The GanttProject is an open source project management software application you can download as a fully integrated and geek-friendly project management system. Instead of using the basic Gantt chart, this application takes your project management control even further by adding a load chart for resources.
Though the overall program is open source, the two main authors who developed the basis for the GanttProject are Dmitry Barashev and Alexandre Thomas. Dmitry wrote the majority of the project's code and to which both developers published to the web in 2003.
You also have the ability to exchange information with Microsoft Project, Excel and other spreadsheet applications with the bonus of being able to generate HTML and PDF reports for web based project management.
Some key benefits to using GanttProject as more than just a calendar for project management are:
- As a live working application, it’s feature set is always being added to by its developers;
- It’s a Java application that works on any OS that supports Java;
- You can add your own code and really make the application work for your specific needs; and
- Most importantly, as an open source project, it is free.
You can check out and download GanttProject at the developer’s project management website: GanttProject. For more information on other forms of project management that span both the personal and business use realm, see Best Software for Project Management: Reviews and Tips to Help You Manage Your Projects and Best Options in Open Source Contact Resource Management Software.
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