Originally Posted by eclipse
Gabriele, I've been wondering about the plus version. I just got the free one to help with record keeping this year (we go through a charter, and I think it would just streamline things if I can print off a log for each child for the month). The Plus is that much better?
There are several things, but my favorites include:
Subject/Course/Activity instead of just Subject
The Archive feature (when you no longer need a certain activity visible, you can archive it and it no longer shows on your planning screen, but it's always there for your records)
Lesson Plans - the fact that you can create a full lesson plan (like I will input all the lessons for Explode the Code, and can even break them up into 2-3 sessions, and then just send them to 'assignments' on the days we actually do them...and the lesson plans can be re-used over and over, so if you plan to use the same book for your younger child, you don't have to re-enter everything again)
The ISBN lookup - I didn't think I would think this was such a 'great' feature, but I really like it! I don't have to sit and type out everything about the specific book...I can go in to Resources, type in the ISBN and click download and it adds ALL the books info automatically! It rocks!
Reports - SO many more options for reports! I can't even list them all (I think there is a comparison list on the site though!)
Another thing I love is that I can edit how I want things to be displayed. If I only want to view certain columns, I can pick and choose what I want to actually view.
I really thought long and hard about it, but ultimately I realized it's a ONE time $50 purchase...I get free upgrades for life and it's not like a subscription I will have to pay for year after year. I know it will be more beneficial for me in the later years and not "AS" much now, but I am so glad I went ahead and upgraded.
If you are not really that fond of having everything on the computer, though, it may not be for you. I would definitely play with the Basic version for a month or more and see if you really like the idea of it. With all the reviews I found, the only negatives were from people who said they weren't all that content with entering stuff on a computer. Katie (the owner) gives full support with any issues you run into, so even if you aren't that 'tech savvy', she's there to help! You just have to actually LIKE using your computer, which I do, LOL!!