Introducing Drag-and-drop Budgeting and Forecasting

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Creating budgets and forecasts by typing numbers into a spreadsheet can be a pain. It’s hard to visualize what your forecast looks like and entering data by hand can be time-consuming. It’s much easier to create a forecast if you can see your data in chart form as you enter it.

That’s why, today, we’re launching a new “interactive entry” feature that lets you drag-and-drop your way to faster and easier forecasting. Instead of just telling you about it, let me show you how it works:


Of course, you can still type your numbers in, or use our handy “fill right” feature to enter your data. The new interactive entry will be really helpful if your business has seasonality, like a busy time during the holidays and slower sales during the summer months. Now you can easily see that seasonality as you create your forecast.

We’ve also improved our table designs to make them easier to read and scan:


These new features should make forecasting and budgeting easier than ever.

Keep an eye out for more LivePlan improvements in the coming weeks!

Noah Parsons
Noah Parsons

Before joining Palo Alto Software, Noah Parsons was an early Internet marketing and product expert in the Silicon Valley. He joined Yahoo! in 1996 as one of its first 101 employees and become Producer of the Yahoo! Employment property as part of the Yahoo! Classifieds team before leaving to serve as Director of Production at He is a graduate of Princeton University.

Noah devotes most of his free time to his three young sons. In the winter you'll find him giving them lessons on the ski slopes, and in summer they're usually involved in a variety of outdoor pursuits.

Noah is currently the COO at Palo Alto Software, makers of Outpost and the online business plan app LivePlan. You can follow Noah on Google+ or on Twitter.

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