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Chatbox is a free Mac OS X application that brings simple project collaboration features into Dropbox.

It allows us to comment to files hosted on Dropbox and easily start a discussion/chat about them.

Once installed, right click any file/folder and instantly start conversations with the people that the Dropbox file/folder is shared.

It can work offline, syncs when you are back online and requires no registration as everything is stored inside Dropbox.

Chatbox for Dropbox

Nitro is a simple, good looking, free and open source task management application to get things done.

It comes in multiple versions where all of them are free:

  • hosted
  • Chrome web app
  • open source web app
  • Linux and Ubuntu desktop packages

The open source web app is makes use of modern web technologies, doesn't require any server-side setup and built with only HTML, CSS + JS.

Nitro

Once downloaded, it is ready-to-use by simply loading the index.html file and any actions made are stored using HTML5 localstorage. There is an option for syncing data with Dropbox or Ubuntu One.

Nitro allows us to add tasks, write notes to the tasks and define due dates for them. For any tasks with sub-tasks, there is "lists"feature.

The app is multilingual (there is already support for several languages) and it is themable.

Today, many project management applications can calculate the time that is being worked on projects to use them in various reports.

If you are not using such a project management system and looking for a simpler solution just to track time, Kimai can be a good alternative.

It is a PHP-powered, open source web application that enables us to define projects/tasks and record the time we work on each item.

Kimai - PHP Time Tracker

Although it is web-based, the timer keeps working even if the browser is closed unless it is stopped.

After collecting the data, it can generate a report of your activities on demand (yearly, monthly, daily, by customer/project/action).

The application stores the data in a MySQL database and it has a multilingual interface.

ChiliProject is an open source project management application that helps tracking many aspects of a process.

It is built with Ruby on Rails on top of the popular Redmine (was shared at WRD) by the long-standing community members/contributors of it and follows a different roadmap.

The application has features for project and milestone planning (roadmap), ticket-based issue tracking, document management (including version control -Subversion or Git- for software projects) and time tracking to calculate costs.

ChiliProject

ChiliProject notifies team members about the activities via e-mail and further notifications exist by simply subscribing to a project's activity feed.

In order to document the details/knowledge, there is a built-in wiki. Also, a forum exists for discussions with users other than the team members.

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).

AceProject

The application handles all the steps of project management:

The core

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.

Document management

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.

Time tracking

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).

AceProject Edit Task

Expense tracking

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.

HR/Resource management

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".

Mobile access

AceProject Mobile

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.

Collaboration

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.

Whether you are a freelancer or a small/big team, using tools to keep biz-related data under control is usually a good idea for everyone.

SohoOS is an all-in-one application that comes with lots of features for managing a business online.

It is free-to-use and consists of tools like project, document, customers and contact management, communication, invoicing, and more.

Once registered, a friendly dashboard that displays the latest activities, quick links, notes and activities welcomes you (this page can easily become the start page for many users).

SohoOS

Contacts

The first thing would be adding your contacts: contacts, vendors, clients and leads as many other components of the app work integrated with them. They can be imported from the contacts in your e-mail service or from a .CSV file.

For the leads, besides adding them manually, they can be collected with a "contact form widget (named LeadsWidget)" that can be embedded into any web page.

Projects

Any number of projects can be created, tasks and milestones with deadlines can be defined and each of them can be assigned to users.

Users can also attach documents for the project and a progress chart helps viewing if things are performing all ok.

Invoicing & Sales Tools

SohoOS has the features for creating invoices (with a custom look), charging your clients and tracking the process.

Once an invoice is generated, optionally, the payment can be collected by the platform as well via PayPal or credit card (and no merchant account is needed).

Also, you can define the products/services of the business and create/send quotes, sales and purchase orders accordingly.

SohoOS

Documents

For a multi-user environment, managing documents can be hard as they should be reachable by everyone or only some users but should be kept in the same place for an easier access, back up, etc.

The documents module accomplishes all these with ease. Add as much documents as you want to the system, assign them to users or groups and even decide whether they should be available internally or externally.

Communication

This is a premium feature of SohoOS but pretty impressive.

Using the platform, you can make calls, send SMSs, emails and even faxes for a good price by just purchasing credits.

Also, a built-in email client keeps you focused by displaying any incoming e-mails from a given account.

Other Features

Besides these core features, SohoOS offers more like offering ways for improving the visibility of a business by letting them create a landing-page and collect leads or with the "Freelance Area" where businesses can post and get projects.

All sound good? Then you can give this complete and free business management tool a try.

Pomodoro TechniqueEvery designer-developer can have hard times on concentrating to the projects they are working on. Sometimes, it is the project which is not exciting anymore or, sometimes, it is the beautiful weather outside.

I have (recently) met a popular method named "The Pomodoro Technique" that helps me work much more effectively since then. Let;'s hear about it from Wikipedia:

The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method that uses a timer to break down periods of work into 25-minute intervals called 'pomodori' separated by breaks. Closely related to concepts such as timeboxing and iterative and incremental development used in software design, it is based on the idea that frequent breaks can improve mental agility.

To sum up, it helps focusing on a task for a given time, taking breaks and performing this process regularly.

If you need a better concentration to complete that client website or the-next-killer-web-app you are working on, I suggest giving the technique a try.

Here are 5 free Pomodoro technique apps for an easy start:

Focus Booster (Windows, Mac, Linux, Web)

Focus Booster

Focus Booster is an app with 2 versions: desktop (Adobe AIR) and web-based.

It has an elegant interface and comes with few settings like changing the session/break length or enable/disable sounds.

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Joomla, the popular open source CMS, has many components that extend its functionality.

Projectfork is a free component that transforms Joomla into a full-featured project management application.

An unlimited number of projects can be defined with each having unlimited tasks and milestones.

Projectfork

There is an ACL-based permission system where each user is automatically notified about the updates related to them via e-mails.

Also, upcoming tasks can be viewed inside a calendar (the dashboard presents them as well).

Files can be attached to projects and there are per-project discussion boards where every member of the team can share their opinions.

And, a built-in time-tracking system can report you how much time is spent on each task/milestone/project.

Info: This is a review of a paid application.

As a part of a project, knowing your tasks and completing them on time, collaborating with the team members, reaching the necessary documents and analyzing the time/effort spent on a project, using a project management application is definitely a "must". No matter you are a freelancer or a huge team.

AceProject is a professional project management application that can control simple to complex projects pretty easily.

It allows assigning multiple users to a project (each having their own access rights), creating tasks (and task groups for a better categorization), setting the details of the tasks and assigning them to users.

AceProject

Tasks can have almost every detail you may need where you can decide which ones to use according to the complexity of them, like:

  • status, percentage of completion, priority
  • estimated completion time
  • hours worked
  • dependencies with other tasks
  • and more..

In order to have a snapshot of the project, AceProject can instantly generate Gantt charts and a calendar-view using the data in these tasks.

Documents are an important part of a project and the application manages them very well. Unlimited number of documents can be added, attached to tasks and they can be marked as private or public.

A nice feature is "versioning" of the documents so you'll know who edited the document and reach the past versions. Also, it is possible to "lock" documents to protect them from being edited or deleted.

AceProject Snapshot

For a company who charges by hours, timesheet management is very important. AceProject can handle this automatically with the help of a "time clock" where users just push when starting and stopping a task. Rest is handled with the system. And, manual updates are always possible.

As a group of users will be collaborating on the same project, getting notified on actions important for your workflow is necessary. AceProject sends e-mail notifications on such events (a task being assigned, timesheet approved, etc.). Also, it lets you know when a task is "soon due" to help preventing any delays.

There is a built-in per-project-forum to discuss any details and an integrated mailbox to see the messages received from the system and project users.

AceProject comes with many other features including mobile-access for all major smartphones, ability to brand the application, API support for 3rd party product integration and much more.

The project management software has various plans that can meet the requirements of any team. And besides the paid plans, there is a free plan provided which can be enough for a small project team.

P.S. There is also an "Intranet Package" for anyone who wants to install the application to their own servers.

mtrack is an open source application (built with PHP) for controlling a software/web app. project completely.

It has project management, source browser, wiki and issue tracking features which are inspired from the Trac Project.

mtrack

The application has a flexible issue tracking system with configurable components, priorities, severities and milestones.

It has integration with Subversion, Mercurial and Git (SSH integration with push and pull permissions).

Users can get notified of updates to the code or issues via e-mails. And, a consolidated e-mail system helps minimizing the number of deliveries.

Also, with the API offered, mtrack can be extended/customized further.

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