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Now X... The next generation of cross-platform group calendar and contact management. Now X is the successor to our award-winning Now Up-to-Date & Contact 5.

Now X is the offical release name for the product that has been known by the codename "NightHawk" in the past. The first two modules for Now X are Now Up-to-Date X and Now Contact X, product names with a strong history. The name invokes the legacy of Now Up-to-Date & Contact while reflecting the revolutionary nature of the product. We've moved from version 5 directly to version 10. The new icon reflects the modular nature of application, while the negative space more...

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zuluwarrior Member IconComment+31

The most momentous disaster I have ever witnessed in software development.
It was clear early in the beta process that the developers didn't have the foggiest of what they were doing.

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Version 10.0.4

You must not ever have to use Windows. :-)

Espiridion Member IconComment+1147

I was looking forward to Now X's development. 10 years ago I was using Now Up to Date & Contact. I think I switched from Chronos Consultant.
Once OS X arrived, there were not many options. By the time NUTD&C came out I was no longer a happy customer, and never upgraded. Chronos Consultant eventually became SOHO but it was not a good product. I finally upgraded to version 7 which was not that bad, but then 8 came out with another upgrade fee and I uninstalled my version.
Daylite was very promising, but support has declined and with the switch to 10.5 it actually became unusable in my system. By 10.5.4 -and after a complete re-installation of Leopard- I got it working again. By then I was already using Contactizer Pro. It's not perfect, but so far it's my favorite option.
Chandler was also promising, but I found it practically unusable.

I was hoping that Now X would become a stable and comprehensive calendar and CRM application for Mac OS X. I checked today their website and found John Wallace's Farewell letter. I may end up using Entourage and cleaning up my contact information in Panorama, which has a backup of all my contacts.

Obviously there's a market for this type of applications. Why can't developers get it right (and on time)?

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Version 10.0.4
Amalgamated Inc

absolutely, what is so hard about getting appts, tasks, & contacts linked like they were in the original incarnation of now contact/up to date? iCal is pitifully deficient with it's implementation of tasks.

Anon-Bud Member IconComment+599

You can see my review of this elsewhere.

Too bad about their demise--and almost predictable. I was a big-time Now user prior to and just after OSX. Switched to Personal Organizer, then Entourage. For an eternity--four years is an eternity in the computer world--I and lots of Now fans eagerly awaited the release of "Nighthawk." In the meantime, I switched to Daylite and was a loyal follower for several years until they changed the interface and decided not to encourage helpful feedback. I tried Contactizer, but it doesn't synch nice. Soho Organizer (the successor to Personal Organizer) is pretty good, but there are enough buggy issues that I can't rely on it. Eventually "Nighthawk" was released as NowX. It was pretty bad.

I'm not surprised by this turn of Now's fortunes. Saddened, but not surprised. They should reimburse all those who paid upfront for Nighthawk, but they probably won't.

I'm sticking with the native Apple apps. Not ideal, but pretty good for me.

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Version 10.0.4

Found NC & NUTD great softwares. Used them for aver 10 years with over 3000 contacts in my base. Stable, efficient, convenient, perfect. I could still use them now if I could downgrade my NOWX base.

Found NOWX a very nice project and ambitious, starting from best features of Now software and adding new technologies and a superior syncing. I tried first versions since the start and switched over 8 month ago.
But the project was too big, too costly for NS....

1- I could wait if I somebody could bring a way to reload my NowX base into the old NUDC.

2- May I suggest that our APPLE mother company to handle this follow up. As it seems that the synch brings many limitations that Nowx could not solve and that Apple can handle. Money is not missing for Apple! Could they bring a real added value into this difficult subject: a modern, simple and versatile CRM. (It could be favorably included in the Iworks package)... and make even more money.
To the Apple marketing staff: I am an Apple user since 20 years, love the nice Iphones, Imacs, Macbooks you design and that my company owns, I also love easy syncing between Iphone and Ical it brings.
I am now missing the basement of my company : a great CRM.

3- Or shall I wait that GOOGLE brings a free and efficient answer, with all my data on their servers? I am still willing to keep Apple, but I am now stuck without any efficient answer.

4- Anybody to take over? CRM is now a basic software for professional users, with a larger offer in the window field.
I really hope somebody solves this big lack in the mac field, NOW! XXXL?

Macguy@ Member IconComment+1

I needed a cross platform contact manager/calendar program to support our marketing dept (Macs) and our Business Dev dept (PCs). I have 7 licenses, which I foolishly paid the upgrade price so that we would get Now X for both Macs & PCs for free. That was money wasted, not just for the upgrade but now I must find something new and buy the licenses all over again (I cannot afford to run critical software when the developing company is no longer in business).

I guess it would be a pipe dream to think that Now would refund at least our upgrade costs seeing as they basically went out of business.

Live & learn.

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Version 10.0.4
Bonobo Member IconComment+59

While I haven't used their software in over a decade, I fondly remember NOW Utilities and NOW Super Boomerang, without which I wouldn't have wanted to use my Macs back in those days of System 6 and 7 and 8 or so.

Farewell, Now folks, and best wishes for your future.

Greetings, Tom

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Version 10.0.4
Davebarnes Member IconReview+46

A sad day as there does not seem to be a really good contact manager for Mac OS X.

I used NowX as my only contact manager for almost a year a shile it had its problems, it also had great features.

Oh, well, down the toilet.

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Version 10.0.4
accountclosed Member IconComment+111

Ah, I found the notice about the company going out of business. A well earned development, IMO, for years of misrepresentation and blithe disregard for its customers.

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Version 10.0.4
accountclosed Member IconComment+111

Trekker has not overstated the case at all. Not sure how he concludes that the company has closed its doors, but if that's right, it would be an instance of long overdue cosmic justice. BusyCalc offers a solid alternative with minimal adjustment for former Now users, and the guys who have developed it were the original brains behind Now Up to Date back in the days before OS X when the program was arguably the standard bearer.

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Version 10.0.4

Here's the link to the letter:



Unfortunately, Busycalc is not a complete alternative since it does not include a contact manager. There really is no alternate except for the hard to use Daylite program

Trekker Member IconComment+58

After many years of taking people's money without delivering a usable product, setting timeframes for a release that was repeatedly wrong by YEARS -- not months, delivering a "beta" product that was "alpha" at best, and for foisting the most atrocious UI of any software I have ever used, ever, on unsuspecting victims, er... customers -- Now Software has finally said goodbye, closed their doors, and sut down the company.

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Version 10.0
David Intrator Member IconComment+4
David Intrator

One of the worst pieces of software I've ever used.

Have been a Now Up to Date/Now Contact user for years. Time to move on.

This version is ATROCIOUS.

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Version 10.0
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Date 23 Mar 2010
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