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Pathways Planner

Free
Download Editors' Rating:
Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
out of 18 votes out of 0 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.2
  • Total Downloads:
    68,875
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 10, 2013
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    6.31MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    7
  • Platform:
    Windows

Editors' Note: The product is available for free but it requires the user to register within 30 days of the first use.

Editors' Review

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If you're looking for planning software, you have no shortage of choices, though having specific needs can help narrow things down; for instance, are you managing product development or a chain of restaurants? If it's personal planning software you're after, have a look at Pathways Planner from Freelance Wizards. It can help you set, work toward, and achieve your personal and family goals, including financial planning, time management, and estimating progress toward planned outcomes. The program's methodology emphasizes goal setting and rational decision-making processes. Pathways is free for personal use, but you have to register to continue using it past its 30-day trial period.

Pathways' installation process finished with our choice of a tutorial or the Help manual; we chose the tutorial, which demonstrates the program's basic functions as well as its Life Planner features. The program's interface is unique and colorful but not especially intuitive. Its three basic parts are the Planning Grid, the To do list and calendar, and Reports and Help. The Main Planning Grid includes color-coded entries for three individuals, though you can add others. Pathways encourages you to include others in your goal-setting, such as family members, business partners, and others whose success and happiness multiply your own. Once we'd entered names, we set a time scale by selecting Era on the Edit menu. This let us define specific date ranges, with multiple options. Pathways offers wizards for bank transactions, bond setups, and for creating new plans from templates. At every step, helpful balloon tips appeared to tell us what to do next (or what we'd just done wrong). Pathways also offers an Advanced Mode that adds extras such as a calculator. Pathways has many extras: Address Book, Alarm Clock, Report Viewer, and Idea for Today (an inspirational tip). Pathways offers many reporting and filtering options, too.

Two concepts are important to Pathways Planner: Outcomes and Paths. Without getting too deep into it, an Outcome involves at least one person, one era, and one motive to calculate, while Paths depend upon the creation of Outcomes. It sounds esoteric, but don't be mistaken: Pathways Planner helps you handle realities as concrete as your bank transactions and life insurance.

 
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User Reviews
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1 stars

"Not worth the time"

May 09, 2011  |  By Magusredbear

2011-05-09 16:29:08  |  By Magusredbear

 |  Version: Pathways Planner Free Edition 4.1

Pros

none at all

Cons

It cost to use not free to try or free

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3 stars

"Daily Planners Useful or Not?"

April 06, 2011  |  By ricktheraver

2011-04-06 05:13:39  |  By ricktheraver

 |  Version: Pathways Planner Free Edition 4.1

Pros

No pros to report just yet.

Cons

No Cons to report, just yet.

Summary

I am still reviewing it and learning about the features. I am enjoying it so far. I believe this is suppose to be a budget planner. I haven't had enough time to indicate if it is useful for me. My problem is I really don't have the time to keep up with it on a daily basis, most people don't. What;people need is more of an automated daily planner, for example. (This the same daily my routine, everyday from 8 to 5 period, Now, I have an appointment, doctor, game, birthday this week to go too. Then I can add personally during the week so I won't forget, and an alert alarm clock that beeps, Not a red indicator, unless it flashes my whole computer.) The truth is, it is simple to carry and use a phone with a simple daily planner, alarm clock everyday, than to carrying around a laptop computer.

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1 stars

"Deleted it immediately"

February 12, 2011  |  By bkrjgrant

2011-02-12 23:16:12  |  By bkrjgrant

 |  Version: Pathways Planner Free Edition 4.1

Pros

none I could find

Cons

Well pretty much the entire user interface.

Summary

Waste of time. User Interface from 1990...

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2 stars

"Very (too) clever"

January 29, 2009  |  By Tom59

2009-01-29 05:46:21  |  By Tom59

 |  Version: Pathways Planner Free Edition 4

Pros

Very powerful programme that will plan anything that needs to be planned.

Cons

You will need to spend a lot of time getting to know this programme to make best use of it.

Summary

Very complex planning programme which will take a long time to learn how to use.

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1 stars

"way TOO many BUGS, way TOO complicated"

December 09, 2008  |  By ladymsw

2008-12-09 10:33:43  |  By ladymsw

 |  Version: Pathways Planner Free Edition 4

Pros

Free download

Cons

Most files will not download. Way too complicated. Couldn't even use calendar function until I had entered what 'motivator' the event was for. Decided to delete entire program - download is a waste of time.

Summary

Too many bugs, too many steps to enter appointments into calendar

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4 stars

"Definitely use the tutorial."

May 11, 2008  |  By eqrts4all

2008-05-11 23:15:12  |  By eqrts4all

 |  Version: Pathways Planner Free Edition 4

Pros

If you're looking for detailed self management, not just a calendar, it seems to be good.

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2 stars

"Well...."

March 21, 2008  |  By rainspider21

2008-03-21 00:31:15  |  By rainspider21

 |  Version: Pathways Planner Free Edition 4

Pros

This software had a lot of goal oriented planning which I liked. It was also very flexible and had a great tutorial. Also worked in Vista.

Cons

Glitch, Definitely Not perfect. Some of the captions on the windows where you type in titles for your goals just didn't work. I think that is also why a lot of people here found the software confusing.

I will admit that it does take some figuring out, but a lot of that is hindered by software glitches, and how many steps that you need to take just to do one simple thing. Just switching to the address book requires that you set up something completely unrelated to it first, and it is the same way for the to do list, calendar etc.

This software needs to be simpler to use and it needs more work to get the bugs out of it. The interface could use a little work too. Then it will be worth the download.

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1 stars

"too complicated"

March 06, 2008  |  By jouwhoo

2008-03-06 20:54:48  |  By jouwhoo

 |  Version: Pathways Planner Free Edition 4

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1 stars

"Doesn't make sense."

March 06, 2008  |  By hddlstn02

2008-03-06 19:28:13  |  By hddlstn02

 |  Version: Pathways Planner Free Edition 4

Cons

This is the most confusing "calendar" program I've ever seen. I tried to understand it, but gave up... Finally deleted program from my computer.

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2 stars

"complicated"

January 16, 2008  |  By cecsav

2008-01-16 23:03:24  |  By cecsav

 |  Version: Pathways Planner Free Edition 4

Pros

I like the options it offers to correlate so much information

Cons

the tutorial did not fully explain all options, it is too difficult to figure out myself.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.2
Release V5.2 includes various improvements such as the ability to set a plan name for report titles, a new detailed timeline report, and increased capabilities in the built-in expert system.
General
Publisher Freelance Wizards
Publisher web site http://www.FreelanceWizards.CA
Release Date April 02, 2013
Date Added April 10, 2013
Version 5.2
Category
Category Productivity Software
Subcategory Calendar & Time Management Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 6.31MB
File Name Pathways_V5R2.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 68,875
Downloads Last Week 7
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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