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April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

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April 4, 2014

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

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Jewish World Review Oct. 6, 2006 / 13 Tishrei, 5767

New PlanPlus Program, Two Ways

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | FranklinCovey Corp. recently launched two new versions of its PlanPlus software. One is Microsoft Windows-friendly, running within Outlook. The other stands alone as a Web-based version, meaning those with Macs or Linux-based PCs can run the program as well, via their Internet browser.

I like both, but the PC software gets extra winning points. Let's start with the online version: The screen, and this is one Web site where it pays to have a large display handy, looks very much like the paper planner. There's a daily task list on the left, appointments on the right, and on the bottom, a space for notes.

Entering tasks is easy, although there was a display glitch when using Safari: the text entry window wasn't visible. I typed and hit the "enter" key, and, presto, the item appeared. One can then prioritize it according to the Franklin system: A1, B2, or whatever. Dragging and dropping tasks on screen changes their priority level as they move up or down the list; you can re-edit the priority manually.

Appointments show up on screen as well as in a reminder line atop the home page. Again, this is good - if you haven't cleared an appointment, then you can do so thanks to the reminder. Note taking is also a positive feature, but the note-taking window can shift to a contact list, a list of business opportunities, or an e-mail inbox, although each of these requires setup.

This is where the online PlanPlus system departs most radically from paper: behind the main screen is a "CRM," or customer relationship management, application that tracks things such as a sales calls and how a process is progressing. A manager can aggregate the records of his team and find out how employees are doing.

That means there's a cost for all this, $25 per month per person up to ten people; between 11 and 49, it's $22.50 each, and other price breaks are available for larger groups. If you're an individual user, I suspect you'd need to be really dedicated to fork over $300 a year for the online service, unless you're in sales and can truly benefit from the contact and opportunity tracking.

That's why I like the PlanPlus for Outlook software as much as I do. For one thing, most of us who use PCs already have Outlook in place. If not, a full-price copy is $95. Add to it the $99 cost of PlanPlus and you're still over $100 ahead of the online system, and you're running the software locally, which has an extra appeal for some users.

Layout and functions for appointments and tasks are similar to PlanPlus Online, with a key difference: it all sits within Outlook. That makes it easy to use the Outlook data you already have - contact list, e-mail inbox, and so on. By putting a FranklinCovey "front" on all this, users get the best of both worlds.

I especially like the tools to craft a personal "mission statement," something I need to revise often, as well as track goals in life and business. There's an excellent project management section, and while you might not want to schedule an entire U.S. Presidential campaign with this, it seems up to such a challenge.

Two other features stand out: One is that PlanPlus for Outlook should work brilliantly with Tablet PCs, making handwritten annotations truly useful. The other is the seamless incorporation of help texts, called the "Coach Me" section, which guides users through features such as PowerNotes, which are more ad hoc than daily ones, can include graphics, and are computer-searchable.

Bottom line: If you're a FranklinCovey devotee, and if you have Windows and Outlook, run, don't walk, to get this software, or go to www.franklincovey.com to order. Otherwise, PlanPlus Online offers a good Web-based start.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.


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