard. Information is properly logged, and there aren't any little quirks that leave doubt in your mind as to whether a note, event, or contact was properly tracked. Daylite's convenient one-window interface holds all the information, buttons, and access points to view letters, contact information, business opportunities, and more. I paired Daylite with Spaces in Leopard, so that the database sits off to the side of any work I'm doing, and I can quickly change or edit an appointment or contact, and switch back to the task at hand.

Daylite 3.7 screen


Daylite's One Window Interface


The Daylite Mail Integration Module (DMI), which is included in the Daylite 3 Productivity Suite, is equally useful, tying all conversations with applicable individuals to content in Daylite. A small tab pops out of the side of an Apple Mail window that lets you check and uncheck which contacts are tied into the conversation, and in turn link it to relevant projects within Daylite.

Daylite 3.7 screen


Daylite Project Window


Daylite with Mail Integration also synchronizes with Apple services, such as iCal and Address Book, and is simple to set up. The synchronization works both ways, so if you happen to use Apple's .Mac service to sync contacts, and you entered contact and calendar data through Daylite, the changes are saved to your .Mac account, through the respective applications.

There aren't any notable drawbacks in the newest update as the interface was simple to use and learn. Daylite with Mail integration is fantastic for small and medium businesses, or project groups inside larger companies, as well as for administrative assistants.

by Galen Wood


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