Friday, November 21, 2014

Dropping support for older browsers

On January 1, 2015, Planapple will discontinue support for Internet Explorer 8 and 9. If you're using one of these browsers with Planapple, you'll need to upgrade to a newer version of Internet Explorer—or switch to Firefox or Chrome.

You can find out what browser you're using, and get more info about upgrading or changing web browsers at

We're working on some big improvements to Planapple, to make it faster, better, and easier than ever. And those changes just won't be possible on the older versions of IE. So it's time we have to say goodbye to IE8 and IE9.

Are you running Windows XP?

If you're still using Windows XP, you probably know that Microsoft discontinued support for it earlier this year, and it's not possible for you to get IE10 or IE11. But don't worry: both Firefox and Chrome run on XP, and they work great with Planapple. Visit for links to install them.

You'll definitely need to have all of the Microsoft XP updates installed—including Windows XP Service Pack 3.

Change can be good

We know not everyone likes change. And if you're affected by this, we apologize for the inconvenience. Planapple has actually held out longer than most: Google Apps dropped support for IE8 two years ago and IE9 last year. And even Microsoft doesn't support IE8 with the latest versions of Office.

Here's the silver lining: if you're still running IE8 or IE9, you'll find that a lot of web sites (including Planapple) run much faster after you switch to a newer web browser.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Planning Trips with Planapple and TripIt

There are a lot of great travel sites on the web that genuinely make travel easier. One of the best, is the itinerary organizing tool TripIt. TripIt makes keeping track of flight and hotel schedules a cinch by automatically reading your confirmation emails, pulling out the relavant dates and times, and combining them into single itinerary, accessible via the web and a mobile app. Using TripIt can make planning trips with Planapple even easier.

Create Your Master Plan in Planapple, Pull in Flight Info From TripIt

We use Planapple during the planning stage of our trips to collect all of our ideas into one place. Stuff we want to discuss (places to stay, things to do), organize, see on a map, and mark as 'must see' or 'maybe' etc... Once we've got flights booked however, sometimes we forward those confirmation emails to TripIt to see them as a single itinerary.

Wouldn't it be nice to be able to import all of that itinerary info from TripIt into your "master" trip plan on Planapple? Well now you can.

Import Itinerary and Flight Info from TripIt

If you're a TripIt user, Planapple's new "Import from TripIt" feature makes getting your flight details into your Planapple trip plan easier than ever.

The first thing you need to do is to make sure your trip has its start and end dates set. This how Planapple knows what items from TripIt it should import. (You can set your trip dates by clicking "Edit Trip" under your trip's name on the top right of the Planapple trip page.)

Then just click the "Import itinerary from TripIt" link under the calendar widget on the right side of your trip page. This will bring up the "Import from TripIt" dialog with an input field for your TripIt "calendar feed url."

Next you will go to TripIt in another browser window, find and copy your "calendar feed url" on TripIt, and paste it into the input field in this dialog.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Sync your Planapple trips with Google Calendar and iCal

While it would be nice to do nothing but travel and plan trips with Planapple full time, most of us have busy lives filled with work, family, and social appointments. There are lots of great, free, calendar programs out there to help us keep track of these crazy schedules such as Google Calendar and Apple iCal. Wouldn't it be great if all of your Planapple trip plans automatically appeared in your main calendar program so you could keep track of them there along with everything else?

Sync Itinerary With Calendar

As of today, Planapple's new "Sync Itinerary" feature makes this easy. Once you've added start and end dates to your trip, click on the "Sync itinerary with Google Calendar or iCal" link under the calendar widget on the right side of the main trip page.

This will bring up a dialog with a special link that you can copy and paste into most calendar programs. This will let them import all of your scheduled Planapple trips and itineraries as a shared calendar. (For those who are curious, the link is called an iCal Feed which is like an RSS or news feed for your calendar).

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Planning a Trip with Pinterest and Planapple

My wife and I enjoy using Planapple to plan trips, and have been using it for a couple of years to plan everything from weekend 'get-aways' to multi-stop adventures. It's a simple tool that lets us collect cool ideas from around the web, talk about them, make plans, and take them with us on the road.

Pinterest + Planapple = Pretty Fun

Recently we discovered Pinterest and were struck not only by the breadth of beautiful imagery shared there, but also the variety of cool 'bucket lists' users were creating to catalog the interesting places they want to visit. Browsing through these boards, we thought Pinterest + Planapple would be a great combo to get ideas and inspiration for our next adventure.

Country road in Sonoma County
With the newest addition to our family having recently arrived, we decided to take baby steps for our next trip and visit the relatively close & familiar destination of Sonoma Wine Country in a few months time.

We've been to Sonoma many times before and love it, but are looking forward to getting a different perspective using Pinterest as a starting point for ideas.

This article will walk you though how we planned our trip using Pinterest and Planapple. Turns out, it actually worked pretty well. Find out more after the jump.

Friday, January 27, 2012

How to Plan a Trip With Planapple

A lot of new people have been visiting Planapple recently, and some have asked what the best way is to get started. Here's a simple guide to get you going and show you how Planapple makes planning a trip easier.

What is Planapple?

At its heart, Planapple is a research and planning tool for the web. It gives you a single place to save your research, talk about it with tripmates, and take it with you on your smart phone.

Planning a trip on Planapple often looks like this:


  • Surf the web to find interesting ideas on sites you like.
  • Save those pages to your trip on Planapple with the bookmarking tool.
  • Talk about stuff with tripmates back on Planapple via comments in the discussion section (ie "What do you think of these 3 hotels?").
  • Organize things into lists, make decisions, and perhaps build an itinerary.
  • Go on your trip and access the stuff you saved on Planapple from the mobile app.

Let's get started.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Yeah, but what does everyone else have to say?

So you're planning a last-minute weekend getaway, and you've both decided Saturday night should be a splurgy, super-special, won't-soon-be-forgotten kind of dinner. You've got it narrowed down to three possible restaurants you found on Yelp, and bookmarked all of them into your Planapple trip.

So how to decide? Wouldn't it be nice if you could check the reviews on other sites like TripAdvisor and Yahoo Local, look at a copy of each restaurant's menu, or check on OpenTable to see if there are even reservations still available? "Easy enough," you say, "I know how to use the web."

And you could do that. But at Planapple we hate having to repeatedly retype things like the name of each restaurant. And we hate getting to a site and finding out it doesn't actually have any information on the restaurant. So instead, we're going to make Planapple do the work for you.

We've added magic links on each item's details page. In the bookmarks section, we'll show you all the links we could find for that place at other web sites, automatically...

... some you know, and some you may not have heard of before. But all there, ready for the clicking, without any extra effort on your part. Ta-da!

Find more travel ideas, more easily

If you're using our bookmarking tool, you know how Planapple makes it easy to keep track of all the travel ideas you find around the web. But did you know Planapple can help you explore the web for new ideas, too?

At the top of every category page (like Lodging or Dining), you'll find suggested searches:
Many of these are sites our users have found helpful for planning their own trips. You can either type in your own search term in the box (e.g., "beachfront condo") or just click one of the links below it.

And Planapple doesn't just link to these sites, it actually fills in their search forms for you with your destination and travel dates whenever possible. So if you're looking for (say) hotels or airline tickets, you don't have to keep re-typing your trip details at all those other sites.