Many people coming to Mac from Windows – especially those in a corporate environment – look for a desktop alternative to Microsoft Project, a popular professional project management application.
Below are five powerful project management applications for the Mac that you might want to try, to see if they’ll meet your needs.
Offered by the OmniGroup, OmniPlan offers a clean, streamlined interface with a minimal learning curve. Features include the ability to export to Microsoft Project, collaborate with others, schedule tasks, change tracking, smart scheduling, gantt timelines, multiple baselines, import and export for Microsoft Project, automatic resource allocation, sync, AppleScript support and more. Mac and iOS versions, 14-day trial. $199.99
FastTrack Schedule is a project management application for organizing, tracking, and reporting on your projects that sports an intuitive, clean interface. Features include the ability exchange data with Calendar, Excel, and Microsoft Project (imports MS Project and XMP files), support for OS X Services, project management templates, summary graphs, base calendars, effort-driven scheduling, work usage and more. Offers a 21-day trial version. $349.
Merlin Project boasts that they are the leading professional project management software for OS X. Features include strong collaboration features, resource management, budgets and cost control, work breakdown/Gantt chart, net plan, organigram and a mind map tool. Elements (allows you to attach key data and information to individual activities, milestones, and projects) export project documents in a number of other formats (MS Project, Images, PDF, HTML, OPML, CSV, XML and more) and Import (OPML, CSV ,iCalendar, XML, NovaMind 4 & 5 , FreeMind, MindManager, MS Project (direct import of .mpp files from MS Project 2003, 2007, 2010, and 2013 as well as XML and MPX), Omniplan 2, Merlin Project & Merlin 2) Unlimited trial version for 30 Days: Price $299″ (Update from Merlin 2: $134
[Update]: Project Wizards also has a new project in the works called “Merlin Project” and is available as a public beta (Version 6). You can download the from here: http://projectwizards.net/beta/en/products/merlin-project/whats-new
ConceptDraw Project is a full-featured project management solution that includes features such as the ability to manage projects via their Project Knowledge Dashboard, gantt charting, manage multiple projects from a single file, create tasks, assign resources, and load resource costs, resource views, export Projects to HTML,Microsoft Excel,Microsoft Project, or RTF, and more. 21-day trial. $219
iTaskX is a full-featured, MS Project-compatible project-management tool for OS X. Features include: capture dates and costs, assign, import, or evaluate resources, vary calendars, anticipate slack time, multiple task splits, seamlessly integrating to Microsoft Project, swapping information through standard file formats (XML, MPX, MPP and more). 30-day trial. $119.47 per license, volume discounts.