Palo Alto Software launches Business Plan Pro 2006

Number one selling business planning software features more than 500 sample business plans and a host of other new enhancements.

EUGENE, Ore., Sept. 12, 2005 -- Palo Alto Software (, today announced the release of the latest version of its flagship business planning software, Business Plan Pro 2006 and Business Plan Pro 2006 PREMIER. This most recent version of Business Plan Pro includes new features such as new financial options, including detailed Exit Strategy and Financial risks and contingencies. Business Plan Pro 2006 also allows users to create the type of plan they need for a particular situation, including, loan documents, new product or service descriptions, financial plans, marketing plans, or complete business plans.

This year, Palo Alto Software is including free, a copy of the best- selling book by Guy Kawasaki The Art of the Start -- the time-tested, battle- hardened guide for anyone starting anything. Founder Tim Berry's own book Hurdle -- The Book on Business Planning, a no-nonsense approach to getting your business plan done and getting it right -- is also included.

"Palo Alto Software is proud to be able to say that more entrepreneurs have chosen Business Plan Pro than any other business planning software out there," said Tim Berry, president of Palo Alto Software. "Our new Business Plan Pro 2006 has more of the features we're known for. This new version comes complete with 500 sample plans- making it easy for a first time user to find an example that is similar to his or her business needs. We're very happy with this year's version of BPP and excited to hear about how it will make business plan frustration a thing of the past for entrepreneurs."

New features of Business Plan Pro 2006 include SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis, and an EasyPlan Wizard-driven experience accompanied by instructions written by business planning experts to make for the easiest way to create a business plan.

Additional new features include:

Industry Insight

Business Plan Pro now leverages more than 9,000 different industry profiles to give you insight into how your business compares to similar companies. The software will explain, step by step, what the data means and how you can use it to your strategic advantage.

Improved Plan Review

The automatic Plan Review feature included in the software now checks for even more of the common financial-planning mistakes by entrepreneurs, offering tips and suggestions on improving your plan.

Improved Table Wizards

Detailed table wizards walk you through the entire process of generating advanced financial tables for your specific business and industry niche.

Integrated Resources

Get the additional help you need directly from Business Plan Pro, including direct links to sources for market data, venture capital opportunities, and legal guidance.

For the entrepreneur and small-business owner, Business Plan Pro 2006 Standard Edition produces professional business plans quickly and easily. Business Plan Pro 2006 PREMIER is designed for the businessperson who needs to create a comprehensive business plan. PREMIER includes extensive detail in the areas of sales forecasting, personnel planning, and generates enhanced profit and loss statements with up to 10 years of detailed financials.

Business Plan Pro 2006 is available immediately at

About Palo Alto Software, Inc.

Palo Alto Software, Inc., founded in 1988, develops, publishes and markets software products for use with personal computers. BUSINESS PLAN PRO is the best-selling business planning software in the U.S. retail market, according to NPD Intelect (formerly PC Data). Palo Alto Software's other products include, MARKETING PLAN PRO(R), ADVERTISING PLAN PRO(R) and CASH COMPASS(R). Palo Alto Software's product line offers "know how" solutions that have made it the market leader in its category. Palo Alto Software's award-winning site,, continues to be one of the highest trafficked sites in the small business arena, offering numerous business planning resources. Palo Alto Software is a privately owned corporation based in Eugene, Oregon. More information about Palo Alto Software products is available on the company website, To access high resolution images of Business Plan Pro 2004, go to and select images from the navigation bar.

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