Left Coast Logic announced the launch of SmartPlans 3.0, a major upgrade to their top-selling personal project planner for iPhone and iPad. SmartPlans introduced the concept of "Multi-Planning," where users can create and manage multiple personal projects and fit them into their daily schedules. The new version adds cascading detail views, milestones with alerts, dependent sub-projects, and integration with the iPhone or iPad device calendars. In its first few days, the new update broke into iTunes "top sellers" list.
To manage multiple projects, users first set how many hours a week they can dedicate to working on projects - assuming they also have other things going on at school, work and at home. For example, I choose to dedicate 20 hours a week to my projects. Then, using an intuitive GANTT chart, I can move and 'resize' entire projects with my fingertips to see how that affects my overall workload. If I have three overlapping projects and they are consuming a total of 30 hours a week, in SmartPlans I can either drag an entire project to a different month in the time-line, or extend the deadline of one or more projects, decreasing the weekly workload to my optimum 20 hours. The result is a realistic balance that fits in with my other daily activities.