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Project KickStart Review

Project KickStart is a project management software program developed by Experience In Software, Inc. The program is designed to provide solution for planning and managing projects for general business, consulting, government, education and more. There are two versions of Project KickStart: Pro and Standard edition. The Pro version has more feature and higher price.

It is simple to get start with new project. The program provides useful Planning Wizard that guides you through eight steps for planning your project including name, phases, goals, similar, people, obstacles, assign and tasks. Here are quick overviews of these steps:

  • Name: To start planning your project, give it a short, descriptive name.
  • Phases: Consider how your project will break down into major activities, or phases. Start by listing your phases, and then list the tasks that belong in each phase.
  • Goals: Goals are what you hope to accomplish in your project. Enter or select the goals for your project. Then you can list any new tasks to achieve each goal.
  • Similar: Projects often have tasks in common. In this step, you can borrow tasks from past projects to help you plan this project. Then you can add any new tasks from a similar project to the phases of your current project.
  • People: List the people, groups, or things that might provide resources for your project, including yourself. Then identify any new tasks these people might do or suggest for your project.
  • Obstacles: Each project has obstacles you can overcome if you anticipate them. List the obstacles you will face in your project, and then identify any new tasks needed to avoid the obstacles.
  • Assign: Assign tasks to people and other resources.
  • Tasks: Change the order of your tasks, add and delete tasks, and create subtasks. You can also edit tasks, change assignments, and add notes.

After completing all of above steps, you are now in schedule section where you can adjust your tasks as well as project schedule in Gantt chart.

The software provides five libraries that contain lists of useful phases, tasks, goals, people and obstacles where you can use by dragging and drop them into your project. All libraries, except the people library, contain sample entries that you can use in your projects. You generally build your own People Library from the resources that are available to you.

After completing your project planning, you can export to various file formats including ACT, MS Outlook, MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS Project, Mindjet MindManager, Milestones Professional, WBS Chart and several more.

The program runs on Windows platform including Windows Vista and XP. The trial version is available to download and try for 20 days risk free. You can download with or without signing up an account.

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RationalPlan And Milestones

RationalPlan Review

RationalPlan is a project management software solution by Stand By Soft Ltd. It is a cross platform project management program which is available for three popular operating systems including Windows, Mac and Linux. There are two editions of RationalPlan: RationalPlan Multi Project and RationalPlan Single Project. Multi Project version is designed for users who want to keep in one hand projects with shared resources or dependencies between tasks that do not belong to the same project. And the single project edition is designed for users who have the projects that are completely independent – no shared resources, no interdependencies.

The program provides simple and easy to use interface with guide along the planning process. You can quickly navigate from one section to other including create WBS, schedule tasks, define resources (human & equipment and materials), assign resource, level resources and define additional costs for tasks. The software provides five views features including WBS View, Gantt Chart, Resource, Task Sheet and Resource Sheet.

The trial versions for all platforms are available to download and try. The trial version has all the functionality of the full version but it limits your projects to no more than 20 tasks. You can use it for an unlimited period of time.

The program is also available for educational version with discount and cheaper price which can be purchased and used only by students, educational institutions and non-profit organizations and has the same features as regular version.

Milestones Review

Milestones is a project management software program developed by KIDASA Software, Inc. The program involves various color and design features; it is right for users who are looking for graphical project management. You can create project planning and scheduling with colorful and stylish Gantt chart.

There are several versions of Milestones: Professional, Project Companion and Simplicity. The professional version is the full featured product which is designed for those who need to manage projects of all sizes and create presentation project reports.

The program runs on Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows Vista or later. And the trial version is available to download and try with or without registration. With trial version, users are limited to 20 file saves. You can see how the program look and find out whether it is right for your needs or not.

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TaskJuggler Review

Highlight Features of Good Project Management Software

There are many companies that offering project management software solution; from one to another package there are differences regarding to feature set and price. Here are some highlight features that you can found in good project management program:

  • Resource Scheduling and Management, Document Management, Project Planning and Management.
  • Easy to use program interface which allows user to work fast.
  • Auto-draw Gantt chart bars when adding task, duration and predecessors.
  • Flexible project views: including Calendar, Gantt Chart, Network Diagram, Task Usage, Resource Graph, Resource Sheet, Resource Usage and more.
  • Customizable work space and toolbars.
  • Include various project templates and examples.
  • Collaboration features.
  • Comprehensive user guide and help system which allows users to utilize all program features.

TaskJuggler Review

TaskJuggler is a free and open source project management software program which primarily developed for Linux and Unix like systems. The program provides project planning and tracking solution with more flexible and superior to the commonly used Gantt chart editing tools. It is a project management software program for serious project managers. This project management tool offers complete solution of project management tasks from the first idea to the completion of the project including project scoping, resource assignment, cost and revenue planning, risk and communication management.

TaskJuggler also provides an optimizing scheduler that computes your project time lines and resource assignments based on the project outline and the constraints that you have provided. The built-in resource balancer and consistency checker offload you from having to worry about irrelevant details and ring the alarm if the project gets out of hand.

Highlight Features of TaskJuggler

  • Manages tasks, resources and costs in one package.
  • Automatic resource leveling, tasks conflict resolutions, and task filtering.
  • Built-in templates to get you started.
  • Project tracking and status reporting.
  • Easy to use interface for editing your projects, view and generate Gantt charts and reports.
  • Project breakdown and management team support.
  • HTML and XML report generation.
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OpenProj Review

OpenProj is a free and open source project management software program by Serena Software Incorporated. The developer claims that OpenProj is a replacement of Microsoft Project and other commercial project solutions. And it has been download more than 1,250,000 times in the few months since launch and is being used in over 142 countries. Yes, it does. Even it is not equal to MS Project, but this program provides various useful features for project planning, scheduling and management. And it is worth to download and have a look.

With simple and easy to use interface just similar to MS Project, you can quickly create a project, add tasks, set duration with specific start and finish date, define predecessors and assign resources to the project. You can also quickly access to view features for viewing your project in Gantt Chart, Tracking Gantt Chart, Network Diagram, Resource View, Projects View, WBS Chart, RBS Chart, Report View, Task Usage Detail, Resource Usage Detail, Histogram, Charts, Task Usage and Resource Usage.

Highlight Features of OpenProj

  • Project Planning, Resource Scheduling and Management.
  • Easy to use interface, Microsoft Project alike.
  • Gantt Chart, Tracking Gantt Chart, Network Diagram, Resource View, Projects View, WBS Chart, RBS Chart, Report View, Task Usage Detail, Resource Usage Detail, Histogram, Charts, Task Usage and Resource Usage.
  • Supported platforms: Linux, Mac and Windows.

The program released and distributed under the CPAL license. It is a desktop project management software program which is available for multiple platform including Linux, Mac and Windows. The OpenProj solution has been translated into English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Swedish, Finnish, Galician, Persian, Russian, Korean and Chinese.

To add more useful information for other users, if you ever experience using the OpenProj program, I encourage you to write a short review about your experiences with software and share it with us.

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MindView Review

MatchWare MindView is a professional Mind Mapping software program that allows users to brainstorm and visualize ideas quickly and easily. It is one of popular mind mapping software on the market today. It is a product of MatchWare Company. The program provides useful tools for both business and education. It can be used for developing business plans, agenda, SWOT analysis, project management, Gantt chart, WBS, visual thinking skills, outlining documents, storyboarding and creating presentations.

Even it is not design specifically for project management, but it provides all essential tools for effective project planning and management. The program includes built-in Gantt chart, built-in project timeline, export and import to MS Office as well as integration with MS Project capability.

There are six interchangeable mind map views including Mind Map, Left Right, Top Down, Outline, Gantt chart and Timeline. With these feature, you can quickly change how your mind map looks. The program can also integrate with Microsoft Office including MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Outlook, MS Excel MS Project and Other.

Highlight Features of MindView

  • Mind mapping and project management.
  • Easy to use interface, MS Project alike.
  • Variety of predefined Mind Map layouts, styles and galleries.
  • Six interchangeable mind map views including Mind Map, Left Right, Top Down, Outline, Gantt chart and Timeline.
  • Microsoft Office integration including MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Outlook, MS Excel MS Project and Other.

Can be used for taking notes, organizing ideas, planning reports and proposals, task management, time management, project planning, problem solving, meeting agendas, brainstorm sessions, presentations, workshops, seminars, strategy meetings, and planning meetings.

MindView is available for both Windows and Mac users. The trial version is also available to download and try. To download, you need to fill out a form with name, email and address to get free trial serial and download link. The free MindView Viewer is also available to download; it lets anyone view MindView documents without having to install the full version.

System Requirements

  • Platform: Windows 2000, XP, Vista or higher; Mac OS X 10.4 or later.
  • CPU: 800 MHz or faster.
  • Hard Disk Space: 250 MB (300 MB for Mac).
  • RAM: 128 MB.
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Project Management Softwares – Free & Paid Version

Paid Edition

When people talk about paid project management software solutions, Microsoft Office Project must be one of them, a leading project management program developed by Microsoft Corporation. Since it provides many useful features, the price is also high. There are several other project management programs available on the market today including MatchWare MindView, Project KickStart, RationalPlan and more (see in the table below). The price of the product ranges from less than a hundred to several hundred dollars.

Some people may say MatchWare MindView is a mind mapping software. Yes it is. Even it is not designed specifically for project management, but it provides all essential tools for effective project planning and management.

Free / Open Source Edition

What about free project management software? Is it worth to have a try? Sometime you don’t have to pay for commercial software. There are several outstanding free project management software programs available for you to download and use at no cost. Most of them are open source application, source code also available for free. Let me provides you some highlight:

OpenProj is open source project management software program that its developer claims that OpenProj is a replacement of Microsoft Project and other commercial project solutions. Yes, it does. Even it is not equal to MS Project, but this program provides various useful features for project planning, scheduling and management.

Open Workbench is a free project management software program which is designed for project scheduling and management. It is also an open source application which runs on Windows platform including Windows 2000 and XP. The software can be downloaded and used for free for any number of users and it can also be used by individuals or any type of organization.

GanttProject is a simple and easy to use free project management software program by GanttProject Team. It is available for multiple platforms including Windows, Linux and Mac. You can use it whether your computer is running Windows, Mac or Linux operating system.

After reading the quick overview, I hope you get some ideas. Now let find out what are the solution available for you to choose.

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FastTrack Schedule Review

FastTrack Schedule is a project management software solution by AEC Software, Inc. The program is designed for both first-time and experience project manager for planning, tracking, and reporting project goals. The program contains over 30 pre-designed templates and examples such as Business Expansion, Business Startup, College Schedule, Commercial Construction, Conference Room, Deployment, Education Publications, Engineering Project and more. You can quickly start project planning from scratch using the examples.

The program allows you to view your project in three different views: Schedule View: display tasks and project in Gantt chart with detail of activity name, duration, cost per day as well as variance. Calendar View: view tasks and project milestones in the simplicity of a traditional wall calendar format. Resource View: Display resource allocation including assignments, costs and resource workloads and track the people and materials necessary to complete the project. Here are some more highlight features:

Highlight Features of FastTrack Schedule

  • Over 30 example schedules and templates to help in creating projects.
  • Resource work calendars account for variable work shifts, holidays, and vacations.
  • Hundreds of predefined columns for tracking date, duration, resource, cost, calculation, code, work, hyperlink, time, number and text.
  • Customizable bars and milestones.
  • Built-in outliner for organizing tasks.
  • Auto-styles per outline level.
  • Resource graphs and resource assignments.
  • Schedule, calendar and resource views.
  • Save schedules as JPG, PNG, TIF, BMP, WMF, EMF, and PICT images.
  • Export data as iCalendar, XML, MPX, HTML, Mindjet MindManager and images.

The program is available for both platforms Windows and Mac OS X. It runs on Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Intel and PowerPC Mac. FastTrack Schedule trial version is available to download and try for free. To download from its official website, you will be required to fill out a request form.

System Requirements

  • Platform: Windows 7/Vista/XP/Me/2000/98SE/NT4 and Intel or PowerPC Mac running Mac OS X v10.3.9 or greater.
  • RAM: 16 MB.
  • Hard Disk Space: 60 MB.
  • Display: color monitor with 1024 x 768 resolution or greater.
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GanttProject Review And FusionDesk Starter Edition

GanttProject Review

Are you looking for free tool to help you in project scheduling and management? GanttProject is one of them, a simple and easy to use free project management software program by GanttProject Team. The program is straightforward. With user friendly interface, you can simply start project planning right away after installation. This program is an open source project management tool and released under the GPL license. Therefore, you can download and use it for free of charge. It is available for multiple platforms including Windows, Linux and Mac. You can use it whether your computer is running Windows, Mac or Linux operating system.

Even, it is not a complete project management software program like Microsoft Project. But it provides various useful features for project scheduling and management such as Gantt chart, resources management and PERT chart. Gantt chart feature: allow you to create work breakdown structure, draw dependencies, define milestones, set begin and end date, priority, predecessors, duration and coordinator. Resources feature: you can assign human resources to work on tasks, see their allocation on the resource load chart. PERT chart: you can generate PERT chart from Gantt chart. After completing your project planning, you can use export feature to save charts as PNG images, generate PDF and HTML reports.

FusionDesk Starter Edition Review

FusionDesk Starter Edition is a lightweight and free project management software program for individuals and small teams. The program provides basic project planning and management features. It may not the right solution if you are looking for complete project management program, since it lacks some vital project management features like Gantt charts and resource management.

The starter edition is a limited version of FusionDesk, while this company also sells a professional version call FusionDesk Professional Editions. The Pro version is paid edition (you need to purchase the license in order to use it) which has all features included in starter edition plus more advanced features such as recurring tasks and reminders, share projects: collaborate on projects, filtering and smart views, time tracking, work timer and several more.

The program has nice and easy to use interface. There are various build-in themes such modern, classic, black diamond, dream, MS office and Windows 7 alike, where you can change how the program looks. The program runs on Windows platform including Windows XP, 2000, 2003. You can download and use it for free of charge. You are required to register at its official website to get free key. The activation information will be sent immediately to the email address.

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Service Desktop Pro And FusionDesk Professional

Service Desktop Pro Review

Service Desktop Pro is an integrated personal and business management software program for small and medium businesses. The program is designed for freelancers, software developers, web developers, graphic designers, consultants, professional service providers and various other small and medium business managers.

The program includes over 20 key business requirements such as contact management, leads management, project management, billing management, document management, expense management and customer service management.

Highlight Features of Service Desktop Pro

  • Contact Management
  • Time & Activity Scheduling
  • Leads Management
  • Billing & Expenses Management
  • Project Management
  • Digital Documents & Notes
  • Customer Service Management
  • Subscriptions & Passwords

This program runs on Windows operating systems including Windows XP, 2000, 2003, Vista. And it is available for several languages including English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Norwegian and Danish. The trial version is available to download and try for free of charge.

FusionDesk Professional Review

FusionDesk is a lightweight project management software program for individuals and small teams. The program provides basic project planning and management features. It may not the right solution if you are looking for complete project management program, since it lacks some vital project management features like Gantt charts and resource management.

There are two version of FusionDesk, Professional and Starter editions. Starter is for entry -level users and available for free to download and use. The Pro version is paid edition (you need to purchase the license in order to use it) which has all features included in starter edition plus more advanced features such as recurring tasks and reminders, share projects: collaborate on projects, filtering and smart views, time tracking, work timer and several more.

The program has nice and easy to use interface. There are various build-in themes such modern, classic, black diamond, dream, MS office and Windows 7 alike, where you can change how the program looks. The program runs on Windows platform including Windows XP, 2000, 2003. The trial version is available to download and try for free. You are given 30 days to evaluate the program so you can better determine if it is suitable for your needs. After this period it will stop working.

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Microsoft Office Project Features

When people talk about project management software, Microsoft Office Project must be one of them, a leading project management program developed by Microsoft Corporation. It provides complete project planning, resource scheduling and project management solution. There are two versions of Microsoft Office Project: Standard and Professional version. Microsoft Office Project Professional includes all the capabilities in the standard edition. In addition, the pro edition provides collaborative enterprise project management capabilities when used with Microsoft Office Project Server.

With the program, you can quickly create a project using built-in templates. There are various project templates to choose such as annual report preparation, commercial construction, home move, financial service offering launch, infrastructure deployment, internal readiness training, marketing campaign planning, new business, new product, office move, software development, product development planning and more. Or you can start new project for blank project.

The software includes various useful tools to create effective project planning including spelling check, autocorrect, document management, link between projects, import outlook tasks, change working time, assign resources, resource sharing, level resources, tracking, macro, organizer and more. With MS Project, you can also use the Compare Project Versions utility to review differences between the current version and an earlier version of the same project in a detailed report. You can also use this tool to compare the current version to a later version of the same project. Here are some more highlight features:

Highlight Features of Microsoft Office Project

  • Project planning, resource scheduling and tracking and project management.
  • Well structure and easy to use interface.
  • Variety of build-in project templates to get start.
  • Hundreds of predefined columns for tracking date, duration, resource, cost, calculation, code, work, hyperlink, time, number and text.
  • Auto-draw and connect Gantt chart when adding task, duration and predecessors.
  • Customizable Gantt chart bar (including shape, pattern, color and type) at start, middle and end of the bar.
  • Flexible project views: including Calendar, Gantt Chart, Network Diagram, Task Usage, Tracking Gantt, Resource Graph, Resource Sheet, Resource Usage and more.
  • Flexible project task sort and filters.
  • Customizable work space and toolbar.
  • Toolbars: Standard, Formatting, Collaborate, Custom Forms, Drawing, Resource Management, Task Pane, Tracking, Visual Basic, Web, Analysis, Compare Project Versions, Network Diagram, PERT analysis.
  • Compare Project Versions utility.

The program is available to download and try for free 60 day trial. You can evaluate and see how the program work and look. And find out whether it is right for your needs or not. It runs on Windows platform including Windows XP, 2003, Vista and Windows 7.

System Requirements

  • Operating system: Microsoft Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2003 SP1 or later.
  • CPU: 700 MHz processor or higher.
  • RAM: 512 MB or higher.
  • Hard Disk Space: 1.5 GB.
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive.
  • Display: Minimum 800×600; 1024×768 or higher resolution monitor recommended.