Tom’s Planner Software Review: Overview – Features – Pricing
Tom’s Planner is a web-based project planning software that offers a truly easy-to-use Gantt chart software. It is a software-as-a-service tool that allows users to create their project schedules online, share it or collaborate on it with the team, and then publish it. An attractive alternative for people still using spreadsheets for their project plans, it is much simpler to use than MS Projects or other full-blown PM tools that some find too complex for their needs.
Features, Benefits, Product Strengths
- Truly Easy-to-use Application – Tom’s Planner web-based project planning application allows users to drag and drop items and work directly in the Gantt chart instead of having the chart only as another viewing option. Anyone, from professional project managers, to wedding planners and soccer moms, can work right on it without having to go through any learning curve. Keeping the plan up-to-date is easy by just clicking the task or activities and dragging them to a different location. Selecting multiple tasks at once is also possible. With the right click of a mouse button, users can insert a new time block in the project plan. A context menu opens up where they can select to insert or ‘add time block’ and choose a color. A context menu will also appear when right clicking on the frame that displays activities and groups. As a cloud application, no installation is required. Various templates are ready for customization and use.
- Online Collaborative Tool – The web-based project planning software enables users to easily and securely collaborate and involve others in the planning process. A free guest account allows others to accept invitations and view the plans. Users can give the right to edit or right to view only. Publishing charts online is a quick way to share the project plan. By clicking the ‘import and export’ button, then selecting ‘image’ option, they can save the project plan as an image file that can be incorporated in reports in Word or Excel. They can email it or store within the project archives. Users can also embed the schedule in a blog, website, or intranet. Links to other websites and online documents can be added in the chart.
- Dependencies, Filter & Search, Security, Mobile-ready, and more – Tom’s Planner supports dependencies that automatically adjust succeeding schedules when a previous one is changed. It has an easy-to-use filter panel that enables users to filter the chart by almost anything, such as by name of a resource, by activity status, or by date. They can also look for anything with its powerful search. The infrastructure is built on secure AWS, with server-side scanning, malware detection, continuous scanning, automated patch management, SSL, and encrypted passwords, among other security features. Users can use any device to go to the site and use the application without having to install apps.
Tom’s Planner offers two paid plans. The Professional plan is priced at $9.95 per user per month on a yearly subscription. It includes for 20 project schedules, free updates, email support, print and export functionality. The Unlimited plan is at $19.95 per user per month on a yearly subscription. It includes all features in the Professional plan, with unlimited projects, the addition of back up and local drive save, embed schedules, and allows all collaborators (free guest accounts) to print. A free 14-day trial period is offered.
Social Network Presence
Tom’s Planner is ideal for individuals, consultants, teams and small to medium-sized businesses that needs a centrally located project plan that can be accessed anywhere. It is suitable for persons and teams who need to come up with a professional-looking project plan without spending much of their budget or their time. It is great for project managers, professional service consultants, events organizers, SMB owners and individuals.
Supports the English, German, Dutch, French, Italian, and Spanish.
Some of their Clients
Clients include Delta Lloyd, Dell, Amazon, Glam, NASA, CBS, BBC, Oracle, DHL, PayPal, Sony Ericsson, Unilever, McGraw-Hill, And Asus.
Curt Lieneck described Tom’s Planner as a project management tool that anyone can use. Sara Feree described the web-based project management software company as awesome. She stated that she has a lot of appreciation for their support. Ellen Eidner liked its great usability. She is very impressed for such a complex software to be so easy to use.
Why Tom’s Planner
Tom’s Planner is a great online alternative to complex project planning software like MS Project or Primavera. With over 580,000 users worldwide, it is also a better collaboration tool than Excel. It provides an easy to use Gantt chart software that anyone can utilize quickly to make plans and enjoy doing it.
Tom’s Planner N.V. is a software development company founded in May 2009 in The Netherlands by its current CEO Thomas (Tom) Ummels. A former project manager for 6 years, Tom decided to become a web developer and create a better Gantt charting and project scheduling application. Tom’s Planner started its beta in November 2009 and was launched in August 2010. In July 2013, it acquired competitor Gantto. Under the Tom’s Planner brand, the combined experiences of the two companies in developing more complex and advanced features while maintaining ease of use will further strengthen the market position and increase the user base of this web-based Gantt chart creator and project scheduling software.