Doolphy, the European project management app, has just left beta with an attractive list of features, including unlimited users (even in the free version) and Gantt charts. I thought I’d sign up and check it out, but ended up frustrated by its poor internationalization.
If you’ve used any other PM apps, Doolphy will seem familiar — you can use it to define projects, add tasks to those projects, assign users to tasks, charge time to projects and generate reports. Unfortunately, it seems the app has left its beta a little early. While things mostly seem to work OK, the app was originally written in Spanish, and the translation to English hasn’t been done very well (and in some places, it hasn’t been translated at all), which doesn’t exactly make it easy to use.
While I was able navigate around the app and could set up projects and tasks, I have a smattering of Spanish and experience with similar online project management tools. I think Doolphy would be too bewildering for non-technical, non-Spanish speaking users, and I can’t imagine being able to get a team using it — which, like most PM tools, is what Doolphy is really designed for. Additionally, even though the app is supposedly now fully launched, there’s not much in the way of help documentation.
The Spanish version of Doolphy may be a useful app (the free version allows unlimited users, one project and limited storage is available if you’d like to try it), but as I don’t speak Spanish well enough, I haven’t tried it. And until Doolphy improves its internationalization, I really can’t recommend the English version against the many high-quality, established PM tools already on the market like 5pm, Wrike and Basecamp. Note to developers: Beta testing shouldn’t only be used to iron out bugs in your software, it’s also the time to make sure that any internationalization of your tools has been carried out perfectly, and that your documentation is adequate.
If you speak Spanish and have tried Doolphy, let us know what you think of it in the comments.