Put simply, Scrybe is a Flash 9-based, open-standards calendaring and personal organizer, and it's packed with every bit of eye candy and fluid interaction Flash developers can muster. For example, in the Planner view, calendars zoomed and contracted as I clicked from day to week to month. While Scrybe's interface is a model design, that's only a small reason for all the attention. The rest is because it delivers a user experience and features that are often beyond anything else I've ever used.
This attention to detail extends throughout. Type "Dinner at 6 p.m." anywhere in your calendar day and Scrybe automatically places the appointment in the 6 p.m. slot. I added tasks in the same way to my to-do list (called PowerLists). Similarly, information in different contexts is effortlessly linked: Drag an item from a to-do list to the calendar and it becomes an event with all the associated reminders.
ThoughtPad, the second main application, lets you assemble notes and Web clippings -- complete with links, images, and files. As with tasks, you label notes to keep them organized. A Bookmarklet let me highlight text and images on Web pages and the content was added to my ThoughtPad -- while I used a simple rich-text editor to add my own comments. Moreover, a preview at the bottom of ThoughtPad let me easily navigate forward or backward through my notes.
There are some features missing from the phase two beta I tested, most notable calendar sharing. Scrybe indicated they are evaluating iCal, hCal, RSS, SSE, and e-mail for this feature (planned in the next beta cycle).
Even incomplete, Scrybe teaches the established players a lot about Web 2.0 innovations. While I'd love mobile capabilities (currently the interfaced requires a 1,024 by 768 pixel resolution screen), there's enough here to make me give up my Microsoft Outlook Calendar and abandon Google Calendar.
Pricing: To be announced
Verdict: Scrybe's online organizer melds Web 2.0 innovations with new approaches to traditional functions, including printing. With a minimalist design and attention to detail characteristic of Apple products, Scrybe should find a home with business and professional users faced with planning complex schedules and capturing notes -- especially anyone needing to work offline