The Chandler Project
is a small-group collaboration application that is being produced
by the non-profit
Open Source Applications Foundation (OSAF).
OSAF was founded by Mitchell Kapor. The foundation's
document reveals some background information.
The project has been under development for a number of years.
Version 0.1 of Chandler was
in April, 2003.
From the Chandler
entry on What is Chandler?
Chandler Project is an open source, standards-based personal information manager (PIM) built around small group collaboration and a core set of information management workflows modelled on Inbox usage patterns and David Allen's GTD (Getting Things Done) methodology.
for a more in-depth answer to this question.
Chandler provides an all-inclusive view of personal information,
it can operate on notes, email, tasks, appointments, events,
contacts, documents and additional personal resources.
The Chandler Desktop application provides a single user interface
with the ability to enter, view, search, group and share all
of the supported types of information.
The software is cross-platform, it currently runs on the Linux, Windows
and Macintosh platforms.
The Chandler software is being distributed under version 2.0 of the
Apache Software License.
document explains how the project is arranged:
Chandler consists of a cross-platform (Windows, Mac OS X and Linux) Chandler Desktop application and
a sharing service and web application. Chandler is open source and standards-based.
FeatureList document covers the Chandler capabilities in
more detail, some screenshots are included.
OSAF provides free access to the Chandler Hub, information there is
available to any user with an account and a web browser.
The Chandler Server provides a central store for locally
There are some
demo movies that show Chandler in action, some of the basic
Chandler concepts and terms are explained:
- Item Chandler has four kinds of items: Note, Message, Task and Event. Chandler items can be of multiple kinds, e.g. Scheduled Tasks and Invitations.
- Collection Chandler's primary mechanism for grouping items. Collections can contain items of any kind.
- Application Area Chandler has four application areas: Mail, Tasks, Calendar and an all-inclusive All area. Chandler's application areas are a way to filter down your collections by item kind.
- Triage Status An attribute on every item that is Chandler's principle mechanism for helping you manage what you're working on. The three triage statuses are NOW, LATER and DONE.
- Tickler Alarm A custom alarm you can set on any item to automatically triage that item to NOW at a time you specify.
Two new releases were recently announced,
Chandler Desktop 0.7.4
Chandler Server 0.12.0.
The new Chandler Desktop change summary says:
"The 0.7.4 release adds a Tip of the day feature and a German
translation contributed by a user. The triage status behavior was
improved to be more useful. There have been dozens of bug fixes across
the application, as well as fixes to the build and testing
infrastructures." The new Chandler Server change summary says:
"This release supports a standalone WAR form of Cosmo ready to
drop in to an existing Tomcat installation. A security issue
allowing unauthorized access when a collection had been shared was
fixed. A number of smaller bugs have also been fixed for
Unicode usernames, error logging, and the calendar web UI."
Chandler is in an active phase of development. The software has evolved
from an interesting concept to a functioning system in recent years.
Organizations and individuals who have a need for some advanced
management and communications capabilities should be able to
find some benefits from using Chandler.
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