The time has come for me to once again mess with the mess that is Microsoft Project. Fortunately (or unfortunately) Microsoft doesn’t make Project for OS X, so here I am with no PM software. I’ve hunted about, and have come up with two seemingly viable options:
Now, they both happily suck up and play nice with Microsoft Project files, but the demos are effectively crippleware; FastTrack Schedule doesn’t save and Merlin won’t let you have a project with more than 20 lines! How am I supposed to accurately evaluate the usefulness of these things unless I can use them over several days of project plan iterations? Dumb. I’d probably be happy to fork over the US$349 for FastTrack Schedule or the €145 if, and only if I was given the opportunity to adequately evaluate them.
I’m feeling like both these companies have lost my business.
So now, readers, I’m looking for a free, open source, Microsoft Project-friendly, PM tool. Alternately, is there something out there which isn’t necessarily free, but that give me decent opportunity for evaluation without crippled functionality?