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iPlan for iPad is a multipurpose planning app that is designed to combine many features into one location to help users with their daily activities. Not only is it a standalone app, but it also syncs up with Google Calendar and iCalendar so users can stay on top of their busy schedules.
At start up, users are presented with a quick tutorial that shows where everything is located. It’s immediately obvious that the interface is clean and well organized. The time, date and weather are shown in the upper right corner. The calendar monthly, weekly, daily and yearly views can be found at the bottom of the screen along with the ability to add tasks or events, view today’s schedule and calendar view as well as change settings within the app. The upper left corner makes it possible to view a list and there’s even a fun inspirational quotation for the day.
I really enjoyed how great the app looks compared to the native calendar app, and it’s loaded with many neat features. For instance, users can take or import pictures from the daily screen for events or journals, and lists can be viewed by date and searched through for those months that are hectic. Additionally, it can export PDFs and there’s the ability to import to-do lists from Google calendar.
The most important feature that I found useful is that the app comes with ways to customize the calendar like changing the colors and turning certain features on or off. So if one feature isn’t needed, it can be turned off to make things less complicated.
It’s a nice substitute for the native iCalendar app, but more features could make it more iPad friendly when comparing it to other calendar apps that are available. Adding swipes and gestures, making the app universal, implementing a quicker data entry method and viewing locations on an integrated map are all great starting points. It could also benefit from a better tutorial because it is a little confusing to use at first. iPlan for iPad has continuously been updated and improved since it launched, so hopefully additional updates make the app even better.
Overall, iPlan for iPad is a handy app for its current price of less than a dollar. Its sharp interface, customization options and many features definitely make it an upgrade from the native iCalendar. While it does have different features that may appeal more to some than others, it’s still well worth considering adding to the app collection. Be sure to check out iPlan for iPhone as well.