by Michael Shapiro | August 23, 2010

I've just downloaded a slick-looking, handy iPhone app built specifically for planners. It's called Super Planner, and it was developed by industry consultant Howard Givner, founder of the event company Paint the Town Red and then North American CEO of the company that acquired it, Global Events Group. Super Planner is among the ventures he's been working on since last December, when he left Global Events.
The app is a reference tool, as opposed to a scheduler or database for specific events. It doesn't require an Internet connection once you download it, as all of the reference data is built in. Specifically, that data takes the form of calculators and guidelines in three categories: food and beverage, audiovisual and venue capacity. By entering the number of expected attendees, you can quickly calculate the number of hors d'oeuvres, drinks, bartenders and waiters required for different types of events. Super Planner also can calculate and compare total pricing, with or without gratuity and tax; it can compute projection distances based on screen size, or suggested stage height based on room size; it offers a convenient calculator and means of comparison for different types of room setups based on room size -- in either square feet or square meters. In other words, the app provides a quick and easy way of computing a variety of planning essentials, in an easy-to-navigate and slick package.
Check out the demo for a pretty thorough look at the app's functionality. Thus far I've found it extremely easy to navigate and just as responsive as it appears in that demo. Supper Planner currently is being sold for $9.99 through the Apple App Store, for use with an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch — a tad pricey in the world of apps, but quite reasonable if it's something you'll be able to consult regularly on-site or on the move.