Friday, December 19, 2008
In the zone
I've had a chance to review a collaborative project management tool called Planzone.
Although this won't be an exhaustive review, I can tell you that this is a package which is easy to use, has a very "soft" and inviting interface which is intuitive and straightforward, and has quite a bit of functionality for this type of package, even in its free edition.
The "Free Trial" edition is really not a trial, since it has no time limit. In fact I think they shoud remove that nomenclature because it sounds like it has a time period associated with it - and it doesn't. The free edtiion is somewhat limited in capability (two projects and a limitation of 25MB of storage space) but it provides the same functionality as the full package.
Really what sets Planzone apart - in my humble opinion - is the look and feel, as well as its ability to create Gantt charts very easily.
Here's an example:
To see more examples, you can visit their collection of screen shots here:
Planzone provides the project team with a wiki, a to-do list, a schedule (i.e. Gantt chart), document sharing, discussion board, and in-project email. The Gantt chart is very cool, but I missed the ability to make tasks dependent on each other. I've been assured that the folks there will have that in an upcoming release Pricing for packages which allow unlimited numbers of users, larger amounts of projects, and gigabytes of storage space start at around $12 per month. See their homepage - http://www.planzone.com for more details.
I like this package. Your project team members will be able to learn it on the fly because the interface is so well-presented.
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