15+ Amazing Project Management and Collaboration Tools

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Everyone knows about what is project management. It’s nothing but planning, organizing and managing the resources.But how to do? What is the right way to do it. Are there any tools available for project management and collaboration. How these tools can be useful and what are the features. These are the things we are going to analyze in this article. We will see best project collaboration tools available on web to manage projects easily.

Pros and Cons of Project Collaboration Tools

  • Online project management lets you collaborate with project resources, manage project users, analyze risks, assign tasks, coordinate schedules and make your project a success from anywhere in the world.
  • These project management apps are here to save you time, but they can also be very time-consuming and not intuitive.
  • If you have a team who works with you remotely, then this is the right choice.

Project management process and its approach

Projects were generally managed by creative architects and engineers themselves. Major process steps are initiation, planning or development, production or execution, monitoring and controlling . To handle these process number of approaches are there like:

  • Traditional approach
  • Critical chain project management
  • Extreme project management
  • Event chain methodology
  • Prince2 (Structured approach)
  • Process based management.

1.Teambox

Teambox is listed first because it’s the application we are currently using for 1stwebdesigner, but don’t let that sway you. This is a place for your team in twitter like project collaboration tool. You can share tasks, messages, attach files and Notification by email.And also it’s an open source project.Teambox offers up to three projects free and offers 2000 projects for premium plans.And it’s very easy to use.

Advantages

  • Easy to setup in 1 minute.
  • Access from anywhere, anytime.
  • Secure and backup of your data.
  • Updating new features constantly.
  • Notified by mails.

2.Basecamp

This is a project management,Collaboration and task web-based tool trusted by millions of users.The features are Share files, Meet deadlines, Assign tasks, Centralize feedback, Basecamp tackles project management from an entirely different angle: A focus on communication and collaboration. They have some extras and addons also.Four price planning is available , Each and every plan has30 days trial period.

Advantages

  • Dashboard
  • To-do lists
  • File sharing
  • Message boards
  • Milestones
  • Time tracking
  • Project overview and comments on messages

3.Activecollab

A project management and collaboration tool.It will make your work and cooperation with your team, clients, suppliers and others much easier. Useful to keep projects on track, Email support, Extend and integrate of  modules,Collaborate,Save time.And new added features are invoice,subversion integration,Global documents,Drag and drop task management, Improved visual editor and much more…

Advantages

  • Dashboard
  • Manage projects
  • Invoicing
  • Track time
  • Share files
  • Email integration etc…

4.DeskAway

It’s an online project management, project collaboration,Task & issue tracking software.Easy to use for virtual,distributed and global teams.The main reasons why you have to use Deskaway are simple & affordable,Less email clutter,Delegation and tracking, Control is in your hand, Nothing to download and install,Backup of your data in daily basis,No risk and little more.Please read their FAQ’s and it will be very useful before your picking this tool.

Advantages

  • Track work
  • Delegate
  • Share
  • Collaborate

5.Teamwork

Web-based project management tool that helps managers,staff and clients work together more productivity online.Stay on track,Share & collaborate,work faster and host it yourself.you get room for 2 projects, free storage space and you can instantly upgrade to a paid plan at any time.

Benefits

  • Manage projects
  • Manage task lists
  • Schedule milestones
  • Add messages
  • Time tracking
  • Upload files
  • Manage people
  • E-mail integration
  • Multi language support

6.5pm

5pm is an intuitive web-based project management tool.It is flexible and easy to use.you can request a custom plan here through mail.Backup your data nightly.256-bit high grade encryption for data security.Desktop tracker widget is available.Filter users in time line and much more features are available with multi language support.

Benefits

  • Manage projects and tasks online.
  • Share notes and files.
  • Track time
  • E-mail integration
  • Customized reports
  • Interactive timeline

7.Wrike

Project planning,management and tracking software.Can easily track your project.It gives you the full insight to your business.Your project plans are always up to date.30 day free trial pack is available for plans.Outlook synchronization,Windows mobile sync, icalendar and rss feeds are available for a reasonable price.

Benefits

  • Complete picture for your business.
  • Unique control
  • More productive
  • Very easy to use
  • Intelligent email engine, So it works with any email software.

8.Wridea

Free online idea management and collaboration service.It’s a web-based service first to avoid your ideas being forgotten and organize your ideas.It’s already being used by more than 40,000 users.With the help of this tool, you can store your ideas, manage and organize them, collaborate with your friends over your ideas, etc. Wridea provides you all required tools and services for organizing your ideas.

Wridea Features

  • Categorize your ideas under different pages.
  • Share your ideas.
  • Commenting on ideas.
  • Customized environment.

9.ZOHO projects

A centralized place where relevant project documents and contents are stored, updates are posted, everyone exchange ideas and get work done.Top reasons to choose ZOHO projects.Beyond your planning …get projects done,Planning,Works smarter,Reporting and value for your money.The updates of ZOHO are project stream, Dedicated wiki, Group chat MS project integration.Free for one project with unlimited users.

Features

  • Task dependency
  • Milestones for a project
  • Meetings
  • Document sharing
  • Dashboard and time tracking.

10.onstage

Team collaboration,Project management,File sharing and task software.Your business and communication can be more efficient and better organized.Easy file sharing,A free version forever, not just for 30 days. Plus, an unlimited number of users at no extra cost!

Technical features

  • Document preview with ipaper from scribd.
  • Optimized for PDA’s
  • Multi language
  • SSL encryption

11.Springloops

Source code management tool for web developers.You can do code in parallel and share it safely.Ultimate work flow,Easy management,Unique code browser and Basecamp integration are the main features in this tool.It’s free for 100MB only.

12.Rememberthemilk

This is an online to do list and task management.You can manage tasks quickly and easily.Get remind anywhere and you can locate your tasks here too.Remembermilk providing more number of services for their users like sync with Blackberry, Gmail, Android, for twitter , Manage your remember through google calendar and third party applitication or services etc…

13.Comindwork

Tools for Collaboration,Communication,Tracking and project management too.Comindwork  SaaS improves the knowledge work productivity in projects performed by teams in professional service firms (e.g. software, advertising & marketing, consulting, lawyers, NGO) and by divisions within enterprises (e.g. support, marketing, R&D, upper management).More benefits for project manager, to team and for your clients.Free for 20MB

Customizable features are

  • Personal and project dashboards
  • Business wiki and files with permissions
  • Time tracking
  • To-do lists,Milestones and notifications
  • Report in Gantt charts.
  • Customizable work flow and business rules
  • Project level settings and lot more 250+customizable features.

14.Central Desktop

Central desktop “Over 375,000 users around the globe rely on Central Desktop every day to accelerate their business, connect their people, and manage their projects.” Free usage for 25 MB.

  • Quick setup
  • Enterprise grade search.
  • Real-time collaboration
  • Centralized communication
  • Team accountability

15.Ajaxworkspace

AJAXworkspace offers more than 10 powerful online project management and collaboration features such as project dashboard, tracking software, task management, document management, file sharing, and discussion board.It consists of an integrated suite of simple and easy-to-use collaboration functionality.This is an ideal tool for any type of project management regardless of whether you are working in a company or a freelancer from home.

Other Features

  • Bookmark
  • Personalization
  • Security access control
  • Event calendar
  • Graphical reporting tool

More tools

Let us know what are your favorite project collaboration tools and tips.

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74 Comments Best Comments First
  • Ben Blodgett

    Monday, October 17th, 2011 06:13

    59

    I think it is important to note that project management software can be highly inefficient if it is not specialized for specific processes. I have personally began building a service specific to managing web design projects. I am in the stage of collecting data from industry related people and would love your feedback.

    +4
  • Sophia

    Monday, November 14th, 2011 18:35

    64

    I have used so many pm tools in the past and personally i liked http://vkolab.com for my project management needs, it helps me save tons of extra time spending which i used to do in the past and i believe this should be added to your list above.

    Thanks.

    +3
  • Dina

    Monday, March 22nd, 2010 02:42

    24

    Some good tools listed here, and if I can suggest another excellent online project management tool option, that would be LiquidPlanner. LiquidPlanner is very strong in both task/team management and collaboration, both within teams and with clients via client portals. LiquidPlanner allows for the critical element of uncertainty in projects, and helps the project manager build a realistic schedule that can easily be adjusted as the project continues and those inevitable bumps along the way cause the schedule & priorities to be readjusted.
    And to add to an already list of great features, LiquidPlanner has a free iphone app.
    http://www.liquidplanner.com/tour/
    http://thecriticalchain.blogspot.com/2009/05/story-of-my-never-ending-love-affair.html

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  • Vernessa

    Monday, March 22nd, 2010 00:04

    25

    Great round-up of project management tools. I have used ActiveCollab and BaseCamp, both good PM apps. Think I’ll give some of these you’ve highlighted a try, so I can have more business productivity choices to recommend to my clients. Thanks!

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  • Sivakumar

    Sunday, March 21st, 2010 18:56

    23

    Thanks for all of the comments and we already know the commentators will list their tools too.Thanks for added.

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  • Dave Q

    Saturday, March 20th, 2010 08:37

    19

    Wondering why http://www.pivotaltracker.com is not on the list?

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  • Andy Moles

    Saturday, March 20th, 2010 11:22

    20

    Excellent List of Collaboration tools!
    I think you might like to add some more to this magnificent List. Taroby http://www.taroby.com is a project management and Collaboration Solution which we’ve been using for the past 2 years. Drop box http://www.dropbox.com allows you to sync your files online and across your computers automatically. Thanks for Posting informative content like these. Keep up the Good Work!

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  • Steve Leon

    Saturday, March 20th, 2010 18:08

    21

    You’re missing HyperOffice, http://www.hyperoffice.com, an integrated collaboration suite that make it easier for company owners, employees, customers, partners and suppliers to run and grow a business by working together, planning projects, sharing documents, organizing tasks, scheduling meetings, and more. HyperOffice integrates and delivers a range of software-as-a-service business applications over the Internet — shared calendars and contacts, access to documents stored on the company network, project management, web conferencing, databases and web forms; forums, polls and wikis; project and task portals, Intranets and Extranets; user rights, versioning, commenting, backup, and more.

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  • Grant

    Sunday, March 21st, 2010 14:55

    22

    Like another poster suggested our team has been impressed with agilesoup.com
    We are a team of 6 and the intuitive design best suits our needs.

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  • Mathias

    Monday, March 22nd, 2010 10:22

    26

    You should also have a look at webforum. http://www.webforum.com/web/page.aspx?sid=116

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  • laura

    Monday, March 22nd, 2010 14:53

    27

    I usually work with web-based applications like http://www.showdocument.com
    I use it for sharing my designs and documents with partners and clients,
    but i guess it can used for other purposes too. If you’re looking for a free solution you should check it out.
    – Laura W.

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  • isabelle

    Thursday, March 25th, 2010 23:46

    33

    Thx for this list :), I must admit I’ve been using PlanningForce Express Premium for a long time and I’m very happy with it :) Don’t hesitate to add it to your list ;)
    http://www.planningforce-express.com – Cheers and keep posting :)

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  • andy

    Saturday, March 27th, 2010 19:04

    34

    Thank you so much for this article. It comes just in time as we are looking for productivity tools @ work. Have a good day!

    – andy

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  • Kyle Keller

    Tuesday, March 30th, 2010 18:56

    35

    This is a really great post, and has some awesome insights. At ProjectSpaces (www.projectspaces.com), we believe strongly in fighting against the con you list — “These project management apps are here to save you time, but they can also be very time-consuming and not intuitive.” We have strived for simplicity over some of the flashy features of the other tools, while making sure to still include everything you need. Check us out and sign up for a free trial today. We’d love to hear from you.

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  • David Maguire

    Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010 09:51

    32

    The guys over at templatic have modded the P2 wordpress theme to work as a basic twitter like wordpress based collaboration tool. We use it at Outpost all the time for client projects. Its good because it eliminates all the clutter. It looks a lot like Teambox but bare bones.

    And its free!

    http://templatic.com/news/how-we-used-and-modded-p2-theme-to-enhance-productivity-at-templatic

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  • jason

    Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010 04:52

    31

    I’ve just signed up to http://www.agilesoup.com, have to say first impressions have been good. The UI and Agile Wall are stand out this far. I’ll have a bit more of a play and post my findings.

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  • Mic

    Monday, March 22nd, 2010 15:07

    28

    Google Wave anyone…?!?!?

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  • Sathish Sampath

    Monday, March 22nd, 2010 14:05

    29

    Hi,

    Thanks for the people who are generous enough to comment over and above the list. I ve now signed in busylissy and found it very intersting and useful.

    Thanks,

    Sathish Sampath

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  • Siim Esko

    Monday, March 22nd, 2010 19:58

    30

    I can add to this list. Not only is it a project management tool, but it also has a full range of additional modules that make it a one-stop-shop for a team or a small business. They are also open source, and developing rapidly.

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  • Suruchi

    Saturday, March 20th, 2010 08:54

    18

    DeskAway is awesome.

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  • PM Hut

    Wednesday, March 31st, 2010 20:54

    36

    I don’t think the tools are listed in order of importance.

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  • Priyanka D

    Friday, March 19th, 2010 08:57

    7

    Glad to see DeskAway on this list! Thanks!

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  • Laura Bamberg

    Friday, March 19th, 2010 15:14

    8

    I would like to add our product to the mix. I think we could easily handle the problems these other good companies can do.

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  • Sophie

    Friday, March 19th, 2010 14:43

    6

    Thanks for the list.
    I’ve just started using http://www.agilesoup.com, fantastic UI, intuitive solution for all our daily tasks.

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  • Serg

    Friday, March 19th, 2010 14:28

    5

    Loving 5pm so far. Comes with mobile interface.

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  • Matt

    Friday, March 19th, 2010 00:34

    2

    Without a doubt, Open Atrium should be added to this list. http://openatrium.com

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  • Linda

    Friday, March 19th, 2010 02:12

    3

    5pm has the best interface – much less clicks and scrolling around. Plus it’s customizable. +1

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  • Jon Bergan

    Friday, March 19th, 2010 00:55

    4

    Remember the Milk is pretty awesome. For a basic task management application, it does the job really well over a huge number of platforms. Basecamp is obviously also a nice choice. I thought 5pm was a little too feature rich for my liking though! Sometimes you don’t want a zillion features, you know!?

    All in all, many of these apps are great. Thanks for the roundup!

    JB

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  • Jordan Walker

    Friday, March 19th, 2010 16:13

    9

    Thanks for the resources, I will have to take a look at a few of them.

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  • Biljana Pesevska

    Friday, March 19th, 2010 10:39

    10

    Those who need a more advanced project planning and tracking tool should check out Seavus Project Planner (www.seavusprojectplanner.com).
    Unique integration and collaboration with Google Apps is coming in less than a month.

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  • Brady Green

    Saturday, March 20th, 2010 05:38

    16

    The world of online project management software is really interesting, there are plenty of them. A few days ago, I discovered Doolphy (http://www.doolphy.com ), through Twitter. Although, it’s a beta version, I’m pretty happy with it

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  • Ron

    Saturday, March 20th, 2010 00:17

    17

    Also have a look at Psoda (http://www.psoda.com). They have a whole collection of tools for programme and project management, including budgets, schedule, risk, issues, change management, documents, requirements, testing and product management. We’ve been using them for over a year now and their tools just keeps getting better.

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  • Ronny

    Saturday, March 20th, 2010 02:23

    15

    You should really, really check out Project Bubble! It’s an incredible simple and easy tool for managing your projects, client and invoices. And it’s free!

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  • ChrisDigital

    Friday, March 19th, 2010 18:25

    14

    My team currently uses Activecollab when we migrated off Basecamp, it’s great. I also think huddle.net looks awesome. Wrike looks pretty sweet also, we took a hard look at it before we settled on ActiveCollab, but the cost was an issue. Thanks for compiling this.

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  • Cindi

    Friday, March 19th, 2010 17:01

    11

    If you are looking for a robust, feature-rich, SaaS PPM solution, @task is an excellent product (www.attask.com)

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  • Melissa Venable

    Friday, March 19th, 2010 19:03

    12

    Great list. Thanks for the reviews and brief summaries. I am a fan of Basecamp, but am often asked for other recommendations as well. This list will be a good reference to pass along.

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  • Angel Grablev

    Friday, March 19th, 2010 20:44

    13

    These are all great. A long time coming freedcamp launches today. Beautiful design, clean usable project management that is completely free! Give it a check at freedcamp.com :)

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  • John Smith

    Friday, April 16th, 2010 11:36

    37

    To collaborate with my partners and share confidential infromation I use Sironta ( http://www.sironta.com ).

    It’s P2P, so confidential docs are only on my PC, not on an external server. It has Open Office embedded so you can work on the documents even if you are offline and synchronize with your partners once you reach the net.

    It’s the first software I have seen where I can share, edit or create files of any type and any size, without limitations, restrictions or information leakage.

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  • Ben

    Friday, March 19th, 2010 00:15

    1

    You should also check out SUBERNOVA http://www.subernova.com :)

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  • Nicholas Hughes

    Thursday, November 10th, 2011 09:46

    63

    It’s a good list. And there are so many other project management too. What we need is just the simple but powful tool.

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  • Tracy Cole

    Thursday, November 17th, 2011 11:51

    65

    Recently found one of the easiest and totally free tool http://www.oogwave.com

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  • Vipin

    Tuesday, November 8th, 2011 10:50

    62

    Great post, I guess you should review MangoApps (www.mangospring.com) as well, its a powerful software which works on any mobile platform with options of in-house, on premise or private cloud implementation. MangoApps has all the components of Project, Task, Idea, Events & Performance Management. One of the best enterprise social network allowing both internal & external collaboration which guarantees e-mail reduction upto 80% or more…

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  • Chris

    Friday, November 4th, 2011 15:18

    61

    We had a look at some of the softwares mentioned on the list. There are so many which is a good thing. We use Dooster which has brought about such an improvement in team collaboration and consequently better team relations including the admin staff. I hope they’re all as good as Dooster and I’m just very glad that we chose it.

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  • Lily

    Thursday, August 25th, 2011 21:02

    57

    We are using it’s a great company that has a lot of innovative features and a free 30-day trial. AWESOME! :)

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  • Sandy

    Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 23:48

    58

    It’s a good list. The only one I am not familiar with is the Ajax solution. We looked at a number of them when we were choosing Dooster which has been a success story for us. Granted you all need to be using the same software for collaboration to work.

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  • Roza

    Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 15:44

    60

    Great list. Our tool is worth testing as well! You should try it out to see if you think it deserves to be on your list. It is based on Social Project Management which is a quite new concept.

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    • mercer

      Thursday, March 15th, 2012 10:31

      71

      use TAWKLE. it will solve all ur problems!

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  • Catherine

    Thursday, December 8th, 2011 23:41

    66

    OneDesk includes a comprehensive project management application that greatly facilitates workflow management, social collaboration between all stakeholders, budgeting and task scheduling, and a simple gantt chart.

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  • Valt

    Sunday, January 8th, 2012 14:54

    67

    Thank you for this great review,
    All these applications are web-based as I understand… I found this way quite risky yet, because of two major reasons – you can never be completely sure of where your confidential business data is stored (it gets transported to some remote server which is out of your control), while a serious company cannot afford such additional threats, and also Internet connection is vulnerable yet (if your Internet access is down, then your data is unreachable), so we in our company currently prefer using VIP Task Manager as it is LAN-based project collaboration tool, we host its database at our own server, without dealing with the web. Since we decide to have more of distant freelancers, maybe we will try something from these web-based products.

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  • Oriol

    Monday, April 9th, 2012 08:10

    73

    Very useful list!
    However, I am surprised you didn’t mention TransparentBusiness. I have been using it in my company for some time and its simply amazing. It is also a cloud-based tool and tt has huge benefits over most of other existing tools.
    It has a time tracking feature that lets you have a rigorous control over your workers. The tool will take regular screenshots of the workers computer screen while he is working, so that you can review the hours that he has actually been working. Also, it has a nice real-time Gantt chart, which shows the real progress of a project, showing tasks that are finished, on-time, off-time, overbilled, etc. Also, it is free to use for up to 5 team members (and it costs only about $300/year per extra member).

    Apart from all that, it includes all of the main features of a project management tool, that is, phases and tasks management and assignation, collaborative discussion, etc. And with a very intuitive UI. Really, we are very happy with this tool, and I recommend it to everyone!

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  • John

    Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 05:43

    74

    I recently signed up in arcilook.com, for me cosketch tool are amazing! Most simple system to manage.

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  • Markeez

    Thursday, April 5th, 2012 06:46

    72

    Thanks for sharing, your list.
    Also maybe you will be interested infree task management software based not on relative DBs, but on gparh database, which grants unleashed flexibility so you don’t need any additional IT programming.

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  • Jack

    Friday, January 13th, 2012 19:06

    68

    We tried several of these options including Basecamp for a while. Someone on my staff recommended Projecturf and we use it for task management, sharing files, and design approvals. It makes things a lot easier to keep our data in one place since we have several designers and managers in different offices.

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  • Mike

    Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 00:00

    69

    We use Dooster. It’s excellent collaborative software and has improved our performance. I recommend it highly. They have a free trial period as well.

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  • Elijah Clark

    Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 17:58

    70

    Thanks for the list. Glad someone put together something real rather than all of these fake review sites. Thanks for the extra help.

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  • Jerome Iveson

    Tuesday, August 9th, 2011 14:23

    56

    I’d like to throw my hat into the ring. I’m the founder of Thrive; we make Solo a beautiful project management tool for freelancers. http://www.thrivesolo.com It’s the perfect all-in-one package to manage your freelance business.

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  • Jack

    Thursday, July 14th, 2011 22:11

    55

    Interesting list of attractive tools. Our organisation has been using Dooster.net and we’re doing well with it. Less complications and more achieving since we got it.

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  • Tony Mobily

    Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010 19:08

    43

    Hi,

    One of our users gave me the link to this post. So, here I am!

    We developed Apollo http://www.apollohq.com — yes, I am affiliated to them.

    Apollo came out after this article was published. I think it would have been a good addition here — it covers project AND contact management. It’s a one-page super-snappy web application, all Ajax.

    Maybe give it a go — just email us to get an invite. Maybe you’ll find it revolutionary enough to add it to this great resource!

    Bye,

    Merc.

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  • Brett Widmann

    Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010 02:11

    44

    Great collection of tools and resources. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Martin

    Thursday, September 2nd, 2010 20:57

    42

    I use Managemeet.com, a new tool for brainstorming, categorizing, prioritizing and analysis. Meeting notes may be sent directly if you want and its easy to organize and plan a meeting.

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  • Heckner

    Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 23:00

    41

    I will add http://www.agreedo.com . Unlike all others here on this great list it really let people be more efficient when it comes to meetings of any type. Whether they meet live or online agreedo.com let people prepare for the meeting, run the meeting and followup the results. I think they are still beta. It’s really cool stuff!

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  • Asi B

    Sunday, May 16th, 2010 18:45

    38

    For me, the best project management tool is InTask (www.intaskrnd.com) – fast, intuitive, lots of features, outlook synchronization, calendar view, import/export from excel, document management and state of the art reports editor. Most important – it’s free!!
    my second best is MS Project – lots of options, fairly simple and non-web based which is a big advantage in my opinion

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  • Camisetas

    Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 14:48

    39

    I’ve used Basecamp and I am very satisfied! Basecamp no longer supports Internet Explorer 6. They won’t even let you use the site if you are on it. But lots of other people are moving the same way.

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  • Bella

    Tuesday, June 1st, 2010 17:02

    40

    A very useful article. I think it can be very helpful for those who are looking for a PM tool.
    We’ve been using Wrike for a few months already. Email integration is awesome! A lot of time is saved on typing emails. Wrike is easy to adopt, that’s a big advantage when you need to invite external collaborators.
    One thing that I miss is an iPhone app, but they told they’d be releasing it this year.

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  • Mallinga245

    Thursday, November 4th, 2010 13:49

    45

    Wow – I didn’t know about half of these tools to collaborate. The new innovative services that people keep coming up with is amazing. When I started freelancing back zillions of years ago, there was nothing like this out here. Wow…thanks for posting.

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  • Ian Jones 021

    Thursday, November 11th, 2010 19:30

    46

    Suggest a look at iPlanWare.com. Project collaboration plus scheduling, portfolio management, resource planning, project dashboards, ms project integration, issue management and more. You can take an online / saas solution on install on premises.

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  • Jack

    Friday, May 27th, 2011 00:13

    52

    That’s a clear list and interesting as well as helpful. We’ve been using http://www.dooster.net for a while now and we’re very pleased. Communication is so much better. Everyone was out of the office more and more and it felt like we were getting further away from our spider’s web. As we’re generally a happy company it wasn’t a good thing and using Dooster has enabled us to feel right in there and not left out of anything because we were at a meeting. In our organisation things move fast and you really need to be in touch as well as well organised and Dooster seems to have enabled us to do this. Which makes me wonder when I read these reviews why it isn’t on this one. But good to read about the others so many thanks.

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  • Robert

    Monday, June 27th, 2011 17:03

    53

    Project management tools are plenty. As you can see, there are fifteen listed in the article, and each comment is about another option. With so many to choose from, it is difficult to find the right software for your company.

    0
  • Rameez Usmani

    Saturday, July 2nd, 2011 08:36

    54

    Great tools…. I am also a programmer and I am planning to develop few products…one of the product came in my mind was a Web based Project Management tool , I am planning to compete Basecamp , I did some research and found few features that I can add.
    You have much more knowledge about different tools , so if possible please let me know any feature in any project management tool you feel missing…just drop me an email. I will try to add it in my features list.

    regards,
    Rameez Usmani

    0
  • Charlotte505

    Friday, May 13th, 2011 11:11

    51

    Nice list of PM and CRM Tools and I`d like to add WorkforceTrack . I tried its trial by requesting a demo. Mostly, I liked its service: everytime time they ask for feedback checking for your convenience.

    0
  • Vinay

    Friday, April 15th, 2011 15:06

    50

    Take a look at Contrich……

    It is not a complete Project Management tool, but can effectively manage the Content part in a typical Web Application Project. It can prove to be a handy tool for project managers, people who want to outsource content writing, Content Writers, Editor, Quality Analysts etc. With features like inline content editing, content review, automatic page verification and much more, it can help a lot in increasing the productivity of the Content team.

    The homepage has a short video tutorial to get things started quickly.

    0
  • Pankaj

    Thursday, December 23rd, 2010 19:39

    47

    http://www.hyperoffice.com is one of the oldest solutions in the market since 1998. They just bolstered their project management tools.

    0
  • Kalven Marietan

    Friday, January 14th, 2011 09:33

    48

    Thanks for sharing the list containing different project management software. However, since I have tried some of them but didn’t find it that helpful because they were too complicated to operate. So I switched to Microsoft Professional 2010 one of the best project manager’s software which is simple and easy to use.

    0
  • iManageProject

    Sunday, February 13th, 2011 12:45

    49

    Hi,

    Great article. I also recommend iManageProject project management software:
    http://www.imanageproject.com

    Thanks.

    0
  • John

    Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 05:43

    74

    I recently signed up in arcilook.com, for me cosketch tool are amazing! Most simple system to manage.

    0
  • Oriol

    Monday, April 9th, 2012 08:10

    73

    Very useful list!
    However, I am surprised you didn’t mention TransparentBusiness. I have been using it in my company for some time and its simply amazing. It is also a cloud-based tool and tt has huge benefits over most of other existing tools.
    It has a time tracking feature that lets you have a rigorous control over your workers. The tool will take regular screenshots of the workers computer screen while he is working, so that you can review the hours that he has actually been working. Also, it has a nice real-time Gantt chart, which shows the real progress of a project, showing tasks that are finished, on-time, off-time, overbilled, etc. Also, it is free to use for up to 5 team members (and it costs only about $300/year per extra member).

    Apart from all that, it includes all of the main features of a project management tool, that is, phases and tasks management and assignation, collaborative discussion, etc. And with a very intuitive UI. Really, we are very happy with this tool, and I recommend it to everyone!

    0
  • Markeez

    Thursday, April 5th, 2012 06:46

    72

    Thanks for sharing, your list.
    Also maybe you will be interested infree task management software based not on relative DBs, but on gparh database, which grants unleashed flexibility so you don’t need any additional IT programming.

    0
  • Elijah Clark

    Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 17:58

    70

    Thanks for the list. Glad someone put together something real rather than all of these fake review sites. Thanks for the extra help.

    0
  • Mike

    Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 00:00

    69

    We use Dooster. It’s excellent collaborative software and has improved our performance. I recommend it highly. They have a free trial period as well.

    0
  • Jack

    Friday, January 13th, 2012 19:06

    68

    We tried several of these options including Basecamp for a while. Someone on my staff recommended Projecturf and we use it for task management, sharing files, and design approvals. It makes things a lot easier to keep our data in one place since we have several designers and managers in different offices.

    0
  • Valt

    Sunday, January 8th, 2012 14:54

    67

    Thank you for this great review,
    All these applications are web-based as I understand… I found this way quite risky yet, because of two major reasons – you can never be completely sure of where your confidential business data is stored (it gets transported to some remote server which is out of your control), while a serious company cannot afford such additional threats, and also Internet connection is vulnerable yet (if your Internet access is down, then your data is unreachable), so we in our company currently prefer using VIP Task Manager as it is LAN-based project collaboration tool, we host its database at our own server, without dealing with the web. Since we decide to have more of distant freelancers, maybe we will try something from these web-based products.

    0
  • Catherine

    Thursday, December 8th, 2011 23:41

    66

    OneDesk includes a comprehensive project management application that greatly facilitates workflow management, social collaboration between all stakeholders, budgeting and task scheduling, and a simple gantt chart.

    0
  • Tracy Cole

    Thursday, November 17th, 2011 11:51

    65

    Recently found one of the easiest and totally free tool http://www.oogwave.com

    0
  • Sophia

    Monday, November 14th, 2011 18:35

    64

    I have used so many pm tools in the past and personally i liked http://vkolab.com for my project management needs, it helps me save tons of extra time spending which i used to do in the past and i believe this should be added to your list above.

    Thanks.

    +3
  • Nicholas Hughes

    Thursday, November 10th, 2011 09:46

    63

    It’s a good list. And there are so many other project management too. What we need is just the simple but powful tool.

    0
  • Vipin

    Tuesday, November 8th, 2011 10:50

    62

    Great post, I guess you should review MangoApps (www.mangospring.com) as well, its a powerful software which works on any mobile platform with options of in-house, on premise or private cloud implementation. MangoApps has all the components of Project, Task, Idea, Events & Performance Management. One of the best enterprise social network allowing both internal & external collaboration which guarantees e-mail reduction upto 80% or more…

    0
  • Chris

    Friday, November 4th, 2011 15:18

    61

    We had a look at some of the softwares mentioned on the list. There are so many which is a good thing. We use Dooster which has brought about such an improvement in team collaboration and consequently better team relations including the admin staff. I hope they’re all as good as Dooster and I’m just very glad that we chose it.

    0
  • Roza

    Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 15:44

    60

    Great list. Our tool is worth testing as well! You should try it out to see if you think it deserves to be on your list. It is based on Social Project Management which is a quite new concept.

    0
    • mercer

      Thursday, March 15th, 2012 10:31

      71

      use TAWKLE. it will solve all ur problems!

      0
  • Ben Blodgett

    Monday, October 17th, 2011 06:13

    59

    I think it is important to note that project management software can be highly inefficient if it is not specialized for specific processes. I have personally began building a service specific to managing web design projects. I am in the stage of collecting data from industry related people and would love your feedback.

    +4
  • Sandy

    Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 23:48

    58

    It’s a good list. The only one I am not familiar with is the Ajax solution. We looked at a number of them when we were choosing Dooster which has been a success story for us. Granted you all need to be using the same software for collaboration to work.

    0
  • Lily

    Thursday, August 25th, 2011 21:02

    57

    We are using it’s a great company that has a lot of innovative features and a free 30-day trial. AWESOME! :)

    0
  • Jerome Iveson

    Tuesday, August 9th, 2011 14:23

    56

    I’d like to throw my hat into the ring. I’m the founder of Thrive; we make Solo a beautiful project management tool for freelancers. http://www.thrivesolo.com It’s the perfect all-in-one package to manage your freelance business.

    0
  • Jack

    Thursday, July 14th, 2011 22:11

    55

    Interesting list of attractive tools. Our organisation has been using Dooster.net and we’re doing well with it. Less complications and more achieving since we got it.

    0
  • Rameez Usmani

    Saturday, July 2nd, 2011 08:36

    54

    Great tools…. I am also a programmer and I am planning to develop few products…one of the product came in my mind was a Web based Project Management tool , I am planning to compete Basecamp , I did some research and found few features that I can add.
    You have much more knowledge about different tools , so if possible please let me know any feature in any project management tool you feel missing…just drop me an email. I will try to add it in my features list.

    regards,
    Rameez Usmani

    0
  • Robert

    Monday, June 27th, 2011 17:03

    53

    Project management tools are plenty. As you can see, there are fifteen listed in the article, and each comment is about another option. With so many to choose from, it is difficult to find the right software for your company.

    0
  • Jack

    Friday, May 27th, 2011 00:13

    52

    That’s a clear list and interesting as well as helpful. We’ve been using http://www.dooster.net for a while now and we’re very pleased. Communication is so much better. Everyone was out of the office more and more and it felt like we were getting further away from our spider’s web. As we’re generally a happy company it wasn’t a good thing and using Dooster has enabled us to feel right in there and not left out of anything because we were at a meeting. In our organisation things move fast and you really need to be in touch as well as well organised and Dooster seems to have enabled us to do this. Which makes me wonder when I read these reviews why it isn’t on this one. But good to read about the others so many thanks.

    0
  • Charlotte505

    Friday, May 13th, 2011 11:11

    51

    Nice list of PM and CRM Tools and I`d like to add WorkforceTrack . I tried its trial by requesting a demo. Mostly, I liked its service: everytime time they ask for feedback checking for your convenience.

    0
  • Vinay

    Friday, April 15th, 2011 15:06

    50

    Take a look at Contrich……

    It is not a complete Project Management tool, but can effectively manage the Content part in a typical Web Application Project. It can prove to be a handy tool for project managers, people who want to outsource content writing, Content Writers, Editor, Quality Analysts etc. With features like inline content editing, content review, automatic page verification and much more, it can help a lot in increasing the productivity of the Content team.

    The homepage has a short video tutorial to get things started quickly.

    0
  • iManageProject

    Sunday, February 13th, 2011 12:45

    49

    Hi,

    Great article. I also recommend iManageProject project management software:
    http://www.imanageproject.com

    Thanks.

    0
  • Kalven Marietan

    Friday, January 14th, 2011 09:33

    48

    Thanks for sharing the list containing different project management software. However, since I have tried some of them but didn’t find it that helpful because they were too complicated to operate. So I switched to Microsoft Professional 2010 one of the best project manager’s software which is simple and easy to use.

    0
  • Pankaj

    Thursday, December 23rd, 2010 19:39

    47

    http://www.hyperoffice.com is one of the oldest solutions in the market since 1998. They just bolstered their project management tools.

    0
  • Ian Jones 021

    Thursday, November 11th, 2010 19:30

    46

    Suggest a look at iPlanWare.com. Project collaboration plus scheduling, portfolio management, resource planning, project dashboards, ms project integration, issue management and more. You can take an online / saas solution on install on premises.

    0
  • Mallinga245

    Thursday, November 4th, 2010 13:49

    45

    Wow – I didn’t know about half of these tools to collaborate. The new innovative services that people keep coming up with is amazing. When I started freelancing back zillions of years ago, there was nothing like this out here. Wow…thanks for posting.

    0
  • Brett Widmann

    Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010 02:11

    44

    Great collection of tools and resources. Thanks for sharing.

    0
  • Tony Mobily

    Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010 19:08

    43

    Hi,

    One of our users gave me the link to this post. So, here I am!

    We developed Apollo http://www.apollohq.com — yes, I am affiliated to them.

    Apollo came out after this article was published. I think it would have been a good addition here — it covers project AND contact management. It’s a one-page super-snappy web application, all Ajax.

    Maybe give it a go — just email us to get an invite. Maybe you’ll find it revolutionary enough to add it to this great resource!

    Bye,

    Merc.

    0
  • Martin

    Thursday, September 2nd, 2010 20:57

    42

    I use Managemeet.com, a new tool for brainstorming, categorizing, prioritizing and analysis. Meeting notes may be sent directly if you want and its easy to organize and plan a meeting.

    0
  • Heckner

    Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 23:00

    41

    I will add http://www.agreedo.com . Unlike all others here on this great list it really let people be more efficient when it comes to meetings of any type. Whether they meet live or online agreedo.com let people prepare for the meeting, run the meeting and followup the results. I think they are still beta. It’s really cool stuff!

    0
  • Bella

    Tuesday, June 1st, 2010 17:02

    40

    A very useful article. I think it can be very helpful for those who are looking for a PM tool.
    We’ve been using Wrike for a few months already. Email integration is awesome! A lot of time is saved on typing emails. Wrike is easy to adopt, that’s a big advantage when you need to invite external collaborators.
    One thing that I miss is an iPhone app, but they told they’d be releasing it this year.

    0
  • Camisetas

    Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 14:48

    39

    I’ve used Basecamp and I am very satisfied! Basecamp no longer supports Internet Explorer 6. They won’t even let you use the site if you are on it. But lots of other people are moving the same way.

    0
  • Asi B

    Sunday, May 16th, 2010 18:45

    38

    For me, the best project management tool is InTask (www.intaskrnd.com) – fast, intuitive, lots of features, outlook synchronization, calendar view, import/export from excel, document management and state of the art reports editor. Most important – it’s free!!
    my second best is MS Project – lots of options, fairly simple and non-web based which is a big advantage in my opinion

    0
  • John Smith

    Friday, April 16th, 2010 11:36

    37

    To collaborate with my partners and share confidential infromation I use Sironta ( http://www.sironta.com ).

    It’s P2P, so confidential docs are only on my PC, not on an external server. It has Open Office embedded so you can work on the documents even if you are offline and synchronize with your partners once you reach the net.

    It’s the first software I have seen where I can share, edit or create files of any type and any size, without limitations, restrictions or information leakage.

    0
  • PM Hut

    Wednesday, March 31st, 2010 20:54

    36

    I don’t think the tools are listed in order of importance.

    0
  • Kyle Keller

    Tuesday, March 30th, 2010 18:56

    35

    This is a really great post, and has some awesome insights. At ProjectSpaces (www.projectspaces.com), we believe strongly in fighting against the con you list — “These project management apps are here to save you time, but they can also be very time-consuming and not intuitive.” We have strived for simplicity over some of the flashy features of the other tools, while making sure to still include everything you need. Check us out and sign up for a free trial today. We’d love to hear from you.

    0
  • andy

    Saturday, March 27th, 2010 19:04

    34

    Thank you so much for this article. It comes just in time as we are looking for productivity tools @ work. Have a good day!

    – andy

    0
  • isabelle

    Thursday, March 25th, 2010 23:46

    33

    Thx for this list :), I must admit I’ve been using PlanningForce Express Premium for a long time and I’m very happy with it :) Don’t hesitate to add it to your list ;)
    http://www.planningforce-express.com – Cheers and keep posting :)

    0
  • David Maguire

    Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010 09:51

    32

    The guys over at templatic have modded the P2 wordpress theme to work as a basic twitter like wordpress based collaboration tool. We use it at Outpost all the time for client projects. Its good because it eliminates all the clutter. It looks a lot like Teambox but bare bones.

    And its free!

    http://templatic.com/news/how-we-used-and-modded-p2-theme-to-enhance-productivity-at-templatic

    0
  • jason

    Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010 04:52

    31

    I’ve just signed up to http://www.agilesoup.com, have to say first impressions have been good. The UI and Agile Wall are stand out this far. I’ll have a bit more of a play and post my findings.

    0
  • Siim Esko

    Monday, March 22nd, 2010 19:58

    30

    I can add to this list. Not only is it a project management tool, but it also has a full range of additional modules that make it a one-stop-shop for a team or a small business. They are also open source, and developing rapidly.

    0
  • Sathish Sampath

    Monday, March 22nd, 2010 14:05

    29

    Hi,

    Thanks for the people who are generous enough to comment over and above the list. I ve now signed in busylissy and found it very intersting and useful.

    Thanks,

    Sathish Sampath

    0
  • Mic

    Monday, March 22nd, 2010 15:07

    28

    Google Wave anyone…?!?!?

    0
  • laura

    Monday, March 22nd, 2010 14:53

    27

    I usually work with web-based applications like http://www.showdocument.com
    I use it for sharing my designs and documents with partners and clients,
    but i guess it can used for other purposes too. If you’re looking for a free solution you should check it out.
    – Laura W.

    0
  • Mathias

    Monday, March 22nd, 2010 10:22

    26

    You should also have a look at webforum. http://www.webforum.com/web/page.aspx?sid=116

    0
  • Vernessa

    Monday, March 22nd, 2010 00:04

    25

    Great round-up of project management tools. I have used ActiveCollab and BaseCamp, both good PM apps. Think I’ll give some of these you’ve highlighted a try, so I can have more business productivity choices to recommend to my clients. Thanks!

    0
  • Dina

    Monday, March 22nd, 2010 02:42

    24

    Some good tools listed here, and if I can suggest another excellent online project management tool option, that would be LiquidPlanner. LiquidPlanner is very strong in both task/team management and collaboration, both within teams and with clients via client portals. LiquidPlanner allows for the critical element of uncertainty in projects, and helps the project manager build a realistic schedule that can easily be adjusted as the project continues and those inevitable bumps along the way cause the schedule & priorities to be readjusted.
    And to add to an already list of great features, LiquidPlanner has a free iphone app.
    http://www.liquidplanner.com/tour/
    http://thecriticalchain.blogspot.com/2009/05/story-of-my-never-ending-love-affair.html

    0
  • Sivakumar

    Sunday, March 21st, 2010 18:56

    23

    Thanks for all of the comments and we already know the commentators will list their tools too.Thanks for added.

    0
  • Grant

    Sunday, March 21st, 2010 14:55

    22

    Like another poster suggested our team has been impressed with agilesoup.com
    We are a team of 6 and the intuitive design best suits our needs.

    0
  • Steve Leon

    Saturday, March 20th, 2010 18:08

    21

    You’re missing HyperOffice, http://www.hyperoffice.com, an integrated collaboration suite that make it easier for company owners, employees, customers, partners and suppliers to run and grow a business by working together, planning projects, sharing documents, organizing tasks, scheduling meetings, and more. HyperOffice integrates and delivers a range of software-as-a-service business applications over the Internet — shared calendars and contacts, access to documents stored on the company network, project management, web conferencing, databases and web forms; forums, polls and wikis; project and task portals, Intranets and Extranets; user rights, versioning, commenting, backup, and more.

    0
  • Andy Moles

    Saturday, March 20th, 2010 11:22

    20

    Excellent List of Collaboration tools!
    I think you might like to add some more to this magnificent List. Taroby http://www.taroby.com is a project management and Collaboration Solution which we’ve been using for the past 2 years. Drop box http://www.dropbox.com allows you to sync your files online and across your computers automatically. Thanks for Posting informative content like these. Keep up the Good Work!

    0
  • Dave Q

    Saturday, March 20th, 2010 08:37

    19

    Wondering why http://www.pivotaltracker.com is not on the list?

    0
  • Suruchi

    Saturday, March 20th, 2010 08:54

    18

    DeskAway is awesome.

    0
  • Ron

    Saturday, March 20th, 2010 00:17

    17

    Also have a look at Psoda (http://www.psoda.com). They have a whole collection of tools for programme and project management, including budgets, schedule, risk, issues, change management, documents, requirements, testing and product management. We’ve been using them for over a year now and their tools just keeps getting better.

    0
  • Brady Green

    Saturday, March 20th, 2010 05:38

    16

    The world of online project management software is really interesting, there are plenty of them. A few days ago, I discovered Doolphy (http://www.doolphy.com ), through Twitter. Although, it’s a beta version, I’m pretty happy with it

    0
  • Ronny

    Saturday, March 20th, 2010 02:23

    15

    You should really, really check out Project Bubble! It’s an incredible simple and easy tool for managing your projects, client and invoices. And it’s free!

    0
  • ChrisDigital

    Friday, March 19th, 2010 18:25

    14

    My team currently uses Activecollab when we migrated off Basecamp, it’s great. I also think huddle.net looks awesome. Wrike looks pretty sweet also, we took a hard look at it before we settled on ActiveCollab, but the cost was an issue. Thanks for compiling this.

    0
  • Angel Grablev

    Friday, March 19th, 2010 20:44

    13

    These are all great. A long time coming freedcamp launches today. Beautiful design, clean usable project management that is completely free! Give it a check at freedcamp.com :)

    0
  • Melissa Venable

    Friday, March 19th, 2010 19:03

    12

    Great list. Thanks for the reviews and brief summaries. I am a fan of Basecamp, but am often asked for other recommendations as well. This list will be a good reference to pass along.

    0
  • Cindi

    Friday, March 19th, 2010 17:01

    11

    If you are looking for a robust, feature-rich, SaaS PPM solution, @task is an excellent product (www.attask.com)

    0
  • Biljana Pesevska

    Friday, March 19th, 2010 10:39

    10

    Those who need a more advanced project planning and tracking tool should check out Seavus Project Planner (www.seavusprojectplanner.com).
    Unique integration and collaboration with Google Apps is coming in less than a month.

    0
  • Jordan Walker

    Friday, March 19th, 2010 16:13

    9

    Thanks for the resources, I will have to take a look at a few of them.

    0
  • Laura Bamberg

    Friday, March 19th, 2010 15:14

    8

    I would like to add our product to the mix. I think we could easily handle the problems these other good companies can do.

    0
  • Priyanka D

    Friday, March 19th, 2010 08:57

    7

    Glad to see DeskAway on this list! Thanks!

    0
  • Sophie

    Friday, March 19th, 2010 14:43

    6

    Thanks for the list.
    I’ve just started using http://www.agilesoup.com, fantastic UI, intuitive solution for all our daily tasks.

    0
  • Serg

    Friday, March 19th, 2010 14:28

    5

    Loving 5pm so far. Comes with mobile interface.

    0
  • Jon Bergan

    Friday, March 19th, 2010 00:55

    4

    Remember the Milk is pretty awesome. For a basic task management application, it does the job really well over a huge number of platforms. Basecamp is obviously also a nice choice. I thought 5pm was a little too feature rich for my liking though! Sometimes you don’t want a zillion features, you know!?

    All in all, many of these apps are great. Thanks for the roundup!

    JB

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  • Linda

    Friday, March 19th, 2010 02:12

    3

    5pm has the best interface – much less clicks and scrolling around. Plus it’s customizable. +1

    0
  • Matt

    Friday, March 19th, 2010 00:34

    2

    Without a doubt, Open Atrium should be added to this list. http://openatrium.com

    0
  • Ben

    Friday, March 19th, 2010 00:15

    1

    You should also check out SUBERNOVA http://www.subernova.com :)

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