for Windows (32 bit) systems
||Do you ever have a need to create a schedule or
a project management plan? Do you need to calculate and include
timeline information in a business plan? Do you need graphical,
as well as text, output in bar (Gantt) chart or PERT format
output? Do you want to avoid spending hundreds of dollars for
one of the "big name/big buck" project management
programs like Microsoft Project, full of features that 99% of
people will never use?
For that 99%, PlanBee is a good alternative at a fraction
of the price. For the first 30 days nobody can beat the price
unless they pay you, because you get a 30 day free trial.
is easy to use because it's intuitive. If you can use a computer,
you can set up a project in PlanBee. It's even easier than most
spreadsheet applications, yet with a similar interface. All
you have to do is enter the task names, task durations and linkages
in the grid and the project is created for you - with the program
assuming the most prevalent values about task and linkage characteristics.
|Of course, you can overrule these with your own parameters.
For example, the program starts off assuming that no work proceeds
on Saturdays and Sundays but that it does on every other day.
You can specify that some or all tasks must proceed without
a break once started (like a continuous pour for concrete).
You can define a different working day calendar for any or all
years from 1900 to 2100. You can define several standard calendars
for use with similar projects in different jurisdictions. You
can define several standard calendars for use with similar projects
in different jurisdictions. Did you know that while Americans
take off the Fourth of July, Canadians take off the First of
July and the French take off the Fourteenth of July as national
holidays? You can create an American, a Canadian and a French
holiday calendar and any others you want to use.
|For those who like to think visually, you can design your
project directly in the PERT view, adding tasks and linkages
with "point and click". Rating:
|Project Management with
- Calculates Early Start, Late Start,
Early Finish, Late Finish, Float (Slack) and identifies
Critical Path activities
- Shows all project management data
in a "spreadsheet" pattern for ease of understanding.
- Task data may be entered manually
or imported from a file or the clipboard
- Independent re-sizeable and hideable
windows show PERT views and Gantt (bar chart) views of the
project in addition to the "spreadsheet" view
- Activities and links may be set
up and edited in either spreadsheet or PERT views or both
at once, since all views are kept synchronized.
- Network file sharing permits other
users on a network to have read-only access to a plan file
while one user has it open for exclusive update. They may
modify it and save it to a different file name if they wish
- Up to 1,000 activities.
- No limit on links per activity (within
total of 2,000 links).
- Links may be Finish-to-Start, Start-to-Start
or Finish-to-Finish to handle overlapping activities
- Links may have minimum time lags
- Individual activities may have their
- Pop up "working day" calendar with
200 year range. Easy to change working/non-working days
- Activity durations and lags may
be specified as either "working days" or "calendar days"
- both types may be used in the same plan.
- Scale of PERT and Gantt charts are
adjustable both on-screen and for printing (to make best
use of pages).
- Reports, PERT charts and Gantt charts
may be either printed, or copied to the clipboard for pasting
into other programs.
|PlanBee Pro adds features
for large plans and for use in a corporate environment
- Resource Allocation and Leveling.
- Costing Functions.
- Administrative Detail Editing (Notes
assigned to tasks, Cost Account Codes, Manager Names, Unique
Key for use in exporting to external databases).
- Choice of Language for Dates.
- Automatic Emphasis - an aid in selecting
- Hiding and Inactivating Dependency
Links Grouped into "Families".
- Specifying "Marginal" Criticality
- Each project may have its own resources
list, or master resource lists may be maintained for use
- Activities may be grouped into up
to three levels, with resource cost summaries available
at each level