Plans 7.8.3 review

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Plans is a powerful and flexible Web calendar

License: GPL (GNU General Public License)
File size: 579K
Developer: Lloyd Dalton
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Plans is a powerful and flexible Web calendar. Plans has features like recurring events, merged calendars, event icons, custom themes and templates, MS Outlook export, SQL or flat-file data storage, and browser-based management.

Here are some key features of "Plans":
Multiple Calendars

One installation of plans can support many calendars.
Calendars can share information with each other.
Each calendar is managed independently (unique password, custom options, custom look & feel).
Multiple calendars running on the same installation of plans can be "embedded" in completely different websites.

Recurring Events

Plans uses a powerful and flexible recurring event model.

International Support

Plans supports multiple languages.
Weeks can start on days other than Sunday.
Plans supports arbitrary date formats (mm/dd/yy, dd/mm/yy, etc.)

Database Support

Plans can store data in flat files or an SQL database.


Plans is the nicest-looking web calendar.
Plans has several downloadable themes available.
CSS-based layout makes it easy to match the colors & fonts with your website.

Open Source

Plans is licensed under the GPL. You can freely modify the code for your needs. Many organizations have done so.


Plans' architecture allows add-ons and standalone programs to re-use its framework.
Plans can export events to other platforms, including MS Outlook and Palm.

Template-based design

Plans uses HTML templates to allow easy customization of the look & feel.
Each calendar can have its own custom template, even located on a different server.

For Admins/Webmasters:

Plans runs on unix or windows-based machines.
Plans is written in perl, and requires perl version 5.6 or better.
Plans requires a host that can execute perl cgi scripts. Perl is available on machines running Windows, through a free program called ActivePerl.
Plans 7.0 and higher requires the CGI::Session perl module. If you are unable to uninstall this module, please contact the author for assistance.
Plans requires about 2 Mb of space (this may increase if large number of events are added).
Plans will not run on free Geocites accounts (they don't allow custom cgi scripts)
Plans will not run on free Tripod accounts (they allow custom cgi scripts, but don't support Perl's Time:Local() package, which is an integral part of Plans).

For Users:

Plans requires a web browser. Plans works with current versions of Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Konqueror, and Opera*.
Plans does not work under IE 5.2 on Macintosh.
Mozilla Firefox is recommended.

What's New in This Release:
This release adds better SQL server support.
It also fixes a bug where some imported iCal events appeared 3 days long.

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