Info: This is a review of a paid application.
AceProject, a powerful project management application which was previously shared at WRD, recently got better with a huge update. In case you missed our previous introduction, here is a good chance to know about this handy product.
First of all, it has a brand new look which makes working on projects and taking actions very easy. With the tabbed interface, dealing with multiple projects at the same time is possible (which is great for multitasking and comparing details).
The application handles all the steps of project management:
Projects can be created and assigned to any number of users. And, same for the tasks.
Tasks can be grouped and different task types can be created to better cover the phases of a project and categorize them.
Each task can be marked with statuses ("Waiting", "In Progress" and "Completed") and priorities to see which things need to be done.
Users can upload documents, assign them to projects and other users can view these files in accordance with their access rights.
Such a repository saves time finding project-related documents, seeing their versions and viewing who accessed them.
For a company charging with hours or willing to see "how much time spent on each task/project", AceProject offers a built-in time-tracking module where users can define the hours worked for each task.
The process is either manually or automatically with the help of the IN/OUT time clock module.
Once time reports are ready, they need to be approved by the manager of the project (he/she can easily remove or edit the items).
This is where users submit expenses for approval in a project or a task.
The feature is good for anyone who travel or purchase equipment and incur expenses that effect the total cost of a project or a task.
The application can control any number of users including employees, subcontractors, clients, telecommuters, etc under the same interface.
So, people involved in the project doesn't have to be the ones in your company/team but any others that you work from time-to-time or only for that project..
Statistics and reports
AceProject can report every detail in a project from different views like per project, task, user, client, time period, etc.
Simply, it eases finding out "what is going on at any time".
There is an intuitive mobile web interface that works in all major mobile browsers/devices and functions as a light version of AceProject.
So, wherever a project member is, they can still involve to the process.
An internal mailbox lets the users know about any notifications they received. And, it can be used to contact other team members.
Also, a built-in discussion forum enables share thoughts, ideas, issues, knowledge and lots more.
To sum up, this project planning software has all the features for controlling multiple projects, providing access to everyone involved and reporting the activities. All with a user-friendly interface.