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We cover a lot of project management apps here on WebWorkerDaily; it almost feels like we’re inundated with them, with a new option being launched practically every week. So I confess to being wary about trying yet another offering. Peago, a Flash-based PM tool, has some […]

peago-logoWe cover a lot of project management apps here on WebWorkerDaily; it almost feels like we’re inundated with them, with a new option being launched practically every week. So I confess to being wary about trying yet another offering.

Peago, a Flash-based PM tool, has some nice features, but in my opinion they’re overshadowed by a difficult interface.

There are certainly some things to like about Peago:

  • It offers several free and paid options, as well as a 14-day trial. The site says that there are “no contracts, upgrade or cancel anytime for any reason.”
  • The sign-up process is easy.
  • Peago has a lot of useful features that are now standard in project management sites, plus some that aren’t seen as frequently, like timelines, Gantt charts, and an ingenious use of drag-and-drop for doing things like assigning users to tasks.
  • The interface is clean. Everything is on one screen, and Peago makes use of various programming tricks to show and hide elements as needed. This works, but causes navigation headaches (see below).
  • The program has a useful, if limited, help system. It also makes extensive use of tool tips, most of which are helpful and to the point.

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There are other things about Peago that I don’t like. Some are mere nitpicks, others are more major problems:

  • The “tour” page isn’t very detailed. It consists of a couple of screenshots and a video. I dislike the increasing reliance on video to sell complex technology products.
  • Peago is Flash-based. I’ve discussed the limitations of Flash before (and started a lively debate) but in this case, Peago’s dependence on it precludes compatibility with mobile devices and low-bandwidth connections.
  • Navigation seems simple at first glance, but mini-menus, tabs, tool tips and icons are sprinkled all over the screen. Windows appear, resize and disappear in odd places. Icons are non-standard and take some getting used to. And once I’d opened a particular screen, it wasn’t obvious how to get back a screen I’d used before. Being Flash-based, of course, the back button in the browser didn’t help.

As someone who spends a lot of time working with user interfaces, I’m sure that I — and most web workers — would get used to the navigation eventually. But I doubt that many of my clients or the less tech-savvy people I sometimes work with would find Peago very easy to use.

Peago’s feature set is good, and its pricing is on a par with other, similar solutions. If the site’s navigation can be improved, Peago could become a worthy competitor in the crowded project management field.

Have you used Peago? How do you manage projects?

  1. Looks like a promising product at first glance, but I usually have problems with full Flash applications. They are very good when it comes to certain things like visualization, but don’t work well in other areas.

    It’s like Google Docs vs. Adobe Acrobat.com – the second one is flashy (no pun intended) and slick, but there is just something about HTML – better integration with the browser, copy-paste, search…

    I think combining Flash and AJAX is the most interesting. As Google Analytics does for some of its graphs.

    In web-based project management field 5pm does a great job (http://www.5pmweb.com – it has an AJAX interface but used Flash for the Timeline. I think it’s a clever approach, though more difficult to develop (you need both Flash and AJAX coders).

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  2. I, too, would be hesitant to work with a flash-based interface. Simple tasks like emailing links to co-workers can become cumbersome, especially with distributed teams. Basically, all of the usability issues of using flash become usability issues for your app. There is another flash-based project management app out there and i’ve heard lots of gripes about it.

    Best to stick with the AJAX/HTML apps that work in the context of the web browser, not try to take control of it.

    Another web-based project management app that does a great job of this is Intervals (http://www.myintervals.com). It doesn’t use any flash but has great AJAX capabilities so it doesn’t really need to.

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  3. Is it time for a comparison chart yet? I too am feeling a bit wary, or is that weary, of another PM tool. It sure would be nice to see their features side by side, so I can narrow down my search.

    Thanks Charles, and WWD for taking the time to give us your reviews, it is helpful!

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  4. I don’t think that Flash applications are really relevant anymore with all the Web 2.0 technology around us. That would’ve been a good idea a few years ago (pre Web 2.0), but I don’t think this is what people are looking for at the moment.

    I think the current applications in the market are a step in the right direction, and we need to build on that.

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  5. Cynthia Siemens Tuesday, August 18, 2009

    A minimal help system may not be a deal-breaker if the app’s supported well by the developers, but that’s pretty rare. I interview a lot of users of web-based project management systems and can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard about how proactive the support is from Metafuse, the guys behind Project Insight. http://www.projectinsight.net. They also say good things about the help system, so with the Gantt charts and bells and whistles, it all adds up to some pretty happy customers.

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    1. might at least be honest to the readers and let them know that you have some ‘bias’ to Project Insight. Appears you keep posting comments about them as if you…work for them.

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      1. Cynthia Siemens Saturday, December 12, 2009

        Hi, Gil: I’m not a Metafuse employee, as I mentioned on another article where you asked about this, although I have done work with them and their clients and have also used other project management systems on other projects. I’m mainly interested in mentioning the strengths of the product where I think it might actually help people make a decision, and what comes up again and again with Project Insight clients is that it’s easy enough to learn that PMs can actually bring their non-PM team members on board.

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  9. Full flash apps are great in visualization and sleekness but at some points they suffer incompatibility and other list of issues. I would say an ajax based apps work even faster, like Gmail. I have tried many other PMS systems and the one we found the best is ProofHub (http://www.proofhub.com). Its got a flash like UI which looks much like upcoming Google Wave but its based on Ajax so its fast and easy to use.

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