Excellent for making Gantt charts and great for making logical and easy to understand development plans.


Our rating: 


Pros & Cons:

A full featured program. Available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.
Note: Vulnerabilities in Java Runtime are regularly discovered. It also seems that Sun (owner of Java) is losing interest in maintaining Java and Java Runtime. This product is not recommended if security is a concern.

Our Review:

GanttProject offers a surprising depth of features and accessories for a free product. It is distributed under a GNU General Public License. As its name suggests, GanttProject is excellent for making Gantt charts, which are great  for making logical and easy to understand development plans.

GanttProject is written in Java and requires Java Runtime. Note: A persistent stream of new vulnerabilities is being discovered in Java Runtime. It seems Oracle (who owns Java) has lost interest in maintaining Java and Java Runtime as well. This product is not recommended if online security is a concern for you.

On feature I particularly liked was the ability to put in a percentage complete bar inside the timeline of that particular stage. This makes it easy to see how far along everything is without a lot of hassle. The program, if you use the downloadable version is very simple and easy to use. You can add as many tasks as you need, as well as then being able to assign personnel and resources to each task.  In particular the features for the personnel section are very good.

You can add team members for a project and assign them to tasks when you set them up, you can also input e-mail addresses as well as phone numbers for each person and assign them a role in the group. GanttProject also includes a Milestone feature which is very useful, giving an end goal to aim for with a fixed time. Many other project management tools do not support these.

On the technical side, GanttProject can save files as .xml files, which means that they are viewable over the internet as well as transferable to other programs, such as Microsoft Project. The installation is very quick and the program is actually very small, being under 10mb. There are very few problems with this tool, my only criticism is that you can't associate files with particular tasks, allowing other team members to get the files they need.

GanttProject was reviewed by on based on version 2.7.1.