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Mediabee Group Planner and Dashboard

To date, computer and PDA solutions have been too hard to use at home. Making a calendar entry on a PDA, for example, takes 2-3 times as long as making an entry on the wall calendar. Synchronizing multiple devices and schedules for multiple family members is a major headache as well. Mediabee Family Dashboard is a great new solution that's about to change all that.
Published: Sep 6, 2005
Author: Michael E, Callahan
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Mediabee Family Dashboard 2.2
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In October of 2003, Walt Mossberg wrote in the Wall St Journal, "With both parents often working and children's lives packed with activities, the problem of meshing everyone's schedules has become acute."

Here we are two years later, more than 20 years since the debut of the PC and over 10 years since the introduction of personal digital assistants (PDAs), with all of us using e-mail, instant messaging and even blogs, yet most of us are still using paper wall calendars and day planners to coordinate home activities.

To date, computer and PDA solutions have been too hard to use at home. Making a calendar entry on a PDA, for example, takes 2-3 times as long as making an entry ("Soccer, 4pm") on the wall calendar. Synchronizing multiple devices and schedules for multiple family members is a major headache as well.

Mediabee Family Dashboard is a great new solution that's about to change all that.

Aimed at helping busy families and workgroups coordinate schedules easily using their PCs and cell phones, this software offers breakthrough usability and a simple, visually appealing, user interface that captures your imagination at first glance. A deeper look reveals a thoughtful and sophisticated solution to the real problems busy families face in scheduling and communications. Mediabee solves the so-called "entry problem" for home calendaring. Busy families want easy-to-use solutions that motivate their youngsters and don't require constant feeding. A number of features are geared towards these requirements.

The planning tools mimic current tools people use - the wall calendar, sticky notes and day planners - but are far more powerful. Using an intuitive shorthand that can be mastered in minutes, you can quickly enter information for multiple people without the complicated dialog boxes of most calendaring software such as Microsoft Outlook or PDAs.

A progress meter and audio reminders can help motivate youngsters to complete their chores and homework on time. Our youngest user, six-year-old Emma, learned how to use Mediabee all by herself.

The collaborative list making feature allows you to help and be helped by your friends, family and community in keeping all your schedules up-to-date. It holds great promise for civic groups, parent-teacher associations and the like, as well as families that just want to band together to make life easier for everyone.

For example, you can join with neighbors who have children in the same class as yours and divvy up the responsibility to put in homework schedules or band practice that you can then easily share with each other or the entire community.

Just think of all the e-mail that goes back and forth when a group is trying to schedule something - and some people don't show up anyway because after all the e-mails they still forgot to put it in their calendars. With Mediabee, the calendar gets updated automatically.

Then there are the usual features you'd expect from software like this. A built-in address book provides quick access, including one-click directions. A birthday planner reminds you of birthdays, anniversaries, etc.

Get reminders on your cell phone. Zap a curfew reminder to your teenager or a grocery list to your spouse. Plus, there are many more bonus features to surprise and delight you. If you have a PC or laptop in the kitchen or you have been thinking about it, Mediabee would be perfect to run on it. But even if you don't, if you use a PC at home to check e-mail regularly, you'll find Mediabee a great accessory - especially at the price: it's free. Just make sure you have Windows XP or Windows 2000.

This is the kind of software you've probably dreamed of - made for this, the decade of Digital Living. Give it a whirl today and you just might make your life more coordinated and less stressful. Learn more by visiting http://mediabee.com.



About The Author...

Mediabee was founded in 2002 by Saro Saravanan, the chief architect who launched Fidelity NetBenefits while he was at Fidelity Investments. A software industry veteran and serial entrepreneur, Saro's unique focus on user experience helped him produce award-winning world-class products used by over 10 million users today.


About Michael E, Callahan

Michael E. Callahan, known around the world by the trademarked name Dr. File Finder, is regarded as the world's leading expert on shareware. Dr. File Finder works with software programs and developers full-time, and in the average year he evaluates 10,000 programs. Since 1982 he has evaluated over 250,000 software and hardware products. Mr. Callahan began evaluating software online in 1982 and no one has been at it longer. He currently works doing online PR and marketing for software companies, and is the Senior Content Producer for Butterscotch.Com.

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