A while back now, I asked for advice on the 43folders forums on what folks considered to be the best project management software on OS X. Now, I’m more than happy to express the view that I think that PM software is largely a plan by the minions of Satan to drive people insane (why else would you use a Gantt chart?) and that project timelines, scheduling and resource allocation done this way is by and large futile, ‘cos running projects (particularly in the web development space) just doesn’t work this way.
A couple of days ago, I received an email from someone who had read my question and wanted to know whether I’d found a suitable solution. The answer to that question is yes, and the choice is Omni Group’s OmniPlan, which has recently come out of beta.
Now, while I still believe PM software is evil, for many of us, particularly if your client is large and bureaucratic (I’m in Canberra, so that’s a given), PM software is a key component of your working life. Get used to it and learn to use it properly.
OmniPlan has it all:
- multiple format compatibility (although Microsoft Project is probably the only one you’ll care about);
- a great interface that matches the other Omni software;
- resource allocation and task breakdown;
- critical path and clash management, and;
- a decent price of US$149.
So, if you’re a Mac user and need to use PM software that plays nice with all your co-workers stuck on Windows, do yourself a favor and get a copy of OmniPlan.