Toronto-based Credenza Software yesterday announced a new version of its Credenza practice-management software that comes at an unbeatable price — free. Now the company offers two versions of its software — Credenza Basic for free and Credenza Pro for $24.95 a month.
Both versions work within Microsoft Outlook to transform it into a practice-management tool. Credenza adds a “files” module to Outlook. You can use these files however you like to organize your work — by clients, matters, projects or whatever. The key is that, once you install Credenza, you can associate anything in Outlook with a file.
Credenza also adds features to Outlook that allow you to track time and expenses, phone calls and phone messages.
The free version includes all of Credenza’s basic functionality. What the free version lacks and what the paid version offers are:
- Multi-user capabilities. With the paid version, users can share files and information from within Outlook (while keeping personal information private).
- Integrated billing. While the free version lets you track your time, the paid version has a full billing module that lets you send out invoices, track payments, record expenses, etc.