Planbook
Planbook 4.2.2
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Manage a teacher lesson plan book.   Demo ($34.99)
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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 an issue where the last course in the sidebar couldn't be toggled if the courses list filled the sidebar or caused it to scroll (generally 20+ courses).
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.
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Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.6 or later



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Kobeguy reviewed on 10 Oct 2012
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.
[Version 4.0.1]


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Ceebee reviewed on 07 Feb 2012
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.
[Version 3.0.5]


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Jclerch reviewed on 19 Dec 2010
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.
[Version 2.6.2]


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Noser commented on 28 Apr 2010
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.
[Version 2.5.1]

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Jeffh replied on 01 May 2010
Good idea. This will be the default in 2.5.4

Thanks-
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daiyi reviewed on 01 Sep 2009
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.
[Version 2.1]


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danielthompson commented on 10 Aug 2009
This is a great piece of software makes it so easy to keep track of all my lessons. Thanks for the software
[Version 2.0.6]


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MacintoshSauce commented on 15 Jul 2009
@ 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!
[Version 2.0]


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MacintoshSauce commented on 14 Jul 2009
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.
[Version 2.0]

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Anonymous commented on 14 Jul 2009
Upgrading is free. Just enter your existing serial number and you are good to go.

Jeff
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jayscottgold commented on 20 Mar 2009
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.
[Version 1.5.1]


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MacintoshSauce reviewed on 15 Sep 2008
Since I am going to be a secondary Social Science teacher soon, I was looking for an excellent program to make lesson plans on my Mac. From looking at the demo, I can see there are many useful features for a teacher. I especially like the report features...

Along with Gradekeeper, this program will make my teaching life much easier.
[Version 1.3.3]


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lotherro had trouble on 15 Jul 2009
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.

Nick
[Version 2.0]

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JeffH replied on 15 Jul 2009
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.
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quali had trouble on 10 Jan 2007
Update to 0.8.4 does not fix the issue with course colour changes on Dual 2 GHz PowerPC G5 with 2 GB DDR SDRAM running 10.4.8.

I am able to create courses and then select different colours within the course options dropdown, but when I attempt to apply changes nothing happens. When I try to cancel, nothing happens. App does not "freeze" but it does not permit me to "escape" from the course options dropdown.
[Version 0.8.4]

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JeffH (developer) replied on 10 Jan 2007
Hi again.

Sorry the program is giving you problems. Does this bug occur with every planbook file that you create? Does the bug occur every time that you try to apply changes in the update courses window?

Could you do me a favor? Create a new, empty class in Planbook and send it to me before trying to change colors. Perhaps by looking at the file your version of Planbook creates I can track down the problem that you are having. My email can be found easily at: http://www.hellmansoft.com

I'd also encourage you to join the Yahoo Group listed above as it's often a quicker way to get help if you need it.

Thanks-
Jeff
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quali had trouble on 09 Jan 2007
Problems remain in the PPC implementation (0.8.3.1).

When changing colours of classes, the app would not accept the changes made. The only fix was to quit the app, but then the data file was useless-opening with a date of 16 August 2006 and then hanging. All of my data seems to have disappeared.
[Version 0.8.3.1]

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JeffH (developer) replied on 09 Jan 2007
I'll look into getting this bug fixed later tonight. If your data is critical please send your corrupt planbook file to me (you can find my e-mail at http://www.hellmansoft.com) and I'll try to restore it for you.

Jeff

Lauryced rated on 26 Mar 2011

[Version 2.6.2]


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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.


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