I wish I had this program when I was doing multi million dollar telecom projects. This project
management tool can almost do itself. Providing content now is the easy part and struggling to
get a presentable format together is no longer the pain it used to be in MS Project for Windows.
A question I have is, `How scalable is it ? I used to work with PMs (Project Managers) that had
MS Project for Windows files that went into Megabytes of hard drive space and took weeks to
build. These files were monolithic monstrosities that took reams of paper to print out and
traversed years and tons of phases to accomplish. I'm so glad I read the book I reviewed last
month on Project Management. It put what was important into perspective. Maybe the good folks
at Techno Grafik & Zisser Software read it too. Project Mangers can focus on managing projects
instead of managing project presentation software.
Apparently iTaskX took 2 years to get to version 2.1.
The goal was to double the functionality at half the
price. A free demo can downloaded, so you can
compare it to either FastTrack 8 Schedule or Leading
Projects and find out for yourself.
Preferences have references to LDAP and/or Exchange
Server integration. Files can be saved as iTaskX
Projects or Templates, MS Project XML or Data
Exchange, Outline Processor Markup Language
(OPML), Tab or Comma Delimited Text or as an iCal
file. Project information is an easy dropdown menu and
even has a statistics button that shows Start, Finish,
Duration, Work, Cost and Percent Complete in the .itp
Oh, and did we mention that it works with Spotlight in
Mac OS X 10.4.1 Tiger? Perhaps that answers the
There are over 60 task fields with calculations for slack
time, effort driven scheduling, overtime, cost accruals
and varying calendars for project, timescale, tasks and
resources. And there is room for tables of all kinds, or
at least 8.
Each view can be exported to PDF, JPG, TIF or PNG.
MPN, LLC 2005 macCompanion
August 2005, Volume 3 Issue 8