Developer: MakinMoves
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★☆☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use Value Rating: ★★½☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

Organizing a business plan involves more work than one ever imagines, moments before they start drawing it up. It’s one of those things that sounds so simple, initially, but requires a lot more thought than anyone could envisage until they’re halfway through the process. That is, unless one is using an app like Elevatr: a potentially handy tool for getting organized and moving forward with a business proposal.

elevatr3All that Elevatr asks of its users at first is the name of the idea and what the idea involves. It’s simple stuff that anyone should be able to figure out while starting off. The app then starts listing other critical elements to planning things correctly. Through a series of color coded sections, users are reminded to enter information on the actual business pitch and how it will solve a particular problem, information on the target market, how to monetize the product and what key people are required to execute such a plan. There are plenty of other columns too, each reminding one of pivotal parts of a well constructed business plan.

In each case, users just tap on an item before typing in what they need to know. Photos can be added too, for the more visual planner. It’s simple to do, making it ideal to dive into when something occurs to the user, or to devote hours to planning.

This all sounds ideal for users, especially given its free price tag meaning no investment is required. Elevatr isn’t perfect though. While the app offers Cloud saving, once an account has been set up, there’s no way of exporting content. There’s not even a way of printing or emailing it elsewhere. Something that’s a huge issue with an app that encourages plenty of text to be added, and presumably submitted to others for consultation.

Such an omission immediately restricts Elevatr to a form of note taking app for the planner, rather than all-in-one tool. While the developers might promise sharing and collaboration in a future update, right now, it’s tough to recommend Elevatr for anything more than a prompting tool, reminding users what to consider when developing an idea.

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