The Personal Directory Manager (PDM) is one of Rietta Solutions’ first software products. You might find the open letter detailing the history of the product interesting.
The source code is available for software developers along with other historical Rietta projects, at github.com.
Open Letter on Discontinuation
Dear PDM User:
Thank you for downloading the Personal Directory Manager software. The design process that went into creating this program stretched over a three year period, but the product was never officially finished or released. You might find the history of this product interesting.
The Personal Directory Manager was one of the first Windows programs I attempted to develop. I started working on it in Visual Basic 3.0 back in the fall of 1996. It started out life as a Windows 3.1 program called Business Directory Manager and was a companion product for my Neighborhood Directory Manager product. As it turns out, the Business Directory Manager improved and became its own product while the Neighborhood Directory Manager never really went anywhere.
I worked on the software over the next several years, tweaking the functionality and layout. I renamed it to Personal Directory Manager, but even though I had big plans for the software, it was never actually released. I quit working on the software in the spring of 1998. After about 6 months, I decided to port the software from Windows 3.1 to Windows 95/98. I started to get ready to release it in the spring of 1999, but I became busy working on other projects.
Now, it is the year 2000, almost four years after I began working on the Personal Directory Manager software. Several of my colleagues, friends, and I use it regularly and I finally decided to just release the software as it is. I hope you can get as much use out of it as I have.
Sincerely, Frank S. Rietta
Saturday, January 22, 2000
Source Code (Visual Basic 5)
The Win32 source code for PDM 2.6, written in Visual Basic 5.0, is available as free open source on github.com.
The Personal Directory Manager (PDM) source is available under the following BSD license agreement. The source compiles under Microsoft Visual Basic 5.0.