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FET - Free Timetabling Software

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FET - Free Timetabling Software is a timekeeping tool that helps schools manage their teacher and classroom schedules. This program and its interface are so basic that a visit to the Help file is required to get started.

When we opened the program for the first time, a plain window appeared with no directions for how to begin. The Help section provides instructions for how to use the program, but be prepared to spend some time reading the lengthy text. The instructions would be easier to follow if there were step-by-step screenshots. We tried entering some dummy data into the program with just a cursory visit to the Help file. When we tried to create a timetable, we discovered that every variable of the timetable had to be filled out for it to generate. The lack of flexibility is a drawback, and the learning curve required to use this program is just not practical for busy teachers and administrators.

FET - Free Timetabling Software is accessible after extraction, so there is no need to install the program. The application is free, so if you have the patience and the free time to spend hours with the program's instructions and Help file, then FET-Free Timetabling Software might be a solution for you. However, we have seen much better programs out there that perform the same functions in a much more intuitive package.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Sophisticated program which is easy to use"

    February 5, 2012  |   By smorkey378

    Version: FET - Free Timetabling Software 5.16

    Pros

    Lots of help available to get you up to speed. I thought it would take me quite a time, but following the basic guide, and then the FET Manual, I was able to understand most of it in less than a day. You can get quite a sophisticated timetable by adding time and space(rooms) constraints. When you view the timetable html files, there are so many options that if you printed them all out, you could cover one wall in the staffroom.

    Cons

    Although the timetable output can be seen within the program a limited way, you have to launch a web browser to see the complete output. If you want some finesse formatting, you need to edit the CSS file. Its not obvious that you need to add rooms through space constraints, and your first timetable may contain teachers and subjects only.

    Summary

    Fantastic program that is open source, and probably does a much better job than expensive propriety software.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "I fuond other reviews"

    December 16, 2009  |   By mbars

    Version: FET - Free Timetabling Software 5.11

    Pros

    http://lists.linux.it/pipermail/scuola/2009-October/000346.html
    http://www.softpedia.com/reviews/mac/FET-Review-129798.shtml

    Cons

    The Gui is simple. But who cares?

    Summary

    It's a growing, very good project.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "usefull for my classroom"

    May 17, 2008  |   By yantiherlanti

    Version: FET - Free Timetabling Software 5.5.5

    Pros

    i like how to organize

    Cons

    too simply desaign

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It can find a solution fast & well, using all the constraints I need."

    April 22, 2008  |   By mbars

    Version: FET - Free Timetabling Software 5.5.3

    Pros

    1) It is free.

    2) It is able to find a good timetable easily.

    ... I can't think anything better...

    Cons

    The GUI is simple (but it's worth for me and I imagine for others too...)

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