Timetabler does what I want it to do
I have been reading these posts with interest. I am the timetabler in an independent secondary school with a rather complicated curriculum plan. My principal requirement in a timetable package is that it does what I want it to do in the way that I want it done, and it lets me stay in control at all times. Keith Johnson's Timetabler does just that, and does it elegantly and intuitively. I really wouldn't use anything else.
I was appointed timetabler three years ago at the time when my school was moving from Phoenix to SIMS.net. Naturally I considered T6, and took advantage of four days of training. However it was clear that T6 found our curriculum plan difficult to encode. Three different people told me that it must be possible to encode the plan (the Capita rep amongst them) but nobody could come up with a solution. Meanwhile Timetabler coped easily. I encoded all the data into Timetabler myself, and needed no training apart from reading the manual.
I have now used Timetabler to produce three timetables. All were produced on time and the feedback from colleagues was positive and encouraging each time. The import into SIMS did run into a couple of problems in 2007 but the Timetabler helpline at the time was superb, and they improved the import file in 2008 and again in 2009.
King Henry VIII School, Coventry