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    Alternative to NovaT

    Anyone know of reasonable priced Timetabling software as an alternative to NovaT 6. For a Special school from Year 5 up, with only 32 pupils. NovaT is too expensive.

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    I have the Timetablers Cookbook which always references this

    Free trial : timetable software ... for timetabling school timetables ... for easier scheduling.

    not sure on the cost though

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    For that few students I'd use Excel or do it on paper. Most timetablers do drafts and initial plans on paper anyway.

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    A quick search for Free Timetable software came up with FET - Free Timetabling Software for your minimal usage it may be worth looking in to.

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    We used Timetabler (as per BKGarry's Suggestion) before switching to Sims and using NT6, my line manager was very happy with it from what I can gather and only switched to NT6 due to the sims integration etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by BKGarry View Post

    not sure on the cost though
    Apart from the initial licence it's the same as Nova, but thanks anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vikpaw View Post
    For that few students I'd use Excel or do it on paper. Most timetablers do drafts and initial plans on paper anyway.
    That's what they do now. Someone gave them false info that Nova was free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HilcrRWise View Post
    A quick search for Free Timetable software came up with FET - Free Timetabling Software for your minimal usage it may be worth looking in to.
    Thanks, I was hoping to get recommendations, just to pass on without too much work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by creese View Post
    That's what they do now. Someone gave them false info that Nova was free.
    Nova T4 was given free to Africa some time ago via some charity. They were trying to collate manuals and provide limited support. When i last found some manuals and wrote to them, the emails bounced.
    Timetabler is good but not sure of the cost. I guess if you don't need support for it, and don't need the facility to transfer to SIMS then it might be worth the initial investment for the features you'll get. It also had Cover but i don't know if that was a separate module.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vikpaw View Post
    Nova T4 was given free to Africa some time ago via some charity. They were trying to collate manuals and provide limited support. When i last found some manuals and wrote to them, the emails bounced.
    I still live in hope that S Africa would take up SIMS.... well the lottery isn't working.

    I've never supported Nova. Maybe the person who told them was confused and read about it being free in Africa.



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