Zoot (Software)

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Zoot (Software)
Developer(s)Zoot Software
Initial release1995
Stable release
8.0 / February 21, 2020; 4 years ago (2020-02-21)
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows 10, 8, 7
TypeProductivity software

Zoot is a personal information manager and task manager designed for the Microsoft Windows operating system.[1][2][3] It is similar in function to the Lotus Agenda, Microsoft Outlook, and Ecco Pro information managers. [4][5] [6][7]


Zoot provides integrated E-Mail, Twitter, Feed, and Pocket clients, and incorporates GTD methodology in its approach to task management.[8] The program saves information in database records which are organized into folders which are displayed in a hierarchical folder tree. Every database record has a collection of database fields associated with it for data entry. Each database record has a single editable HTML document associated with it and may have files attached. Documents can be stored in HTML, RTF, or Plain Text format. HTML is the default document format. [9]

Database files

Zoot database files use a proprietary database format. Each database is stored in a single database file with a .zdb filename extension. Zoot includes a variety of custom-built databases, each designed for a specific type of information. Users can create additional custom databases as well. Databases that ship with Zoot are Tasks, Calendar, Contacts, Notes, Journal, Mail, Web, Feeds, Twitter, Pocket, Files, Safe, and Help. Each database has a variety of built-in database fields for common data types and users can create additional database fields as needed.

Data input

Zoot provides keyboard, mouse and touch screen support (finger gestures). Voice commands may also be used to operate the software hands-free. To use voice commands the user must have Dragon NaturallySpeaking speech recognition software from Nuance Communications installed.


  • Multi-database Storage Model
  • Automated Organization
  • Integrated Twitter, Feed, E-Mail & Pocket clients
  • Integrated GTD Methodology
  • Tagging System
  • Reminders
  • Web Page and Content Clipper
  • Hands-free use through Speech Recognition
  • Touch Screen Input (finger gestures)
  • Boolean Queries
  • Hypertext Linking
  • Database Password Protection and Encryption
  • Synchronization with Microsoft Outlook

Further reading


  1. Fallows, James (1997-08-01). "Zoot!". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2020-03-17.
  2. Manheim, Marvin L., and Mary Beth Fritz. "Information technology tools to support virtual organization management: A cognitive informatics approach." Organizational Virtualness (1998): 137-153.
  3. Gregory, Mark, and Mario Norbis. "The business of personal knowledge." 8th International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organisations. Cambridge University, United Kingdom. 2008.
  4. Tribune, Jimmy Guterman Special to the. "ZOOT CHALLENGES DESKTOP ORGANIZER OUTLOOK". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  5. "TechnoLawyer: SmallLaw: Revisiting the Super PIM: CaseMap, OmniOutliner, and Zoot XT". blog.technolawyer.com. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  6. Inc, Ziff Davis (1997-11-04). PC Mag. Ziff Davis, Inc. {{cite book}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  7. "Let's Get This Straight: From Agenda to Zoot". Salon. 1999-03-24. Retrieved 2020-03-17.
  8. "Life-Changing Productivity and Leadership". Priacta. Retrieved 2020-03-17.
  9. "Extras – A Review of Zoot 3.5 : [Now Renamed Zoot 4.0] – LLRX". Retrieved 2020-03-17.

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