Trip Planning Software for Mac

As I started planning our trip to South Africa, I searched the web for software that would help me manage it better than just writing out an itinerary in iCal or Pages. I immediatley noticed the dearth of software until I came upon Knapsack (new link – 2011). It looked the perfect solution.

The ease of use, and ablitiy to print great itineraries made it seem the solution I had been looking for and well worth the cost. That is until I started exploring their application and website, where it was posted under their blog that their company, TinyPlanet Software  was up for sale. AND, there had been no significant update for their software since Aug 2008. That was devastating. Looking at other Mac Forums, many others had lamented the company’s demise and that no one else had stepped into this barren landscape with a competitor.

The biggest draw back to using it now is that their demo only lasts 30 days, and I thus I would have to pay 40 bucks for a piece of software that is nearly defunct. Plus, their maps function makes planning that much more difficult because there’s no Google Maps integration. It would be worth the $40 if it did integrate and allowed directions to be placed into the itinerary or created inside the program.

The integration with iCal would’ve been great to use and then publish via MobileMe, but alas I’m stuck drawing it out by hand and then simply typing it up. Perhaps there will come a solution before June?

[UPDATE]: Find Knapsack here, at Outer Level.


1 thought on “Trip Planning Software for Mac

  1. Thanks for your comments on Knapsack. I can completely appreciate your fears about the application’s future, but I am pleased to tell you that we have chosen a buyer for Knaspack, completed and signed the purchase contract, and are in the initial stages of transferring ownership. We anticipate it’ll take a week or two before we’re ready to publicly announce the new owner, but we couldn’t be more happy with Knaspack’s new home and are confident it will be supported and enhanced going forward.

    Knapsack was conceived by four friends who love to travel and love their Macs. The new owner shares these same values and is in a position to dedicate more time and energy into Knapsack’s development than we ever were. Good things lie ahead.

    However you decide to plan your trip, I wish you all the best. Sounds like you’ll have a great time in South Africa.

    Brad Willoughby
    TinyPlanet Software, LLC
    San Diego, CA

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