Nelson Email Organizer 2.5 review: Nelson Email Organizer 2.5

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The Good Automatically sorts Outlook messages into multiple views; includes superfast search tool; synchronizes with Outlook.

The Bad Works with only Outlook 97/98/2000/2002; no phone support.

The Bottom Line If you use Outlook, save time with Nelson Email Organizer, an e-mail add-on that sorts messages efficiently and easily.

CNET Editors' Choice Jun '02

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Who among us conscientiously follows the golden rule of e-mail: do it, dump it, or delegate it? Even if you're pretty good about keeping on top of your mail, go out of town for a week or two, and your account can easily get out of hand. If you use Microsoft Outlook, whip your Inbox into shape with Nelson Email Organizer (NEO). This $29.95 add-on does a superb job of sifting and organizing e-mail messages, making it easier to track mail. Equipped with a lightning-fast search tool, a wealth of customizable features, and on-the-fly synchronization with Outlook, Nelson Email Organizer is a lifesaver for anyone who handles more than a dozen e-mail messages a day. Although it might take you some time to get comfortable with the way NEO processes mail, the investment is worth it. Who among us conscientiously follows the golden rule of e-mail: do it, dump it, or delegate it? Even if you're pretty good about keeping on top of your mail, go out of town for a week or two, and your account can easily get out of hand. If you use Microsoft Outlook, whip your Inbox into shape with Nelson Email Organizer (NEO). This $29.95 add-on does a superb job of sifting and organizing e-mail messages, making it easier to track mail. Equipped with a lightning-fast search tool, a wealth of customizable features, and on-the-fly synchronization with Outlook, Nelson Email Organizer is a lifesaver for anyone who handles more than a dozen e-mail messages a day. Although it might take you some time to get comfortable with the way NEO processes mail, the investment is worth it.

An indispensable add-on
If you own Outlook 97, 98, 2000, or 2002, just download the 2.7MB, free, 30-day Nelson trial, install it, and you're set. (Sorry, cheapskates: NEO doesn't work with Outlook Express.) You can manage your e-mail using NEO, with or without Outlook active in memory, and open Outlook from NEO with just a click of a toolbar button--handy when you use Outlook for scheduling as well as e-mail.

Automatic message organization
Whereas Outlook simply drops all of your e-mail into the Inbox, leaving you to filter messages on your own, NEO automatically sorts messages by several criteria, each reached from tabs at the top of the window. For example, to view all messages to and from a specific sender, no matter where they live in Outlook, just click the Correspondent tab, then the sender's name. Slick.

NEO also sorts messages according to when they were received or sent so that you can quickly see mail from today, yesterday, this week, or last week. Need to hunt down an attachment? Click the Attachment tab to see every file attachment sent or received. NEO even groups messages by attachment type, making it a snap to find that one XLS file among scores of DOC files. Best of all, the Active Mail function isolates all new messages in a folder until you decide how to act on each. And, thanks to its superfast search tool, you can use NEO to list similar messages in a flash. Our only minor gripe: NEO works a little differently than Outlook, so it'll take you a day or two to adjust your mail-handling habits.

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