I am a huge fan of OmniOutliner and use it pretty much every day when I am writing, so I was intrigued to take a look at OmniPlan. I am actually really surprised that I haven’t reviewed OmniOutliner before, but maybe that is because it is such a favorite of Tim’s that he always grabbed it for himself.
Anyway, back to OmniPlan, at $149 not an application to be taken lightly.
“Project Management Made Painless” is what they claim, but this is starting to sound a little like the “miracle diet” products that spring up all over the diet market. To lose weight you just eat less and exercise more right? To bring a project in on time and on budget you just work hard and remember what you have to do right? Apparently not!
“How to get your project done on time and under budget:
* Translate strategy into tactics everyone can understand
* Create summaries of work broken into lists of activities
* Distribute workloads fairly and efficiently
* Manage costs as you go
Plan, monitor, and control it all with software designed to make your job easier, not harder.
With OmniPlan, you can create logical, manageable project plans with Gantt charts, schedules, summaries, milestones, and critical paths. Break down the tasks needed to make your project a success, optimize resources, and streamline budgets. It’s project management made painless.”
I don’t believe it! Losing weight isn’t painless, and nor is running a project! Sure certain tools can make it easier, more enjoyable, less stressful, but painless – no way!
So how about using a project management application, to run a project on …….. losing weight!!! Now that really would be stretching the “painless” claim to its limits.
I have reviewed Project Management software before and I generally find it very difficult to differentiate between them. After all Project Management is a pretty established discipline so it isn’t very likely that you will get anything really new in an application, so all that is really left to consider is how well (and easily) does it do what it has to do. Let’s face it – you are going to get Gantt Charts, Critical Paths, Scheduling and these days options for sharing data and you get all that with OmniPlan:
* User – Friendly Interface
* Easy Task Management
* Efficient Resource Allocation
* Smart Scheduling
* Visual Timelines
* Violations and Critical Paths
* Options for Sharing Data
Each section has a screenshot and comprehensive movie on the web site so not much that I can add. They are well worth a look though.
If you are looking for a Project Management application you could do a lot worse that OmniPlan, primarily because it has the exceptionally clean, simple and efficient interface that everything else of theirs that I have looked at has.