Good project management software

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  1. macrumors 6502

    Sep 26, 2006
    I'm a graphic designer with a wide variety of projects in web and print. What are some good project management programs that would work for what I do?

    I'm finding it hard to keep tabs on all of my projects. :rolleyes:
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2007
    Greener places than I used to live
    I use Also, a lot of the big guys use Basecamp from 37 Signals, but that might be more team project oriented.
  3. Guest


    May 24, 2003
    Obviously you're not a golfer.
    i have found that simple = better. a lot of project management software sounds great in terms of features., but a lot of it is bells and whistles and really all you need is a task list and a spreadsheet.

    i use Excel and to keep track of everything in our studio. one day i might go up to a databse like FileMaker but for now it is unnecessary. Finances are all in Quickbooks Pro, but we use Excel spreadsheets for tracking who owes us what, etc..
  4. macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    What you need is just a task list or a "do to" manager. Project Managers are typically oriented to projects with 50 or 100 people working on 10,000 interrelated tasks. they do things like critical path analysis, resource leveling and so on.
  5. macrumors 601

    Phil A.

    Apr 2, 2006
    Telford, UK
    Personally, I'm a big fan of OmniPlan, but it may be overkill for what you want
  6. macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2004
    If you are looking for something simple, than "Things" is a good task manager that can break lists into projects. It's a nice interface too if that's important to you (and has an iPhone app for it too):

    It all just depends on the level of detail you need. If you want something a lot more robust than maybe try Studiometry:

    Currently I just use a very simple task list program that I'm quite fond of. Not many features but a clean and simple interface and easy to use. It's called Anxiety:

    I use for invoicing now.
  7. macrumors member

    Jul 6, 2008
    New York, NY
    Not sure if this was already recommended, but for me the best software for this is OmniFocus. I have the desktop version and the iphone version. It may may take a little getting used to, but once you get used to it, it's great. Get a trial version and see if it works for you. BTW I am also graphic designer / graphic artist, so I can relate with your need to keep track of many creative projects. Hope that was a little helpful.

    Wow ! My first post. :cool:
  8. macrumors 68040


    Oct 12, 2005
    Things, iCal an OmniPlan would be your best option. I use iCal via my Mobile Me account it works, looks good and allows me to plan my week so what more does a person need?
  9. macrumors 65816


    Aug 16, 2004
    I struggled with this at my firm. Some are so complex they are almost unusable, so I made my own :D

    The important parts for me where the priority, client, project name, then associated pending and completed tasks for each. I designed the system to be overly simple so my employees didn't get overwhelmed and enjoyed using it.

    Some features

    New Projects or replies appear in full marroon as seen below.
    I can create projects for my employees and give them full requirements and attach any documentation or logo artwork.
    I can associate tasks with projects for each employee. They will get an email saying they've been assigned a task.
    They can reply and comment, just as I can on the task.
    They can upload their comps - This also makes nice links for my clients to view comps and for print companies to download high large zips.
    I can view everyones tasks on one screen
    I can mark tasks as completed
    Update priority, phases, etc.

    Personally I use Daylite ( to monitor myself and leads.

    Attached Files:

  10. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 22, 2007
    The cesspit of civilization
    Bento and iCal

    May I suggest trying Bento (personal database from FileMaker) to track your projects, this has the advantage of easy customization to better serve your needs. Combine this with iCal schedule management and I think you have a winner...

    Just an example: here, a goofy one, I know, but still, an example. :rolleyes:
  11. macrumors 65816


    Oct 24, 2007
    Charlotte, NC
    Bento would be a good choice if you want to build something yourself. There are templates to help with that.
    We are a Filemaker Pro training facility but all of us use Bento for personal project management.
  12. macrumors 65816

    Jun 29, 2007
    Check out for free invoicing.

    I've tried Basecamp and some open source project management stuff but I'm not organized enough to use these. :)
  13. macrumors newbie

    Jan 9, 2009
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 13, 2008
    Wellington, New Zealand
    For a to-do list I love "Things"

    For project management, I have used Merlin.

    Many project managers at the studios I have worked with use Microsoft Project.
  15. macrumors newbie

    May 4, 2009

    The best project management software I've used is Merlin - it's the closest thing on the Mac i could find to Microsoft Project.

    It's not cheap, but it's really powerful and fairly easy to pick up and learn. Supports importing/exporting to/from MS Project files
  16. macrumors newbie

    May 14, 2009
    Try PlanningForce

    @ Thread Starter

    You can try PlanningForce. Its really robust & efficient for me. Even cost effective & more over VFM ! You can download a trial from their website . You can use it, you will not regret!
  17. macrumors member

    Jul 16, 2007
  18. macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2009
    Sorry for digging up an old thread.

    From what you've posted, this looks like almost the perfect solution for my studio. Have you ever considered releasing this to the public?
  19. macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2009
  20. macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2009
  21. macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2007
    London / U.K.
    For a one man band, Billings might be worth looking at! Not too complicated and does a cracking job of tracking time :)
  22. macrumors 65816


    Aug 16, 2004
    Probably wouldn't be a bad idea, I just don't want to have to support it. There are also several interfaces for creating new projects and such that would need a lot of love... It works great for what we want, but may vary for others.
  23. macrumors newbie

    Jan 17, 2010

    Have you used the iPhone component to this? Is there a useful dashboard?
  24. macrumors member

    Mar 8, 2009
    The combination of Billings, Merlin, Things and OmniOutliner is superior to anything I have used on Windows. From an integration point of view Billings and Merlin exchange data - OmniOutliner is excellent for meeting notes, and Things for private actions that do not go into the PPlan.

    Merlin exports smoothly to MS Project, which is critical for me, running projects involving several other PMs, all stuck with Windows, and imports equally smoothly. For Billings, I can invoice straight based on project output.

    In general, the investment has been worth it - I looked at OmniPlan and found it inadequate. I tried using FlexTeam (from App4Mac) after stupidly buying it - in practise it is a shining example of how Mac should NOT be designed - hopeless software, no integration, no flexible reports, clunky. For that reason I didn't try their Projector software either as I expected to waste my time on that, too.

    So ... DayLite is a good piece of kit, too, but I find it annoying when using it in anger (tried it out for a month). Ended up where I am, absolutely happy and with no problems whatsoever.


  25. macrumors newbie

    Jan 18, 2010
    Project Management for Mac Graphic Studio

    try <> beats them all
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