Summary:

When I last looked at online planning tool Ganttic last year, I was pleased with its functionality, but less impressed with the app’s user interface, which made it tricky to get to grips with. Since then, however, Ganttic has been redesigned with a greatly streamlined interface

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When I last looked at Flash-based drag-and-drop online planning tool Ganttic late last year, I was pleased with its functionality, but less impressed with the app’s complex user interface, which made it tricky to get familiar with. Since then, however, Ganttic has been redesigned with a greatly streamlined interface. If you previously tried Ganttic but were put off by its complexity, it’s worth trying again.

The user now has a choice of layouts: a simple streamlined view, and a new “wide” layout for advanced users, with additional data housed in a column on the left of the screen. Previously, the user was presented with several different “add” buttons; these have been consolidated down to a single button. The new simple view (shown above) definitely feels less bewildering than previous incarnations and should make the app much easier for project management novices to get to grips with; task and project information appears in pop-up windows. The advanced “wide” view (shown below) has task and project information on the left, which will probably work well for more experienced folks with larger monitors.

As well as the sleek now design, which has also been touched up cosmetically and now feels a lot more professional, there have been a few useful changes under the hood, too, including the ability to add URLs to tasks and projects, which means tasks can be linked to documents online. Additionally, there’s also now documentation available as a downloadable PDF file. While I’d prefer to see contextual help given in the app itself, it does cover the basics of using the app and setting up your first project, which should help novices to get to up to speed with the product.

Despite Ganttic’s new and improved interface, if all you need to do is sketch out a basic project plan, I’d still recommend going with the simpler Tom’s Planner. However, if you’re looking for a more robust planning and scheduling tool — one that can scale with your projects as they get more complex — Ganttic has many more powerful features and its redesigned UI means that it should now be much easier to get to grips with.

A free Ganttic account is good for up for up five users and 10 resources, while a Pro account costs €0.69 ($0.98 USD) per month for each user or resource. Alternatively, you can host Ganttic on your own server, which costs €23.95 for each user or resource.

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