PlanSoft Renames, Redesigns Web Site PlanSoft's completely redesigned meeting planning Web site has a new address: The updated site is one of a host of products from Cleveland-based PlanSoft Corp. that are in "advanced stages of development," says Ed Tromczynski, president and chief operating officer. "We couldn't call them all 'PlanSoft,'" he quips. Hence the rebranding of the site, the first of many new branded products to be "brought to you by PlanSoft."

The biggest change at the site is in the property search function. Instead of filling in numerous search criteria, the site returns instant results after just one field is filled in. You then continue to narrow the search with each new field. This "step search" method was designed to ensure that a user never gets a "zero" result. It is also meant to make it easier for less-experienced, occasional meeting planners to use the search tool.

Another highlight of the new site is the comparison page: Choose up to eight properties and have their vital stats displayed simultaneously in columns across your screen. The site's other offerings--electronic RFPs, a job board, community discussion forums, and lots of rich content--also have been updated, all based on a year's worth of user feedback, Tromczynski notes.

For more details on PlanSoft and the many other meeting planning Web sites in cyberspace, check out "The Offline Guide to Online Tools," an insert beginning on page 53 of October CMI, or go online to