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  • Estimated Due Date for GTD Outlook Plug-in???

    Any new information about when the GTD Outlook plug-in will be available? Looking forward to trying/using it.

  • #2

    I'd be very interested in an Outlook plug-in. Is one under development? I am considering buying the new FranklinCovey plug-in to see how their to-do list add-in works.


    • #3

      If you do end up trying the new FC system, I would love to hear what you think of it. A lot of their earlier systems were junk, but the screenshots of the new system looks interesting.



      • #4
        PlanPlus for Outlook (Franklin Covey)

        I am trying it out. There are of course some quirks but nothing like their old stuff was, because this is more a plug-in not an application so to speak. The quirk is in Hot Syncing which requires more manual control over duplication.

        But as far as getting the granular look into the work of our lives & the details and the 50000 ft view in Mission & Goals & Roles in a pleasing aesthic appearance I think they are closer than ever.

        Might very well be worth a try.

        (Hurry up DavidCo!)


        • #5


          Can you elaborate on the syncing?? Both the issues and the information. Is there an app they give you for your Palm/PPC or does it just sync to the standard apps? How well does the syncing work?
          How about using it with GTD practices? Can they both live in the FC add-on?




          • #6
            I figured that I'd give FC another shot after hearing about Plan Plus. I ordered the software about 5 days ago, but now I'm getting a little nervous because of all of the talk around duplicating tasks (huge problem with earlier versions of the software).


            • #7
              PlanPlus for Outlook (Franklin Covey)

              I haven't actually used this addin, so I might be speaking out of turn. However, looking at the features and the online demo, it looks mostly like a restrictive repackaging and remarketing of a small subset of Outlook's inherent capabilities. Maybe it's a little flashy, but it doesn't look like it can do anything you couldn't do on your own with Outlook.

              Their own marketing hype says "PlanPlus will move you past just scheduling and e-mail." That's a blatant ploy to make us think that Outlook's capabilities are limited, which is far from the truth. If you need proof, please visit my GTD with Outlook website at There I present just the "tip of the iceberg" with regards to Outlook's GTD capabilities.

              I have tried and tested many Outlook addins and enhancements over the years, and I've gotten a sense of what to investigate thoroughly and what to ignore. I'll pass on "PlanPlus for Outlook", especially for implementing successful GTD.



              • #8
                PlanPlus & Outlok & this discussion

                I agree that this PlanPlus is nothing more than enhancement. But isn't Windows itself just a graphical user interface of DOS?
                What I really mean is that I really appreciate the 'atmosphere' of the 7 Habits environment & Outlook alone is really too sterile.
                I have implemented PROJECTS FOLDER & see the benefit & have also just downloaded the TASKLINE to check it out.

                What I am getting at is that I am still looking for the ultimate system & all this 'stuff' reminds me that David Allen said early on that all of this GTD can be done on 'the backs of old envelopes with stubby pencils' - hey what more is a Franklin Paper Planner?

                Now in specific regard to the Hot Sync issue I believe I have it down pretty well to a science. I virtually use to computers in one because I have a work partition & home partition that use the same Outlook.pst in it's own partition [too bad of experience in July with HDD Crash]. I just have to remeber to open the Hot Sync on the Taskbar & choose Desktop Overwrites Handheld if that is where I made the latest change or vice versa. Do I like it like that? No But I can handle it for now. Do I like wasting time & money on software from FC. Geez I must why else would I get suckered into this stuff,


                • #9
                  PlanPlus a plus

                  PlanPlus is what Franklin Covey should have been producing all along. I have not had a chance to really get into it yet, but I think they've done a commendable job. Believe me, there are a lot of people (me included) that expected just another FC bomb, but there has been a lot of praise even from some of the most jaded folks. Nobody *needs* an Outlook plug in, but to say that you can do the same thing by yourself in Outlook is like saying there is no reason to buy a paper planning system when you can use a blank sheet of paper and a pencil to customize it yourself. It's not the same.


                  • #10
                    FC Palm Apps

                    I have been trying to find out from FC if they have updated their Palm apps along with PlanPlus, but have recieved no answer. Does anybody know what has happened. It was the Palm apps that irritated me.



                    • #11
                      Gee...I didn't think I was asking that tough a question. David Allen posted on the old board that the GTD Outlook plug-in would be out sometime in September. I thought David or Jason would have chimed in by now to give us the latest scoop...


                      • #12
                        GTD Outlook plug-in

                        I be very interested in that answer as well. It would really reinforce my effort to implement GTD on a daily basis, rather than a new tool, i.e. ECCO, or system such as the FC plug-in.


                        • #13
                          outlook plug-in is being done outside davidco

                          per David's original response--they're using an outside company to develop the plugin for them--

                          my guess is the outside company probably suggested the idea in the first place ...but maybe not


                          • #14
                            Planplus isn't a complete solution yet.

                            I've been using planplus for a few weeks and I'm sure my thinking will evolve.

                            Planplus is signficantly better than the old Franklin Planner for Outlook software which was just very problematic. Planplus is an improvement however I do have a couple concerns.

                            First, the overall user interface for both Planplus and the Palm apps are not as smooth. One of the philosophical tenets of the GTD approach is having a single interface that you can look at. With the Franklin apps (FC) the appointment schedule is still separate from the task list. There is an agenda view which will display daily tasks in line with appointments but it is not a functional view. You cannot create tasks from that view.

                            Second, FC uses the basic outlook functions but still has a standalone app for the task list which forces use of a separate datebook function (Datebk or any of the other 3rd party palm apps won't be able to read from the FC task list.)

                            Third, hotsyncing is incredibly slow. It easily takes fifteen minutes to sync. I've had it go as long as an hour for a sync. And this is after the initial sync. Also, it won't sync with outlook as long as it is open. You have to close outlook in order for it to sync.

                            These are my initial thoughts. I'll post more as I think about it. But overall, it just doesn't reach the "mindless" (that's a good thing) state that David Allen advocates. To me, the ability to work with your PIM in an efficient manner is one of the keys to success.

                            Quick history: I was previously using GTD with outlook and a palm based on the David Allen guide. I would probably get rid of PlanPlus and switch back if I could think of an effective way to integrate high-level goals into the GTD system.


                            • #15


                              Thanks for the review. It sounds like it still has a ways to go

                              >>Quick history: I was previously using GTD with outlook and a palm based on the David Allen guide. I would probably get rid of PlanPlus and switch back if I could think of an effective way to integrate high-level goals into the GTD system.

                              Amen to that that thought. I am in the exact same boat. Sounds like a great topic for a new thread