Hemispheres has a report on Mitch Kapor and his team’s open-source PIM (personal information management) software which has also been dubbed as the Exchange-killer:

Chandler aims to change the way you see, access, useand even think aboutinformation on your computer…[It] will let you sort and interrelate all manner of data in a free-form way, from e-mails, tasks, contacts, spreadsheets, and other documents to instant messages, Web logs, photos, and MP3 music files. And a great deal more.

As Kapor has described it: Users will be able to organize diverse kinds of information for their own conveniencenot the computers convenience. Chandler will have a rich ability not only to associate and interconnect items, but also to gather and collect related items in a single place, creating a context-sensitive view of many types of data. The goal, in other words, is to have interactions with your computer go from an organizational nightmare of frustrating searches and misplaced files to a desktop dream built on intuitive grouping of information, enabling quantum leaps in creativity.

Early versions of Chandler are available for download. The first full version is expected to be available by December 2004.

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