Chaos Software for Android

Have an Android device? We’re happy to announce new native Android apps are available now through Google Play!

These apps are designed to sync with ChaosHost.com and with Intellect 4, Time & Chaos 8 and Legal Billing 7.  The apps are free for our ChaosHost subscribers!

We would appreciate you trying them out and giving us good reviews on Google Play to help us encourage newbies to check us out.

(If in the unfortunate event you find something bad to say, please let our tech support department know so we can do our best to help you out rather than leaving a bad review on our ‘permanent record’.)

Check out the full Android product list at http://www.chaossoftware.com/products-android.aspx .

Chaos Labs is alive again (hint: Android and iPhone)

Our Labs page on ChaosSoftware.com is alive again with our newest experiments.  Being in “Labs” is a way of saying these new products are still in the testing and consideration phase!  They still may need more work before release, but those so inclined have an opportunity to use pre-release betas to help us test them out.

If you want to take a peek at what we’ve been working on, visit http://www.chaossoftware.com/chaos-labs.aspx .

(If you have an Android or iPhone, you’ll want to take a look!)

Tips, Tricks and Secrets #6: Editing Envelopes or Labels on-the-fly

There are times where you still need to send real letters or packages – not everything can be done by email!  Our contact manager programs, Intellect, Time & Chaos and ChaosFree, can easily print envelopes or mailing labels for you, just using the Print button on the toolbar.

There are times, however, when you want to make a quick change on-the-fly. Something that isn’t permanent (or you would edit the record and save your changes) but still a change you want to make right now for this printout.

edit print textOur Print Preview screen has a great trick where you can point to a piece of text and hold the Shift key on the keyboard with one hand while clicking in the middle of the text with your mouse.  This secret method will pop-up a text box with the text in that area that is about to print. This box allows you to modify the label or envelope to add an ATTN: line or change a name or anything else you want to change.

Keep in mind that the print sizes have already been calculated, meaning you can’t add lines and lines of additional information. This tip is for making quick and small changes just before printing.

Tips, Tricks and Secrets #5: The quickest way to add Notes

Every record in Time & Chaos and Intellect has a Notes area for you to record information that doesn’t fit in traditional fields.  What might not be obvious, though, is that each of these programs has a quick way to go directly to the Notes to add more information.

First, go to our classic section and look at the column headings in each area of the screen.  (Unless you’ve removed it, *) each section will have an “N” column before the other fields are displayed.  “N” stands for Notes and this column is a hotspot you can double-click on to go straight to the Notes area!  Double-click anywhere else on the line and it opens the record to the normal Main tab instead.

Records that already Notes will have a Note icon in this column, but you can double-click in this column even on records that don’t have Notes yet!

* If you don’t have an “N” column, you can right-click on the column headings you do have and choose Reset columns to return them back to the defaults, including the “N” note column being the first one and a hotspot to open directly to notes.

Tips, Tricks and Secrets: #4 Quick Find with And/Or

As Chaos Software celebrates our 21st birthday this year, we are posting a series of 21 tips, tricks and secrets to maximize your use of our software products.

Tip #4: Quick Find with And/Or

At the top right corner of Intellect 4 and Time & Chaos 8, Quick Find is always ready to dig through your data to find a phrase anywhere you’ve entered it. Best of all, unlike our report screen that only scans one type of data at a time, Quick Find scans all of the databases in your data folder for hits.quickfind

Most of the time, looking up a simple phrase will do, but sometimes you want a more advanced lookup.

For “AND” searches where you want hits to match two or more phrases, just include an ampersand “&” character in the quick find box.

For “OR” searches where you want hits to match one phrase or another, just include a comma “,” between the phrases.

For best results, skip the spaces. So if you are looking for contacts named Bill or Bob, don’t enter “Bill, Bob” but instead use “Bill,Bob” with no space after the comma.