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Planbook is software designed to manage a teacher's lesson plan book. In addition to the traditional functions of a planbook, this software allows you to link documents to your lessons (a word document describing a lab, for example), search your planbook, and export your planbook to HTML or directly to an FTP or MobileMe server. 2.0 also allows you to track standards, units, and tag lessons with keywords for advanced reporting.

Check out the Yahoo Group: Planbook for a mailing list and more information.

What's New

Version 4.2.2:
  • Adds a logout from PlanbookConnect menu item to help out teachers who want to use two different accounts with two Planbook files.
  • Fixes a bug that could, in rare cases, prevent Planbook files from being saved.
  • Fixes a bug on OS X 10.7 and earlier that prevented emailing or saving a PDF from a weekly report. OS X 10.8 was never affected by this issue.
  • Fixes more...


  • OS X 10.6 or later

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Kobeguy Member IconReview-1

Greatly improved over the last couple years. I bought this after it first came out, and experimented with it after each update. I always got frustrated with the interface or bugs that came up, so I never got comfortable enough to trust it with my actual teaching schedule. Version 4.0.x has been a winner though, and I'm glad I kept checking back. This version has refined its feature set, and it's been a pleasure to use this semester. If you haven't tried Planbook lately - you're missing out. I can finally say this app is making my job easier & give it a thumbs up.

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Version 4.0.1
Ceebee Member IconReview+28

I've read the reviews about how responsive the developer of this program is and I can't say I've had the same experiences. I have emailed him on numerous occasions about issues with his server. Specifically, uploading attachments and lesson plans which never show up on my home page that he hosts. There are frequent outages, i.e.

"We're sorry, but something went wrong.
We've been notified about this issue and we'll take a look at it shortly"

It's frankly embarrassing to tell my students to check my PlanbookConnect page, only to have them tell me there's nothing there.

For $35.00, it's a PASSABLE lesson planner but there are better and cheaper alternatives. Either support the program or drop it. Either way, I won't be using it anymore.

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Version 3.0.5
Jclerch Member IconReview+2

This software is fantastic. The developer is both supportive and innovative. He continues to steadily improve Planbook as a tool that helps teachers plan, but just as importantly, helps teachers communicate what has been planned to students and others.

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Version 2.6.2
Noser Member IconComment+17

This program is nice, but lack of a basic & simple feature. In fact, its very difficult to use without a display of the day of the week in the week view (Monday, tuesday ,etc..). This problem is also found in the reports. So during this academic year I've had to introduce the day of week by hand, a not very confortable solution to work with since you spend a lot ot time for this simple solution.

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Version 2.5.1

Good idea. This will be the default in 2.5.4


daiyi Member IconReview+11

Planbook is one of the best applications a teacher can make use of on either the Mac or Windows platform. It has made scheduling and teaching much easier for me, and I rely on Planbook more and more for my courses. The developer is helpful and responsive. He also has a clear vision of where he wants the application to go in terms of future development. As a teacher himself, Jeff is able to approach the application of technology from a very practical perspective. Pricing is more than fair for such a useful bit of educational software.

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Version 2.1
danielthompson Member IconComment+0

This is a great piece of software makes it so easy to keep track of all my lessons. Thanks for the software

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Version 2.0.6
MacintoshSauce Member IconComment+271

@ Jeff

Thanks for updating your program description to let us know that the upgrade is free. I had assumed there would be a paid upgrade... Duh!

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Version 2.0
lotherro Member IconComment+0

Hi Jeff--

I downloaded the trial version tonight and I'm enjoying many of the features, but I'm also a little confused as to the overall setup and plan. Do you have a tutorial where I could learn some more specifics about Planbook? I've begun to enter in my first week of classes for August, and I'm just not sure that I'm doing it right. I would appreciate any help that you can give--thanks.


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Version 2.0

I am working on the help features for Planbook. There are a few screencasts (including getting started) currently available at the Planbook website (www.hellmansoft.com) that you'll find under the "Get Help" heading.

MacintoshSauce Member IconComment+271

Where is upgrade pricing for 2.0? I don't think it is nice to ask your customers to pay full price AGAIN just because you bumped it to 2.0 from 1.5.

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Version 2.0
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Upgrading is free. Just enter your existing serial number and you are good to go.


jayscottgold Member IconComment+11

Great program, especially for long range planning. Best support of any program I've ever seen. I emailed Jeff about an issue and heard from him within a few minutes. He said he would update the program to address the issue and did so the same night! I'd gladly pay more for programs to receive this type of support.

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Version 1.5.1
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Version 2.6.2
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License Demo
Date 12 Aug 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $34.99
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