GanttPro Review

GanttPro Review
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Summary

GanttPro has the tools to satisfy the needs of most small to medium-sized businesses. Enterprise-grade companies will find the non-inclusion of features such as invoicing and an internal chat app a deal-breaker.

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Pros

  • Affordable pricing
  • Powerful and efficient Gantt Chart view
  • Add unlimited projects, tasks, and subtasks
  • Plenty of pre-designed templates
  • A robust cost estimation tool
  • Good export functionalities
  • Easy to set up
  • User-friendly interface

Cons

  • Limited features
  • Weak time logging and reporting tools
  • Supports only two integrations
  • No mobile app

ABOUT

Ever since Henry Gantt first introduced them in the early 1900s, Gantt Charts have become one of the most widely used project management tools. They are, in fact, a feature that most project planning app developers try to incorporate in some way, shape, or form in their software. GanttPro is no exception. As its name implies, GanttPro is a project planning tool that puts its Gantt Chart feature front and center in a starring role. All its other features play minor supporting roles. That is GanttPro’s blessing and its curse. The software’s Gantt Chart is exceptionally well designed. However, the platform lacks a lot of features that most other apps offer. So, does its stellar Gantt Chart feature make up for the lack of others? Let’s take a closer look to find out.

Who Is GanttPro For?

GanttPro is a project planning tool best suited for solo entrepreneurs, freelancers, and SMBs, and that is in no small measure to its pricing plans that put a cap on the number of users to 15. The software’s affordability also augurs well for startups and micro-businesses that have tight budgets. Similarly, when it comes to features, GanttPro has the tools to satisfy the needs of most small to medium-sized businesses. Enterprise-grade companies will find the non-inclusion of features such as invoicing and an internal chat app a deal-breaker.

PRICING

This project management app has two pricing plans. It is perhaps because of its low prices that the company does not have a monthly plan. You will need to commit to the software for a year to enjoy its features. Importantly, GanttPro offers a 14-day free trial for both its paid plans so you can test it out before taking the plunge. With the free trial, you get access to all the software’s features except for the export and URL functions. Additionally, the company offers a 50% discount to educational institutions, non-profit organizations, and students. For businesses that have over 15 users, the app offers a custom pricing plan.

Here’s a comparative look at GanttPro’s pricing plans:

Plan

Individual

Team

Users

1

5-15

Price/User/Month

$15 (Billed Annually)

$8.90 (Billed Annually)

Projects

Unlimited

Unlimited

Templates

Yes

Yes

Gantt Charts

Yes

Yes

Task Management

Yes

Yes

Resource Management

Yes

Yes

Export Function

Yes

Yes

Task Comments

Yes

Yes

Notifications

Yes

Yes

Project Roles

Yes

Track Team Progress

Yes

Team Training Sessions

Yes

Support

Premium

Premium

FEATURES​

  1. Gantt Chart
  2. Project Templates
  3. Task Management
  4. Workload Management
  5. Kanban View
  6. Team Collaboration
  7. Notifications
  8. Cost estimations
  9. Sharing Features
  10. Time Logging
  11. Reports

1. Gantt Chart View

We would be remiss to start a review of GantPro’s features on anything other than its Gantt Chart view, it being the software’s premier feature and all. Simply put, it is an excellent feature. With GantPro, you can create an unlimited number of projects. What’s more, you can add several projects to one tab, a feature that augurs well for companies that do different projects for the same company. There is also no restriction on the number of tabs you can create.

As you map out your project with details such as tasks, milestones, and deadlines, the software plots it out onto a Gantt Chart. The project dashboard is divided into two. On the left-hand side is the task-view panel, and the Gantt Chart view occupies the right side of the screen. You can expand the Gantt Chart view by sliding the screen divider to the left. The feature has a drag-and-drop functionality that allows you to drag tasks around to quickly and easily change metrics such as their due date or status. Importantly, if you change the due date on any of your tasks, the software automatically rejigs the timelines of all downstream tasks to match.

2. Project Templates

If you don’t want to design a project template from scratch, the software offers several free, pre-designed templates for you to use. GanttPro’s readymade templates are available in several project categories. These include everything from software development and catering to construction, web design, event planning, and retail. They come with pre-defined, industry-specific tasks already filled in. Furthermore, each category has subcategories of templates on offer. For example, the marketing project template has subcategories such as a social media marketing template, SEO marketing template, and a product launch marketing template, to name a few. Importantly, you can customize the pre-made templates to add or delete items as you need.

3. Task Management

As a project manager, this platform gives you a lot of control over your task settings. You add a task name and assign it to a team member; you also can color-code each one differently, create dependencies, assign a status and priority, track task progress in percentage, and add deadlines and notes to each. What’s more, you can add an unlimited number of subtasks under each task, a great feature for planning and organizing complex projects. Furthermore, you get the same organizational breakdown for subtasks as you do for tasks. Another nice feature here is the Critical Path tool that lets you highlight in red the crucial tasks central to the successful and timely completion of your project, thereby helping you and your team focus on what’s important.

4. Workload Management

The software’s Gantt Chart view has an inbuilt workload table that gives you an overview of each team member’s workload. You can then reassign and redistribute tasks if the table shows that one employee is overloaded, and another has nothing to do. This feature ensures the even distribution of work among your employees. The table allows you to switch between workload in hours or tasks per day.

5. Kanban View

In case Gantt Charts are not your thing, the software gives you the option of managing your projects using a Kanban view. However, this feature is not as fleshed out as its Gantt Chart view, and you cannot use it to create new milestones or tasks. That said, it is a neat tool to manage your existing tasks. The software’s Kanban Board view lets you categorize tasks into three columns: In progress, Done, and Closed. Tasks are laid out as a series of tiles in grid-like fashion within each column. You can drag the tiles to move a task from one column to another. Additionally, you can expand a column such that it occupies the entire screen by minimizing the other two.

6. Team Collaboration

While it does not have an in-app chat feature, GanttPro is not bereft of team collaboration tools. You or your team members can add comments to a task by clicking on the quote box icon. Helpfully, the comment fields come with in-built editors that correct any grammatical or spelling errors. Similarly, the software allows you to attach images and files to tasks as well. Subscribers of the individual plan can upload 300 MB worth of files, and the team plan users get 1500 MB file uploads.

7. Notifications

GanttPro offers users email and push notifications for six categories. These are:

  • Task assigned notifications
  • Task deadline notifications
  • Task start date notifications
  • @mention notifications
  • Task comment notifications
  • Attachment notifications

Team members can turn on or off these notifications. They can also set up the software to remind them of deadlines and start dates from 1 to 7 days in advance. The platform also alerts you with sound notifications when you are using the software.

8. Cost Estimations

The software has a robust cost estimation tool that helps you plan a budget for your projects. In GanttPro, you can assign a task to a team member or a virtual resource. Virtual resources are your material resources and freelance labor resources. Importantly, you can assign a task to one or more resources, even if they have different cost calculation values. The software automatically tallies all the resource costs to give you the total cost of each task. Similarly, all task costs are summed up and reflected in the cost of the whole project.

9. Exports

Another standout feature is GanttPro’s export functionalities. If you want to share project details and progress with your clients, the platform gives you two options. First, you can export your project’s Gantt Chart view to your clients. The software supports exports for several file types, including PDF, PNG, XML, and XLS. Additionally, these exports can be optimized for a variety of paper sizes from full size to tabloid and ledger sizes. Second, you can generate and share public URLs with your clients. The public URLs can be set to show a dynamic project view that reflects ongoing changes to your project or a static view that gives viewers only a stationary picture of your project’s Gantt Chart. Importantly, clients can only view and not edit your project page.

10. Time Logging

The ability to log time spent on each task is one of the software’s most recent feature additions. Due to the non-inclusion of an in-app timer that automatically logs time, however, this is a slightly lackluster tool. You will need to enter the time spent on each task manually. Nonetheless, using this tool, managers can keep an eye out for team members who are holding up a project by taking more than the average number of hours needed to complete a task.

11. Reports

The software’s reports feature also is a recent addition to its tool kit. Like the time log feature, it is underdeveloped. At present, you can only create time log reports. The reports can be generated based on filters such as task, project, user, date, or time. The software also allows you to export these reports as an Excel file.

INTEGRATIONS

At present, GanttPro integrates with only two third-party apps: Jira and Google Drive. The company says that it has other integrations in the pipeline, including Google Calendar, Slack, and Trello. One can only hope that these integrations come sooner rather than later to resolve this less-than-ideal situation.

More About GanttPro

Set Up And Ease Of Use

Setting up and using GanttPro is a straightforward process. After you log in for the first time, the software, helpfully, greets you with a video tutorial that details its features and how to use them. The app also provides prompts that help you get started on your first project, something that tech newbies will find useful. Additionally, GanttPro also allows you to import your previous projects from MS Projects and Excel in XLSX, XLS, CSV, and MPP file formats so you can get going faster. The software sports a clean and simple interface with a collapsible vertical menu on the left-hand side that hosts features such as your projects and resources.

Device Compatibility

Desktop Browser App

Android App

iOS App

Windows Phone App

Apple Watch App

X

X

X

X

Presently, GanttPro does not have a mobile version of its app with which to manage your project on the go. This gap is another non-inclusion that the company needs to rectify as soon as possible.

Customer Support

This project management platform has an inbuilt support chat box function that you can use to talk to the company’s customer support reps. The reps are available on weekdays during business hours. Subscribers of both the individual and team plans also get 8/5 email support. Besides, GanttPro has a competent knowledge base, complete with getting started guides, FAQs, and video tutorials. You can also reach out to their reps on social media through the company’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Online Security

GanttPro has all the security measures necessary to ensure the safety of their customer’s data, all of which comply with ISO 27001 and GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) standards. These include SSL-technology data encryption, HTTPS for all their pages, data sharing using a VPN, and restricted user access controls. It also makes data backups daily to ensure that no information is lost.

PROS AND CONS

PROS

  • Affordable pricing
  • Powerful and efficient Gantt Chart view
  • Add unlimited projects, tasks, and subtasks
  • Plenty of pre-designed templates
  • A robust cost estimation tool
  • Good export functionalities
  • Easy to set up
  • User-friendly interface

CONS

  • Limited features
  • Weak time logging and reporting tools
  • Supports only two integrations
  • No mobile app

CONCLUSION

If you focus on the features it doesn’t have, GanttPro pales in comparison to some other project management apps available on the market. Conversely, zoom in on its standout feature, the Gantt Chart View, and you can understand why it has over 350,000 users worldwide. The simplicity and efficiency of this feature, and the product’s overall affordability, has held it in good stead. This is true, especially for small businesses that need only a basic project timeline designer, task manager, and budget calculator to manage their activities. Fortunately, you can find out if its non-inclusions prove to be a deal-breaker for your business or not by taking advantage of its 14-day free trial.

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