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orGenta stores information in Items, Categories, and Notes.

A Category is usually a single word; the categories are shown in a TreeView display. You can "nest" categories within one another, for example you may have a category called Friends that has categories nested within it called Joe, Sam, and Marsha.

An Item is usually a sentence or two describing a tidbit of information you would like to categorize; orGenta shows Items in a spreadsheet grid.

A Note is usually a long block of text associated with an Item, or sometimes additional information about the item that you don't want automatically categorized. You may store many pages of text within an item's Note, and may paste text from other applications.

  Automatic Background Category Assignment  

An Item is placed within the category where you type it, and any categories that match any of the words within your Item. For example, if you type "Invite Sam and Marsha to the party" then that item will appear under both the Sam and the Marsha categories.

Items get assigned in the "background": while you continue entering items orGenta will use your computer between your pauses for its labor-intensive parsing and matching. Hence there are no requirements for you to wait while orGenta does its categorizing.

  Database Storage of Items and Notes  
Although orGenta protects you from the complexities of a database, if you need that power you can still access your Items and Notes through standard ODBC and Microsoft Office technologies. orGenta stores your Items and Notes in a Microsoft Access database, so you may run queries in Access, or link to your data in Excel.
  Category Flexibility  

You may move Items between Categories, or manually assign an Item to any number of Categories of your own choosing.

You may nest Categories within one another to any depth. You may also move whole groups of Items and Categories simply by dragging and dropping them.

  Smart Date Processing  

When you type an Item into orGenta that contains a date, orGenta saves that date into its When-Date column. orGenta understands dates entered in numerous formats, for example 1/31/05, next Tuesday, the first Saturday of March.

orGenta also understands recurring dates, such as "every other Monday."

  Searching and Sorting  

orGenta has full-featured searching -- you may search by Category, Item, or within the text of Notes.

You may sort by any of the spreadsheet grid columns. You may sort sub-categories within a Category, or Items alphabetically within a single Category.

You may print the items "expanded" onto your screen, one particular item with it's associated note, or (with registered versions) selected columns.
  Importing and Exporting  
orGenta will import and categorize a text file. You may export items from orGenta in either a tab-delimited or a comma-separated format. orGenta will also follow links on the internet and import Web pages into the database.