We present a page of information and downloads dedicated to Lotus Agenda, the venerable DOS information manager, which is now over 20 years old, still alive, and judging by the amount of email we get, pretty lively.
More Agenda materials have been uncovered and links will appear here in due course. We thank an "Agenda friend" for this.
Agenda runs on Android! We haven't finished complete testing, but using a product called DosBox Turbo we were able to get Agenda running on a Droid X phone. There are some significant usage difficulties in that the F-keys, Alt key, etc., have to be emulated on a software keyboard. But it definitely does work. More on this in days to com.
We've also found a possible way to run Agenda in a web browser using a Java port of DosBox. Again, more on this in the future.
We're Often Asked
Do we still use Agenda? As of April 2013 we mostly use EMACS Org Mode in daily life, because of multiple platform compatibility including Android phones (but see the Big News above). Org Mode is wonderful but we miss many things about Agenda, and we still use Agenda for some things.
If You Need A Little Help
We are delighted to hear from Agenda users and do the best we can to answer brief questions via email as our available time permits. Of course, given that it's a no-charge, volunteer effort, we have to make the usual disclaimers that we don't promise or guarantee anything (especially response time), and we don't accept any liability of any sort.
If You Need Help Beyond Casual Questions
Write and tell us what you need, keeping in mind that this is a strictly non-commercial website, so we're neither advertising nor offering paid consulting services. Our time is limited--- whose time isn't?--- but at least we can talk.
Our old, defunct Agenda Forum is here. It contains some interesting info although the links in it are unreliable now.
We also offer various files and notes for Lotus Agenda. While Agenda material isn't quite so easy to locate, we've gotten together this modest collection, and supplemented it with some of our own applications. If you have something you're willing to share, send it as an e-mail attachment, with a description of some sort, to
and it should appear in due course. If you find any broken links, please let us know directly.
Pre-installed version of Agenda 2.0b:
If you have trouble with the official release, which requires creating 720k diskettes, you can try our pre-installed self-extracting version; get it here.
You must extract this at the root of your C drive to create the c:\agenda directory. Nothing else will work!
This pre-installed version is set up with a few representative printers and screen displays. This has worked out for a number of people; please let us know how you fare. Write to email@example.com .
We've recently been sent a different pre-installed version of Agenda, which includes a large variety of printer and screen drivers; if you wish to try it, you can get it here.
Agenda Mailing List:
The Yahoo PIM mailing list is pretty much dead but does contain interesting information. Visit
Web-Based Agenda Efforts
We're aware of a couple of attempts to develop a new version of Agenda-like software on the web, but these seem to have been discontinued without completion. There's no point in listing dead links, so we just note this in passing with the hope that some day a similar effort might succeed.
An Agenda benefactor has made all six Agenda manuals available. These include Quick Start, Setting Up Agenda, Starter Applications, User's Guide, Working With Definition Files and Working With Macros. You can obtain them as follows.
- Browse to www.mydrive.ch.
- Login as 'guest@agendadudester' with password 'guestdude'.
- Download the manuals from the main file folder.
The Beyond 2.0 manual can now also be found in the same place.
Files and applications by others:
- Agenda Courses Tutorial presentations on Lotus Agenda, suitable for classroom use, by Phil Robinson; also some great information on printing, including printer drivers.
- Recipe database provided by Wallace Audley and written by Katherine Fritz.
- Some legal applications originally from the Lotus FTP site.
- Personal Efficiency Planner, a souped up version of the Planner application. The installation instructions and explanations have gone off-line; we are trying to recover a copy.
- First Things First, based on Steven Covey's book, written by David Mc_Court, on Michael Stocker's web page.
- President's Planner, a very advanced PIM add-on from Alex Todd, once again available from our web site.
- President's Planner documentation in PDF format (hosted locally, thanks to a helpful correspondent).
- Partner's Planner takes President's Planner into the world of practice management. Also from Alex Todd, and again now available from our website.
- Supermacros is another Alex Todd product and finally reconstructed for download. Quick-add of names, companies, and projects, and the unique "Point and View" utility.
- Partner's Planner documentation in PDF format, once again available from our web site.
- Preinstalled Agenda and President's Planner Combo; we haven't tested this but it's surely worth a try.
- Agenda Tutorial, supplied and created by Dez Ellis. Written for a specific industrial application, this is a very nice Agenda tutorial, containing some highly instructive and useful macro examples.
- Agenda HTML Help, contributed by Michael Rourke. Michael has extracted all of the (extensive) Agenda help and organized it into an HTML file. Keep this open in your browser while you work. If you don't have a full set of manuals handy (but see above as you can download them now), you can print this out and have a hard-copy manual that is quite serviceable.
- Agenda Tech Notes in Agenda database format, assembled and developed by Steven Hawkins.
- Beyond 2.0, the classic extension to Agenda for printing, calendars, and much more, in a preinstalled version thanks to Tony Kan. See the README file for installation instructions. The complete manual is also available; see the section above for where and how to download Agenda manuals.
- Revised Agenda FAQ, in Agenda database format, assembled by Tony Kan. An updated 2006 version of Agenda FAQs with corrected links and new material.
- Agenda 2 Overview, an informative look at the Agenda 2.0 release in PDF format.
- Handling Damaged Agenda Files, another look at this important topic, in PDF format.
- Creating ASCII Files from Agenda, a PDF file with advice on this often important task.
- Books About Using Agenda, a nice bibliography in PDF format which may send you off on a bit of a treasure hunt, as these may be a little hard to find nowadays.
Files and applications of our own devising:
- Small Macro Package, v1.0, containing sample macros to switch databases, run external DOS programs from a menu, and capture the output of external DOS programs into a new item.
- Simple checkbook register/balancer, v1.0. We don't use this one but plan to "get around to it."
- Bill payment reminder, v1.0; we use this to be sure we don't pay bills late (or early).
- Daf Yomi Calculator, v1.0 is perhaps of direct interest only to Jewish scholars, but is an example of how Agenda macros can do unexpectedly complex things.
- Pinball Scoring application, v1.10; can be used for video pinball, card games, etc. Individual game and Challenge mode is supported. Perhaps this has a "serious" use as well, but we certainly didn't plan it that way! (Release 1.10 cleans up the Challenge Mode code and has other minor improvements.)
- Transcendental Functions for Agenda, v1.01 (seriously). Includes square root, sine, cosine, tangent, secant, cosecant, cotangent, ln, exp, and x to the y. Can easily be extended if you wish.
- Bicycle Ride Log, v1.01, for keeping track of just about every aspect of your bike rides. Includes a gearing calculator and a (probably inaccurate) spoke length calculator.
- Learn By Agenda, v1.0, a usable proof of concept text mode learning system based on spaced interval recall techniques. Includes a (very) small sample Hawaiian vocabulary tutor.
- BG Log, v1.0, a very simple logbook for blood glucose levels, food intake, and exercise tracking.
- RPN Calculator, v1.0, really a prototype, sure to be expanded in the future. Comments needed!
- Copy from Clipboard, v1.0, a less-wealthy cousin of the "Zooter" to allow relatively quick creation of new items and note text from the contents of the Windoze clipboard. Tested only with Windoze 98, and so a bit obsolete.
- Stardate Calculator 1.0 as in Star Trek. Very useful!
To use these, download and then unzip into either your AGENDA\APPS directory, or a directory as specified in an enclosed "readme" file.
We don't announce bug fix or feature updates; watch the version number listed next to the title (as of August 2012, updates are very infrequent).
Tips and techniques:
Ron Stern has provided a number of files from the old Compuserve Agenda Forum.
- Performance optimization tips from the Agenda 2.0 development team.
- Database damage and the checker utility, from the dev team.
- Q and A with the Lotus dev team, a long and rambling document.
- Tips for keeping Agenda running trouble free, attributed to Alex Todd and others.
- Capture log of Agenda conference held on-line on Compuserve, 23 October 1990.
- Second Agenda conference, 30 January 1991.
- Agenda 2.0 Memory Management and Performance issues, unattributed but likely by Lotus staff.
- Agenda 2.0 Hot Topics, likely by Lotus staff.
- Agenda Frequently Asked Questions 1, rather terse, likely from Lotus.
- Agenda Frequently Asked Questions 2, repeats and extends FAQ 1.
- Anyitems Macro Description, a macro to detect empty categories, but the macro isn't included. By Stephen Yeo.
- May 1992 Atlantic Monthly article draft, by Jim Fallows. A good article and, we gather, a famous one.
- Damaged Agenda 2.0 File Recovery, more on this important topic. Unattributed.
- Hype(rbole), Hysteria, Hypocrisy, and Agenda, by noted Agenda writer R.H. Flast.
- The Hamner Nag System which causes certain items to roll-over from day to day on your to-do list. Very useful. By Judy Hamner.
- President's Planner Review by Charles Olsen. Very good review of this important add-in.
- Saving Recurring Items in case of database damage, by Paul Maloney.
- Getting Things Done, an implementation of Allen's system using Agenda and President's Planner, by Charles Bradley.
Here is a paper we wrote, now very seriously out of date, which has gotten a bit of attention here and there.
- PIMs Compared, a rambling article of our own that looks at an eclectic group of PIMs including Agenda.
On-line Agenda Reference as contributed by Michael Rourke (can also be downloaded, see above).
Most if not all Agenda links seem to have gone off the air. If you know of any please let us know.
Bob Newell, Honolulu, Hawai'i; last updated on 07 September 2012.