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Hello,

The design firm I work for is looking for ways to better track, manage, and update projects as they go from conception to completion.

Added bonuses would be if it was workgroup-centric—meaning the database would be available for all in the office to access, and update (although there would be limits on certain employees as to who can create or close certain projects, etc.)

Does anyone know of, or has had experience with any particular software or setup?

TIA!
 

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A couple on Versiontracker.com (enter Project management as the search term). See my comments on some of them. Generally not impressed, although I have shied away from workgroup solutions because I don't need them. Could be some good stuff in that group but can't comment.
 

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lookin for an update

Hi Manny,

Did you guys ever find a PM app? I'm in the market for one as well.
 

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There has been some talk on the DayLite list about a product called Merlin. DayLite itself has some basic Project Management, my understanding is that Merlin takes this to the next level.

I haven't had the opportunity to check it out yet.

Hope this helps,
 

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thanks for the suggestions! Was checking out Daylite and Basecamp. hadn't heard of Merlin tho.

You say basic PM in Daylite, Oakbridge - what's missing?
(( pg )), do you use Daylite in a design firm?
Tiranis: Basecamp looks handy too. have you measured it against Daylite?
 

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darkscot said:
thanks for the suggestions! Was checking out Daylite and Basecamp. hadn't heard of Merlin tho.

You say basic PM in Daylite, Oakbridge - what's missing?
(( pg )), do you use Daylite in a design firm?
Tiranis: Basecamp looks handy too. have you measured it against Daylite?
Nope sorry, never tried Daylite—the problem I see with it is that it would be pretty problematic for a bigger company, requiring each user to buy a license. Basecamp lets you manage your projects and even let clients see some of the work, upload stuff, etc.

Anyway, I would advise you to try both of them—as Basecamp has a trial and Marketcircle seems to have one too.
 

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DayLite 3 is a much better product than v 1.9, including collaboration and project management.

I am not using the collaborative environment because I need full iCal and Addressbook functionality and this is patchy in DL.

As a category project management is a highly specialised area and it is unlikely that you will find a good PM software AND a good collaborative software in the same package. DL is good for workgroups traking projects (incl. leads) together but I wouldn't recommend it for heavy duty milestone and resource planning.
 

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« MannyP Design » said:
Hello,

The design firm I work for is looking for ways to better track, manage, and update projects as they go from conception to completion.

Added bonuses would be if it was workgroup-centric—meaning the database would be available for all in the office to access, and update (although there would be limits on certain employees as to who can create or close certain projects, etc.)

Does anyone know of, or has had experience with any particular software or setup?

TIA!
You may want to take a look at FileMaker Pro as a development tool. Solutions created in FMP are both networkable and customizable.

Designing from scratch is not cheap, but if you cannot find it ready built, this way you would get what you want.

Using FileMaker Pro, various versions, I have developed projects for:
-construction project management
-scheduling for the treatment of autistic children
-Ontario Early Years centres administration
-multiple social service agency case coordination

Three of these operate over a WAN and one has multiple and changing data security requirements.

So I am fairly sure that the tool can be used to give your what you need.

If you check out:

http://fmforums.com/
http://www.fmpro.org/

You will see that there is a well established international community devoted to FileMaker Pro. I have been involved in various FileMaker list servers since 1995. There have consistantly been posts from US, Canada, Europe, Australia, Japan etc.

The other benefit of FileMaker Pro is that solutions are cross platform so that if part of your operation is on Windows and part on Mac, all may connect over the network.

This gives you another option to look at.

Regards

Dave McQueen
 

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Whoa... blast from the past. :D

We still have yet to choose a venue for this... we've gathered a list of potentials but at this point it may be a while before we decide.

The FileMaker name has been thrown around the office from time to time so that might be a possibility.

When I get a chance I'll post the list of software we've found.

(And thanks, everyone, for posting.) :)
 

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« MannyP Design » said:
Whoa... blast from the past. :D
snip..

The FileMaker name has been thrown around the office from time to time so that might be a possibility.
LOL

Take a look at the specs for the current version ... Not the same animal as several years ago

server side encryption
8 terrabyte data capacity
mutiple tables per file yet retains muti file capability

and the list goes on....
 

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Lichen Software said:
LOL

Take a look at the specs for the current version ... Not the same animal as several years ago
I think the "blast from the past" refers to the fact that this thread is originally over 2 years old. ;)
 

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Thanks as well! Look forward to seeing your list, Manny.

So, question for those not yet using a PM app: are you using pen and paper? memory? entourage? iCal?
 

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Tiranis said:
I think the "blast from the past" refers to the fact that this thread is originally over 2 years old. ;)
Hmmm - Never noticed the start date. I guess some threads just don't die :)

Still interesting information being passed on.
 

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darkscot said:
thanks for the suggestions! Was checking out Daylite and Basecamp. hadn't heard of Merlin tho.

You say basic PM in Daylite, Oakbridge - what's missing?
(( pg )), do you use Daylite in a design firm?
Tiranis: Basecamp looks handy too. have you measured it against Daylite?
I'd say it depends on what your requirements are. There is nothing to track individual time sheets in DayLite. Also quite often tasks are measured against other tasks and if a complete date of task 1 slips, DayLite will not automatically adjust tasks 2, 3, and 4. Most higher level Project Management software will do this.

PM software in general has been a big of a minefield. Some will swear by the complexity of a MS Project (Windows only) although others like myself will say that MS Project can only be successful when you have a Full Time Project Manager and even then it can be too complex for most requirements.

I consider DayLite to be Productivity Software. It will assist a user or multiple users become more productive by tracking contacts, organizations, tasks, appointments, etc. You might be able to find better separate software applications to look after the individual areas of your business but none better at managing all areas in a single application. Think of DayLite as being the swiss army knife of business applications.

Hope this helps,
 

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Lichen Software said:
Hmmm - Never noticed the start date. I guess some threads just don't die :)

Still interesting information being passed on.
Go and have a look at the Shang! :D
 
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