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Mavenlink is a leading project Management application for professional services businesses, that includes portfolio management, project accounting, pr... Learn More


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Asana allows teams to share, plan, organize, and track progress of the tasks that each member is working on. The multiple workspaces give you a place... Learn More


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LiquidPlanner is predictive, online project management for modern business. Our software enables people, teams and business leaders to plan, manage, c... Learn More

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Zoho Project is an integrated project management tool that clarifies and promotes every project, every time. Whether your group is 3 or 30, you can be... Learn More

Pricing Starting From

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Mavenlink

Professional Services Automation (PSA)

$ 4
For 12 Months / 1 user(s)

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Asana

Project Management

Free Plan

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LiquidPlanner

Project Management

$ 29
For 1 Month / 1 user(s)

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Zoho Projects

Project Management

Free Plan

Available Features

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Mavenlink

Professional Services Automation (PSA)

Conversations & Private Messaging

File Sharing

Project Templates

Centralized Dashboard

Google Integration

Project Status Report

Team Permissions

Mobile Access

Gantt Charts

Task Dependencies

Cascading Changes

Critical Path

Baselining & Snapshots

Percent Complete

Percent Complete

Budgeted Projects

Project / Job Costing

Task-level Budgets

Change Requests

Quickbooks Integration

Online Payments

Expense Reports

Fixed Fee

Multi-Project Invoicing

Time & Expense Tracking

Personnel Cost / Bill Rates

Time & Expense Approvals

Personnel Planning

Resource Scheduling

Utilization Reporting

Rate Cards

Margin Analysis

Work-In-Progress

Time & Expense Summaries

Accounts Receivable

Personnel Reports

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Asana

Project Management

All the awesomeness of Asana

Unlimited tasks, projects, and conversations

Basic Dashboards

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LiquidPlanner

Project Management

Active Projects: 2000

Active Clients: Unlimited

Analytics: Advanced

File Storage: 500GB

Virtual Members: Unlimited

Internal Dashboards: Unlimited

External Dashboards: Unlimited

LiquidPlanner Quick Start: Included

Expenses: Included

Single Sign-On: Included

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Zoho Projects

Project Management

Unlimited Projects

30 GB Storage Space

20 Project Templates

Zoho Reports Integration

Skip Weekends & Holidays

Reports Tab (across projects)

Sub Tasks

Business Hours

Dropbox Integration

Task duration (in hours / days)

Recurrence and Reminders

Zoho Reports Integration

Time Tracking

Sync Google Tasks

Project Feeds

Task Management

Document Sharing

Import MS Projects

Portal Customization

Calendar and Forums

Google Apps Integration

Free Trial Availability

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Mavenlink

Professional Services Automation (PSA)
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Asana

Project Management
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LiquidPlanner

Project Management
Free Trial Available
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Zoho Projects

Project Management

No Free Trial Available.

Most Favorable User Review

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Mavenlink

Professional Services Automation (PSA)
User review from
7
Evelyn Tapia
Nov 1, 2015

Mavenlink is a great project management tool. I've used over 5 project management tools and Mavenlink was one of the most intuitive platforms. It took me a few days to fully understand how to use all of the features, however after diving into the platform, it was extremely easy to use. The team and clients were pleased with the communication and the way deliverables were submitted within the platform. I have successfully managed and completed over 50 projects within Mavenlink.

Pros :

  • Mavenlink makes it easy to duplicate project templates and has a great way of organizing tasks and milestones within a specific client project. It's possible to assign a task to multiple users and to specify the amount of time per task.
  • The budget tracker provides a great overview of the amount spent per project for easy analyzing at the end of the week/month.
  • As a project manager, it was great to have the team upload all files within each task and to be notified of each item for me to go in and approve.
  • It was easy to grant specific permissions to different users, which is particularly important when working with several contractors.
  • Within discussions, it is possible to mention users and loop them into the conversation.
  • If I ever ran into a problem on the platform, there was always someone on the chat pane to answer my questions.
  • My colleague left several feature recommendations, and they were actually implemented a few months later.

Cons :

  • Oftentimes the platform would take a long time to load and would freeze while expanding or minimizing tasks.
  • Also, when additional text was added under a task description, users wouldn't be notified of changes to the description. It wasn't possible to see who revised a task or at what time the change occurred.
  • The platform was also slow when making changes on a task or milestone level.

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Asana

Project Management
User review from
10
Sean Caruana
Oct 28, 2015

In the industry of project management and productivity tools, there are a huge amount of apps and services which all claim to do the same thing. While Asana is more oriented towards project management, it can also be used for productivity management too. It is a cloud-based web application which allows users to add tasks and assign them to team members, essentially managing a team and project. Out of all the software which I have tried in this area, Asana is truly one of the best. First of all, unlike other cloud-based web applications which usually limit the functionality of their free versions, most of Asana's main features are available within the free version. The main limitation is in the amount of users, which is quite a generous amount. In fact, the free version does not impose a limit on the amount of tasks which can be added, unlike other productivity software. This makes Asana perfect for small companies or teams. On the same point, Asana has decent integration with Harvest, so that tasks are automatically timed and added to the respective user's Harvest account. This is also ideal for freelancers, since the amount of hours can be automatically included in Harvest invoices. In terms of functionality, it is very quick and easy to add a new task and assign to a team member, which allows users to spend more time focusing on project management, rather than the tool itself. It is also possible to upload attachments of various media types to a project, similar to how Evernote handles media within notes. Users have access to a dashboard which uses charts and visual aids to indicate the progress of certain tasks and projects. This is excellent for measuring productivity of different team members and provides valuable information for project management. Furthermore, when assigning a task to a team member, it is possible to specify a deadline and track their progress.While Asana has a huge amount of features, users must dedicate some time to getting used to its layout and functionality. It does not have a steep learning curve, however it takes time to understand which features are required and how to use them. Another disadvantage of Asana is that users must have internet access to manipulate and view tasks and projects, since Asana is a web-based service.

Pros :

  • Unlike other cloud-based web applications which usually limit the functionality of their free versions, most of Asana's main features are available within the free version.
  • It is possible to upload media and other attachments to projects.
  • There is integration with Harvest so that tasks are automatically timed and added to the respective user's Harvest account.
  • It is very quick and easy to add a new task and assign to a team member.
  • The free version does not impose a limit on the amount of tasks which can be added, unlike other productivity software.
  • Users have access to a dashboard which uses charts and visual aids to indicate the progress of certain tasks and projects.

Cons :

  • Asana does not have much offline functionality, so users are dependent on an Internet connection if they would like to view, amend and add tasks.
  • Due to Asana's large feature set, users must dedicate some time to getting used to it.

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LiquidPlanner

Project Management
User review from
8
Bek Ergashev
Jun 28, 2016

When you first see the Liquid Planner interface, it can be overwhelming. There are so many options, and each feature has its own little icon (similar to Microsoft Word), and so it takes some time to wrap your head around. But, once you take some time to go into the features and start creating projects and tasks, it starts to sink in how unexpectedly user-friendly it can be.

Pros :

  • LiquidPlanner is extremely feature-heavy. You get out of it what you put into it. If you have a massive team of Account Managers, Digital Marketers, Content Creators, Developers, and Project Managers (as many companies that need project management solutions do), they all can use Liquid Planner for their part of the project.
  • The folder/file structure that we're all used to thanks to Microsoft makes it easy for anyone to grasp the basic concept of Liquid Planner.
  • For more advanced project managers, you can easily utilize the Scrum methodology with the different available project management views.
  • Assigning projects and tasks are very easy. So is setting due dates projects/tasks.
  • The ability to add comments to individual projects/tasks makes quick collaboration and feedback easier than it would otherwise be with email, phone calls, or unnecessary face-to-face meetings.
  • Being able just to drag and drop content/files into tasks is an understated feature of the tool that sped up my day-to-day significantly.

Cons :

  • It can be overwhelming. Especially if you have 30 people working in a single instance of Liquid Planner, it could look like a mess.
  • It's not one of those solutions that so easy to use that anyone can go in and figure it out. You will need to train people to use it (it won't take long, but training is a must). Otherwise, it's so easy for a novice to accidentally delete tasks, projects, or even users.

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Zoho Projects

Project Management

No favorable user review available yet for Zoho Projects.

Most Favorable Critic Review

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Mavenlink

Professional Services Automation (PSA)
100
Anonymous contribution , SmallBizCRM

Thursday 22 August 2013

Mavenlink is an impressive application and very similar to Smartsheet, with a very short learning curve its an extremely powerful project management tool for business users. Its existing set of features are worthy of a trial for new users or even for those who are looking for an efficient project or task management solution.

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Asana

Project Management
75
Alan Henry , Life Hacker

Wednesday 02 November 2011

If you're looking for a tool to help you keep your projects organized, especially if you work on those projects with other people, Asana is a new webapp that can help you keep on top of your to-dos, get updates from other people helping you, and capture everything you and your team are doing in one place so everyone can refer to it quickly. 

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LiquidPlanner

Project Management
79
Anonymous contribution , Compare Camp

Monday 16 March 2015

LiquidPlanner has been called the new generation of project management and collaboration software. It offers specific features for marketing teams, development teams, professional services, project managers, and IT teams. The tool can suit the project requirements of both small and large enterprises.

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Zoho Projects

Project Management
100
Ben McCallum , Ben McCallum

Wednesday 09 December 2009

I think Zoho Projects is an extremely powerful tool for managing projects. The wide range of useful and applicable tools it offers its users are both powerful but at the same time extremely simple to use and navigate. I believe that this web application would be useful for small businesses and project teams. Whether it can handle extremely large project teams is another issue but I think it could quite possibly do the job. Just like all the other applications Zoho offers, this tool has exceeded my expectations and I will quite happily use it in the future. This tool is a prime example of an Enterprise 2.0 tool because of the intergration of many web 2.0 features such as: status updates, RSS feeds, wikis, and so on.

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Most Unfavorable Critic Review

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Mavenlink

Professional Services Automation (PSA)
20
Anonymous contribution , GetApp

Thursday 01 October 2015

We used Mavenlink for a few months. We didn't like it. We were conned into thinking there was a feature but there wasn't. This caused problems for our Company. We were never given an apology or a refund.

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Asana

Project Management
20
Merlyn Jones , GetApp

Friday 04 December 2015

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LiquidPlanner

Project Management
25
Anonymous contribution , Project Management Software

Wednesday 31 December 1969

Liquid Planner isn't like other project management software: it's much, much harder to use and has more features than anything I have ever seen out there. This comes at a price—usability is a huge issue with Liquid Planner. Learning it is hard. Using it is hard. Sticking with it is possibly even harder. Online project management became so popular because it was easy. Liquid Planner, on the other hand, wins first place in the category "hardly usable". If you need extra features in terms of project estimates, and want to use it to bill people and kep all of your company's workload under control, then yes, it does make sense.

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Zoho Projects

Project Management
40
Jason Hproduct_urley , GetApp

Wednesday 29 April 2015

Zohoprojects looks good at first however there are some small bugs. More importantly there are MAJOR issues once everything is set up. Unfortunately we had to leave zohoprojects for privacy reasons. Within the project management system as it is currently developed every user can see every comment and task for every other user in the project. We contacted zoho and there is no way of changing this. Our setup currently is we have employees, contractors, managers and clients. As far as zoho is concerned though all of the above make no difference as zohoprojects lets every user even the contractors see EVERY detail of every conversation and tasks between managers and clients. Eventhough there are priviledge roles to prevent users from editing other users tasks they can still view EVERYTHING. Every login or message left, every detail, task, invoice etc generated for every other user. Therefore two completely independent contractors for example could view absolutely everything that is going on with eachother. Absolutely ludicrous. This is certainly a fundamental and very basic requirement which any project manager would expect out of the box. Zohoprojects however seems not to care about it. We contacted them many times about this issue to find a workaround however there is none. We got a nice apology from India but unfortunately that is not enough. This lack of functionality can not be omitted. It is essential. All it needs is a tick box within each project titled "Tick for Assigned users to be able to view tasks and milestones only" In summary: If you are intending to use zohoprojects to manage one or more contractors and employees for your business then DON´?¢T. You could do more damage to your business through this lack of privacy functionality than good if you do. As every project user can see EVERYTHING that everyone else is doing including any login or sensitive information that is posted. There is no way of making any message or task private. Also ALL client information can be viewed by EVERY user also. Zoho does have a solution to client information being visible to all the users which is to set up one project for clients and one for workers. Surely that negates the complete purpose of the system in the first place? All I can say is "It´?¢s a shame". Unless they fix it soon they will certainly lose huge amounts of customers and revenue just the same as they have now lost ours.

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Demo Video

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Mavenlink Demo Video

Professional Services Automation (PSA)
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Asana Demo Video

Project Management
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LiquidPlanner Demo Video

Project Management
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Zoho Projects Demo Video

Project Management

Screenshots

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Mavenlink

Professional Services Automation (PSA)
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Asana

Project Management
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LiquidPlanner

Project Management
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Zoho Projects

Project Management
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Typical Customer

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Mavenlink

Professional Services Automation (PSA)
  • Business
  • Personal Use
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Asana

Project Management
  • Business
  • Personal Use
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LiquidPlanner

Project Management
  • Business
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Zoho Projects

Project Management
  • Business

Supported Devices

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Mavenlink

Professional Services Automation (PSA)
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Asana

Project Management
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LiquidPlanner

Project Management
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Zoho Projects

Project Management

Supported Languages

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Mavenlink

Professional Services Automation (PSA)
  • English
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Asana

Project Management
  • English
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LiquidPlanner

Project Management
  • English
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Zoho Projects

Project Management
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • German
  • Russian
  • Japanese
  • Portuguese
  • Polish
  • Danish
  • Swedish

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