September 22, 2011

Review: Well Planned Day iPad version

With much anticipation, I recently purchased the iPad version of the Well Planned Day homeschool planner. I've used the printed version twice and loved it.  First the pros...

First, to use this version you must buy a PDF app.  It was about 10 dollars and was not included in the price of the planner.  Once everything downloads (which was quick and easy), you can open each month within the PDF app. There isn't an icon on my iPad for Well Planned Day.  It's an icon for the PDF app. Once opened, the planner looks exactly like the printed version. I like that it's still beautiful to look at, well laid out and functional.  It still has all the pages that make it a fantastic planner. I also like that I don't have to make each thing an assignment.  I don't have to give them a due date. I just type them in, like I would write it into the printed planner.  (There are a couple of other school planner apps but they are more for teachers.  Each assignment has to have a due date or a class it is assigned to.)

But.

I was really looking forward to a planner that would include a few necessary capabilities. First, the ability to sync my Google calendar with my homeschool calendar.  This is key for me and the day I find a homeschool planner for my iPad that can do this I will throw a party.  Second, the ability to sync to my iPhone. Third, having a copy or repeat feature for assignments.  And last, I was disappointed that the price was the same for the iPad version as the printed version.  Granted I did get a coupon code for half off but with the ten dollar app added in, the cost was exactly the same.

So all in all, it's an okay vesion.  I appeciate that I have one less book to copy dates and appointments into.  But overall, I was disappointed that what was touted as an iPad app isn't really an app at all.  Hopefully by next year, Well Planned Day has a real iPad app.



There is a month-at-a-glance page at the beginning of each monthly section.
To type in the planner, you tap and hold down you finger. A black caption box (shown above) pops up.  From there you can type, highlight, edit, etc.
You can change the color and size of the font to add emphasis to certain things.  I like this feature.

There are still shopping list pages included.   It seems foolish to me at first because you can't tear them out.  But I've found it to be a great spot for jotting things down as I remember that I need them.







































2 comments:

  1. That planner sounds like it could be pretty cool, hopefully they will be bale to update all of the problems you had on your con list!

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  2. Based on your suggestions, I think you'll find a lot to love in the new planning software releasing soon! :)

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