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 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.
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?