Friday, September 23, 2011

Gantt Project – Review

Gantt Project is an excellent project management tool, with a surprisingly good depth of features and accessories for a free product. It is distributed under a GNU General Public License, which means you can download it for free. However, their site has other option including a java based version of the program, this means you don't even have to download the program to use it. As its name suggest, Gantt Project is excellent for making Gantt charts, and they are excellent for making logical and easy to understand development plans. Some features I particularly likes was the ability to put in a percentage complete bar, inside that timeline of that particular stage, this makes it easy to see how far along everything is without a lot of hassle. The program, if you use the downloadable version is very simple and easy to use; I was so impressed I now use it for my work. You can add as many tasks as you need, as well as then being able to assign personnel and resources to each task. In particular the features for the personnel section are the best, you can add team members for a project and assign them to tasks when you set them up, you can also input e-mail addresses as well as phone numbers for each person, and assign them a role in the group. Gantt Project also includes a Milestone feature which is very useful, giving an end goal to aim for with a fixed time, many other project management tools do not support these. On the technical side, Gantt Project saves files as .xml files, which means they are viewable over the internet as well as transferable to other programs such as Microsoft Project. The installation is very quick and the program is actually very small, being under 10mb. There are very few problems with this tool, my only criticism is that you can't associate files with particular tasks, allowing other team members to get the files they need.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

netOffice – Review

netOffice is a web based project management tools written in PHP and utilizing MySQL. It has a surprisingly easy to use user interface, and it really is self explanatory, even for first time users. It has the same features as most other free web based project management tools but is set apart from the pack by its simple layout and amazing ease of use. It has four different user settings, for project managers, project administrators, project members as well as a setting for clients. The option to let the clients see what you're doing is what really makes this tool stand out, this means a client can see if you're on schedule, what you're doing and when. This will give your clients a greater sense of security, and may even persuade them to work with you again. netOffice has demo projects and client setups on its site for you to look at, but to do it justice you really do need to download it, install it and spend a few hours playing around with it and getting to know its features, surprises and style. Although its layout may not suit every taste, and its color scheme may be a touch bland, this free project management tool will certainly get the job done quickly and easily. Many would use netOffice as an introductory free project management tool, and then move onto more graphical and more complicated tools, but this may not be necessary if you're a small business, looking for a no thrills package. netOffice exports data into HTML files and this is the primary choice out of very few export options. It is also distributed under the GNU / GPL or the general public license, this means it can be used commercially and distributed freely as well as changed, altered and improved and it is an open source free management tool.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

TeamSCOPE – Review

TeamSCOPE is a free project management tool, developed by a team at the Michigan State University. It is designed to run on Linux machines using the Debian variant, although there are versions for other operating systems of UNIX. It was designed and developed with communication in mind and as such it focuses on giving every member of the team excellent access to all the files, deadlines and information, easily and quickly. The system runs on web servers and is accessible from anywhere in the world, it creates a personal space for each user, as well as a community space, this is where people can store, transfer and copy files they need. If a document is changed, an email is sent to all other users informing them of these changes so they are always up to date. It also includes a calendar where events can be booked and publicized to the rest of the time, and this also incorporates resource management. Unlike many other free project management tools TeamSCOPE includes a notification system to tell you when other team members are online, and then offers a java chat service so you can talk to them in real time. TeamSCOPE is not with out its flaws however, it was originally developed in 1998, and is becoming outmoded, and its users are moving to other tools. This is still a great tool despite its lack of graphics and charts, it includes enough functions and power to keep the most demanding team happy, whilst still being simple enough to be used by the newest computer shy user. Overall I think that this tool would be an excellent introduction into the world of computer based project management systems, however once the users and administrators are proficient in its use, they may prefer a modern equivalent that are also easily available, if harder to get used to.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

iTeamWork – Review

iTeamWork is, as its name suggests, based on providing team members the files and information they need to get their job done quickly and efficiently. The main functions of the system are controlled by e-mail, and the only thing that team members need to do to keep the system working is report when they have completed a task or finished the project. The system is fairly simple to use if you're the administrator of the project, but if you were a freelance coder or designer working on the project you may have some difficulties. Once a new project is started the administrator adds tasks, and assigns personnel to do them, the program then sends out an email to these personnel informing them of the task, and telling them to register. I myself dislike this method of contact with other team members, it would be disastrous to mistype an email address and then not have a coder notified of the work. However this does not mean that this is a bad tool, it does have several features that many users appreciate a lot. iTeamWork includes the option to attach notes to specific tasks, unlike many other project management tools, this allows you to add additional files, links, images and information to update the task or allow the person to complete the task efficiently. It also features an option to convert a task into a project, allowing you to micro manage if necessary, or even to assign each task to a team of individuals with a manager. iTeamWork is only free when you are using the web based version that you must register for, since a large portion of the tools relies on e-mail it's wise not to use this unless you and your team is happy and comfortable using computers. However there are other choices, for a relatively small fee you can either buy the product and use it on standalone computers, or have your own specific site hosted by iTeamWork.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Double Choco Latte – Review

Double Choco Latte is a tool that does a lot more than just basic project management. It includes features that enable you to act as a help and support centre and also a tool to create work orders. Double Choco Latte also goes into more depth than most alternate project management tools, these features include bug tracking, but also tracking the severity of the bug, listing personnel but also being able to assign them to specific departments in the project team. Double Choco Latte is web based as are many project management tools, it can be easily installed on an intranet or even the internet allowing you to access it from anywhere, great if you have to visits clients elsewhere. Double Choco Latte includes the standard project management features such as a time card system, as well as a client based tracking system, Double Choco Latte uses these features well, and it is one of the best ones on the market. Double Choco Latte does, like all software, have its faults. For instance, it's quite hard to generate statistics and graphs using this software, and it has limited options when it comes to exporting your information. It is web based using PHP and MySQL and is quite easy to install, however there is quite a steep learning curve with this project management tool, and the layout and style of the program can be confusing at times. Once however the team has been introduced to this tool and shown how to use it effectively it really is an excellent tool and will increase productivity on your project team. Overall I would suggest using this as an advanced tool, and use this after introducing your team to simpler tools which are not as powerful or feature packed as this one.

f2w Helpdesk – Review

f2w Helpdesk doesn't actually sell itself as a project management tool, it was actually developed to be a ticket based help desk solution. However there is much more to this tool than meets the eye. It can also be easily used to manage personnel or groups of people, and assign tasks to them. The features that this system offers are surprisingly different to that of a dedicated project management tool, but are just as useful. A good example is the note system, it is unusual to find a project management tool that allows you to attach notes not just to tasks but also people, and yet f2w Helpdesk does. f2w Helpdesk is based on a SQL backend with a Zope front end, if you don't know what this means then it may be best to let an IT expert install this on your system. Effectively this program has an excellent list of features that enable people to use it as a project management tool, combined with its open source and GNU general public license. However there are some key areas missing and it is this reason why many people look at alternate tools for their project management needs. f2w Helpdesk lacks several options, not least are the graphs and tables that are normally produced by such tools. There are no gantt charts or time lines available, and it's even hard to allot time for a specific request. It has no time clock feature as well as any way of keeping track of expenses, contracts and budgets. It would be easy to make a long list of bad points about f2w Helpdesk, but that is considering it as a project management tool, as a help desk and ticket system it is excellent. Many companies may consider using this in conjunction with another project management tool.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

dotProject – Review

dotProject is a web based project management tool, based on PHP and using MySQL databases. It is one of the best free tools we have found, with an excellent layout and design and fast page loads as well as clean and concise lines, so its easy to see what to do. It stands out from the crowd by offering a view that almost all other project management tools ignore, instead of just managing projects, you can manage several companies at once. This level of control is excellent for busy professionals who have several companies all involved in several projects. dotProject makes it easy for these administrators to do their jobs quickly and efficiently. dotProject has yet more excellent features too, including the ability to attack files to tasks and projects, and not just notes like other tools. It also allows you access to budgets as well as a decent employee database system. The program is Open Source and that means free, all you need to pay for is the hosting, and you're up and ready to go. dotProject provides more than just project management solutions, it also sets up a help desk, with trouble tickets. This allows your clients to contact you with their issues and complaint or suggestions, and organizes them by date or priority. This allows you quick and efficient client support and record logging. The only thing missing from this excellent project management tool is a time logging module, allowing team members to show when they were actively working, although this is a common feature on most other tools, it is not a great loss here as this tool was intended for smaller companies, to increase efficiency and therefore productivity, and not just to bill clients. dotProject has excellent support with an entire community ready to help you as well as a bug tracking service.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Taskjuggler – Review

Taskjuggler calls itself a "Project Managers Delight" and to be fair, they're not far from the truth. It has a GNU general public license meaning its free and meaning other coders are free to edit and improve it as they see fit. Taskjuggler works on UNIX systems and was specifically developed for LINUX, although there should be some cross platform compatibility, this may be a blow for many people who use Windows based systems. On the technical side it has a Python or KDE front end, if you don't know what these mean it might be best to use either a simpler tool, or get an IT expert to install it. It also exports to both HTML and XML files making it very useful. Taskjuggler comes with all the standard features of most project management tools, including time lines, charts, resource management and contact lists. But it also has more than just that, it has some very useful features such as their "Resource Conflict Solver" which stops double bookings taking place, and you can also assign running costs to a resource, the only free project management tool that I know of that allows you to do this. It also has project tracking support, enabling clients to find out how far along you are, as well as allowing multiple time zone planning, great for those companies that outsource their work to consultants overseas. Taskjuggler is a text based system, you input a simple TXT file, that you can make in notepad and Taskjuggler will return you a report full of the statistics and data you'll need. It does have some issues however, the largest being that it is a static state system, and as such it is hard to update any changes halfway through. Overall however there are far worse tools than this, and you can't argue with the price.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

RationalPlan - Project Management Software

RationalPlan is a powerful project management software designed to help both project managers and teams to create consistent project plans, allocate resources and analyze workload, track work progress, estimate projects' costs and manage budgets. Whether your applications are in the area of construction, engineering, services&consulting, software development or any other business field, RationalPlan can help you to complete your projects on time and within budget. Key reasons for using RationalPlan: easily manage your company's projects and share resources between them (multi project version) get resources and finances under control (realistic cost estimates mechanisms, detailed cash-flow screening down to tasks and resources level) brings project's critical issues to your attention (overallocated resources, critical path with configurable slack from which activities become critical) track project evolution in terms of completion, time and costs "what if" scenarios capability is offered via multiple undo/redo levels allows you to make changes and safely get back provides a clean way to break down your project, build schedules, allocate resources and manage budgets provides a step by step project guide which walks you through the project management process so you can lay down a project plan immediately a free project viewer is available (which can also be used as Microsoft Project Viewer)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

TaskJuggler-Free and Open Source Software project

TaskJuggler is a modern and powerful, Free and Open Source Software project management tool. Its new approach to project planing and tracking is more flexible and superior to the commonly used Gantt chart editing tools. It has already been successfully used in many projects and scales easily to projects with hundreds of resources and thousands of tasks.

TaskJuggler is project management software for serious project managers. It covers the complete spectrum of project management tasks from the first idea to the completion of the project. It assists you during project scoping, resource assignment, cost and revenue planing, risk and communication management.

TaskJuggler 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. The flexible "as many details as necessary"-approach allows you to still plan your project as you go, making it also ideal for new management strategies such as Extreme Programming and Agile Project Management.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Sales Orders Organizer Pro software information

Sales Orders management system for Windows. A simple sale orders processing system for small businesses. Our sales orders management solution will help you with following activities in your business: Easily manage and track your customer data. Organize your product inventories. Process sales orders, track quotes and shipments. Produce invoices, mailing labels, shipping lists, summary reports. Process and track payments. Key software features: Process products and services. Create open sale order and add products during the ordering period. Add quickly ordered products from the product database. Create unique billing items specific for the customer. Analyze ordered products by product name, category, client, time period, Print or email invoices and quotes. Import contacts, products from other databases. Track orders by customer, invoice number, date. Create invoices with shipping charges, discounts, tax. Print packing lists, invoices, quotes, mailing labels. Create data views for unpaid, overdue orders. Unlimited number of customers, products, or sales orders. Share data over the network. Customize your sale order system with the Designer.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Internet Cafe Software information

Antamedia Internet Cafe controls, secures, and enhances the running of your Internet cafe, gaming center, library, school or hotel public computers.

The software helps you bill your customers for limited browsing, playing games, using Office applications, WiFi HotSpot usage, VOIP calling, printing, point of sale products. It restricts access to the system, desktop, drivers, folders and programs, protects your client PCs from customer misuse, blocking access to the sensitive files, OS, Registry tools, Run and Find command, Windows control panel, Printers and Faxes, network neighbour, minimizing maintenance time.

Internet Cafe software is an integration of all Antamedia products: Internet Cafe, HotSpot, Print Manager, Bandwidth Manager and the Point of Sale. It is the next-generation software that can control desktop computers, WiFi laptops and devices, mobile phones, PS3, Nintendo Wii, Xbox and other consoles. Customer usage and statistics is tracked for user logins, tickets, free usage, refills, self-service signups.

Advanced POS helps you bill your customers while keeping track of your inventory and reminding you on low stock. Loyalty features with smart cards support brings promotions and rewards, increasing profit from existing customers.

HotSpot module limits download and upload rate, bandwidth data transfer, maintains URL log of the pages visited by customers.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Billing Organizer Pro software information

Billing Organizer Pro is a flexible billing and invoicing database management system. Designed for all kinds of professionals such as lawyers, developers, consultants, field experts, artists, constructors, designers, architects, accountants, programmers, landscapers, doctors, gardeners, ... our billing software is for anyone who bills for labor, service, and/or material. Our billing management solution will help you with the following activities in your business: Easily manage and track your customer data. Organize your standard billing items and expenses. Process billings like: fixed billing, hourly billing, by products and materials, expenses. Produce invoices, mailing labels, summary reports. Process and track payments.Staring out a new business for a group of various professionals can be as tough as it can be for a single professional who wishes to work independently and manage the business without involving any other stakeholder. Such professionals need to organize and manage their work on their own which places financial burden of setting up a place for networking and components for operating the business directly onto the owner. Further, individual professionals having their own practice require some amount of staff with them to manage accounts and other varied activities like managing clients which also involve cost factor that can be done away with if you have Billing Organizer Pro 1.9 that is flexible and upbeat utility that effectively works for independent professionals in terms of organizing database.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Xin Invoice software information

Invoice software that suitable for small and medium business and supports multiple companies.Xin invoice software is very handy and capable of generating professional quotation, invoice, credit note, customer statement & delivery notes. You can easily convert these documents to PDF, HTML, Excel, image, & others format. By using this invoice software, you can email or fax the document to your customer directly.
You can upload logo and customize invoice, quotation & others document layout using the built-in professional templates. You can create own invoice template, quotation template and others by using the user friendly template editor.
This invoice software is capable to track customer payment status & help you ensure timely payment receiving. This system is built to support multiple tax rates.
Xin Invoice comes with recurring invoice feature. You can configure how frequent to invoice your customer easily.
This invoice software comes with a reporting feature which allows you to easily render up-to-date sale reports, customer payment reports, sales charts & etc.
Xin Invoice feature with password protection, you can choose to set password to protect your data. You can also back up the data to protect data lost caused by any predictable reason.

Friday, September 2, 2011

GnuCash - personal and small-business financial-accounting free software

GnuCash is personal and small-business financial-accounting software, freely licensed under the GNU GPL and available for GNU/Linux, BSD, Solaris, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows.

Designed to be easy to use, yet powerful and flexible, GnuCash allows you to track bank accounts, stocks, income and expenses. As quick and intuitive to use as a checkbook register, it is based on professional accounting principles to ensure balanced books and accurate reports.
Feature Highlights

QIF/OFX/HBCI Import, Transaction Matching
Reports, Graphs
Scheduled Transactions
Financial Calculations

Double-Entry Accounting
Stock/Bond/Mutual Fund Accounts
Small-Business Accounting
Customers, Vendors, Jobs,
Invoices, A/P, A/R

Thursday, September 1, 2011

LogoSmartz Lite Logo Generator software information

LogoSmartz Lite logo generator helps you to create excellent and distinct logos for establishing business in the marketplace. Features of LogoSmartz Lite logo designer-

You can choose from 700 available logo templates and customize it according to your needs.
4000 vector graphics available.
You can choose from 300 font styles or can also import system fonts to design logo.
Over 40 Template Category available.
Can choose tagline from the huge tagline resource library to make a logo more appealing.
For designing the perfect logo you can use offered text, shapes and images.
Compatible with Windows 7.
Get output in various formats like JPEG, TIFF, GIF, PNG, Vector EPS, transparent GIF and PNG.
Use various effects like Gradient, Shadow, Outline and Bevel to create business logo.
Use lock and hide and alignment options for arranging logo elements.
LogoSmartz Lite allows to print logo in a clean and clear manner.
For creating the perfect logo you can use various editing tools like copy and paste, crop image and many more.
LogoSmartz Lite offers tutorials to make the logo designing process very easy.
We are available 24 hours to solve your inquiry regarding LogoSmartz Lite logo designer through phone support.
The payment option on Logosmartz is completely secure as it is hosted on a Https (secure) server. At Logosmartz, we make sure that any of your information including your credit card and billing information remains safe. The privacy policy at Logosmartz is the best and ensures that any personal information provided by you is safe and not misused.

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