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20 Apps for Project Management

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A while ago, we posted a list of some interesting alternatives to Basecamp for project management. A lot of readers posted their favorite applications and some of their own start ups on project management. So here’s a follow up list of the 20 hottest web applications for project management.

Apollo

The first spot is for Apollo HQ and it’s because this app totally deserves it. The ajaxified interface is very polished and the user experience is great, as it responds instantly to any command so creating a project, uploading a file, set up a timer and all other tasks are smooth and easy. Special mention goes to the powerful system of timers. Apollo is currently free.
Update April 11, 2011: Apollo is no longer free, with plans starting at USD 23/mo. and a special Solo plan at USD 14/mo.
http://www.apollohq.com/

Flow

Flow is a recently launched app from the Metalab team currently available in private beta. Really slick interface, very easy and fast to use. There are still some quirks, but remember it’s still in beta so all bugs will surely be fixed for final release. The syntax for creating new tasks through email is particularly interesting, as you can add a task to a certain project, assign it to someone, tag it and set a due date all in one email subject.

Update March 22, 2011: Flow is now priced at $9,99/mo or $99/year

http://app.getflow.com

Action Method

Built by Behance, one of the most interesting features are the apps available for iPhone and iPad. They work with the online platform and allow you to manage your projects on the go. Action Method offers a limited account for free and plans available for only $99 a year.

http://actionmethod.com

DeskAway

If you’re using Google Apps on your domain or Freshbooks for invoicing you will be able to integrate DeskAway with them. This app provides detailed reports by project and by user. DeskAway offers a limited free account but all plans have a 30 day trial for free.

http://www.deskaway.com

wizehive

Not the best looking around, but it fully compensates it with strong features not found on other systems, like client extranets or online applications management. A limited free account is available and plans start at $24 a month, much more expensive than other tools. This system looks like it is intended for large organizations, rather than design/development agencies or small start-ups.

http://www.wizehive.com

goplan

Had to work with goplan as a result of a collaboration in a project with another designer and using it was a very satisfactory experience. Even though it is not as feature packed as others, this simplicity is what makes it good. You can try goplan for 30 days or sign up for the ad supported free account.

http://goplanapp.com

teamwork

This web application has all the features you would expect to found in a good quality app plus a system for risk assessing and management. Very convenient for developers involved in critical projects. The system provides a complete API and you can use it on the go with the Teamwork iOS app. Limited free account available.

http://www.teamworkpm.net

Teambox

A small suite but containing all the essentials, such as tasks, conversations and Gantt charts for time management. The website also has a special version for mobile phones. Free accounts up to 3 projects are available.

http://teambox.com

Tempo

Although not a specific project management tool, Tempo allows you to track the time you spend on each project and using their integrated invoice system, bill it accordingly. A pragmatic design based almost exclusively in labels make for an intuitive fast start. Free accounts includes only one user and one project.

http://keeptempo.com

skylight

In addition to traditional project management, skylight also possess an full integrated CRM solution and even a resource scheduling to book people, locations, services and or equipment. A nice feature is the integration with Google Apps, so you can upload your Word, Excel or Pages files and have them ready to use within the app. Free accounts include one project, two users and 100Mb are available for every plan during the current beta-testing phase.

http://skylightit.com

rule.fm

The recently launched rule.fm combines a sleek design with tools for project management, CRM (currently in beta) and collaboration. Mobile Android & iOS apps are coming next, as well as an accounting system, wikis and an API. Lacks some tools that mature project management systems have but rule.fm is a pretty new player. No free accounts are available.

http://www.rule.fm

projecturf

The amount of features in projecturf makes it a though contender and a great aid in design and development. Designers will surely appreciate the system to present artwork for revision, complete with thumbnails, comments & rating, as well as the whiteboards for quickly mocking up an idea. Developers on the other hand, can share code snippets, track bugs and bookmark sites, for example, to mark some documentation or useful asset on the web. No free accounts are available but you can sign up for a 14 day trial.

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liquid

Possess a nice project scheduling interface and most features for project management and you can manage separate portals for each client setting individual permissions for each one. It’s heavy on information, providing reports and project analysis and you can access them on the go with the iOS app. Free accounts are not available but a 30 days trial is offered.

freelancerkit

This is a self hosted solution built on PHP but sources are encoded with ionCube. Some of the highlights are a threaded ticket system and emails including PayPal buttons for customers to pay. No free trial but includes a demo.

dooster

With easiness as its main focus, it’s smaller than others but allows you to do everything, complete with tasks, collaboration, permissions and it even has a visual tool for mindmapping. Free trial accounts are available but no free plans.

http://dooster.net/

manitoo

With the longest url in this round-up, includes time tracking for your tasks, billing and invoice solutions and a instant messenger built in  so you won’t have to resort to other solutions. It’s not clear if the chats are logged, which would be useful. A free plan is available, with three users, three customers, only 10 mb but with unlimited projects.

http://www.manitooprojectmanagement.com

cohuman

Google’s integration being its main feature, you can access cohuman with your Google ID and use it to share files, manage or assign tasks by GMail sharing them with any of your Google contacts. A huge free plan with 1Gb and unlimited projects is available.

http://cohuman.com

TeamLab

A great open source alternative to other propietary solutions, TeamLab is offered as a free self hosted solution or an also free SAAS version. A third version, also free, is available as a Amazon Machine Image to deploy on your virtual server. TeamLab will remain free in the future but additional modules might be available for a fee. TeamLab is written in ASP, so you need a Windows server with .NET to deploy.

http://www.teamlab.com

freedcamp

A project from enavu, who received $50k in funding in 2006, freedcamp is a free SAAS solution and includes everything for your project management: milestones, time tracking, invoices, file sharing, collaboration, tasks and yeah, it’s free.

http://freedcamp.com

WORKetc

It’s the only one whose home page made me smile, and the features were not falling behind, since in addition to project management we have CRM, time tracking, payment tracking invoices, blogs and knowledge bases, help desk, email marketing and list goes on and on. Somehow this site just made feel a lof of simpathy for the app, the videos were engaging, fun, and the interface of the application itself looks very polished and responsive. Trial accounts for 14 days are available and the all-inclusive plan is only $39.

http://www.worketc.com

Conclusion

One thing came up to my mind while going through all these solutions, and no, it’s not the features, it’s the use and abuse of lowercase initials, while in the copy text in the same page, uppercase initials are used. Ok, after that little rant, the ones I liked best are Apollo, Flow, projecturf and WORKetc. They are fast, straight to the point and they look good. They also get the job done, which is the most important thing. From these last three, Apollo is my personal preference, everything is where you expected it to be and working with it is fast and efficient.

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