Thursday, January 20, 2011

Free Project Management Software- OpenProj

OpenProj is a free, open source project management solution. OpenProj is a replacement of Microsoft Project and other commercial project solutions. The OpenProj solution has been download more than 1,250,000 times in the few months since launch and is being used in over 142 countries. A free download of OpenProj is Click to enlarge in a new windowavailable here and is distributed under the CPAL license. OpenProj is ideal for desktop project management and is available on Linux, Unix, Mac or Windows. It even opens existing Microsoft or Primavera files. OpenProj shares the industry's most advanced scheduling engine with Project-ON-Demand and provides Gantt Charts, Network Diagrams (PERT Charts), WBS and RBS charts, Earned Value costing and more. There is literally no time or effort involved in switching to OpenProj, and your teams can manage projects on any platform for free. Projity worked closely with leaders in the commercial and open source industries in preparation for the release of OpenProj. It is a welcome addition, not only for project management users, but also for users in all software segments. Microsoft Project retails for $999.99, is installed on 7% of all Office desktops and drives over $1 billion in revenue for Microsoft. OpenProj fills an important gap in the desktop market, as a key component in the Office family of products now has a replacement available on Linux, Unix, Mac or Windows. OpenProj was also selected for inclusion with Star Office suite boxes in Europe. The OpenProj solution has been translated into French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Swedish, Finnish, Galician, Persian, Russian, Korean and Chinese.
OpenProj and Project-ON-Demand Product Differences:
OpenProj and Project-ON-Demand share the same scheduling engine and many core project management features. The primary differences between Project-ON-Demand and OpenProj are the delivery model and several additional server-side Click to enlarge in a new windowfeatures in Project-ON-Demand. Project-ON-Demand is a hosted SaaS solution delivered on a monthly subscription. You do not install anything and simply manage projects in your browser. Project-ON-Demand also has Partner/Customer roles and 'server side' functionality with enterprise features not found in OpenProj, including multiprojecting, security, reporting, timesheets, notifications, and more. It is best to think of OpenProj as a replacement of the desktop version of Microsoft Project. Project-ON-Demand has enterprise and multi-project features that cannot be implemented on a desktop. You can choose which is best for your projects. 

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