Latest News: Planbook 4.2.2 for Mac Released. (August 11th, 2013)

Planbook has hundreds of features to help you get more organized, save time, and share your lesson plans

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Choose Your Schedule

Planbook can accommodate schedules where you teach the same thing each day, your classes change each day but repeat weekly and rotating schedules (up to a 14 day rotation).

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Write your Lesson Plans

Planbook gives you 6 customizable fields to hold your lesson plans. You can show and hide the fields you want to use, and name them whatever you want.

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Attach Files and Links

Planbook lets you attach any file on your computer directly to a lesson plan. You can also attach web links. Stop searching through folders or file cabinets and have the files you need right where you want them.

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Print/Email your Plans

Planbook makes it easy to share your plans with your administrator, other teachers or students via print or emailed PDFs. You can choose a weeks' lesson plans, specify a range of dates, a unit or all your lessons that have been tagged with a keyword. You control what gets printed.

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Adjust your Schedule

When the weather gets rough (or any of the 100s of things happen that can affect your best laid plans), Planbook lets you quickly bump or pull back lessons to adjust your plans. Planbook also lets you make non school days to reflect holidays, in-services, weather days - whatever comes your way.

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Reuse your Plans

Next term, or next year, don't recreate all your hard work. You can export courses (or units) from your Planbook file and import them into a new one. If your classes stay the same, simply migrate the entire file to a new start date and have all your plans shift to the new term.

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Share Plans on the Web

All Planbook licenses come with the free use of PlanbookConnect, a service I've created that syncs the plans you've entered and builds web pages for your students, parents or colleagues. Planbook can also publish HTML pages to a local folder or FTP server.

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Convert Days

Even those in schools with the strictest schedules will sometimes need to adjust their schedule to accommodate changes. Planbook lets you convert one type of day to another (an A day to a B day) or even create (and reuse) custom schedules (such as an assembly schedule or half-day schedule).

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Sync to iCal

With a few simple mouse clicks, you can have all your lesson plan information synced directly to iCal calendars of your choice. Then, you can access your plans anyplace you can see your iCal calendars.

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Track Standards

Planbook lets you define (or import) your curriculum standards into your data file. You can then easily track which lessons covered which standard using a simple checkbox.

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Companion iPad and Windows Apps


Documents that you create with Planbook for Mac can easily be opened using the companion iPad application (requires Dropbox for wireless document transfer). The iPad app lets you glance at your lesson plans during class, make edits and adjust your schedule. Planbook for Mac can also export document files compatible with Planbook for Windows 4.0. Now you can do some of your lesson planning on your Mac at home, transfer the document to your school's Windows computers and keep planning away.

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Top-Notch Techical Support

Hellmansoft offers several ways to get help with Planbook, usually responding within a day of receiving a message (and often much, much faster). Updates to Planbook are regularly released and are free for licensed users.

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And Much, Much More!

Planbook has dozens of other features to help you plan. Use the lesson library to reuse common lesson plans. Use a lesson as a template for all your other lessons. Choose the colors you like for your classes. Copy and paste lessons. Organize lessons into units. Use convenient keyboard shortcuts to plan more quickly. And more. Give the trial version a try to see if Planbook will work for you.

A trial version of Planbook for Mac is available. The trial is fully featured but limits you to entering 15 lesson plans into the program. If you decide to purchase after using the trial, your data will be safely transferred into the licensed version whether you choose to buy from the Mac App Store or directly from Hellmansoft.

Planbook 4 for Mac OS 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8

Planbook 4.1 runs and has been tested on the modern versions of Mac OS (Snow Leopard, Lion and Mountain Lion). It requires a 64-bit processor.

Download(3.6MB Zip Archive)

Please place the downloaded application into your Applications folder

Legacy Software
For Mac OS 10.5

Planbook 3.2 is still available if you run Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard), or a 32-bit Intel processor. Upgrading to Planbook 4, if possible, is recommended. Download Planbook 3.2

Purchase Planbook directly from Hellmansoft, using a secure web store hosted by eSellerate, or from the Mac App Store using your Apple ID.

Purchase Planbook from the Mac App Store

Licenses for Planbook can also be purchased from the Mac App Store. Once purchased from the Mac App Store, Planbook may be used on any computer linked to the purchaser's Apple ID.

Buy Planbook from the Mac App Store

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Single User Licenses & Family Packs

Single User Licenses and Family Packs are available for direct purchase with your credit card or Paypal account. Single user licenses allow installation on multiple computers for the use of a single educator. Family Packs provide multiple teachers living at the same address a discounted purchase price.

Buy Planbook ($30 for a Single License)

Department, Building and District Licenses

Generous discounts are available for bulk licensing. Bulk licenses may be purchased via Credit Card or PayPal from the Hellmansoft Web Store, or through the use of a Purchase Order (District Licenses may only be purchased via PO). If you'd like to purchase using a PO, or request a quote for any bulk license, please get in touch

Purchase a Bulk Planbook License (Starting at $100 for a 10 Teacher License)

Bulk License Pricing

  • 1-10 teachers in a single school:   $100 US
  • 11-24 teachers in a single school: $150 US
  • 25-34 teachers in a single school: $200 US
  • 35-44 teachers in a single school: $225 US
  • 45-54 teachers in a single school: $250 US
  • 55-64 teachers in a single school: $275 US
  • 65+ teachers in a single school:    $300 US
  • District license for teachers in multiple buildings: Contact Hellmansoft

Help! How do I install Planbook if I've already purchased it?

This answer to this question depends on whether you purchased Planbook directly from Hellmansoft (via eSellerate) or from the Mac App Store.

Mac App Store

If you purchased from the Mac App Store, you can always download a new copy of the program by:

  1. Open the Mac App Store on the computer you'd like to install Planbook
  2. Make sure you are logged into the Apple account you used to make the purchase. You can change accounts from the Store menu
  3. Go to the Purchased tab
  4. Install Planbook from that screen

If you don't see Planbook as a purchase, or you cannot use the Mac App Store on the computer you'd like to install on, please get in touch.

Direct from Hellmansoft

If you purchased from Hellmansoft directly, you can install a new copy of the program by:

  1. Download the trial version of Planbook.
  2. Move the downloaded application to your Applications folder
  3. Start the program
  4. Use the Planbook-->Activate Existing Serial Number menu item to enter the serial number that you received when purchasing Planbook

If you can't find your serial number, please contact support and include the name and email address use when making your purchase.

How do I decide where to purchase Planbook?

Copies of Planbook sold on the Mac App Store and Hellmansoft.com both let you use Planbook, but there are a few factors to consider when deciding where to make your purchase.

  1. Purchases in the Mac App Store don't require entering a serial number. To use Planbook on an additional computer requires opening the Mac App Store application on that computer, logging into your Apple iTunes Account and downloading a copy onto that computer. If one of the computers you use doesn't support the Mac App Store, you'll need to contact support to get a serial number for that computer.
  2. Licenses sold at hellmansoft.com cover both the Mac and Windows versions of Planbook. You can use the serial number you receive when purchasing to get a copy of the program running on a computer running Windows. If you purchase from the Mac App Store, you'll need to contact support and provide your receipt in order to get a serial number that licenses the Windows version.
  3. Updates to the software are always free, regardless of where you purchase. But, Apple's review process can make it take more time (up to a month) to receive updates that are issued. That said, updating apps purchased in the Mac App Store is easier with updates presenting themselves automatically.

Have you already purchased Planbook for Mac? The information below will help you download a copy of the program, enter your license information into the app and get started with your lesson planning.

If you purchased Planbook from the Mac App Store: Please do not download Planbook using the links below. You must download a new copy of Planbook from the Mac App Store app on your computer. If you've already purchased, you can download a new copy from the Purchases tab of the App Store App at no cost. Please contact us if you need help with this process.

Download and License Planbook 4 for Mac OS 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8

Planbook 4.1 runs and has been tested on the modern versions of Mac OS (Snow Leopard, Lion and Mountain Lion). It requires a 64-bit processor. Once you download the application, please place it into the Applications folder of your computer. You can license your copy of the program by running the app and entering your serial number into the Planbook-->Activate Existing Serial Number menu item. Please contact us if you need your serial number or have a question about product activation.

Download(3.6MB Zip Archive)

Please place the downloaded application into your Applications folder

Legacy Software

Planbook 3.3 for Mac OS 10.5

Planbook 3.3 is still available if you run Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard), or a 32-bit Intel processor. Upgrading to Planbook 4, if possible, is recommended. Planbook 3 is file compatible with Planbook Touch for iPad..
Download Planbook 3.1

Planbook 3.1 for Mac OS 10.5+

Planbook 3.1 is also still available if you prefer the older version. It is not compatible with Planbook Touch for iPad.
Download Planbook 3.1

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